I have always been interested in finding the root cause of disease. When I became sick about eight years ago with what I knew to be ‘typical thyroid symptoms’, I was very unfamiliar with the overall condition. Instinctively, I began the difficult quest of researching and evaluating everything I could get my hands on.
I soon learned that there were some clear discrepancies in regards to how thyroid disease was diagnosed and treated. I trusted my early TSH level reading (a common marker for thyroid function), which my doctor had told me was “fine and in the normal range”. I went on for a few more years still feeling unwell but still researching. I learned that more detailed tests were needed to explore the depth of a possible autoimmune thyroid condition. I asked my doctor (well, I actually insisted) to test for thyroid antibodies and to both our surprise (more my relief really), I was told I had Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.