For patients struggling with thyroid disease, there can be a lot of misinformation and myths perpetuated regarding the disease and its treatment. At Magnolia Endocrinology we combine years of experience and proven science to help patients achieve their goals and mitigate the symptoms related to thyroid disease effectively.
Temple Simpson, MPAS, PA-C, co-owner of Magnolia Endocrinology, shares a few important facts to know:
- Hashimoto’s is the number one cause of hypothyroidism.
- Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune disease and can also be associated with other autoimmune diseases, as they often travel in packs.
- Patients with Hashimoto’s tend to have food sensitivities (such as gluten intolerance – not necessarily Celiac).
Important to note: Many of the tablets used to treat thyroid disease contain gluten and have very poor absorption. This is one reason patients may feel poorly even though they are being treated for hypothyroidism.
Thyroid & Pregnancy
- Women with hypothyroidism can get pregnant and can have a healthy pregnancy. Thyroid labs should be updated as soon as conception is confirmed.
- Women with hypothyroidism should keep their TSH within certain parameters for the neurological health of the baby.
- Post-partum thyroiditis can occur in women within the first year of the baby being delivered. It typically manifests with symptoms initially of having too much thyroid hormone (feeling anxious, hot, irritable) and then turns into symptoms of hypothyroidism (excess fatigue, cold intolerance, hair loss, etc). Labs can screen for post-partum thyroiditis. Symptoms can be treated.
A thorough evaluation is the best way to assess your thyroid health and manage symptoms over time. To schedule an appointment, please call us at 843-900-0495.