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End stage Hashimoto’s is defined as complete thyroid gland destruction. This state is IRREVERSIBLE which is why it is such a big deal!
But how do you know if you are in this stage of your disease? And what does it mean for you if you are?
Once you reach end stage Hashimoto’s your thyroid is non functional and it also means that you are 100% reliant upon thyroid medication.
This changes how you look at treatment because you don’t really need to focus on the immune aspect of Hashimoto’s any longer.
Here are 5 signs that indicate you are in this position:
#1. Thyroid gland atrophy.
Once you enter end stage hashimoto’s your thyroid gland will atrophy or shrink.
#2. Lower levels of thyroid antibodies.
When your thyroid gland is completely destroyed you will find that your thyroid antibodies such as TPO antibody and thyroglobulin antibody fall.
#3. Extreme difficulty with weight loss or unexpected weight gain.
When your thyroid gland is no longer working it’s as if you don’t have one and weight loss becomes much more difficult.
#4. Stable thyroid lab tests.
End stage Hashimoto’s is associated with stability in your thyroid lab tests and this isn’t necessarily a good thing.
#5. 100% reliance upon thyroid medication for symptom control.
If your thyroid cannot produce thyroid hormone anymore then you are reliant upon thyroid medication for all of your thyroid hormone.
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I’m Dr. Westin Childs and I focus on thyroid health, hormone balance, and weight loss. I write about thyroid disorders, weight loss, insulin resistance, estrogen/progesterone balance on my blog. I truly believe that hormone balance is the key to managing your weight, your mood and your quality of life which is why I’m so passionate about it.
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