Hashimoto's hypothyroidism is affecting people from all age groups at an alarming rate. As antibodies attack the thyroid gland over time, you may develop low thyroid symptoms such as weight gain, fatigue, hair loss, constipation, slow metabolism, swelling, increased sensitivity to cold, and depression.
Symptom fluctuation, a medicine cabinet full of medication and supplements, and doctors not being able to correctly diagnose you are signs that you may have an autoimmune condition. Even though Hashimoto's disease constitutes over 80% of all hypothyroid cases, it is often missed.
Many times traditional laboratory test such as Thyroid Simulating Hormone (TSH), T4, and T3 may be normal in cases of Hashimoto's.
These two sets of antibodies (Thyroid Peroxidase (TPO) and Thyroglobulin (TGB) antibodies) are used to diagnose Hashimoto's. Since these antibodies fluctuate over time, one should consider TH1/TH2 and CD4/CD8 ratio tests to monitor their treatment plan. These tests gives detailed information about the health of the immune system.