What’s the Difference Between Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and Hypothyroidism?

Hashimoto’s thyroiditisThe thyroid, located at the base of the neck, is a butterfly-shaped gland that produces several vital hormones that regulate the heart, weight, body temperature, and more. When the thyroid begins to produce too much or too little of these hormones, it leads to thyroid disease. There are various types of thyroid disease, and today, we will explore two of the most common: Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and hypothyroidism

Although they both affect the thyroid’s performance, each one is distinct and requires unique treatment. 

What Is Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis? 

Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is an autoimmune disorder in which the body attacks the thyroid gland cells. In many cases, the body may even develop auto-antibodies, which will damage the thyroid and cause hypothyroidism. 

Because Hashimoto’s often leads to an underactive thyroid, the symptoms are similar to that of hypothyroidism, including: 

  • Weight gain
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle aches
  • Constipation
  • Dry skin and hair and weak nails
  • insomnia
  • depresson

What Is Hypothyroidism? 

Hypothyroidism, or an underactive thyroid, occurs when the thyroid does not produce enough of the thyroid hormone.

Hashimoto’s can lead to hypothyroidism, creating a link between the two diseases. However, hypothyroidism can be caused by any condition that affects the thyroid, such as thyroid cancer or surgery, certain medications, and radiation treatment. It can even be present from birth (congenital hypothyroidism). 

Symptoms of hypothyroidism are similar to that of Hashimoto’s. However, left untreated, it can also lead to mental health problems, infertility, heart disease, and more. 

How Is It Determined Whether You Have Hashimoto’s or Hypothyroidism?

The Epigenetics Healing Center has various testing options to determine which form of thyroid disease you have. These tests can also help determine the possible cause behind your condition, aiding treatment. Some common tests we utilize include: 

  • TSH Test
  • T4 & T3 Tests
  • freeT4 & freeT3 Tests
  • gut health
  • liver health
  • ferritin
  • and more

The information from these tests can provide us with knowledge of the hormones your body may be missing. We can then create a treatment plan to help your body begin producing these essential components naturally.

Schedule a Consultation

If you’re demonstrating signs of an underactive thyroid, including weight gain, fatigue, and moodiness, schedule a consultation at The Epigenetics Healing Center. We can provide comprehensive testing and treatment options to assist your body in producing the necessary compounds it’s missing. We provide the most advanced lab testing in the world to provide you with the answers you’ve been looking for. 

Contact our office today at 816-673-1230 or submit a form online. We serve Kansas City, Leawood, Prairie Village, KS, and Lee’s Summit, MO.

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Dr. G
Dr. G

Dr. Jay Goodbinder ND DC DABCI is a doctor in Kansas City, MO who serves patients in the surrounding Kansas City areas, cities across the United States, and in several countries around the world.