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Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism

Posted Aug 24 2011 8:51am


There are some of us who prefer the simple life. One without complications. Maybe in the form of love or passion. A Life devoid without emotion, if you will. A phobia of being vulnerable… and human.

But what's the point of Life if everything was so tacky and dry, and if we had all the answers?

Yes, while this philosophical musing might be agreeable for those who understand the paradigm "the only thing that's constant is change", however, when it comes to complications in matter of health and ailments, that's a different story altogether.

And one such example is Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism which is an extension of the most common thyroid disorder in the world today.

Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism
Autoimmune diseases were not a common field of study during the days of Hashimoto Hakaru, its discoverer. Back in the days when the immune system was not even understood leave alone the related diseases involved.

In a normal case of hypothyroidism, an iodine deficiency is the main cause as to why this disease occurs yet in the case of Hashimoto's Hyperthyroidism , the immune system treats the thyroid gland just as it would treat a harmful, foreign substance that has found its way into the body.

When it does attack the thyroid gland, it then causes an inflammation which then leads to the next stage which is hypothyroidism, and which will require you to seek treatment for this common thyroid disorder.

However, apart from the cause being so different, there are several other differences between Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism and the conventional disorder of hypothyroidism.

Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism & Conventional Hypothyroidism
Difference #1: Hashimoto's disease is an autoimmune disease that is the cause of hypothyroidism that follows as a result of the thyroid gland being damaged while regular hypothyroidism is a condition by itself.

Difference #2: Hashimoto's disease works as a cause (and is one of the most common causes) for hypothyroidism, while regular hypothyroidism is a result of a underactive thyroid or a thyroid that does not function at all due to its inability to collect enough iodine to produce the important T3 and T4 hormones for metabolism and the other bodily functions.

Difference #3: Hashimoto's disease is a cause for the thyroid gland to either switch between the conditions of hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism whereas regular hypothyroidism doesn't switch to either extreme but remains as a condition where the inability to collect enough iodine results in health issues.

Difference #4: While both Hashimoto's disease and regular hypothyroidism can be treated with suitable drugs, the former is a permanent condition and can result in taking medication that supplies the deficient hormones due to the chronic condition that has been developed.

Difference #5: Hashimoto's disease can lead to other illnesses such as Lupus, diabetes and Grave's disease while hypothyroidism isn't necessarily a condition that lasts for a lifetime.

In Closing
Sooner or later, you'll understand that trying to keep Life simple is trying to gain control over Life which in and of itself is hard to fathom. Letting Life happen to you is perhaps the best course of action… yes, it's a discovery, if you know what I mean.

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