BRAIN FOG AND HASHIMOTO’S THYROID DISEASE
If you’re managing your Hashimoto’s thyroid disease yet still waiting for your depression to lift, your brain fog to clear and your memory to return, you could be suffering from the beginning of a brain degeneration.
Scientists call it accelerated brain degeneration, and it’s critical you know about it. Many symptoms of brain decline overlap with Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism so that patients—and their doctors—often ignore the symptoms, treating them as just one more thyroid issue to live with.
Unfortunately, this is a common mistake with regrettable consequences since researchers have found Hashimoto’s and hypothyroidism increase the risk of developing Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, accelerated brain degeneration is one of the most severe consequences of poorly managed Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism.
The most common symptoms of early brain degeneration—depression, fatigue, and loss of motivation and drive—are identical to hypothyroid symptoms. Other familiar symptoms include brain fog, an inability to find the right words, memory loss, and slower mental speed. Fatigue is especially common, making reading, driving, or just carrying on a conversation exhausting.
Thyroid patients may also experience loss of balance, vertigo, numbness and tingling in different parts of the body, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), and other neurological symptoms.
The reality is that low thyroid function may be promoting brain degeneration. Possible mechanisms for this breakdown include:
• increased brain inflammation.
• altered brain chemical function (neurotransmitter activity).
• promotion of brain autoimmunity.
• loss of blood-brain barrier integrity (leaky brain).
• brain ischemia (lack of blood flow and oxygen to the brain).
• increased protein aggregation, a clumping together of proteins in the brain.
These problems can all be corrected with the proper treatment. Treatment which focuses on finding and fixing the Root Cause rather than treatment which is only aimed at suppressing symptoms. This Root Cause approach is now called Functional Medicine and for chronic reversible conditions, offers hope to patients who have been told there’s nothing that can be done. Or worse, that it’s all in your head.