What causes the swings between hyper and hypothyroid symptoms? We have a long presentation online called the no bs series on hashimoto’s. You should watch that that would probably be the best answer, but the semi-short answer is: is so many things? Okay, so there’s 40 different triggers.
So if you have so here it is, you have autoimmune thyroid disease, all right and there’s various stages to it. There’S a relatively stable hashimoto’s patient, where they just don’t have a lot of thyroid symptoms, their antibodies aren’t very reactive and they don’t go up and down.
Like that, then you get into the reactive, it’s actually called the reactive, hypo, reactive, hashimoto’s, patient, and when you get into that patient, that’s the patient that we’re talking about right now that goes up and down.
Okay, the um you’ll go up and down based on not not particularly the antibodies they. They can sometimes be a good check and you, you check, antibodies, to determine if you have hashimoto’s and i’ve already done videos that say the number is not the issue.
I can have people who have hashimoto’s thyroid peroxidase enzymes, which is the enzyme you measure of 50 and they’ll be up and down and all over the place and hypo hyper. And then i can have somebody comes in and have hashimoto’s uh, 20 000 and enter and they’re in the and they’re stable to a to a large degree.
So that’s that’s another whole subject, but the point is: is it that’s not the measure of of going up and down? So it’s just based on your triggers. Really it’s based on how unstable your thyroid is. So what makes it unstable? What makes it unstable is, we all have different microbiomes.
We all have different immune systems, we have different stress responses and we all have different tissue resiliency whose tissues have proper sugar and proper blood sugar and proper oxygen, whose inflammation inflammatory processes are low.
All of these play into how susceptible a patient is to getting an immune response. Let’S use gluten as an example, because gluten is um. The number one trigger probably for for autoimmune thyroid disease iodine could be another one uh taking iodine, maybe you’re taking an iodine multivitamin.
It has iodine in in for autoimmune thyroid disease, that’s one of the top, that’s one of the top triggers for it, so you may be going along and everything’s, fine and and um and and then and then you expose yourself to one of these and then the Immune system flares up to make a complex immune problem.
Simple, the immune system, flares up inflammation inflammation causes your antibodies to flare up. It hits your thyroid and, depending on the condition of your thyroid, you can get hyperthyroid symptoms, anxiety, panic attacks.
You can get heart palpitations inward tremors night, sweats, all those types of things, then the attack is going to eventually stop now gluten exposure might bother you for three days or three weeks. It just depends on your sensitivity and your physiology, just like uh, just like kovid right now.
You know the people who have diabetes. The people are overweight. The people who are already immune, suppressed by drugs and stuff they’re, going to be more susceptible to the code than the person’s not same thing same thing with your thyroid.
Certain people are going to be more susceptible now, as time goes on, and maybe you don’t know what all the triggers are for you, as those triggers keep beating up your thyroid. Not only are you going to intermittently get the hyper symptoms, but when they calm down your your thyroid itself is going to be going into hypo slowly going into hypothyroid and frankly, it probably has been in hypothyroid for a while already because, because your thyroid can get Beat up for like seven years before you start getting the hashimoto’s symptoms, and so you you got this hypothyroid and you’re, tired and you’re fatigued and your hair is falling out and your bowel, you got constipation and you got beam around your ankles and dry skin and So on and so forth, and then all of a sudden, you start so you’re in hypo state, it’s called hashimoto’s hypothyroidism, so you’re in a hypothyroid state, because your thyroid has been getting beaten up and as it gets beat up and it starts losing more tissue.
You start, you start having less function to be able to put out thyroid hormone, you start getting hypothyroid symptoms and then enter the hyperthyroid symptoms. At some point you start getting the reactions you start get to the to each trigger, and so it really is a matter of you are originally in a hypothyroid state and eventually you started to become hyperthyroid and then the intermittency is is um.
I i’ve been exposed to a trigger, maybe was there stress? I cannot tell you the number of people i’ve had come in here who um, who have hypothyroid and then and don’t know they have hashimoto’s and they’ve, only been diagnosed with a hypothyroid and here’s part of their the first part of their history and and one day I just was, i just got.
I just got really really really really my heart started pounding. It started beating out of my chest. I ended up in the hospital they, they asked me um, you know what i did and i didn’t do anything and and – and they checked me and my heart was fine and they told me um, that was stress and our electrolytes and here drink some gatorade and I’Ll see you later straw and and and so that’s the development of somebody who has hashima who’s in hypothyroid, they were under stress stress is one of the triggers that’ll that’ll flare it up.
Maybe they went out and ate a pizza and a beer that night, because they don’t know they have hashimoto’s, and so they so there’s gluten all over beers and pizzas, and maybe that was enough between the stress to set off a thyroid attack.
Your heart has ten times more receptor sites for for thyroid hormones than any other thing in the body, any other organ in the body and now you’re going like this. So they went from hypo to hyper back to hypo other things that you should be aware of.
That can cause it would be um like a viral infection, can cause it. So if you’re like hypothyroid and and and you get – maybe maybe a maybe a – maybe a covalent. Okay, i’ve had a number of people. Who’Ve come in here who have gotten triggered by covet because their hashimoto’s triggered by covet, but it could be epstein-barr, it could be cytomegalovirus, it could be herpesvirus, it could be the flu okay.
The viruses like to find their way into your into your thyroid and that that’ll cause it and then it’ll go down um excessive iodine. You know when people are taking like little bits of iodine, maybe they’re not taking iodine this trigger.
That’S pretty common! That’S why i’m mentioning it? Maybe maybe they go and they eat a ton of shrimp which has a ton of iodine in it or maybe they went and just ate lobster and shellfish bouya base or whatever it’s called and and and also they’re shaking and they’re jittery and then and then you And then you go back to your baseline, so your baseline is hypothyroid and then the jitteriness is you’ve.
You’Ve hit some sort of a trigger yeah you another thing that can cause it by the way is uh over medication, but that doesn’t usually cause up and downs. That’Ll that’ll usually cause you to be kind of jittery, jittery, jittery, jittery and stay.
That way, so i mean that’s really the basic concept of it. The end is, is if you’re going up and down you’re missing a lot of triggers. You need, you need to figure out what those triggers are and you need to address them.