Autoimmunity has becoming increasingly more prevalent affecting more that 50 million Americans. This number is staggering considering not everyone that has symptoms goes to the Doctor or have even been diagnosed properly. There are now more than 100 known autoimmune diseases, and the list keeps on growing. One of the most common autoimmune diseases affects the Thyroid gland and it is called Hashimoto’s. Although there are no two autoimmune diseases that are exactly alike, we offer the best Thyroid support in Newbury Park, Ca.
Our successes are due in part to untangling this complex web and finding the possible causes. As we know the causes can be many. It is well documented that food proteins such as gluten can be a trigger. Also, the environment and environmental chemicals can be a trigger, pathogens are a trigger, even lifestyle and stress. Any one or a combination of these triggers can send the patient into an autoimmune sate where our own immune system begins to attack out tissue.
There are 3 stages of autoimmunity. The first stage is silent and of course the most difficult to find. The individual is beginning to have symptoms, but labs are generally normal. This stage is optimally where we want to discover the problem.
The second stage is autoimmune reactivity, the symptoms continue and now labs are becoming positive.
The third stage includes symptoms, positive labs and now we have tissue destruction. For example, with the Thyroid Gland and Hashimoto’s we can evaluate the tissue destruction by ultrasound and or labs like the TPO.
As stated earlier no two individuals with Hashimoto’s or for that matter any autoimmune disease is the same. Focus must be on a realistic model of clinical management to not only run the proper lab tests but to provide dietary and lifestyle changes to minimize or avoid the expression of the autoimmune symptoms. It is important to manage the inflammation and maintain a state of remission and avoid relapses or flare-ups.
If you are in the early stages of autoimmune disease, silent autoimmunity and most lab tests are normal it becomes extremely frustrating to the individual as many people do not understand what you possibly could be experiencing.
We completely understand the seriousness and the complexity and strive to have you obtain optimum health. That is why our office offers the best autoimmune support in Newbury Park.
If you are looking for answers and solutions, reach out to us today.