Hashimoto's vs. Graves Disease
You are experiencing symptoms that are diagnosed by mainstream medicine as Anxiety & Panic Disorder. You are prescribed benzodiazepines for it. The benzos make you feel better initially so you are convinced that the diagnosis is authentic and that you must take benzos to treat your disorder.
This was me in 1996. That is mainstream medicine.
Let’s consider Functional Medicine as an alternative.
Functional medicine determines how and why illness occurs and restores health by addressing the root causes of disease for each individual.
Now let’s re-examine that “anxiety & panic disorder.”
Let’s test your bodily fluids. Specifically your saliva, your blood, your urine, and your stools.
These tests, usually not covered by most insurances will discover the root causes of diseases not found in mainstream, medicine, specifically Hypo & Hyper Thyroidism, Lyme’s Disease, and Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS).
What I discovered by going to a specialist who is certified in Functional Medicine, is that I tested positive for Lyme’s Disease.
Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne disease in the United States. Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and rarely,
Borrelia mayonii. It is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks.
Typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans. If left untreated, infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system.
Lyme disease is diagnosed based on symptoms, physical findings (e.g., rash), and the possibility of exposure to infected ticks. Laboratory testing is helpful if used correctly and performed with validated methods.
Most cases of Lyme disease can be treated successfully with a few weeks of antibiotics. Steps to prevent Lyme disease include using insect repellent, removing ticks promptly, applying pesticides, and reducing tick habitat.
The ticks that transmit Lyme disease can occasionally transmit other tick borne diseases as well.
Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS) is a collection of symptoms which is also sometimes referred to as Biotoxin Illness, or Mold Illness, and was initially thought to be caused by mold exposure only. However, further research indicates bacteria, fungus and various viral infections are also implicated in the development of Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome.
It is quite a dilemma for both patients and physicians in dealing with such a complex illness as CIRS, which overlaps and can mimic symptoms associated with other conditions such as Lyme Disease, Ehrlichiosis and some Auto Immune Disorders. CIRS may often be misdiagnosed, or under diagnosed.
The tests that I took confirmed that I have an immune disorder that is attacking my thyroid causing various symptoms that fall into the categories of both Hypo and Hyperthyroidism.
I was also diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Disease. Hypothyroidism (Hashimotos’ Disease) can cause one set of symptoms and Hyperthyroidism (Grave’s Disease) can cause another set of symptoms, usually in contrast to one another. In my case I have symptoms of both.
The immune disorder is causing my otherwise normal thyroid to either under or over produce hormones causing my body to “feel” like I am having anxiety or panic attacks.
Treating my situation with benzodiazepines would be unethical and unprofessional.
The appropriate treatment for Lyme’s Disease is the prescription Doxycycline. This antibiotic has been proven to be effective in treating Lyme’s Disease.
As for the Hashimoto’s Disease, I have been using a low dose of Naltrexone, 4.5 milligrams at bedtime.
As for the CIRS, I will be treated with two forms of nasal spray.
The treatment of CIRS from a conventional standpoint includes prescription medications. An integrative approach emphasizes a change in diet and utilizing binders and antioxidants to remove unwanted toxins. An important early step in CIRS treatment is to remove MARCoNS and mold from deep within the nose if present.