Treating Hashimoto's Thyroiditis: A Case Study -- By Dr. Stephen Stevenson
Wendy* came to Atma Clinic with a 12 year history of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and ongoing symptoms of brain fog, severe fatigue, and difficult weight loss. This had been treated with thyroid hormones, which offered with improvement in her TSH, one of the labs commonly used to monitor thyroid function, but only a slight movement in her symptoms.
Her options were to continue with her current thyroid medication and symptoms since her TSH was normal or tto ry something different. Previous doctors had recommended that she consider taking an antidepressant to address her other symptoms.
When Wendy came to Atma Clinic for a second opinion, we determined we needed to discover more about the underlying cause of her Hashimoto’s and once that was addressed, optimize her thyroid hormone replacement based on her clinical symptoms and a more thorough evaluation of her thyroid laboratory markers.
We found that Wendy had an infection in her GI tract that was creating a leaky gut and contributing to her Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and leading to several food sensitivities. In fixing the underlying issue, which is always the Atma approach, we first treated the infection in her GI tract with both herbal and conventional antimicrobials. We also helped her identify and eliminate the foods that she had developed sensitivities to. Once these issues were addressed we then optimized her thyroid hormone replacement based on a comprehensive thyroid profile as well as her symptoms.
Wendy experienced a complete resolution of all of her symptoms, and her thyroid antibodies, which are typically elevated with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, returned to normal.
*Wendy is a pseudonym for a patient.
Dr. Steven Stephenson is a physician at Atma Clinic. If you’d like to experience The Atma Approach for yourself, see our website to get your free consultation!