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Most of us could use a boost of energy from time to time, but for Doctors viewer Nnete, her lack of energy stems from the autoimmune disorder Hashimoto’s disease. She has come to the show to find out if anything can be done to give her a bounce in her step before she walks down the aisle at her wedding.
She shares her doctor first diagnosed her with depression, followed by another diagnosis a few years later of vitamin D deficiency and issues with her thyroid levels. Further testing, revealed she had Hashimoto’s disease, an autoimmune disease that damages the thyroid and can cause it to become underactive.
According to The Mayo Clinic symptoms of the Hashimoto’s disease include:
- Fatigue and sluggishness
- Increased sensitivity to cold
- Pale, dry skin
- A puffy face
- Brittle nails
- Hair loss
- Enlargement of the tongue
- Unexplained weight gain
- Muscle aches, tenderness and stiffness
- Joint pain and stiffness
- Muscle weakness
- Excessive or prolonged menstrual bleeding (menorrhagia)
- Memory lapses
Nnete continues to be plagued by fatigue and is looking to improve her mood, energy levels, and also a way to help with the Hashimoto’s disease.
ER physician Dr. Travis Stork notes that lifestyle can play a major role in someone's health, especially those with autoimmune disorders. He suggests Nnete address her gut bacteria and change what she is eating to help with her inflammation and energy levels. He says adding more fiber, which fuels good gut bacteria and increasing the number of probiotics she eats, possibly with fermented sauerkraut, kombucha, and yogurt, she could improve her microbiome and help her immune system operate more effectively.
Clinical psychologist Dr. Judy Ho says she too has Hashimoto’s disease and realized it after gaining 18 pounds in just 2 months and began experiencing severe fatigue. To address the disease, she altered her diet, upped her exercise, and began taking a probiotic and says hasn't had elevated thyroid levels in the last 6 years.
To help Nnete with her upcoming wedding, Dr. Travis offers her a free copy of his book “The Lose Your Belly Diet," and Dr. Karima Hirami agrees to examine Nnete and figure out the right thyroid hormone replacement free of charge.
*"The Lose Your Belly Diet: Change Your Gut, Change Your Life," is published by Ghost Mountain Books, which is owned, in part, by The Doctors’ Executive Producer.