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Contributing Cause 3: Bodily trauma. The most acute trigger for me was a concussion and whiplash in 2012 - 4 days before my birthday. Looking back, I realize a lot of my HashiStory started in the wake of that accident
It’s an injury that really shouldn’t have happened - I do non-contact sports! While biking home from track practice, my skinny bike tire wedged in a crack in the sidewalk and I went over the handlebars - while not wearing a helmet ( notsmart ). As I fell, I threw my arm out to try to catch my head, but missed, and the left side of my head slammed against the concrete. I don’t remember much afterwards, but it was clear I had all the symptoms of a concussion and whiplash. I also likely damaged my thyroid with the trauma to the area
My “concussion” symptoms lasted much longer than normal. Headaches, anxiety, depression, achy joints, mood swings, general apathy all lasting *months* after the accident. Then, 8 months later I started fainting - completely losing consciousness - out of the blue, and became very sensitive to temperature changes
Bodily trauma is increasingly cited as a correlate to autoimmune disease onset in the following months (Song et al. 2018; O’Donovan et al. 2015; Boscarino et al. 2010; Al-Allaf et al. 2001). It’s thought that the stress of the trauma, which could also be psychological, impairs the brain’s ability to coordinate the immune system, prompting an autoimmune response that remains even after the immediate trauma is over
As with my other Contributing Causes, my concussion on its own did not cause my hashimotosdisease - but it is almost certainly a factor in its onset.