by Jaie Obillo 3 min read
Do you feel tired all the time? Have you gained weight? Do you experience joint pains? Have you had bouts of depression? Fatigue, weight gain, joint pain, and depression are some of the classic symptoms of an autoimmune disease called Hashimoto's disease. It is also called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, chronic autoimmune lymphocytic thyroiditis, or autoimmune thyroiditis. It is an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid gland.
The thyroid is a small gland at the base of your neck. It secretes hormones that control many activities in your body, including how fast your heart beats and how fast you burn calories. In people with Hashimoto's disease, white blood cells and antibodies mistakenly attack the cells of the thyroid. This creates damage to the thyroid gland. Hashimoto's disease can often lead to hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism, is a condition wherein the thyroid gland does not make enough thyroid hormones which can heavily impair bodily functions. In severe cases, it can cause metabolism to slow down, and that leads to weight gain, fatigue, and other symptoms.
Hashimoto’s disease is4 to 10 times more common in women than men. Doctors do not know the reason behind this yet, but some scientists suspect genetic factors may be involved as Hashimoto’s disease often runs in families. Having other autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, celiac disease, type 1 diabetes, pernicious anemia (vitamin B12 deficiency anemia), or lupus, also puts you at risk of getting Hashimoto's disease.
The first sign to look out for is an enlarged thyroid or a goiter. This can create a feeling of fullness in your throat, though it is usually not painful. Overtime damage to the thyroid may cause the gland to shrink and the goiter to disappear. Other symptoms of Hashimoto's disease include:
If you have these symptoms and suspect that you have Hashimoto’s disease, it is best to see your doctor right away to get a diagnosis and a treatment plan. The danger of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, if left untreated, is that it can cause complications, some of which can be severe. These can include:
Talk to your doctor if you experience any combination of the classic signs. Early diagnosis and treatment will improve your wellbeing.
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