Hashimoto’s disease, also called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, thyroiditis, or simply “Hashimoto’s,” is an autoimmune disease in which the thyroid is attacked by the body’s immune system.
Hashimoto’s disease is often silent in the early stages, with no symptoms. But as the disease progresses, patients may experience a cycling back and forth between hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism symptoms:
• Panic attacks
• Anxiety or depression
• Unexplained weight changes
• Diarrhea or constipation
• Inability to tolerate heat or cold
• Muscle/joint aches and pains
• Unusual weakness and fatigue
• Hair loss
• Swelling of the feet, hands and face
• A hoarse voice, problems swallowing, or a tight feeling in the throat
• Irregular periods
Our immune system is usually very good at keeping us healthy. When it recognizes foreign objects, such as bacteria or viruses, it sends an army of antibodies to attack those foreign objects and keep us healthy. But sometimes the immune system goes into attack against something that is not a foreign object, like the thyroid gland. In patients who are suffering from Hashimoto’s disease, antibodies react against proteins in the thyroid gland and go into attack, gradually killing thyroid cells.
Many doctors will take a “wait and see” approach to treating Hashimoto’s disease, especially if a patient’s lab results show a low level of antibodies. But once a patient shows specific anti-thyroid antibodies in lab tests, it is important to begin treatment to prevent further damage to the thyroid.
Scientific studies have shown that treatment for Hashimoto’s disease can relieve symptoms and reduce the progression of the disease, even in patients who do not have an elevated TSH. By proactively treating Hashimoto’s disease early in patients who show any level of antibodies, it may be possible to stop the progression of the disease, save the thyroid from further damage, and save the patient from development of hypothyroidism.
At Rising Health Specialty Clinic, we are able to recognize and treat even the most complex thyroid disorders, including Hashimoto’s disease. We can help you deal with the symptoms of Hashimoto’s, and can even help you slow the disease or halt it in its tracks. Our innovative treatment options can help you get off the energy roller coaster and get your life back on track.
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