Hashimoto’s Disease Symptoms and Treatment

Hashimoto's DiseaseHashimoto’s disease is a condition named after its founder, Dr. Hakaru Hashimoto. This disease is a common origin of hypothyroidism. Hashimoto’s disease in an autoimmune condition which begins with an inflamed thyroid gland. This thyroid gland becomes unfamiliar to the body, thus attacked with ramifications by the body itself. Hashimoto’s disease is often part of a cluster of other autoimmune diseases such as diabetes and celiac disease. Hashimoto’s disease is sometimes not realized until symptoms of low thyroid are diagnosed. There are times that hyper thyroid symptoms are experienced along with hypothyroid episodes as well. It is possible for one to suffer from Hashimoto’s disease as well as Grave’s disease, a fluctuating push and pull thyroid condition.

Symptoms of Hashimoto’s includes fatigue with excessive need to sleep, increase of weight, intolerance to cold, depression, dry skin and hair, muscle aches, leg swelling, and constipation. Cholesterol levels will also elevate. Concentration will be noticeably at a deficit. The heart rate as well as body temperature will be lower and menstrual periods will last longer than usual. There may also be puffiness in the face, especially around the eyes, and voice may begin to sound hoarse.

There is no cure for this thyroid related disease. However, there are treatments to keep the condition under control. A physician will prescribe a thyroid replacement hormone for either the T3 or T4, or both. If medication is not taken to treat the condition, further symptoms of hypothyroidism due to the thyroids inability to maintain levels of hormone will be suffered.