Hashimoto’s Disease and How It Damages Your Thyroid

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By Hot Health September 1, 2017 09:37

Hashimoto’s Disease and How It Damages Your Thyroid

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Hashimoto’s and Your Thyroid 

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, or shortly known as Hashimoto’s, is an auto-immune disease responsible for the complications faced by the thyroid gland of the body. This specific disease makes the immune system attack itself by basically damaging the thyroid gland often creating a ripple effect of negative symptoms in the body.

The thyroid gland is in charge of establishing the metabolic rate of the body—that is the rate at which the body utilizes energy to perform various bodily functions. Though the rate at which the energy in the human body burn is typically related to weight loss and calorie burn, the body needs energy for performing any kind of function. This means that any harm done to the thyroid gland can interfere with the normal functioning of the body and can potentially lead to substantial health issues.

Hashimoto’s is the thyroid disease that halts the thyroid gland from producing enough thyroid hormones as required by the body to function properly.

 

Symptoms of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

Hashimoto’s is among those ailments that show distinct features for distinct individuals. Some people may not experience any major symptoms at all while some may notice common symptoms such as depression, fatigue, weight gain or high sensitivity to cold weather. These symptoms are entirely different from increased menstrual flow, constipation, muscle weakness and forgetfulness which are experienced by some. Some people experience goiter (major swelling of the thyroid gland present in front of the neck) because of Hashimoto’s.

 

What is the cause of Hashimoto’s?

Some physicians believe that Hashimoto’s is a hereditary condition. While there is no concrete evidence to support this belief, it is obvious that you are more prone to develop a condition if you have a family history.

 

How is it detected?

Hashimoto’s is detected by means of a simple blood test. The doctor checks the level of the Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) based on the result of which he/she may order a specific thyroid hormone test. Thyroid Stimulating Hormone is produced in the pituitary gland. It is responsible for regulating the production of thyroid hormones in the body.

 

How serious is it?

If not catered to at the right time, the Hashimoto’s complications may lead to potentially serious health problems. The goiter is a symptom of Hashimoto’s in most people. It may swell to the extent where it becomes difficult for an individual to breathe or swallow food.

Hashimoto’s also leads to other complications such as heart failure, myxedema and mental health problems. Myexdema is a rare condition but it keeps the potential of developing into a severe coma and lethargy from intense drowsiness and cold intolerance. Myexdema coma, if not treated, becomes fatal.

Women with no history treating Hashimoto’s are prone to giving birth to children with birth defects that may be as severe as cleft palate and heart, kidney and brain problems.

It’s important to let your doctor know if you have a family history of auto immune diseases or if you experienced any of the mentioned symptoms.

 

How does one treat Hashimoto’s?

The treatment for Hashimoto’s is the daily intake of a hormone replacement pill. The amount of hormones being produced in your body need to be monitored regularly on the basis of which the dosage needs to controlled.

While the disease shows different symptoms in different people, if you experience any of the above mentioned symptoms regularly, it is recommended to get in touch with your physician at the earliest.

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By Hot Health September 1, 2017 09:37
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