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18 Signs of Hashimoto's Disease and Hypothyroidism

By    |   Thursday, 23 Jun 2016 03:47 PM

Inflammation from Hashimoto’s disease often results in hypothyroidism, an underactive thyroid. The thyroid gland in the front of the neck produces hormones that regulate activities throughout the body.

Hashimoto’s disease targets men and women of all ages and even children, but women in middle age are primarily affected, according to the Mayo Clinic. Hashimoto’s is also called chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis and is the most common cause of hypothyroidism in the United States.

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Signs of Hashimoto’s disease aren’t necessarily noticed early since thyroid hormone levels in the blood usually decrease slowly over the years, says the Mayo Clinic. The symptoms are similar to those of hypothyroidism.

These 18 signs may occur in Hashimoto’s disease and hypothyroidism, according to the Mayo Clinic, WebMD, and Endocrine Web:

1. A swelling in the front of the neck is often the first sign of Hashimoto’s, WebMD points out. This is from an enlarged thyroid, known as a goiter. It could make swallowing difficult.

The thyroid becomes inflamed as the immune system attacks healthy thyroid tissue because of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and an underactive thyroid that follows, EndocrineWeb notes.

2. Fatigue may result because the body can’t function properly.

3. Drowsiness.

4. Muscle soreness, tenderness and stiffness, often in the shoulders and hips.

5. Pain and stiffness in the joints, swelling of the joints in the hands and feet or in the knees.

6. Muscle weakness may occur in the lower extremities.

7. Difficulty concentrating.

8. Increased sensitivity to cold.

9. Dry skin, hair, and nails.

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10. Unexplained weight gain.

11. Increased menstrual flow.

12. Difficulty getting pregnant.

13. Slowed heart rate.

14. Constipation.

15. Hoarse voice.

16. A puffy face or paleness.

17. Hair loss or thinning.

18. Depression.

Recognizing the symptoms allows effective treatment to begin, although some of these signs could be symptoms of other health conditions, so it's important to talk to your doctor if you're experiencing them.

Thyroid hormone replacement is used to treat Hashimoto’s disease and hypothyroidism after doctors test a patient’s thyroid function. The Mayo Clinic says seeing a doctor is particularly important when a person notices signs of dry skin, a pale and puffy face, unexplained tiredness, constipation, and a hoarse voice.

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