Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is one of the direct causes of an endocrine disorder that results in Primary Hypothyroidism.  It is also called  Chronic Lymphocytic Thyroiditis.

In this particular condition, the cause is from an autoimmune disease. The body appears to attack its own T-cells of Thyroid.

Various antibodies may be present such as: thyroid peroxidase, thyroglobulin, and TSH receptors. Though, a small percentage of patients may have no antibodies present. (Rare Finding)

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is one of the most common causes of primary hypothyroidism in the United States. Another common cause is Ord’s thyroiditis in European Countries.

It was first described in 1912 by Hakaru Hashimoto, a Japanese specialist who published a paper in Germany. This condition is seen more often in women than men.

Causes:

1.)  Genetic possibilities

  –  HLA-DR5 gene
  –  CTLA-4 gene

Symptoms

–  Weight gain
–  Depression
–  Panic Attacks
–  Mania
–  Heart palpitations
–  Headaches
–  Cramps
–  Sensitivity to Cold
–  Infertility
–  Hair loss

Treatment

1.)  Manage Hormone Levels

2.)  Levothyroxine

Hashimoto’s thyroiditis can be Misdiagnosed as the following:

–  Depression
–  PMS
–  Chronic Fatigue
–  Fibomyalgia
–  Anxiety
–  and More

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