Have you just found out about your Hashimoto's disease? Or are you additionally struggling with hypothyroidism?
We can imagine how confused you must feel. That's why we have prepared for you the essence of basic information to help you understand Hashimoto's disease or hypothyroidism.
Hashimoto’s disease is an autoimmune disease in which your immune system rebels and produces antibodies that attack your thyroid gland.
In Hashimoto’s disease, inflammation takes place and antibodies are produced that damage the thyroid gland. Over time, as a result of the constant attack, the thyroid gland may become smaller and smaller, causing it to produce fewer and fewer hormones, which ultimately leads to the development of hypothyroidism associated with Hashimoto’s disease.
Hypothyroidism can also occur independently of Hashimoto’s disease.
Hashimoto’s disease can have up to 45 symptoms!
Among the most common are:
These symptoms are consistent for often co-occurring hypothyroidism. However, especially in the beginning, Hashimoto’s disease can produce symptoms similar to hyperthyroidism. These include:
Among the most common are:
Remember that Hashimoto’s disease does not come from a single cause; it most often occurs as a result of a combination of several factors. These include:
In order for your doctor to determine if you have Hashimoto’s disease, it is important to have a proper diagnosis.
Among these, blood tests are important. In this case, blood concentrations of parameters such as
Sometimes an additional diagnostic test for Hashimoto’s disease will be a thyroid ultrasound.
You can compare the results of your blood tests and the volume of your thyroid gland in our calculators available in the “Knowledge” tab.
According to the current knowledge, there is no direct cure for Hashimoto’s disease.
Hashimoto’s disease is often treated with levothyroxine, a thyroid hormone analogue, because hypothyroidism often co-occurs. However, the treatment alone often does not solve the problems associated with feeling unwell.
Consequences of untreated Hashimoto’s disease or hypothyroidism
The constant inflammation and elevated antibody levels in Hashimoto’s disease and uncompensated hypothyroidism can carry serious consequences for your health.
Among other things:
Therefore, it is important to take care of the thyroid and other organs, as we mention in the program “Step by Step to Remission”.
The remission of symptoms of Hashimoto’s disease means feeling good and not having the symptoms you had before. What is more, the results of examinations also improve, as the level of anti-TPO and anti-TG antibodies characteristic for Hashimoto’s disease decreases.
In remission, although you still have Hashimoto’s disease, you do not feel its symptoms and you feel well.
However, the remission of Hashimoto’s disease symptoms does not equal the absence of hypothyroidism and you may still need to take levothyroxine.