ashimoto’s disease is an autoimmune disorder in which your immune system creates antibodies that attack and damage your thyroid gland. The thyroid enlarges and you can feel nodules (lumps) on your thyroid. This leads to the gradual, long-term destruction of the thyroid gland, and therefore insufficient levels of thyroid hormones. As the disease progresses, the thyroid may produce too few thyroid hormones, resulting in hypothyroidism. Hashimoto’s disease can affect any individual at any age, but mostly occurs in middle-aged women and people with a family history of thyroid disorders.
Consequences of Hashimoto's Disease
This disease can go unnoticed for a long time. In the course of the disease the thyroid gland can become exhausted. You begin with hypothyroidism with symptoms such as:
- Fatigue and drowsiness and/or weakness
- Cold intolerance
- Difficulty concentrating or thinking
- Weight gain
- Enlarged neck or presence of goiter and, later in the disease, a small or shrunken thyroid gland
- Abnormal menstrual periods
- Joint or muscle pain
- Hair loss
- Dry skin
- Brittle fingernails
- Swelling of the face
Source: Thyroid Aware and Medline Plus.
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