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Symptoms of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditi

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is an autoimmune disorder targeting the thyroid gland. In this disease, the natural protection mechanism of the body (immune system) destroys the healthy cells of this organ placed near the throat.

1 to 1.5 in a 1000 people on an average get affected with this condition in the North America. Women, especially between 45-65 years, are 10 to 20 times more at risk of developing this disease than men. This article tries to gain further insight on the symptoms of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.

Symptoms of Hashimoto Thyroiditis:

  • Asymptomatic or no apparent symptoms of the disease
  • Protruding eyes
  • Weight gain
  • Muscle weakness
  • Lump at front of neck
  • Mental slowness
  • Cold sensitivity
  • Goiter – Swelling of thyroid gland
  • Fatigue
  • Coarse skin
  • Dry skin
  • Slow pulse
  • Physical slowness
  • Muscle cramps
  • Depression
  • Brittle hair
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Constipation
  • Muscle tenderness
  • Joint stiffness
  • Low thyroid hormone level
  • Thyroid enlargement
  • Increased menstrual flow
  • Excessive menstrual bleeding
  • Hoarse voice
  • Facial swelling
  • Hair loss
  • Memory loss
  • Neck discomfort
  • Pale skin
  • Infertility
  • Mania
  • Panic attacks
  • Sensitivity to cold
  • High cholesterol
  • Migraines
  • Periodic paralysis
  • Reactive hypoglycemia – Low levels of sugar in the blood
  • Tachycardia – An abnormally rapid heart rhythm with more than 100 beats per minute
  • Bradycardia – Slow heart rate less than 60 beats per minute
  • Rheumatoid arthritis – A disease where the body’s natural protection mechanism itself turns hostile and targets healthy joint cells causing pain and swelling.
  • Myxedma – A disease caused by reduced functionalities of the thyroid gland in adults and involves dry skin, swellings around the nose and lips, mental deterioration, and a subnormal rate of metabolism (chemical processes taking place inside the cells and necessary for maintenance of life).
  • Musculoskeletal symptoms – Signs of disruption in the system of muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, joints and associated tissues which help in the maintenance of the structure and movement of the body.

Symptoms of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis cannot be ignored and require immediate medical diagnosis. Otherwise, the condition can lead to muscle failure, heart failure and in some rare cases to cancer of the thyroid gland.

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