Hashimoto's Disease Treatment in Largo, FL
Hashimoto's disease, also known as Hashimoto's thyroiditis, is a chronic autoimmune disease. Hashimoto's disease causes the body's immune system to function incorrectly, resulting in damage to thyroid cells and the inability to manufacture thyroid hormones. If you're interested in learning more about Hashimoto's thyroiditis, please call (727) 826-0838 or contact Dr. Tracie Leonhardt online.
Symptoms of Hashimoto's Disease
One of the most frightening aspects of Hashimoto's disease is that it may initially show no symptoms. One of the first signs of Hashimoto's disease for many patients is an enlarged thyroid, colloquially referred to as a goiter.
The main effect of Hashimoto's disease is a deficiency of the thyroid hormone, also referred to as hypothyroidism. The common signs of thyroid deficiency include:
- Weight gain
- Joint pain
- Hair loss
- Pale skin
- Muscle pain
- Throat pain
- Excessive hunger
Those who have had previous thyroid surgery, or have suffered from hypothyroidism are at a much higher risk of contracting Hashimoto's disease. If you've struggled with thyroid complications and are seeing these symptoms, contact a doctor as soon as you can.
Causes of Hashimoto's Thyroiditis
There is a bigger risk of Hashimoto's thyroiditis for those suffering from other autoimmune diseases, such as:
- Type 1 diabetes
- Graves' disease
Hashimoto's is an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system attacks the thyroid gland. This is frequently induced by viral illnesses that cause an inflammatory response. There may be other inflammatory issues involved such as GI inflammation, obesity and even a genetic component. The thyroid gland plays a major part in pregnancy; it's worth discussing Hashimoto's disease with a doctor if you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant.
Hashimoto's Disease Treatment
While there's no cure for Hashimoto's disease, the symptoms are treatable. The most common and most effective treatment for Hashimoto's thyroiditis is hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Here, your doctor will balance your hormones by providing thyroid replacement or supplementation. Your doctor will also search for the cause of the autoimmune disorder and work to modulate the immune system.
These supplements are typically taken orally but other delivery methods are available. Your doctor may recommend desiccated or custom compounded thyroid replacement therapy.
Hormone therapy is a proven method for stopping Hashimoto's disease, reducing the size of goiters and providing relief.
Seek Treatment Now
Hashimoto's disease can cause serious health complications. If you're noticing signs or symptoms, the best course of action is to have your thyroid levels checked. To set up a consultation about Hashimoto's thyroiditis, please call (727) 826-0838 or contact Dr. Tracie Leonhardt online.
Peaks of Health Metabolic Medical Center
Address1120 S. Belcher Road
Largo, FL 33771
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