What are the Symptoms of Hashimoto’s Thyroid Disease?

Hashimoto thyroid disease is one of the most common types of thyroid disease in the world today.  In America alone, it is believed that nearly 14 million people suffer from the disease, and some estimates place the number of worldwide sufferers at between one and three percent of the total population.  The disease is most likely tied to genetic factors; it is not uncommon for families to have sufferers going back several generations.

Getting an official diagnosis of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis should always be done by a medical professional.  If you have two or more of these symptoms, however, it may be a good idea to schedule an appointment and make your concerns known.  He or she will then be able to help you find the root cause of your problems.

1. Depression

If you are feeling sad or like you can’t get out of bed in the morning, but can’t identify a lifestyle cause that would explain this issue, it’s probably a good idea to have your thyroid checked.  Few people realize that the hormones that control the production of serotonin (the chemical that makes you calm and happy) is controlled by the thyroid.  Other symptoms of depression, such as feeling tired all the time or extremely irritable, can also be linked to hormones that are produced by the thyroid.

2.  Memory lapses or brain fog

The hormones that control your ability to think clearly are also controlled by the thyroid.  With Hashimoto thyroid disease, the thyroid is attacked by the body’s own immune system, causing it to produce fewer hormones and in some extreme cases shut down almost completely.  Without these chemicals, your brain is unable to function normally, leading to problems with cognitive ability.

3.  Rapid weight gain or loss

The thyroid is responsible for producing and regulating the hormones that the body uses to process and store fat.  A disruption in these chemicals means that your body can store excess amounts of fat, or burn through more of it than it normally would.  Of course, simply gaining or losing a lot of weight does not always mean a thyroid problem.  In order to indicate a hormonal issue, be prepared to show your doctor a lot of data about your diet and exercise habits.

4.  Skin Issues

Acne, dry skin, and otherwise unexplainable rashes can all indicate an issue with the thyroid.  Hormones that control the production of testosterone and other hormones are also all controlled by the thyroid.

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