Do I have Hashimoto’s?

What is Hashimoto’s?

Hashimoto’s disease is an autoimmune condition where the immune system attacks the thyroid gland. Hashimoto affects more and more people, mostly middle-aged women, but it can also affect young women, men and even children. Hashimoto’s often develops asymptomatically throughout many years.

 

What to look for?

Symptoms of Hashimoto’s disease:

  • Unexplained weight gain or weight loss
  • Fatigue and lethargy
  • Frequent colds and infections
  • Mood changes
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Memory and concentration problems
  • Increased sensitivity to cold, feeling cold even on warm days
  • Pale, dry skin
  • Swollen face
  • Constipation
  • Brittle nails
  • Hair loss
  • Muscle weakness
  • Join pain and stiffness
  • Miscarriages
  • Long periods

Hashimoto – laboratory tests

  1. TSH
  2. Anti-TPO antibodies (Thyroid Peroxidase Antibody)
  3. Anti-TG antibodies (Thyroglobulin Antibody)
    Antibody tests can detect Hashimoto very well, often many years before TSH increases.
  4. FT3
  5. FT4
  6. Thyroid ultrasound

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