Key points about Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
It occurs when your body makes antibodies that attack the cells in your thyroid.
Symptoms may include an enlarged thyroid gland (goiter), tiredness, weight gain, and muscle weakness.
You don’t need treatment if your thyroid hormone levels are normal.
What does a Hashimoto’s flare feel like?
You might begin to feel a few early symptoms, such as fatigue, hair loss, or sensitivity to cold. Some people experience goiter (swelling of the neck) during flare-ups and feel more symptoms or symptoms at a higher intensity after stress, colds, or certain foods.
What does Hashimoto’s disease do to your body?
Hashimoto’s disease is an autoimmune disorder that can cause hypothyroidism, or underactive thyroid. With this disease, your immune system attacks your thyroid. Thyroid hormones control how your body uses energy, so they affect nearly every organ in your body—even the way your heart beats.
Can you die from Hashimoto’s disease?
Doctor’s Response. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis can be fatal – untreated, it can cause coma or heart problems – but with treatment, the prognosis is good. The outlook for those with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is good. Female gender: Women are 10-15 times more likely than men to develop Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.
How do you know if you have Hashimoto’s or hypothyroidism?
You might not notice signs or symptoms of Hashimoto’s disease at first, or you may notice a swelling at the front of your throat (goiter). The signs and symptoms are mainly those of an underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism). Signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism include: Fatigue and sluggishness.