What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis?

Could an underactive thyroid be the cause of your mysterious symptoms?

Did you know that Hashimoto's thyroiditis is the leading cause of underactive thyroid (also known as hypothyroidism)? While thyroid disease takes many shapes, millions of Americans live with this chronic autoimmune disease, particularly women. Our Carmel, IN, ENT doctors Dr. Robert Youkilis, Dr. Jeffrey Beach and Dr. Seth Bruggers, want to provide patients with as much information as possible about this condition, its symptoms and how to best manage it.

What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis?

Recognizing the warning signs of Hashimoto's thyroiditis is essential so you can turn to our Carmel, IN, team for further evaluation. A simple blood test can tell us how well your thyroid functions and whether thyroid disease is present. Turn to us if you are experiencing these symptoms,

  • Chronic fatigue or exhaustion
  • Poor memory or concentration
  • Dry skin
  • Constipation
  • Thinning hair (including eyebrows)
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Brittle nails
  • Morning headaches
  • Bloating or fluid retention
  • Muscle aches, weakness or cramping
  • Cold intolerance
  • Joint pain or stiffness
  • Irregular periods
  • Fertility problems
  • Loss of libido
  • Constipation
  • Low-grade depression
  • Weight gain

How Is Hashimoto’s Treated?

The problem with autoimmune diseases is that if you have one, you are more at risk for developing another. That’s why it’s crucial to have a team of medical professionals and specialists that can help you gain control over your Hashimoto’s disease to reduce your risk for other autoimmune diseases.

Our Carmel, IN, ENT team can work with you to map out a treatment plan that best suits your needs and helps you manage your symptoms. Some common ways to manage Hashimoto’s and reduce flare-ups include,

  • Supplementation, including vitamin D, zinc, iodine, omega-3 and selenium
  • Incorporating more thyroid-loving foods into your diet, which includes eggs, sunflower seeds, whole grains, seafood and iodine-rich foods such as seaweed and nori
  • Finding ways to reduce stress
  • Eating cooked or steamed cruciferous vegetables, never raw
  • Consuming a gluten-free diet
  • Taking synthetic levothyroxine, a medication that restores normal thyroid hormone levels

If you are experiencing the symptoms of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, it’s time to schedule an evaluation with our Carmel, IN, ENT team. To book an appointment, call Northside ENT at (317) 844-5656.

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