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Hashimoto's thyroiditis and hypothyroidism

A woman was diagnosed with thyroid disease after she sought information from the internet and medical opinion on her symptoms of hair loss, acne, daytime sleeping, weight gain, loss of libido and depression with labile mood swings. She had borderline hypothyroidism detected on a blood test a few years earlier, but this had normalised by a following check-up. Other symptoms of thyroid hormone deficiency include cold intolerance, dry nails and skin, recurrent infections, giddiness, menstrual abnormalities and an enlarged thyroid (goitre). Her mother was also taking thyroid medication for hypothyroidism, but she had irradiation of the neck for Hodgkin's lymphoma and her thyroid dysfunction was believed to be a complication of the treatment. Treatment for hypothyroidism is daily replacement hormone therapy, the levels of which are monitored by an endocrinologist. Hypothyroidism has many causes, the most common is Hashimoto's thyroiditis, which is an auto-immune condition where the body targets the thyroid to be destroyed by disease fighting cells. It is a commonly confused identity as people come to terms with the constant struggle of daily life and disregard their symptoms of fatigue and hair loss to be due to stress.

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About: Hashimoto's thyroiditis and hypothyroidism

Date: 26 May 2005

Source: Useless

Author: Mary Payne


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