Hashimoto's Disease Topic Guide
Hashimoto's Thyroiditis: Hashimoto's thyroiditis (also referred to as chronic autoimmune thyroiditis, or chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis) is a disease affecting the thyroid gland and thyroid hormone regulation. Symptoms of Hashimoto's disease include fatigue, feeling excessively cold, mental fogginess, constipation, dry skin, fluid retention, depression, heavy vaginal bleeding (menorrhagia), and stiff joints and muscles. Treatment for Hashimoto's disease is generally with medication.
Thyroid Problems Diseases of the thyroid gland can lead to hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, thyroid nodules, thyroid goiters, or thyroid cancer. Causes of hypothyroidism include tissue loss, antibodies, present from birth, defects in the production of thyroid hormone production, and medications. Causes of hyperthyroidism include Grave's disease, goiter, thyroiditis, adenoma, or medications. Symptoms of both diseases range from constipation, fatigue, weight gain, cold or heat intolerance, to coma. Treatment depends upon the thyroid condition.