Hashimoto's Disease Specialist

RGV Endocrine Center -  - Endocrinology, Diabetes, Thyroid, Hormone & Weight Loss Specialist

RGV Endocrine Center

Endocrinology, Diabetes, Thyroid, Hormone & Weight Loss Specialists located in McAllen, TX

If you experience chronic fatigue, weight gain, thinning hair, or sensitivity to cold, Hashimoto’s disease might be to blame. At RGV Endocrine Center in McAllen, Texas, endocrinologists Gloria Ortiz, MD, FACE, ECNU, Amanda Cantu, MD, ABIM, and their exceptional team can diagnose and treat Hashimoto’s disease to reduce your risk of serious medical problems. Schedule an appointment with RGV Endocrine Center by phone to get screened today.

Hashimoto's Disease

What is Hashimoto’s disease?

Hashimoto's disease is a chronic disease in which your immune system attacks the thyroid gland, a butterfly-shaped gland in the front part of your neck. This gland produces hormones that regulate your metabolism and numerous other body functions. 

Inflammation associated with Hashimoto's disease can cause an underactive thyroid gland, also known as hypothyroidism. 

What are the symptoms of Hashimoto’s disease?

If you have Hashimoto’s disease, you may experience the following signs and symptoms associated with hypothyroidism:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Cold sensitivity
  • Pale, dry skin
  • A puffy face
  • Constipation
  • Hair loss
  • Brittle nails
  • Weight gain
  • Muscle aches, stiffness, or weakness
  • Joint pain
  • Memory problems
  • Depression
  • Menstrual changes in women

Complications resulting from untreated Hashimoto’s disease may include an enlarged thyroid gland, heart problems, congenital disabilities during pregnancy, and mental health problems. 

What are the risk factors for Hashimoto’s disease?

While anybody can develop Hashimoto’s disease, women are more likely to have it than men. Other risk factors include being 40 to 60 years old, having a family history of Hashimoto’s disease, genetics, having another autoimmune disease, and radiation exposure. 

How does my doctor diagnose Hashimoto’s disease?

To diagnose Hashimoto’s disease and develop an effective treatment, your RGV Endocrine Center specialist reviews your symptoms, discusses your medical history, and completes a physical examination. 

They assess your thyroid gland and might recommend you undergo blood tests, a thyroid ultrasound, or both.

What are my treatment options?

The most common treatment for Hashimoto’s disease is taking synthetic thyroid medication. It’s a pill you take once daily. You might have to take this medication for the rest of your life. If you develop additional thyroid problems, your endocrinologist may suggest a surgical procedure.

They monitor thyroid levels in your blood once or twice yearly, or more often in some cases, and make changes to your treatment regimen as needed to reduce the risk of unpleasant symptoms or complications.

Don’t live with Hashimoto’s disease symptoms when simple treatments are within reach. If you suspect you have hypothyroidism associated with Hashimoto’s disease, schedule an appointment with RGV Endocrine Center by phone today.