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 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.
If you have Hashimoto’s disease, you may experience the following signs and symptoms associated with hypothyroidism:
Complications resulting from untreated Hashimoto’s disease may include an enlarged thyroid gland, heart problems, congenital disabilities during pregnancy, and mental health problems.
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.
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.
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.