Beating Hashimoto's Disease at Its Symptomless Game

There is no cure for Hashimoto's Disease. It has no symptoms, no clues, that it has invaded your body until you have a thyroid test. The thyroid gland is the object of its relentless attack.

Hashimoto's Disease is a disorder of the body's autoimmune system. The body produces red blood cells and white blood cells which help protect the body against viruses and other unwanted intrusions. When someone has Hashimoto's Disease, the body begins to create antibodies which damage the thyroid gland.

The thyroid gland is a small gland at the base of the neck. It produces many hormones that keep many bodily functions running smoothly. When the antibodies produced by Hashimoto's Disease begin to attack it, the thyroid stops making these essential hormones. This is when the pituitary gland steps in. It tries to stimulate the thyroid to produce more hormones. This stimulation causes the thyroid to enlarge. The inflammation caused by Hashimoto's Disease and the enlargement by the stimulation of the pituitary gland leads to hypothyroidism, or a condition known as an under active thyroid.

It is difficult to diagnose Hashimoto's Disease as the symptoms are only those of an under active thyroid. The trouble with those symptoms is that they resemble many bodily characteristics that begin to arise simply as we age.

Symptoms of under active thyroid caused by Hashimoto's Disease are generally ignored at least when they start. This disease may be silently assaulting the thyroid for years before it is discovered. Many experience signs such as fatigue or sluggishness. Other mid life symptoms like achy, tender or stiff joints go unchecked. Muscle weakness, especially in the lower portions of the body, are thought of as a normal part of aging.

Females may experience excessive bleeding during their menstrual cycle but think it is only a pre-menopausal symptom instead. Elevated levels of cholesterol are not uncommon as we age. It is also not unusual to find that they are more sensitive to cold temperatures.

These are all symptoms of hypothyroidism. So are things like unexplained weight gain, hoarseness in the voice and even constipation. Then there are also some more visible unexplainable signs of thyroid trouble such as, a puffy face, dry skin and constipation.

Once hypothyroidism is discovered, it is easily and effectively treated using thyroid hormone replacement. The severity of the symptoms will depend on the level of depravity of hormones the body needs. Without treatment, the gland becomes overly enlarged and though processes are slowed. The victim of Hashimoto's Disease may become depressed or extremely forgetful.