Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is a condition in which the immune system turns against the body’s own tissues and inappropriately attacks the thyroid gland – as if it is foreign tissue. It’s a sneaky “chameleon” disease, frequently misdiagnosed and is commonly not tested for within a regular thyroid panel.
Located in the front of your neck, the thyroid gland makes hormones that control metabolism. This includes your heart rate and how quickly your body uses calories from the foods you eat. The underlying cause of the autoimmune process remains unknown. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis tends to occur in families, 5 to 10 times more common in women than in men and most often starts in adulthood.
Normal levels should be under 35. What’s your level? If you’re experiencing several of these symptoms, Dr. Mitchell can accurately diagnose and treat your Hashimoto’s to control inflammation and damage. There is no cure for Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. It is an autoimmune disease. The timeframe of severity and the declining process will continue and is not predictable without treatment. Schedule an appointment with Mitchell Medical today.