By Jordan Harris
Hashimoto's disease, also known as chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis or autoimmune thyroiditis, is chronic inflammation located in the thyroid gland. It is an autoimmune disease, where the body turns on itself. This is what causes the chronic inflammation in the thyroid. It can occur at any age, but is most likely to affect women around the middle of their lives. It tends to affect those with history of thyroid disease somewhere along the familial line, but mostly females. Sometimes Hashimoto's disease can affect people as a part of another disease, but in this case it would be known as a symptom of that disease. It is also the most common cause of unnaturally low thyroid hormones in the US. Symptoms of this disease include: fatigue, depression, some weight gain, cold intolerance, excessive sleepiness, dry/coarse hair, constipation, dry skin, muscle cramps, high cholesterol, decreased concentration, odd aches/pains, and leg swelling. There currently isn't a cure for Hashimoto's disease, seeing as its an autoimmune disorder with no real defined cause. Treatment is the only option, which entails taking thyroid medication that replaces the lost thyroid hormone.
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