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Hashimoto's thyroiditis is a problem with the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland, which is in your neck, controls the way your body uses energy. Sometimes the disease causes the gland to make too much thyroid hormone (thyrotoxicosis). This can make you feel nervous, lose weight, and have many loose bowel movements. You may also have a fast heartbeat.
But as the disease progresses, the gland usually does not make enough thyroid hormone. This can cause you to feel tired and have dry skin and thinning hair. Most people with Hashimoto's are diagnosed when they have these symptoms.
You may need to take medicine if you have symptoms or if your thyroid hormone level is not normal. Most people with Hashimoto's thyroiditis need to take medicine for the rest of their lives.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: March 31, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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