Constipated? It Could Be Hashimoto’s Disease

If you’ve ever experienced constipation, you know the discomfort it can cause. While occasional problems are usually easy to manage, chronic constipation can interfere with daily life and lead to additional complications, like hemorrhoids, anal fissures, fecal impaction, and even rectal prolapse.

Unfortunately, many people find it too embarrassing to talk about bathroom troubles, leaving them suffering in silence when there are numerous solutions. And for women, constipation is one of the most common signs of a thyroid disorder — a highly treatable condition.

At Sonoran Endocrinology, Dr. Rohit Dwivedi provides expert care when diagnosing and treating hormonal disorders, including Hashimoto’s disease. Here are a few signs that your constipation problems could be associated with your thyroid gland.

Hashimoto’s disease and your thyroid

You may be familiar with hypothyroidism — a condition that describes an underactive thyroid gland. But did you know Hashimoto’s disease is the leading cause of this problem?

When you have Hashimoto’s disease, your immune system misfires and starts attacking your thyroid gland. These antibodies trigger inflammation that causes damage to the thyroid, interfering with its ability to produce enough hormones.

Without enough thyroid hormone in your blood, you can develop numerous symptoms, such as: 

And, most often, constipation.

Recognizing the signs of constipation

Since everyone is different, there really is no “right or wrong” when it comes to the number of bowel movements you should have. However, signs that indicate constipation include:

Your thyroid regulates many of your bodily functions, including digestion and elimination. Without enough thyroid hormone in your system, your gastrointestinal tract may not work properly, leading to constipation.

Diagnosing and managing Hashimoto’s disease

While you can experience constipation for several reasons — like dehydration, lack of activity, and diet — it’s especially common when you have Hashimoto’s disease or hypothyroidism. That means the first step to finding relief requires an accurate diagnosis.

As an experienced endocrinologist, Dr. Dwivedi relies on the latest and most advanced diagnostic techniques. This expertise enables him to thoroughly assess your thyroid function and make the best recommendations to manage your condition.

When you have Hashimoto’s disease, Dr. Dwivedi often recommends making lifestyle choices to support your condition and digestion, such as:

In addition to lifestyle changes, Dr. Dwivedi could also recommend hormone replacement therapy to improve your thyroid levels.

Could your constipation be due to Hashimoto’s disease? Contact one of our Sonoran Endocrinology offices in Surprise or Gilbert, Arizona, to schedule an evaluation today.

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