Affecting nearly 20 million Americans, Hashimoto’s disease is an autoimmune disorder that leads to hypothyroidism. Because Hashimoto’s disease can lead to chronic fatigue, weight gain, and a slow heart rate, among other issues, Rohit Dwivedi, MD, at Sonoran Endocrinology in Surprise, Gilbert, Lake Havasu City, and Prescott, Arizona, provides research-driven treatment solutions. Learn more about how Dr. Dwivedi can help you by booking a Hashimoto’s disease evaluation online or by calling the office nearest you.
Hashimoto’s disease is an autoimmune disorder characterized by thyroid gland damage caused by an overactive immune system.
This condition leads to ongoing issues with thyroid inflammation, which limits your thyroid’s ability to produce hormones that are vital for metabolism, digestive processes, brain functions, and more.
Medical researchers aren’t sure why some people are more likely to develop Hashimoto’s disease than others. However, a combination of genetics, infections, and chronic health conditions (like Type 1 diabetes and lupus) are likely to blame.
Hashimoto’s disease is roughly eight times more common in women than in men. Your risk of having Hashimoto’s disease is also greater if it runs in your family.
In early stages, Hashimoto’s disease causes few, if any, symptoms. But as your thyroid continues to become inflamed and enlarged, you might start noticing that the front of your neck is swollen — a condition known as goiter.
Hypothyroidism — underactive thyroid function — associated with Hashimoto’s disease can make you feel fatigued, weak, and sluggish on a regular basis. You might even notice:
In women, Hashimoto’s disease can also lead to irregular menstrual cycles, which may affect your ability to become pregnant. Before any of these symptoms progress, contact Dr. Dwivedi for an evaluation, so you can get started on personalized treatment.
As a board-certified endocrinologist, Dr. Dwivedi specializes in the latest and most advanced diagnostic testing, so he can thoroughly evaluate your thyroid function and counsel you about your condition.
To manage Hashimoto’s disease, Dr. Dwivedi may recommend thyroid hormone replacement therapy medications, such as levothyroxine.
Dr. Dwivedi also counsels you about lifestyle changes you need to make when you have Hashimoto’s disease. For instance, you’re going to need to avoid consuming supplements and foods that have large amounts of iodine.
Since your thyroid uses iodine to make hormones, too much iodine can be irritating and damaging if you have poor thyroid functions.
Dr. Dwivedi has you check in about 6-8 weeks after starting your Hashimoto’s disease treatment plan to conduct follow-up labs and make any necessary changes to your treatment plan.
If you’re experiencing symptoms associated with Hashimoto’s disease, contact the practice of Rohit Dwivedi, MD. Click on the online booking tool or call any location to schedule by phone.