Autoimmune Thyroid Disease, also known as Hashimoto’s disease, is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the thyroid (a small gland at the base of your neck below you Adam’s apple). This is caused by abnormal blood antibodies and white blood cells that mistakenly attack and damage healthy thyroid cells. It is also known to be the most common cause of hypothyroidism in the United States. Autoimmune Thyroid Disease can occur at any age. It primarily affects middle aged women but can also affect men and women of any age as well as children. The cause of the disease is still unknown, but scientists think that a virus or bacterium may trigger the disease while others believe that a genetic flaw may be involved.
What Are the Symptoms?
The symptoms of Autoimmune Thyroid Disease include:
- Difficulty concentrating or thinking
- Pale, dry skin
- Enlarged neck / presence of goiter (enlargement of the thyroid gland)
- Fatigue / sluggishness
- Hair loss
- Heavy and irregular periods
- Increased intolerance to cold
- Unexplained weight gain
- Puffy face
- Hoarse voice
- Pain and stiffness in joints
- Swelling in the knees or small joints of the hands and feet
- Muscle weakness (especially in lower extremities)
- Small / shrunken thyroid gland (occurs late in the disease)
Physicians often treat this condition with thyroid hormone supplementation. The goal of Thyroid Hormone Replacement is to closely replicate normal thyroid functioning. In some cases, proper nutritional support with Iodine and Selenium can be helpful.
As one of a complex set of auto-immune disorders, we find that Stem Cell Therapy administered intravenously can be helpful in treating patients with auto-immune conditions and eliminating the symptoms of the disease.
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