Some people with hypothyroidism have a difficult time managing the condition, and this may indicate that further evaluation is necessary. Hashimoto's Thyroiditis among Humble, TX, residents is not as common, and it requires the specialty care of Dr. Juan Carlos Zubieta of North Houston Diabetes Institute.
What is Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis?
Hypothyroidism is a medical condition in which your thyroid does not produce enough hormones. Hashimoto’s is a type of hypothyroidism in which your immune system attacks your thyroid. Autoimmune disorders can be especially challenging to manage because the frequency and severity of flare-ups are difficult to predict.
What Causes Hashimoto’s?
The exact cause of Hashimoto’s is unknown, but the disease is considered to be genetic in nature. Other causes that are considered by Dr. Zubieta include exposure to radiation and high levels of iodine. Hashimoto’s is more common in women, which indicates that hormone levels may contribute to the condition.
Symptoms of Hashimoto’s
People who have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis experience the same symptoms as those who have hypothyroidism. The primary difference is that the autoimmune aspect of Hashimoto’s may cause fluctuations in symptoms. Bloodwork may also indicate unstable free T4 and TSH levels when the person’s medication dosage has not changed.
Can Hashimoto’s Be Cured?
Hashimoto’s is a chronic condition. While it cannot be cured, the symptoms can be managed to maintain your quality of life. Dr. Zubieta has the expertise you need to stabilize the symptoms of your Hashimoto’s, and he can recommend lifestyle changes that may reduce the frequency and severity of your flare-ups.
What Causes Hashimoto’s Flare-Ups?
Stress is one of the most common triggers for flare-ups in people who have Hashimoto’s. The immune system overreacts and attacks the healthy thyroid. The pituitary gland detects fluctuations in hormone levels and releases more or less thyroid-stimulating hormone. As a result, your T4 levels may fluctuate, as well.
Treatment for Hashimoto’s
Because Hashimoto’s is a type of hypothyroidism, hormone replacement is the best treatment. Dr. Zubieta may recommend more frequent bloodwork, and your dosage may change over time. If you are having a flare-up, take some time to rest and allow your body to adapt. Flare-ups are short-term, and it may take a few days or weeks for your hormone levels to stabilize.
If you are a Humble, TX, resident with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis or hypothyroidism, call North Houston Diabetes Institute today at (832) 644-9595. We will schedule an appointment with Dr. Zubieta at our Humble, TX, office.