Hashimoto's disease is a condition in which your immune system which produces antibodies to attack virus and bacteria, instead attacks body’s own cells and your thyroid (a small gland at the base of your neck below your Adam's apple). The thyroid gland is part of your endocrine system, and it produces hormones that coordinate many functions of your body.
Inflammation from Hashimoto's disease, also known as Chronic Lymphocytic Thyroiditis, often leads to Hypothyroidism.
Hashimoto's disease is the most common cause of hypothyroidism. It usually affects middle-aged women but also can occur in men and women of any age and in children as well.
Signs and symptoms of Hypothyroidism include the following:
. Hair loss.
. Enlargement of your tongue.
. Unexplained weight gaining.
. Increased sensitivity to cold.
. Pale and dry skin.
. Puffy face.
. Brittle nails.
. Aches in the muscles, tenderness and stiffness.
. Joint pain.
. Muscle weakness.
. Prolonged menstrual bleeding.
. Memory lapses.