Dr. Andrew Kong & Associates
Hashimoto’s Disease Hashimoto’s Disease is a condition in which your immune system attacks your thyroid. Your thyroid is responsible for producing hormones that control the rate of many bodily functions. These functions include how quickly your body burns calories or how fast your heart beats, which greatly impacts your metabolism. Common Symptoms of Hashimoto’s Disease Include: Fatique Muscle Aches, Tenderness, Stiffness Constipation Excessive or Prolonged Menstrual Cycle Pale/Dry Skin Depression Hoarse Voice Unexplained Weight Gain Hashimoto’s disease is an autoimmune disorder in which your immune system creates antibodies that attack and damage your thyroid gland. It is unknown what causes your body to damage your thyroid gland but there do seem to be some common risk factors. Common Risk Factors Include: Gender - Women are more likely to have Hashimoto’s Disease than Men. Age - Hashimoto’s Disease is more common in middle aged people. Heredity - There is an increased risk of having Hashimoto’s disease if it is in your family. If Hashimoto’s Disease is left untreated it can lead to a number of unwanted complications including: Goiters Myxedema Heart Problems (Heart Disease) Birth Defects (i.e. Cleft Palate) Mental Health Issues (Depression) Babies born from hypothyroid pregnancies are more likely to have heart, brain and kidney issues. How We Can Help! Diet & Supplements Acupuncture Physical Therapy/Exercises The therapies our clinic provides have been proven to provide relief for many patients suffering from autoimmune disorders. Our team works to not only provide pain relief, but to help get your body to feeling its best. The combination of therapies provided by your doctor will be specifically designed to tailor your body. Call us today to begin your journey toward better health! (815) 397-8500