Hashimoto's thyroiditis

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What is Hashimoto's thyroiditis?

Hashimoto's thyroiditis is an autoimmune disease in which the thyroid gland is gradually destroyed by thyroid antibiodies. The cause of Hashimoto's thyroiditis is thought to be a combination of genetic susceptibility and environmental factors.

Common symptoms reported by people with Hashimoto's thyroiditis

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with Hashimoto's thyroiditis

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Synthroid)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
113
Tried for
Hashimoto's thyroiditis (113) Depressed mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
16
Tried for
Pain (15) Anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
15
Tried for
Pain (15)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
Tried for
Anxious mood (12) Insomnia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ambien)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
Tried for
Insomnia (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
Insomnia (6) Pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
Anxious mood (8) Insomnia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN))
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
Hashimoto's thyroiditis (7) Fatigue (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
Pain (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
Depressed mood (5) Anxious mood (1)
1 more

Data from patients with Hashimoto's thyroiditis, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with Hashimoto's thyroiditis

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Synthroid)
Perceived effectiveness
for Hashimoto's thyroiditis (67 evaluations)
Side effects
Headaches Sweating increased 29 more
Total evaluations
68
Tried for
Hashimoto's thyroiditis (113) Depressed mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (9 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Anxious mood 15 more
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
Pain (15) Anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
Pain (15)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (7 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Fatigue 2 more
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
Anxious mood (12) Insomnia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ambien)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (8 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness and feeling faint Memory Loss 1 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
Insomnia (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Blurry vision Difficulty urinating (dysuria) 3 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
Insomnia (6) Pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Constant tiredness Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 1 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
Anxious mood (8) Insomnia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN))
Perceived effectiveness
for Hashimoto's thyroiditis (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Headaches 3 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
Hashimoto's thyroiditis (7) Fatigue (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (7 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Drowsiness 3 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
Pain (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Apathy Deadened emotions 8 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
Depressed mood (5) Anxious mood (1)
1 more
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with Hashimoto's thyroiditis, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has Hashimoto's thyroiditis on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 10
20s 139
30s 365
40s 612
50s 645
60s 315
70+ 48
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 203
20-29 years 297
30-39 years 328
40-49 years 212
50-59 years 108
60-69 years 17
70+ years 3

Sex

Distribution of sex

94% Female
6% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,482
Not Diagnosed 29

These charts show data from Hashimoto's thyroiditis patients who have completed their condition history
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