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, fatigue, pain, and stress) 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)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
19
Tried for
pain (19)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
anxious mood (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
depressed mood (7) anxious mood (1)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
anxious mood (8)
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)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
depressed mood (8) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
pain (6) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
pain (7)

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 (58 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood headaches 30 more
Total evaluations
59
Tried for
Hashimoto's thyroiditis (113) depressed mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
pain (19)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (6 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood dizziness 8 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
pain (15) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (8 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness drowsiness 1 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
anxious mood (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
blurry vision drowsiness 1 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
depressed mood (7) anxious mood (1)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (5 evaluations)
Side effects
constant tiredness excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 2 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
anxious mood (8)
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)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth weight gain
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
depressed mood (8) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (5 evaluations)
Side effects
blurry vision difficulty urinating (dysuria) 2 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
pain (6) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (7 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation drowsiness 3 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
pain (7)
  • 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 9
20s 155
30s 385
40s 690
50s 725
60s 408
70+ 64
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 215
20-29 years 319
30-39 years 339
40-49 years 220
50-59 years 111
60-69 years 19
70+ years 3

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 145
Female 2,321

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,614
Not Diagnosed 29

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