Chronic Lymphocytic Thyroiditis and Receiving Social Security Disability
Your thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland that is situated at the base of your neck. It sits just under your Adam's apple. Your thyroid gland makes hormones that have an enormous impact on your health. These hormones affect all of the various aspects of your metabolism. These hormones that are made by your thyroid gland affect things that range all the way from the rate at which your heart beats to how rapidly you burn calories.
Chronic lymphatic thyroiditis is a condition that affects your thyroid gland. It is evidenced by your thyroid gland being attacked by your autoimmune system for reasons that are not known. Chronic lymphatic thyroiditis is also marked by the failure of your thyroid gland to make enough hormones and inflammation of your thyroid gland.
Because of this, chronic lymphatic thyroiditis is considered to be an autoimmune disease. Autoimmune diseases are those in which for some unknown reason your autoimmune system mistakenly attacks your own body tissues. In this instance, your thyroid gland is mistakenly attacked by your autoimmune system. In fact, chronic lymphatic thyroiditis was the first disease to be classified as an autoimmune disease.
Chronic lymphatic thyroiditis is the number one cause of hypothyroidism in the United States. Hypothyroidism is characterized by your thyroid gland not producing enough hormones. It is also known as an underactive thyroid disease.
Chronic lymphatic thyroiditis can occur in anyone at any age. However, it is found most frequently in middle-aged women.
Some researchers think that a virus, genetic defect or bacterium may trigger this mistaken autoimmune system response. It is also believed that a combination of things like heredity, age and sex may also play a part in causing this condition.
Chronic lymphatic thyroiditis may not cause any signs and symptoms. If you do experience signs and symptoms, they may include:
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- A hoarse voice
- Hair loss
- An elevated cholesterol level
- Fatigue and sluggishness
- Stiffness in your joints
- A small or shrunken thyroid gland
- An intolerance to cold
- Dry skin
- Problems with concentrating or thinking
- The presence of an enlarged neck or a goiter
- Irregular and heavy menstrual periods for women
- Muscle weakness that is most prominent in your lower extremities
- Facial swelling
- Mild or unintentional weight gain.