Hashimoto’s disease, also known as chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis, is an autoimmune disorder that affects the thyroid. Hashimoto’s disease is the most common form of hypothyroidism in North America, and it most often affects women.
Symptoms of Hashimoto's disease include goiters and other symptoms of hypothyroidism. Treatment for individuals with Hashimoto’s disease usually includes the use of thyroid hormones and special doses of sodium salt of thyroxine lithyronine to elevate thyroid hormones when needed. Goiters are a symptom of thyroid disease, and are treated via thyroid hormones, surgical removal, or iodine supplementation.
Hashimoto's disease is usually controlled by thyroid hormone medication, so people who take thyroid hormone are usually able to work without problems. However, if your Hashimoto's thyroiditis is uncontrolled by medication, it can lead to heart problems. For more information, see our articles on disability for cardiovascular problems.