Hashimoto's Disease | Symptoms


What are the symptoms of Hashimoto's disease?

Many people who have Hashimoto's disease have no symptoms at all. The disease progresses over time and symptoms are similar to hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid disease). This is because the attack on the thyroid causes the gland to produce fewer hormones. Symptoms of Hashimoto's disease include:

  • Fatigue
  • Unexpected weight gain
  • Increased sensitivity to cold
  • Muscle aches, cramps, tenderness or stiffness
  • Pain, stiffness or swelling in your joints
  • Pale, dry skin
  • Puffy face
  • Hoarse voice
  • Constipation
  • Heavier than normal periods in women
  • Elevated blood cholesterol
  • Depression
  • Visibly enlarged thyroid
  • Forgetfulness


Thyroiditis: Differential Diagnosis and Management by J Slatosky, D.O., B Shipton, D.O., and H Wahba, M.D. (American Family Physician February 15, 2000, http://www.aafp.org/afp/20000215/1047.html)

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 03/14
Created: 02/00