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Hypothyroidism Symptoms

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Hypothyroidism Symptoms
What is Hypothyroidism?
Causes and Risk Factors
Symptoms
Diagnosis
Treatment

The signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism vary widely, depending on the severity of hormone deficiency. But in general, thyroid problems tend to develop slowly, often over a number of years. At first, symptoms of hypothyroidism, such as fatigue and sluggishness may be barely noticeable. Occasionally, some people with hypothyroidism have no symptoms at all, or symptoms are so mild that they go totally unnoticed. But as metabolism continues to slow, you may develop more obvious signs and symptoms of a hypothyroid.

Hypothyroidism symptoms
Each individual person may experience any number of the following symptoms. Likewise, symptoms vary according to the severity of thyroid hormone deficiency and the length of time the body has been deprived of the proper amount of hormone. For example, one symptom may manifest as primary, while you may not experience another symptom at all. Most people, however, experience a combination of these symptoms. Hypothyroidism symptoms may include:

  • a puffy face
  • an elevated blood cholesterol level
  • brittle fingernails and hair
  • constipation
  • depression
  • fatigue
  • feeling cold
  • heavier than normal menstrual periods
  • hoarse voice
  • increased sensitivity to cold
  • menstrual irregularities
  • muscle aches, tenderness and stiffness
  • muscle weakness
  • pain, stiffness or swelling in your joints
  • pale, dry skin
  • sluggishness
  • unexplained weight gain

Complications
If you experience severe hypothyroidism a significant injury, infection, or exposure to cold or certain medications can trigger a life-threatening condition called myxedema coma. This condition can cause loss of consciousness and hypothermia, a life-threatening low body temperature.

When to seek help
If you notice increasing amounts of fatigue, muscle weakness, lethargy, and weight gain in your body, seek help from your doctor. Although these symptoms may be brought on my age or illness, you need the help of a doctor for correct diagnosis. Furthermore, talk to a doctor if you are pregnant or are trying to become pregnant and are exhibiting some of the above symptoms. Early symptoms of hypothyroidism are difficult to identify, so early screening can help. Schedule an appointment if you notice increasing signs of the following symptoms:

  • fatigue
  • lethargy
  • muscle weakness
  • weight gain

It's important to diagnose and treat symptoms of hypothyroidism when you first notice them. This will help prevent the symptoms from worsening and causing serious complications. To learn more about how Hypothyroidism may be diagnosed, check out the next section on diagnosing Hyperthyroidism now.

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