Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

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The thyroid glands produce thyroid hormones that are needed for metabolism in the body. A person only suffers from thyroid disorders when the thyroid glands start to malfunction. For instance, hypothyroidism or underactive thyroid is one of the most common thyroid disorders which only happen when the thyroid glands produce inadequate amounts of thyroid hormones. Thyroid hormones are not only responsible in regulating metabolism in the body but as well as digestion, mental development, heart rate and physical growth. According to statistics, women are more prone to hypothyroidism than men. Some people that suffer from this thyroid disorder are not even aware that they are suffering from it since they do not feel any symptoms or changes in their body. Others suffer from a few symptoms. Hypothyroidism symptoms vary per person. The longer the thyroid disorder is left untreated, the more it will be severe and the lower the thyroid hormones will be. As of today, no one can still indicate the exact symptoms an individual is supposed to feel when hypothyroidism develops. Most often, an individual is already ill when hypothyroidism is diagnosed. A person with hypothyroidism is referred as hypothyroid.

Hypothyroidism Checklist

Hypothyroidism is referred to by most people as the “silent disease”. This is because a person may live life without knowing that he or she is already suffering from this thyroid disorder. Hypothyroidism in its early stage can be mild to nothing at all and may become severe and noticeable if left untreated. The following is a checklist of what an individual may feel when suffering from hypothyroidism:

  • Constipation

  • Decreased heart rate

  • Depression

  • Dry skin

  • Dryness, loss, or premature graying of hair

  • Extreme sensitivity to cold

  • Fatigue

  • Goiter (enlarged thyroid gland)

  • Hoarse voice

  • Irregular menstrual periods

  • Loss of interest in sex

  • Muscle pain or Weakness

  • Numb, tingling hands

  • Problems with memory and concentration

  • Progressive hearing loss

  • Swollen eyelids

  • Weight gain

One or more symptoms may be felt, when this happens it is highly advised to go and see a doctor to have one’s self checked. Hypothyroidism when left untreated causes myxedema. Myxedema is a disease caused by the thyroid’s gland decreased activity.

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