Hypothyroidism - Symptoms

The signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism depend on the thyroid hormone’s level of deficiency. Thyroid symptoms are not noticeable in the initial stage. However, as their metabolism continues to slow down, the patient may develop some or all of the symptoms mentioned below:

  • fatigue
  • weight gain
  • muscle weakness
  • muscle aches, tenderness and stiffness
  • dry skin
  • depression
  • impaired memory
  • puffy face
  • hoarseness
  • increased sensitivity to cold
  • pain, stiffness or swelling in the joints
  • hair thinning
  • elevated blood cholesterol level
  • heavier than normal or irregular menstrual periods
  • constipation
  • decreased heart rate

When to see a doctor: One must see our doctor if they are feeling tired for no reason or have any of the other signs or symptoms of hypothyroidism; namely, dry skin, pale, puffy face, constipation, high cholesterol levels or a hoarse voice.

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