Hypothyroidism: What Are The Symptoms

Max. D Gray
By Max. D Gray. Updated: May 1, 2019
Hypothyroidism: What Are The Symptoms
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In cases where the thyroid gland produces less of the thyroid hormone than normal, hypothyroidism occurs. This disorder is also known as Hashimoto's disease. Malfunction of the thyroid can affect many body functions. It is also possible that more hormones are secreted than the body requires to maintain metabolism. That is when hyperthyroidism occurs. In any of these cases, you need to visit your doctor to determine the appropriate treatment to regulate the functioning of the thyroid hormone. If you want to know what the symptoms of hypothyroidism are, carry on reading this OneHowTo article.

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First, it's worth noting that hypothyroidism is a disease that causes very different symptoms that vary depending on the patient, the severity, how advanced it is or how long it lasts. Also, signs are slow at the start so many people may not have any symptoms and may not discover that they have this disorder for a long time.


Still, there are some common signs among people who have hypothyroidism such as weight gain without any apparent cause. This is often due to the slowing down of the metabolism because of the lack of the thyroid hormone. Despite this, it is also common to get a loss of appetite.

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It is also very common for people with hypothyroidism to feel weary and tired which generates general weakness and lethargy. Therefore, they feel that any activity they carry out requires an extraordinary effort.

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Physical signs in hypothyroidism symptoms include pale or dry skin, hair loss, weakness, brittle nails, swelling around the eyes, decreased sweating etc.

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People with hypothyroidism often become intolerant to the cold, i.e. they feel it when others do not. Similarly, the senses of touch and smell are often diminished and hearing acuity may be impaired.

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Among others the symptoms of hypothyroidism also include:

  • Muscle and/or joint pain
  • Constipation
  • Changes in menstrual cycles
  • Enlarged tongue
  • Voice changes
  • Headache
  • Melasma
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If you think you have hypothyroidism, see your doctor so he can give you an examination and determine the proper diagnosis and treatment.

This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

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