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Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

Recognizing the Most Common Thyroid Disorder

The most common thyroid disorder is hypothyroidism. Hypo- means deficient or under(active), so hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland is underperforming or producing too little thyroid hormone..

Recognizing the symptoms of hypothyroidism is extremely important. The earlier you detect the symptoms and bring your concerns to your doctor's attention, the sooner you can begin receiving proper treatment to manage this thyroid disorder.

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Common Symptoms of Hypothyroidism


Here is a list of the most common symptoms associated with hypothyroidism:

  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Weight gain or difficulty losing weight (despite reduced food intake)
  • Coarse, dry hair and dry skin
  • Hair loss
  • Sensitivity to cold
  • Muscle cramps and aches
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Memory loss
  • Abnormal menstrual cycles
  • Decreased libido
  • Slowed speech (in severe cases)
  • Jaundice (in severe cases)
  • Increase in tongue size (in severe cases)

You don't have to encounter every one of these symptoms to be diagnosed with hypothyroidism. Every patient's experience with the disorder is different. While you may notice that your skin and hair have become dry and rough, another patient may be plagued more by fatigue and depression.

The thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) level reflects the severity of the hypothyroidism. For example, if you have a mild form of hypothyroidism and a relatively lower TSH level, you may not notice—or even have—symptoms. That's because your hormone levels haven't decreased to the point where they have a major impact on your metabolism. The more hypothyroid you become, the more symptomatic you'll be.

The symptoms of hypothyroidism aren't always noticeable, but it's important that you understand what to look out for. Recognizing hypothyroidism early on will allow you to manage the disorder and prevent it from interfering with your life.

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