Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

Managing Low Thyroid Levels (Hypothyroidism)
Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

When you have hypothyroidism, you might not realize it at first. The
symptoms come on slowly, and some of them, like fatigue, are similar
to other conditions. You might mistake them for signs of aging or

You're getting symptoms because your thyroid gland isn't working
right. It's not making enough thyroid hormone, which helps run many of
your body's systems. Your doctor can prescribe medicine that boosts
your thyroid levels and gets you back to feeling like your old self.
When Your Thyroid Levels Are Low

Hypothyroidism can make you feel tired and sensitive to cold. You also
might gain a few extra pounds.

Low thyroid levels can also have an effect on your mood and thinking.
For example, you might have:

    Memory problems
    Trouble thinking clearly

You may have pain, stiffness, or swelling in your muscles and joints.
Your symptoms might also include other signs of swelling, such as:

    Swollen tongue
    Puffy face
    Swelling around your eyes

A hoarse voice, slow speech, and hearing problems are also symptoms of
hypothyroidism. So is constipation. And women may have heavy menstrual

Changes in your skin can also happen. It can become:

    Cool and pale
    Dry and itchy
    Rough or scaly
    Yellow-looking, especially on the soles of the feet, palms, and
"laugh lines" of the face

You may get brittle nails that grow slowly. Your hair may also change.
It could become brittle or coarse, or you could have some hair loss.
Sometimes you can get thinning or loss of eyebrow hair, especially on
the outer third of your brows.

Because hypothyroidism can weaken your heart and lungs, you might also
get symptoms such as:

    Slow heart rate
    Shortness of breath during exercise
    Feeling weak
    High blood pressure
    High cholesterol levels

Hypothyroidism in Children and Teens

Although the condition usually affects adults, it can also sometimes
happen in children and teens. They can have the same symptoms as
grownups, but because thyroid hormones control growth, they frequently
stop growing as expected. They may also have a delay in reaching
puberty.  In adolescent girls who are at puberty, hypothyroidism can
cause heavy menstrual periods.

Kids with hypothyroidism may also have some problems with schoolwork.
They may start to do poorly due to memory problems and fatigue.
When to Get Immediate Care

If you have symptoms of low blood pressure, confusion, a drop in body
temperature, and slowed breathing, you could be getting a serious
condition called myxedema coma.

This can happen when thyroid hormones are very low over a long period
of time. Or it can be triggered by certain medicines or infections if
you have mild or undiagnosed hypothyroidism.

Despite the name, you can develop myxedema coma without going into a
coma. The condition can be life-threatening, so get help right away if
you have these symptoms.

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