Hypothyroidism/Myxoedema : Thyroid Gland – Symptoms

Definition
Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland does not make enough thyroid hormone.

Iodine deficiency is often cited as the most common cause of hypothyroidism worldwide but it can be caused by many other factors. It can result from a lack of a thyroid gland or from iodine-131 treatment, and can also be associated with increased stress. Severe hypothyroidism in infants can result in cretinism.

Symptoms
Early symptoms:

  1. Being more sensitive to cold
  2. Constipation
  3. Depression
  4. Fatigue or feeling slowed down
  5. Heavier menstrual periods
  6. Joint or muscle pain
  7. Paleness or dry skin
  8. Thin, brittle hair or fingernails
  9. Weakness
  10. Weight gain (unintentional)

Late symptoms, if left untreated:

  1. Decreased taste and smell
  2. Hoarseness
  3. Puffy face, hands, and feet
  4. Slow speech
  5. Thickening of the skin
  6. Thinning of eyebrows

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