Symptoms of hypothyroidism

hypothyroidismThe symptoms of hypothyroidism can initially be very mild and develop slowly. It is possible to have some of these symptoms before the amount of thyroid hormone drops below normal.

This type of mild hypothyroidism is called subclinical hypothyroidism. People affected need to be monitored by their doctor, who will watch out for further symptoms.

The symptoms of hypothyroidism relate to a general “slowing down” of the body’s functions. They include:

-feeling tired and sleeping excessively
-easily feeling the cold
-dry and thickened skin
-coarse, thinning hair and eyebrows and brittle nails
-sore muscles, slow movements and weakness
-depression and problems with memory and concentration
-weight gain
-fertility problems and increased risk of miscarriage
-heavy, irregular or prolonged menstrual periods

There may also be swelling of the thyroid gland in the neck – a goitre.

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