Since the thyroid gland is involved with the body's function at a basic level it is extremely important for anyone exhibiting any hypothyroidism symptoms to get a proper diagnosis as if they are not detected and treated quickly enough the consequences can be very severe. Unfortunately, diagnosis is not that simple as the symptoms of hypothyroidism are subtle and are not often specific to hypothyroidism. In fact hypothyroid symptoms are regularly mistaken for other conditions, like pregnancy, stress or depression and in many cases are often attributed to the natural process of growing old. People with mild hypothyroidism may not suffer with any symptoms at all however when the condition worsens the symptoms become more obvious and indicate a slowing down of the body's metabolism.
Common Hypothyroidism Symptoms
The two most common hypothyroidism symptoms are an inability to tolerate the cold and weariness or fatigue.
Here is a list of some of the other symptoms associated with hypothyroidism:
- Weight gain or increased difficulty to lose weight
- Muscle swelling or cramps (particularly in the arms or legs)
- Dry sometimes itchy skin and coarseness or loss of hair
- Excessive sleepiness
- Decreased concentration, memory and mental impairment, confusion
- Loss of equilibrium and pulse may slow
- Drooping eyelids and a puffy or swollen face
- Voice becomes hoarse or husky and speech can slow
- The soles and palms may appear slightly orange(carotenemia)
Treating Hypothyroidism Symptoms
Although all of these symptoms can occur it is more common in the early stages of hypothyroidism to just experience a few. However, if not properly diagnosed and treated the hypothyroid symptoms often become increasingly worse as a decrease in the amount of T3 (one of the hormones released by the thyroid gland) in the body's system can lead to a slowing of the heart rate, a drop in body temperature and even heart failure. If hypothyroidism is not treated, it can raise your cholesterol levels and make you more likely to have a heart attack or stroke. During pregnancy, untreated hypothyroidism can harm your baby. Luckily, the symptoms of hypothyroidism are easy to treat and that treatment does not have to be the artificial hormones prescribed by a doctor, but you may find that a natural hypothyroid treatment may better suit your needs.
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Hypothyroidism Symptoms and Age
People of any age can suffer with the symptoms of hypothyroidism, but older adults are more likely to get it. Women age 60 and older have the highest risk and you are more likely to suffer with hypothyroidism symptoms if there is a history of hypothyroid problems in your family.