Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) Symptoms


The signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism vary, depending on the severity of the hormone deficiency. Problems tend to develop slowly, often over a number of years.

At first, you may barely notice the symptoms of hypothyroidism, such as fatigue and weight gain. Or you may simply attribute them to getting older. But as your metabolism continues to slow, you may develop more-obvious problems.

Hypothyroidism signs & symptoms may include:

•    Fatigue

•    Increased sensitivity to cold

•    Constipation

•    Dry skin

•    Weight gain

•    Puffy face

•    Hoarseness

•    Muscle weakness

•    Elevated blood cholesterol level

•    Muscle aches, tenderness and stiffness

•    Pain, stiffness or swelling in your joints

•    Heavier than normal or irregular menstrual periods

•    Thinning hair

•    Slowed heart rate

•    Depression

•    Impaired memory

•    Enlarged thyroid gland (goiter)

    Courtesy: Mayo Clinic