12 Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

Allison Bush | Aug 28th 2014 Feb 15th 2017

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Bowel trouble

Hard stools and severe constipation are often early signs of hypothyroidism. If you suspect something may be wrong, pay attention to how frequent you’re having bowel movements and what your stool looks like.

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Thinning hair

While hair loss can be caused by many other conditions, it is frequently associated with thyroid problems. Hypothyroidism may make your hair brittle and dry, allowing it to break off easily. You may also notice hair loss around the outer edge of your eyebrow.

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Irregular periods and infertility

If your thyroid is underactive, you may experience heavier, more painful periods. You also may experience menstruation more frequently. Furthermore, if you’re trying to get pregnant and suspect infertility, you should get your thyroid checked since your hormone levels may be off.

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Muscle pain

Noticeable pain in your muscles and joints may be a sign of an undiagnosed thyroid problem. The pain often manifests in the arms and feet, sometimes leading to carpal tunnel syndrome and plantars fasciitis.

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High cholesterol

High cholesterol that is unresponsive to diet changes, exercise, and medication may be a result of hypothyroidism.

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Weight gain

With hypothyroidism, you may experience weight gain no matter what you try to do, like changing your diet and completing an exercise program. If you’re stuck and can’t seem to shed any unwanted weight, it’s definitely time to get your thyroid tested.

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Fatigue

Despite the number of hours you sleep, you may experience fatigue with hypothyroidism. With proper treatment, results have shown that fatigue can be readily resolved.

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Skin changes

Hypothyroidism can cause physical changes, one of them occurring with the skin. Swelling of the skin can occur due to a buildup of ground substance in the foundation of the skin and cause dry, pale, and waxy skin. Skin color can turn yellow, and it can also turn scaly and wrinkled.

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Puffy face

Due to skin changes, namely the swelling of the skin, people with hypothyroidism may experience a puffy face, eyelids, and hands. If you’ve experienced prolonged puffiness or swollen face, it’s important to talk to your doctor about this symptom.

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Depression

Mental health problems can be a symptom of hypothyroidism, including depression. Depression is common in people with hypothyroidism and has the potential to be severe, especially in older women.

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Cold sensitivity

Sensitivity to the cold in hands or feet is a common symptom for people with hypothyroidism due to how quickly cells metabolize. If you feel more sensitive to cold this winter, it might be your thyroid function.

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Heart problems

Thyroid hormones are closely linked with heart rate and heart output and may affect cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and heart function. If along with other aforementioned symptoms, you are experiencing heart problems, ask your doctor about the possibility of hypothyroidism.

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