Hypothyroidism Signs and Symptoms Checklist
The signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism are easy to detect even though they often resemble many other diseases. If you recognize the symptoms of an underactive thyroid early in the course of your illness you are much more likely to reach a more positive outcome. You may even achieve a full recovery, depending on your cause of the disease.
For example, in some cases unrelated medications may induce a temporary state of an underfunctioning thyroid that may be reversed once the medication is stopped or discontinued, provided this is a possible and a healthy alternative. Each case is unique and different. Your health care provider will work with you to develop a treatment plan that is safe, personalized, and easy to follow.
First, you must identify what some of the primary signs and symptoms of your underactive thyroid are. Here is a little checklist you can use to determine whether a trip to a healthcare provider is in order to test for hypothyroidism:
– Puffy and bloated face
– Inability to warm oneself or intolerance to cold temperatures
– Cold hands or feet
– Pain, especially in the joints and muscles
– Fingernails that often break
– Thinning at the tips of the eyebrows
– Skin that thickens or becomes rough and flaky
– Increasing weight gain
– Decreasing sex drive or libido
– Numbness and tingling in the arms and legs
– A husky or lowered voice
– Carpal tunnel or other pain syndromes
– Hearing loss
– Confusion or memory problems
– Sleep apnea, or difficulty breathing especially during sleep
Symptoms of Under Functioning Thyroid In Children
Children are also at risk for hypothyroidism. Some are born with problems with their thyroid gland. Some of the early signs and symptoms of the disease in children may include:
– Problems with feeding
– Sleepiness (excessive)
– Hoarseness in children
– Constipation or bowel problems
– Dry skin
– Delayed teething in infants
– Protruding abdomens
– Delayed brain development or achievement of milestones
What Is Sub clinical Hypothyroidism?
Sometimes the signs and symptoms of a poorly functioning thyroid are not clear cut. In fact, a person may have mild hypothyroidism but have absolutely none of the signs and symptoms at all!
Or, someone may have really mild symptoms of the disease but not recognize them. A person may exhibit some of the signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism but have only mildly elevated TSH levels. They may have normal levels of other hormones in the blood including T3 and T4- hormones doctors normally test for to diagnose the condition.
In this case however, a doctor can recognize hypothyroidism before symptoms are actually noted, or before they become extreme. This often occurs in women and other individuals that are in midlife or over age 50, but this isn’t necessarily the case.
The only way to know for sure whether you have hypothyroidism is to have your doctor perform a blood test. Your doctor will review this and provide you with a comprehensive physical examination and medical history to determine whether you have evidence of an underfunctioning thyroid. If this is true, the good news is this condition is easily treated!
There are many natural remedies available that can improve your thyroid function and thereby relieve and prevent symptoms. Combined with the appropriate diet, exercise and stress management, you will find that it is certainly possible to achieve the best possible health.