The symptoms of hypothyroidism are often subtle. They are not specific (which means they can mimic the symptoms of many other conditions) and are often attributed to aging. Patients with mild hypothyroidism may have no signs or symptoms. The symptoms generally become more obvious as the condition worsens and the majority of these complaints are related to a metabolic slowing of the body. Common symptoms are listed below:
* Modest weight gain
* Cold intolerance
* Excessive sleepiness
* Dry, coarse hair
* Dry skin
* Muscle cramps
* Increased cholesterol levels
* Decreased concentration
* Vague aches and pains
* Swelling of the legs
A diagnosis of hypothyroidism can be suspected in patients with fatigue, cold intolerance, constipation, and dry, flaky skin. A blood test is needed to confirm the diagnosis.
Properly diagnosed, hypothyroidism can be easily and completely treated with thyroid hormone replacement. On the other hand, untreated hypothyroidism can lead to an enlarged heart (cardiomyopathy), worsening heart failure, and an accumulation of fluid around the lungs (pleural effusion).
If you are concerned that you may have hypothyroidism, you should mention your symptoms to your physician. A simple blood test is the first step in the diagnosis.
Remember that thyroid disease is very common and, in good hands, hypothyroidism is easily addressed and treated.
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I can assure you that living with the symptoms of hypothyroidism without knowing that it's deceitfully working in your body, it's very hard. Everything seems dark: your life, colours, your thoughts. Every thought is bad and could be dangerous too, because depressions rises month after month. Your memory and your brain refuse helping you, they're constantly in stand by but you don't understand why, and think: this is my disposition. No, it is not your disposition, it's the hypothyroidism.
Life slowly change when you know what is deleting your life and your brain and, after you take the treatment, you feel like you were born once again. You learn what these words mean: colours, light, smiles, laugh, remember, enjoy.
It's enough only a blood test
. Physicians often forget this important blood test here and think you're depressed without asking and without understand WHY
A blood test can change your life. Mine is changing slowly just now.