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Hypothyroidism: Top 5 Symptoms

Monday, 14 Feb 2011 03:49 PM

Hypothyroidism is a disease that is caused by insufficient production of thyroid hormones by the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is located at the front of the neck near the larynx. It secretes an important hormone called Thyroxine that controls the body’s general metabolism.

A number of hypothyroidism symptoms manifest themselves including fatigue, depression, weight gain, excessive sleepiness, as well as muscle cramps.

Mild hypothyroid symptoms usually worsen over time. This could lead to severe hypothyroid symptoms like the slowing of heart rate and heart failure. Usually affecting the heart, the symptoms of hypothyroid can cause an unnatural drop in the body temperature and in severe cases of hypothyroid can induce a Myxedema coma which can be easily triggered by a surgery, traumatic injury, or a severe illness.

It is highly essential to make a hypothyroid checklist of symptoms. The symptoms of hypothyroid can also include unusual weight gain in otherwise normally healthy people. It is also found that this weight is very hard to lose because of the lack of the metabolism hormone.

Cold intolerance is a very prominent hypothyroid symptoms. Most patients with this deficiency experience cold feet and hands.

One of the major symptoms of hypothyroidism in women is an abnormal menstrual cycle. It is highly essential for women with menstrual cramps as well as an abnormal cycle, to check their thyroid levels.

One of the most defining features is memory loss, a major hindrance for a normal active life. Although memory loss is not one of the more serious hypothyroidism symptoms, it is highly stressful when the patient forgets minor and major details of everyday life. Proper consultation as well as diagnosis is essential.

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