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Underactive Thyroid: 18 Signs You Can't Miss

By    |   Tuesday, 19 Apr 2016 06:39 PM

When you have an underactive thyroid, it means your thyroid gland is not producing enough thyroid hormone to provide energy for the body. The weakness that follows may become apparent, but there are additional symptoms involved with an underactive thyroid, also known as hypothyroidism.

In people who have an underactive thyroid, the whole body is affected, but the condition can be controlled with medication to restore energy and get back to a normal life.

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Here are some telltale signs that indicate low thyroid hormone levels and an underactive thyroid:

1. Fatigue is a major symptom of an underactive thyroid, but it may sometimes be incorrectly attributed to getting older or other factors, the Mayo Clinic notes.

2. Weight gain can occur as patients need more food for energy.

3. Muscle weakness, aches, and tenderness could develop along with pain, swelling or stiffness in the joints.

4. A slow heart rate may be noticeable.

5. Dry skin or a puffy face could result. Hormones play a vital role in keeping the skin healthy.

6. Women with an underactive thyroid may experience irregular menstrual periods.

7. Infertility
might occur if hypothyroidism goes unchecked, but treatment may help achieve pregnancy, says Everyday Health.

8. An increase in cholesterol levels can occur as the body’s hormones try to stimulate an underactive thyroid.

9. A hoarse voice may develop from weakness.

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10. Thinning hair often happens, especially when hypothyroidism is left untreated.

11. Frequent constipation may occur from a slowed down digestive system, Everyday Healthy says.

12. Depression results from a slowing down of brain function.

13. Memory problems may arise from an underactive thyroid, but these difficulties are not believed to be permanent, Everyday Health explains. Treatment helps restore functions of the body.

14. Poor growth, delayed puberty, and late development of permanent teeth are signs of an underactive thyroid in children and teens, says the Mayo Clinic.

15. Slow mental development may also occur in children and teens.

16. Yellowing of the skin, or jaundice, is a problem faced by infants with hypothyroidism.

17. Frequent choking also occurs in infants.

18. Along with a puffy facial appearance, a protruding tongue may become apparent in infants.

A visit to the doctor can determine if these signs are the result of an underactive thyroid or associated with other disorders, so it's important to talk to a health care provider if you or your child have any of these symptoms.

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