It Is Time To See A Doctor To Diagnosis Your Hypothyroidism Symptoms
Medically speaking, the symptoms of hypothyroidism are wide ranging. It can be hard to know when intervention is needed, so we’ve compiled some basic information to help you decipher when to see a specialist.
What Doctors Look For
The signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism vary by patient, but according to ehealthmd.com, there are markers to look for:
•Women are three to eight times more likely than men to develop Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, which can cause hypothyroidism.
•The risk increases with age. By the time a woman reaches age 60, she has a one in five chance of having hypothyroidism.
•Thyroid disease can run in families. Sometimes it skips a generation, which means a person’s parents may have no sign of thyroid disease, though one of his or her grandparents may have had it.
•Individuals with insulin-dependent diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis have a higher chance of hypothyroidism.
•Hypothyroidism may occur in people with other autoimmune diseases such as Addison’s disease and pernicious anemia.
•It may occur in people with prematurely gray hair (before the age of 30) or those who have a skin condition known as vitiligo, in which the normal pigmentation of the skin is lost and appears as white patches that do not tan normally in the sun.
•Individuals with certain health conditions, who have had certain medical treatments, or who have taken certain medications also are more likely to develop hypothyroidism.
Basic Symptoms List (provided by buzzle.com):
– Coarse and brittle hair
– Brittle nails
– Low blood pressure
– Muscle aches and weakness
– Muscle cramps
– Joint pain and stiffness
– Carpal tunnel syndrome
– Slow and sluggish reflexes
– Decreased sweating
– Loss of sex drive
If the condition remains untreated, then one can experience the following symptoms in the later stages:
– Hoarseness of the voice
– Slow speech
– Decreased taste and smell
– Thinning of the eyebrows
– Puffy face and hands
– Slurred speech
– Memory loss and confusion (in the elderly)
Women can sometimes develop hypothyroidism during or after pregnancy. The most commonly observed symptoms for this type of hypothyroidism are:
– Numbness and tingling in the hands and feet
– An enlarged thyroid gland
– Problems with memory and concentration
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