Common Signs and Symptoms You Should Be Checked For Hypothyroidism
Symptoms of hypothyroidism are quite extensive. There are over 300 possible signs and they all present differently from patient to patient, but there’s more to it than that. The symptoms also present differently in different age groups.
Hypothyroidism Signs and Symptoms
The classic symptoms of hypothyroidism look something like this (sourced from Web MD):
•Increased sensitivity to cold
•Unexplained weight gain
•Elevated blood cholesterol level
•Muscle aches, tenderness and stiffness
•Pain, stiffness or swelling in your joints
•Heavier than normal or irregular menstrual periods
•Slowed heart rate
Hypothyroidism in Infants
According to Web MD, this is a particularly vulnerable age group. The effects of developing hypothyroidism in infancy can have catastrophic long-term consequences.
When newborns do have problems with hypothyroidism, they may include:
•Yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes (jaundice). In most cases, this occurs when a baby’s liver can’t metabolize a substance called bilirubin, which normally forms when the body recycles old or damaged red blood cells.
•A large, protruding tongue.
•A puffy appearance to the face.
As the disease progresses, infants are likely to have trouble feeding and may fail to grow and develop normally. They may also have:
•Poor muscle tone
When hypothyroidism in infants isn’t treated, even mild cases can lead to severe physical and mental retardation.
Hypothyroidism in children and teens
Onset in childhood or teen years look different as well. In general, children and teens who develop hypothyroidism have the same signs and symptoms as adults do, but they may also experience:
•Poor growth, resulting in short stature
•Delayed development of permanent teeth
•Poor mental development
What this breakdown clearly illustrates is the importance of recognizing these symptoms as they occur. You will likely feel them or notice them in children before a doctor is made aware of them. After that, it may involve a fair amount of convincing before a treatment is administered, but be persistent, it will pay off.
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