Many symptoms of hypothyroidism are the same as those for other conditions, so they can easily be confused for something else.
Symptoms usually begin slowly and you may not realise you have a medical problem for several years.
Common symptoms include:
being sensitive to cold
slow movements and thoughts
muscle aches and weakness
dry and scaly skin
brittle hair and nails
loss of libido
pain, numbness and a tingling sensation in the hand and fingers (carpal tunnel syndrome)
irregular or heavy periods
Elderly people with an under-active thyroid may develop memory problems and depression. Children may experience slower growth and development. Teenagers may start puberty earlier than normal.
If you have any of these symptoms, see your doctor and ask to be tested for an under-active thyroid.
Find out more about getting tested for an under-active thyroid.
If underactive thyroid is not treated
It is unlikely that you would have many of the later symptoms of an underactive thyroid as the condition is often spotted before more serious symptoms appear.
Later symptoms of under-active thyroid include:
a low-pitched and hoarse voice
a puffy-looking face
thinned or partly missing eyebrows
a slow heart rate
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