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What Are the Symptoms of Hypothyroidism?
Hypothyroidism is a disease in which the thyroid does not produce enough thyroid hormone. There are many reasons for this to occur. Most commonly, it is due to an autoimmune disorder, called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, in which antibodies attack the thyroid, gradually making it inactive.
Since hypothyroidism, unless it’s brought on by a trauma to the neck area or a cancer, takes place gradually, it is often difficult to determine the symptoms of the disorder. Of course, the symptoms that define this disease read like a who’s who of a variety of medical problems including depression, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and many other diseases of the immune system, commonly referred to as autoimmune diseases.
Here are some common symptoms of this disease:
Of course, if an individual has also been diagnosed with the related disorders of fibromyalgia, or chronic fatigue, they are more likely to develop hypothyroidism on top of that other disorder, making it even harder to distinguish between the two.
Females, especially over the age of 35, are prone to developing this disorder. Obese people and individuals with a family history of hypothyroidism and/or other autoimmune diseases are also at risk.
However, there are a few symptoms, usually occurring after the disease has progressed a bit, which are clearly thyroid-related. Those are:
If you have more than two or three of the symptoms from the first list and at least one or two from the bottom list, one can safely suspect that they are hypothyroid and should contact their doctor to have the appropriate tests done.
Article by Deanna Couras Goodson.
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