Symptoms of Hypothyroidism
- Enlarged thyroid gland, called goiter (not always present)
- Fullness in the neck
- Difficulty swallowing or trouble breathing (can happen if the goiter is very large)
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- Coarse, brittle hair and hair loss
- Dry, scaly skin
- Unable to tolerate cold temperatures
- Weight gain (may happen despite having a poor appetite)
- Achy feeling all over
- Depression and irritability
- Memory loss and personality change
- Irregular or heavy menstrual periods
- Facial puffiness
- Swollen feet or hands
- Reduced sweating
- Swelling of the skin and tissue around the eyes
- Slow heart rate
- Hypothermia (low body temperature)
- Shortness of breath during activity or when lying flat
- Drowsiness and lower mental alertness
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- Reviewer: Kim Carmichael, MD
- Review Date: 12/2013
- Update Date: 01/13/2014