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Symptoms of Hypothyroidism – Underactive Thyroid Disease

Having an under active thyroid can cause serious changes in your life. Called hypothyroidism, this condition consists of abnormally low thyroid hormone production.

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The symptoms of hypothyroidism begin very slowly and are typically interpreted as signs of aging. The symptoms over the years may include:

  • Coarse and thinning hair

  • Dry skin and brittle nails

  • Cold skin and inability to tolerate cold

  • Feeling tired and sluggish

  • Depression, problems concentrating, memory problems

  • Constipation

Other possible symptoms that are less common include:

  • Enlarged thyroid gland (goiter)

  • Muscle cramps and aches

  • Swelling of legs, arms, hands and feet


Causes of hypothyroidism

The most common cause is Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, which causes the body’s immune system to build up a natural defense and produce antibodies that destroy thyroid tissue over time. Because of this, the thyroid gland cannot make enough thyroid hormone. Other causes include thyroid surgery, radioactive iodine therapy and external beam radiation.

 

If you have hypothyroidism

For a child, it’s important this is treated in order for them to grow and develop normally. In adults, the disorder will cause a gradual loss of thyroid function, and health problems develop as the disease continues.

 

Many factors affect your risk for developing hypothyroidism, including age and family history. If you or a person you know is experiencing symptoms of hypothyroidism, get tested right away. If you’re in the Central Mass area, come into ARCpoint Labs of Worcester for a thyroid blood test to diagnose both hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism. Treatment should begin as soon as the condition is diagnosed.

Contact ARCpoint Labs of Worcester today for more information about getting tested.

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