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Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism

A condition in which the thyroid gland doesn't produce enough thyroid hormone. Very common More than 10 million cases per year (India)

  • Treatable by a medical professional

  • Requires a medical diagnosis

  • Lab tests or imaging always required

  • Chronic: can last for years or be lifelong

  • Hypothyroidism's deficiency of thyroid hormones can disrupt such things as heart rate, body temperature and all aspects of metabolism. Hypothyroidism is most prevalent in older women. Major symptoms include fatigue, cold sensitivity, constipation, dry skin and unexplained weight gain. Treatment consists of thyroid hormone replacement.
    Ages affected

    Hypothyroidism Also called: underactive thyroid Symptoms Requires a medical diagnosis Major symptoms include fatigue, cold sensitivity, constipation, dry skin and unexplained weight gain.
    People may experience:
    Whole body: fatigue syndrome, feeling tired, inability to exercise, lethargy, weakness, or feeling cold Sleep: excess sleepiness, excessive daytime sleepiness, sleepiness, or snoring Menstrual: abnormal menstruation, absence of menstruation, heavy menstruation, or irregular menstruation Developmental: delayed puberty or slow growth Gastrointestinal: constipation or water retention Muscular: cramping or flaccid muscles Mood: mood swings or sadness Hair: hair loss or dryness Also common: brittle nails, coarse hair, cold feet hands, depression, dry skin, enlarged thyroid, high cholesterol, irritability, mental confusion, pallor, puffy eyes, sensitivity to cold, sexual dysfunction, sleep apnea, slow heart rate, sluggishness, swelling, swelling in extremities, or weight gain Consult a doctor for medical advice

    Note: The information you see describes what usually happens with a medical condition, but doesn't apply to everyone. This information isn't medical advice, so make sure that you contact a health care provider if you have a medical problem. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or a emergency number immediately