• Symptoms of Hypothyroidism (Video)

    by Micheal Doyle, MD
    on Apr 26th, 2013

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Symptoms of hypothyroidism in both men and women may vary.  The following may tend to develop slowly over the span of months or years: weakness, lethargy, slow speech, edema of eyelids, sensation of cold, decreased sweating, thick tongue, edema of face. Included in the lists of symptoms: labored or difficult breathing, swelling of feet, hoarseness, are also well known symptoms of hypothyroidism. As well as, excessive menstruation, deafness,  poor vision, changes in back of the eye, painful menstruation, loss of weight, choking sensation,  burning or tingling sensation, heat intolerance, and slow movements.

Hypothyroid patients may also experience cardiac problems such as heart enlargement, palpitations, poor heart sounds, pain over heart. Joint and muscle pain and weakness are also prevalent. Digestive problems include difficulty in swallowing, loss of appetite, constipation. Skin, hair and nail problems are also common. Such as cyanosis, cold, pallor, dry, coarse skin. Coarseness and thinning of the hair are usual complaints. Brittle nails are typical.

Memory  (slow mental activity, brain fog, nervousness) is also affected by hypothyroidism. Emotional problems like depression and instability are also reported.

Author Micheal Doyle, MD Michael E. Doyle, MD, is a board-certified family physician with nearly two decades of clinical experience. At Darien Integrative Medicine in Darien, Connecticut, he combines his extensive experience in both conventional and alternative medicine to offer his patients uniquely safe and effective care.

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