Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism is reduced functioning of thyroid gland. The patient typically manifests certain symptoms on the basis of which diagnostic tests are performed.

Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Cold intolerance
  • Constipation
  • Weight gain (unintentional)
  • Depression
  • Joint or Muscle pain
  • Thin, Brittle fingernails
  • Thin and Brittle hair
  • Pale color
  • Slow speech
  • Dry flaky skin
  • Thickening of the skin
  • Puffy face, hands and feet
  • Decreased taste and smell
  • Thinning of eyebrows
  • Hoarseness
  • Abnormal Menstrual periods
  • Tongue problems
  • Overall Swelling on the Body
  • Patchy Skin color
  • Abnormal Nipple Discharge
  • Muscle spasms (cramps)
  • Muscle pain
  • Uncoordinated movement
  • Joint stiffness
  • Hearing loss
  • Dry hair
  • Hair loss
  • Facial swelling
  • Ear noise/Buzzing

Pale, yellow skin, loss of the outer edge of the eyebrows, thin and brittle hair, coarse facial features, brittle nails, firm swelling of the arms and legs, and mental slowing may be noted. Vital signs may reveal slow heart rate, low blood pressure, and low temperature.

Such symptoms if present, get TSH levels measured after which medications can be started.

Medical Advice (Q&As) on “Hypothyroidism

  1. Nvin

    Sir, I am having frequent tickling in sole of my leg. What could be the reason and what is the treatment? I am female 50 yrs. I am taking 50 mg OD thyroxine since 2007. Please suggest some remedy. Thanks.

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Commonest cause for this symptom is dryness in the sole. This is very common in under active thyroid states.

      Apply a moisturizing cream over the soles, twice daily. As you keep your soles well moisturized, the tickling sensation would go.

      If this doesn’t work, the problem may be related to your nerves. You need to get evaluated by a doctor for this.

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