THE hypothyroidism can not cause noticeable symptoms in its early stages. With time, Untreated hypothyroidism can cause various health problems, such as obesity, joint pain, infertility and heart disease.
The signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism vary depending on the severity of the hormone deficiency.. Problems tend to develop slowly, often for several years.
At the beginning, you may notice the first symptoms of hypothyroidism very slightly, such as fatigue and weight gain. Or you may simply attribute it to aging. But as your metabolism continues to slow down, you may experience more obvious problems.
The main symptoms of hypothyroidism are:
- Increased sensitivity to cold
- Dry skin
- Weight gain
- Inflated face
- Muscular weakness
- Elevated blood cholesterol levels
- Muscle aches, sensitivity and stiffness
- Pain, stiffness or swelling in the joints
- Heavier than normal or irregular menstrual periods
- Thinning hair
- Slow heart rate
- Reduced memory
- Enlarged thyroid gland (goitre)