About 18 out of 1000 people have hypothyroidism. There are a
variety of hypothyroidism symptoms, and you're more likely to
have some of them than others if you have hypothyroidism.
Of course, to know for sure, you need to get thyroid function
tests (which involve a blood draw) from your doctor. They may
also do and EKG. However, in order to know they need to order
tests for you, the doctor needs to hear that you have certain
specific symptoms that could mean you have hypothyroidism.
The most dependable hypothyroidism symptom is fatigue
- 99% of diagnosed people have it. Dry or coarse skin is
a symptom of 97% of hypothyroid sufferers. Lethargy, an
abnormal drowsiness, is found in 91% of hypothyroid cases. Also
common are slow speech (91%), decreased sweating
(89%), and intolerance to cold (89%).
Three-fourths of people get dry, coarse brittle hair.
About two-thirds get the hypothyroidism symptom, forgetfulness.
A little less than that (61%) get are bothered with constipation.
Some other, less common hypothyroidism symptoms are:
- weight gain even with less food intake
- water swelling (edema)
- joint pain
- low libido
- slow thinking
- hair loss, especially in the outer third of the eyebrows
- broken nails
- no menstrual period or excessive or frequent menstruation
- generalized muscle weakness
- cold, dry, thick, scaling skin on palms, soles, elbows, and
knees, possibly with a yellow-orange color
Other hypothyroidism symptoms are visible to others. These include
a round puffy "moon" face or facial edema (79% of cases),
edema around the eyelids (90%), a large thick tongue (82%), and
dry nails with lengthwise ridges.
Your doctor may detect these hypothyroidism symptoms: faint heart
impulse, indistinct heart tones, heart enlargement, slow heartbeat,
fluid around the sac that protects the heart, and high or low
It's important to detect hypothyroidism because it doesn't improve
on its own, and you can get thyroid replacement (natural such
as armour thyroid, or the synthetic drug synthroid), which will
immediately and dramatically end your symptoms. Plus, untreated,
hypothyroidism can lead to coma! So, if you have many of these
symptoms, see your doctor.