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[DELETED]What Are the Signs & Symptoms of Underactive Thyroid Disease?

Hypothyroidism is a condition of the thyroid not producing enough thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T-3). An underactive thyroid is the result of the pituitary gland releasing too much thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), therefore causing the thyroid to not produce enough thyroid hormones.

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Hypothyroidism is a condition of the thyroid not producing enough thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T-3).  An underactive thyroid is the result of the pituitary gland releasing too much thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), therefore causing the thyroid to not produce enough thyroid hormones.

The lack of thyroid hormone can cause an array of symptoms. 


Metabolism

On the scale

Hypothyroidism can cause weight gain or the inability to lose weight.  Cold intolerance or feeling cold in moderate climates is a symptom of metabolic difficulty.


Skin, Hair and Nails

Finger nails

The skin may be pale, dry and coarse.  Hair tends to be dry and brittle with breakage.

Nails may also be brittle and break easily. 


Energy

Trying to wake up

Fatigue and weakness are common in hypothyroid suffers, especially in the morning. 


Menstrual and Fertility

Menstrual cramping

Heavier, more frequent, painful, and long periods can signal that the thyroid is not functioning as normal.  Miscarriages and infertility are connected to hypothyroidism.


Psychological

Somber woman

You may find that you are no longer mentally alert and are forgetful.  Depression and irritability are commonly connected with hypothyroidism.


Muscle and Joint Pains

Joint pain

Muscles may be stiff, weak and ache.  Joints can be swollen and painful.

You may have difficulty swallowing and feel as if you have a lump in your throat. 

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LaShunda Wilkison has been writing for 15 years. Her articles have been featured in military newsletters across military installations within the United States. Wilkison's experience includes work in the military, finance and health fields. Wilkison graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Criminal Law and Business Administration from Barstow College.

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