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Hypothyroidism Symptoms In Women

Updated on July 5, 2011

Thyroidism Symptoms in Women

Hypothyroidism in Women

It is very common for older women from all walks of life to develop thyroid conditions such as hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism. There is little information pertaining to why women have a higher rate of thyroid problems, but the evidence is clear that more women than men experience underactive thyroid symptoms. A thyroid does not deteriorate at the same rate in all women, although a slow degrading thyroid does seem to be more common than a quickly degenerating organ.

What is the Thyroid?

The thyroid controls a great number of hormones in the body. Because of this, there are a great many problems that can arise from having a thyroid that is not creating enough hormones for your body to regulate itself. One of the most common effects of Hypothyroidism is weight gain that starts slowly at first, but can ramp up quickly, adding on pounds over the course of several weeks and months. This weight gain will be accompanied by a feeling of lethargy and fatigue. These initial symptoms lead to other symptoms that can be more or less intensive.

Hypothyroidism Symptoms

The main symptoms of hypothyroidism are a feeling a being tired and worn out, overall fatigue, cold sensitivity, constipation, dry skin, swollen face, hands and feet, dry throat, high cholesterol sore muscles and joints overall feeling of weakness, brittle hair and nails and depression. Not all of these symptoms will present themselves and many will never appear at all. The key to remember is that all people present with hypothyroidism differently. The key is what you do after you know you have it.

Living with Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism is not typically a life threatening condition. In fact, it is very easy to treat hypothyroidism by taking synthroid or other synthetic hormonal balancers. Your doctor will perform a simple blood test to discover what your TSH levels are. This will dictate the strength of your medicine, which you will take daily. The good thing about keeping your levels balanced is that it takes a long period of inappropriate amounts of hormones to start feeling the effects of an underactive thyroid, the down-side is it can take over 30 days of medication to get back on track.


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