Hypothyroidism, also called underactive thyroid disease, is a common disorder. With hypothyroidism, your thyroid gland does not make enough thyroid hormone.
The thyroid gland is located in the front lower part of your neck. Hormones released by the gland travel through your bloodstream and affect nearly every part of your body, from your heart and brain, to your muscles and skin.
The thyroid controls how your body's cells use energy from food, a process called metabolism. Among other...
Swelling of the arms, hands, legs, and feet, and facial
puffiness, particularly around the
Muscle aches and cramps.
In general, how bad your symptoms are depends on your age,
how long you have had hypothyroidism, and the seriousness of the condition. The
symptoms may be so mild and happen so slowly that they go unnoticed for years.
The older you are, the more likely you are to notice symptoms.
Because of the variety of symptoms, hypothyroidism can be mistaken for
depression, especially during and after pregnancy. In older people, it may be
dementia, and other conditions that cause memory
Symptoms of hypothyroidism in infants, children, and teens
Although rare, hypothyroidism can occur in
infants, children, and teens. In infants, symptoms of
a goiter include a poor appetite and choking on food. Symptoms of
hypothyroidism may include dry, scaly skin. In children and teens, symptoms
include behavior problems and changes in school performance. Children and teens
may gain weight and yet have a slowed growth rate. Teens may have delayed
puberty and look much younger than their age.
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July 16, 2010
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