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    Understanding Thyroid Problems -- Symptoms

    What Are the Symptoms of Thyroid Problems?

    The symptoms of

    The symptoms of hypothyroidism, in which the body doesn't produce enough thyroid hormones, may include:

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    • Lethargy, slower mental processes or depression
    • Reduced heart rate
    • Increased sensitivity to cold
    • Tingling or numbness in the hands
    • Development of a goiter (an enlargement in your neck)
    • Constipation, heavy menstrual periods, or dry skin and hair

    Subacute thyroiditis:

    • Mild to severe pain in the thyroid gland
    • The thyroid feels tender to the touch
    • Pain or discomfort when swallowing or turning your head
    • Appearance of these symptoms shortly after a viral infection, such as the flu, mumps, or measles

    Call Your Doctor About Thyroid Problems If:

    • You have any of the symptoms listed above.

    Call 911 or seek emergency medical care if:

    • You are feverish, agitated, or delirious, and have a rapid pulse; you could be having a thyrotoxic crisis, a sudden and dangerous complication of hyperthyroidism.
    • You feel intensely cold, drowsy and lethargic; you could be experiencing a myxedema coma, a sudden and dangerous complication of hypothyroidism that can cause unconsciousness and possibly death.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on March 23, 2015

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