The signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism vary widely, depending on the severity of hormone deficiency. At first, you may barely notice any symptoms, such as fatigue and sluggishness, or you may simply attribute them to getting older. But as the disease progresses, you may develop more obvious signs and symptoms. Signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism include:
Fatigue and sluggishness
Increased sensitivity to cold
Pale, dry skin
A puffy face
An elevated blood cholesterol level
Unexplained weight gain - occurring infrequently and rarely more than 10 to 20 pounds, most of which is fluid
Muscle aches, tenderness and stiffness, especially in your shoulders and hips
Pain and stiffness in your joints and swelling in your knees or the small joints in your hands and feet
Muscle weakness, especially in your lower extremities
Excessive or prolonged menstrual bleeding (menorrhagia)
Without treatment, signs and symptoms gradually become more severe and your thyroid gland may become enlarged (goiter). In addition, you may become more forgetful, your thought processes may slow, or you may feel depressed.
Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis can be asymptomatic, but when symptoms appear, they generally begin as a gradual enlargement of the thyroid gland (goiter) and/or the gradual development of hypothyroidism, the symptoms of which include:
Anemia (especially pernicious)
Brain fog (forgetfulness, sluggish thinking, loss of energy for life)
Cold intolerance; cold hands and feet
Dry, coarse skin
Early graying of hair
Exhaustion after exercise
Frequent colds and flu and difficulty recovering from infection
Headaches, including migraines
High cholesterol, especially LDL
Low basal temperature
Restless leg syndrome
Seasonal (cold weather) exacerbation of symptoms
Slowed speech and ankle reflexes
Tired, aching muscles
Weak, brittle nails
well I know some ENT's treat thyroid issues, and not all ENDO's r the best either...that is y I have my PCP overseeing my thyroid....
if it is a good Dr, then I guess it does not really matter....as long as they know how to treat u....I had an ENDO that was more into treating diabetes and was not up on Hashi's....so just like Chiari u have to research the Dr and see what they know.
I cant wait to learn what Chiari causes, what causes Chiari, and how extensive these overlapping symptoms & comorbidities are. My NS only has the zillion symptoms listed & the (mis)dx's of CFS & FMS.
Or at least that's all he gave me in his outcomes.
Lots of info here at this site, if only someone could harvest it.
@viva!!. lmao!! so true..I also has.a mass , goiter, that was.confirmed thru an ultrasound. my thyroid is normal,.it has been getting higher from.what i can tell looking at my.bloodbwork.from.the.last few months. but its still within the normal range. I was supposed get it biopsy,.was the old pcp in ny, wanted to do. I moved and along with everything else, i never got it done. Is it bad if you dont have.biopsy?? what can really be done to it?
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