Thyroid hormones affect all organs of the body, and they also play an important role in metabolism, energy use and other functions, so hypothyroidism causes a wide range of symptoms and signs to appear, and in the following article we will introduce you to the most important symptoms of hypothyroidism. (4)

The main symptoms of hypothyroidism Hypothyroidism causes a set of symptoms and signs to appear, which vary according to several factors, most notably: (1)(2)
1. The severity of the deficiency in the production of thyroid hormones.
2. The length of time the body has been deprived of these hormones.

Now you will find an explanation of the most important symptoms of hypothyroidism in each age group:
The main symptoms of hypothyroidism in adults Hypothyroidism in adults causes the following symptoms:

Feeling tired and exhausted Feeling tired and exhausted is one of the most common symptoms of a sluggish thyroid gland and lethargy, as sufferers suffer from extreme exhaustion, fatigue, and a feeling of sleepiness, regardless of the number of hours of sleep they got.

This has been proven in many studies and researches, as a study showed that 50% of people with hypothyroidism feel tired continuously, and 42% of them sleep more than usual.(3)(4)

● Feeling cold The basic body temperature decreases in people with hypothyroidism, as a result of a decrease in their metabolism, and this is what causes a feeling of cold all the time, even in the hot summer months. (4)

● Overweight Thyroid laziness causes unexpected weight gain, as thyroid hormones play an important role in the metabolism of fats and sugars. This is why the patient’s face may be swollen, weight gain around the stomach area, and in various other places of the body.(4)(5)

● Mood and memory changes Thyroid sluggishness affects mood, so it is common for a person with sluggish thyroid gland to suffer from depression, anxiety, and a feeling of indifference. Thyroid sluggishness can also affect memory, causing lack of attention and concentration, and poor memory function. (4)

Feeling muscle and joint pain Thyroid laziness causes stiffness, weakness, and swelling of the joints in the affected person, as well as a feeling of aches and pains in the muscles.

It was found in one of the researches that were carried out on patients with hypothyroidism, that 79% of those affected suffer from thyroid myopathy, a condition that causes muscle weakness and a feeling of constant fatigue.(4)(6)

● Constipation One of the most important symptoms of hypothyroidism is constipation, as hypothyroidism causes a slowdown in many body functions, including the digestion process, and this in turn contributes to problems in the movement of the gastrointestinal tract, and causes constipation. (4)

● Hair Loss A deficiency of thyroid hormone affects fast-growing cells, including hair follicles, causing hair loss from the scalp, eyebrows, legs, and other areas of the body, and can also cause roughness.(3)(4)

● Skin Dryness Dry, pale skin, and peeling are also common symptoms, and nails can be affected by thyroid laziness, making them thin and easy to break. (4)

Other symptoms of hypothyroidism in adults include: (7) 1. Struma
2. Slow heart rate.
3. Irregular or heavy menstruation.
4. Hoarseness.
5. High cholesterol levels.

The main symptoms of hypothyroidism in older children and adolescents In addition to the symptoms experienced by adults, older children and adolescents experience delays in physical and mental development, as well as delayed eruption of permanent teeth and puberty. (7)

The main symptoms of hypothyroidism in infants Among the symptoms that appear in infants with hypothyroidism: (7)(8)
1. Persistent jaundice, a condition in which the baby has yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes.
2. Inflated and swollen tongue and hanging outside the mouth.
3. Cold hands and feet.
4. Shortness of breath and difficulty breathing.
5. An umbilical hernia.
6. Stomach bloating.
7. Trouble with growth (slow or no growth).
8. Hoarse crying.
9. Constipation.
10. Extreme sleepiness.

Do symptoms of hypothyroidism appear quickly? In fact, the symptoms of hypothyroidism appear gradually and slowly, and it is possible that a person may not realize that he is infected after several years.
It is also possible that the person does not suffer from any symptoms at all, and the person may suffer from mild symptoms that cannot be noticed.(1)(2)

How is the diagnosis of hypothyroidism? In the event that the symptoms of hypothyroidism that we mentioned earlier appear, you must perform a set of tests for thyroid hormones, which contribute to diagnosing the infection and developing an appropriate treatment plan depending on the hormone levels.

Therefore, do not hesitate to visit any of the branches of Al Borg Laboratories to conduct a thyroid hormone test Thyroid Care Program، It is a program specialized in monitoring the levels of thyroid hormones, and it checks for thyroxine (T4), triiodothyronine (T3), thyroid-stimulating hormone and thyroid antibodies with a high degree of accuracy and efficiency.