Hypothyroidism is the name given to a condition where the thyroid gland is not producing enough thyroid hormones. Iron deficiencies have been known to cause this condition as well as iodine deficiencies. Children are sometimes born with the condition and women are more prone to having the condition than men are.
Vague Symptoms of Hypothyroidism
When your thyroid hormones first begin to be too low there will more than likely be no discernible signs. It will take a long time before you begin to actually see warning signs of the condition. The problem is that the first warning signs are some that many women simply ignore, or chalk up to aging.
- Dry skin when there have been no changes in weather or lifestyle
- Pain in joints that have no apparent cause
- Stiffness or swelling in the joints
- Muscle aches that have no explanation
- Tenderness and stiffness
- Puffy face that you cannot explain
- Constipation even though your diet has not changed
- Fatigue that is almost debilitating with no reason for it
- Increased sensitivity to cold
- Heavier than normal menstrual cycles
What are the symptoms of Hypothyroidism in Women that are more pronounced?
- Hoarseness is more noticeable in women
- Slowed heart rate even when exercising, this can cause dizziness and even fainting spells
- Elevated cholesterol levels
- Thinning hair that begins to be quite noticeable
- Impaired memory
- Unexplained weight gain without a dietary change
Low Thyroid Levels
Low thyroid levels stop our bodies from doing some of the things they are supposed to do. We need those T4 and T3 hormones to regulate our metabolism, our heart rates, and a lot of other natural bodily functions. Without adequate amounts of these hormones we begin to have annoying symptoms like thinning hair and heavier menstrual cycles. If enough time lapses without the condition being corrected these low thyroid levels can lead to severe complications, and even death.
What are the Symptoms of Hypothyroidism in Women when it becomes very dangerous?
When a person has had hypothyroidism for a long period of time with no treatment it can become what is known as myxedema. Myxedema is way beyond the possible goiter in the throat from the swelling of the thyroid gland, or the other symptoms that can be irritating, but controlled. Myxedema is a rare condition that will likely result in death.
- A lower than normal body temperature
- Lower than normal blood pressure
- Decreases breathing
What are the symptoms of Hypothyroidism in Women that can be changed or stopped?
When you notice the signs of this condition and begin treatment there is a good chance that every symptom you are experiencing will over time be stopped. The real problem with the treatment for this condition is that the treatment takes a long time to start being effective to such a degree that you will notice it. Many women get very discouraged and start to doubt whether they are on the correct medications because their symptoms continue for months after they start taking them. Talk to your doctor about any concerns you may have.