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What Is an Underactive Thyroid & What Are Underactive Thyroid Symptoms?

Underactive thyroid, or hypothyroidism, is an abnormally poor functioning of the thyroid gland. Until recently, hypothyroidism was only diagnosed if TSH readings were 5 and over, but thankfully recent changes mean patients are now diagnosed and provided medication in the range of 2-3 if they are also showing significant underactive thyroid symptoms.

Although some medical communities believe underactive thyroid function affects only 5% of the population, there is a great deal more research suggesting that in actual fact, underactive thyroid function affects almost 1 in 4 people and is the cause of many “undiagnosed” health complaints.

The reason it is so hard to diagnose underactive thyroid function is because everyone has a different variety and degree of symptoms.

Here are some (not all) common underactive thyroid symptoms:

  • Fatigue (excessive tiredness)
  • Constipation, gas, bloating, and digestive upset
  • Muscle and joint pain and stiffness
  • Weight gain and inability to lose weight
  • Memory loss and poor concentration
  • Depression and/or anxiety
  • Muscle weakness
  • Puffy face and eyelids
  • Hoarse voice and slow speech
  • Infertility and loss of libido
  • Painful, irregular and heavy periods
  • Early menopause
  • Ankle swelling
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Intolerance to cold, feels much better in the heat
  • Coarse, dry skin and thinning, brittle hair
  • Eczema and psoriasis
  • Candida
  • Recurrent infections, especially post-nasal drip
  • Breathlessness with little exhaustion

Just because you don’t have all of these symptoms does NOT mean you don’t have a underactive thyroid. Unfortunately, many people suffer from the symptoms of hypothyroidism are told that all their results are “normal”. This should not be taken as the final word! If you’re experiencing any of these underactive thyroid symptoms and don’t know why, click here.

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