Whenever we feel something strange in our body, we ignore it and consider it innocent until it becomes a big problem. However, there are some symptoms that should never be ignored, as they represent much bigger problems. For example, did you know that dizziness could indicate heart disease in women? Yet, dizziness is something we still ignore.
Today we’re going to talk about another big health problem – hypothyroidism. This condition occurs when the thyroid produces less hormones and usually affects women over 60. It manifests in different ways and the symptoms are usually overlooked. Besides being a serious ailment, hypothyroidism can affect our life in many ways. It can be kept under control with certain medications, and should be detected in the early stages when it’s easier to treat. Here are 12 symptoms of the condition women often ignore:
Chronic fatigue is one of the main problems of hypothyroidism. Almost 90% of the people suffering from the condition feel extremely tired all the time. “Tiredness in hypothyroidism is the result of changes in the muscular system which occur when the thyroid doesn’t work properly and fails to produce the amount of thyroid hormones that the body needs,” the portal Tiroides.net reveals.
Constipation and similar digestive problems can also be caused by hypothyroidism.
Hypothyroidism patients often suffer from memory problems – they can’t remember where they put the keys and forget names and faces as well.
MUSCLE ACHES AND STIFFNESS
Hypothyroidism can cause muscle aches and pain in the upper and lower back, shoulders, arms, lumbar area, thighs, forearms and hands,” Tiroides.net writes.
The condition may make the face swell, which is often ignored.
HIGH CHOLESTEROL LEVELS
Sometimes, the high cholesterol levels in your blood are caused by hypothyroidism, not another problem.
Many people suffering from hypothyroidism suffer from depression as well due to the low thyroid activity.
SENSITIVITY TO COLD
People never consider the cold sensitivity as a serious symptom, but it’s a common sign of hypothyroidism that shouldn’t be ignored.
HEAVY MENSTRUAL BLEEDING
Irregular menstruation and heavy periods can be related to the low activity of the thyroid.
If you have suddenly started gaining weight for no apparent reason, it may be because of hypothyroidism.
HAIR LOSS AND THINNING
Both symptoms are an indication of low thyroid activity and should be resolved on time before you lose your hair.
LOSS OF LIBIDO
Lack of sexual desire and infertility can also be caused by hypothyroidism and lack of thyroid hormones in the body.