Symptoms of hypothyroidism begin slowly over weeks or months. You may have hypothyroidism for a long time before you realize you are ill. Symptoms change with the degree of hypothyroidism and how long your body has not had the proper amount of thyroid hormone.
You may have only one of these symptoms, but usually patients have a combination. Some patients with hypothyroidism do not have symptoms or have mild symptoms that go unnoticed for a long period of time.
Goiter (Enlargement of the Thyroid Gland)
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Other symptoms or signs include:
Symptoms of severe or extended cases include:
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Last reviewed March 2015 by Kim A. Carmichael, MD, FACP
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