Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland does not make enough thyroid hormone. Thyroid hormone controls the body’s metabolic rate.
- Being more sensitive to cold
- Heavier menstrual periods
- Joint or muscle pain
- Paleness or dry skin
- Thin, brittle hair or fingernails
- Weight gain
Late symptoms, if left untreated:
- Decreased taste and smell
- Hoarseness (dysphonia)
- Puffy face, hands, and feet
- Slow speech
- Thickening of the skin
- Thinning of eyebrows
Terminal, end stage symptoms (if condition is severe and untreated)
- organ failure
- Myxedema coma
- A Myxedema coma is a state of decompensated hypothyroidism. It can result in death.
- The patient may have lab values identical to a “normal” hypothyroid state, but a stressful event (infections, MI, CVA, drugs, etc.) precipitates the myxedema coma state.
Primary symptoms of myxedema coma are :
- altered mental status
Wexler, Deborah. 2009. Hypothroidism. Retrieved August 24, 2009 from http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000353.htm