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Health Tip: Recognizing Hypothyroidism

Health Tip: Recognizing Hypothyroidism

09/17/10

(HealthDay News) -- The thyroid gland, found in the front of the neck just below the voicebox, produces a vital hormone that helps control your body's metabolism. When it doesn't produce enough of this hormone, the condition is called hypothyroidism.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine says the following symptoms may indicate hypothyroidism:

  • Greater sensitivity to cold.
  • Constipation.
  • Depression, feeling weak or fatigued.
  • Pain in the joints and muscles.
  • Above-normal bleeding during menstruation.
  • Unexplained weight gain.
  • Dry or pale skin.
  • Thin, brittle hair and nails.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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