Hypothyroidism commonly manifests as a slowing in physical and mental activity but patients may be asymptomatic. Symptoms and signs of this disease are often subtle and neither sensitive nor specific. Classic signs and symptoms (eg, cold intolerance, puffiness, decreased sweating, coarse skin) may not be present as commonly as was once believed. Many of the more common symptoms are nonspecific and difficult to attribute to a particular cause.
The following are symptoms of hypothyroidism:
Fatigue, loss of energy, and lethargy
Muscle pain, joint pain, and weakness in the extremities
Emotional lability and mental impairment
Forgetfulness, impaired memory, and the inability to concentrate
Menstrual disturbances and impaired fertility
Paresthesias and nerve entrapment syndrome
Fullness in the throat and hoarseness
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Cite this: Romesh Khardori. Fast Five Quiz: Key Aspects of Hypothyroidism - Medscape - Apr 15, 2019.