What are later signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism?
You may feel that something is wrong only after when the signs and symptoms get worse. Later signs and symptoms include: • Constipation (dry, hard bowel movements). • Enlarged thyroid gland. • Hoarseness or change in voice or speech. • Sleepiness or problems thinking clearly, such as being forgetful and easily confused. • Swelling around the eyes. • Too much and too sudden weight gain. • Very slow heartbeat and trouble breathing. How is hypothyroidism diagnosed? Your caregiver will ask you about your health. This may include information on what signs and symptoms you have and when they started. You may also be asked aboutdiseases you have had, and whatmedicine you have taken in the past, and are using now. You may also be asked about your family’s health. You may need any of the following: • Blood tests: Blood is taken to learn how well your thyroid gland is working. These tests may tell your caregiver how low your thyroid hormone levels are in your blood. This information may also be