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Symptoms and side effects of nonfunctioning thyroid?

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Dr. James Chu
Dr. James Chu answered
24 years experience in Endocrinology
Multiple effects: A truly non-functioning thyroid with almost no thyroid hormone synthesis will show many symptoms: most commonly dry hair/nails/skin, mental slowing, loss of eyebrows, weight gain, heart slowing, constipation, menstrual/sexual dysfunction, swelling, et al. This definitely requires thyroid replacement. However, the most commonly seen mild hypothyroidism (tsh 4-10) usually has very few effects seen.
Answered on Apr 13, 2019
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