My signs and symptoms were initially as follows:
Fairly swift weight gain (was always size 10 and 9 stone) e.g. I bought a wedding outfit, size 10, in April (for step daughter's wedding in June 2015). Tried dress on again in May - couldn't get into it. Got a refund and a new dress, size 12. By time wedding date arrived, June 6th - couldn't fit into the size 12 and had to wear another dress - much looser fitting. I wasn't eating lots, so became aware I had some sort of a problem. I thought I'd put it down initially to the M & S Egg Custard Tarts I simply love !! but quite honestly, don't get into town often enough to lay the blame on weight gain there!
The other symptoms (listed below) were ignored by me as I put it down to just getting older.
Complete lack of energy - on a scale of 1 - 10 (10 being fantastic energy) I went to minus10
Extreme bloatedness: (and was tested for cervical cancer at my request). It felt like I'd eaten so much my stomach was so full - then when I couldn't eat any more, I allowed someone to put a hosepipe down my throat and fill me up with 10 gallons of water). I couldn't sit/stand etc
Perspiring heavily when exerting any energy (even getting up to go to the loo)
Tiredness and complete lethargy (difficult to get up out of bed)
Nails becoming very brittle
Skin becoming very dry
Body hair stopped growing - (again, I put this down to age thing! I haven't had to shave under my arms since last April - 2015). Hair on legs doesn't grow.
Very tearful and emotional -
Thats about it -
I am a very active, hard working person normally. Rearing beef cattle on a farm. (Although I once held a very glamorous job, where looks and physique were once regarded as very important),. My hands show the hard work I carry out - my 5 sisters all have beautiful hands and mine are now like a rough peasant's!
My doctor immediately took blood tests and then diagnosed myxoedema - which I think is exactly the same as hypothyroiditis. I still have his diagnosis on the wall in the kitchen as when I saw the word myxoedema - wanted to know what it really meant. When I looked it up, it meant hypothyroid.