300+ Hypothyroidism Symptoms…Yes REALLY

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Who knew that little butterfly-shaped thyroid gland at the base of our necks could affect our lives so completely? Don’t underestimate the power of that little gland. It is the master control center for the metabolic functions of every single cell in your body. Therefore it has the power to disrupt every part of your body and to produce profound changes in every aspect of your life. Scientific research links hypothyroidism to heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, gall bladder disease, liver disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s. According to the World Health Organization, there are 750 million people in the world with thyroid dysfunction. Over half are presumed to be unaware of their condition. Despite research connecting an underactive thyroid to some of the deadliest diseases of our time, the hypothyroidism epidemic sweeping across the globe has gone largely unrecognized by the mainstream medical community. Are you sure you are ready for this long pathetic list of symptoms?

One of my readers contacted me with the following question. The question was so important that it had me thinking and thinking about how best to address it. Thank you Yipsy for contacting me. Yes chronic urticaria (hives) is one of the hundreds of potential hypothyroidism symptoms. I hope this post answers your question.

Hi Dana – 6 months ago, I started having hives every night. Blood tests and research on web have not yielded any help. I read some of the info on your blog. After google thyroid and hive, I found some potential linkage between my condition and Thyroid. I appreciate if you can share symptoms that link to Hypothyroid on your website so that people know what to look for. Thank you for raising the awareness. Article from About.com Allergies: “Got Hives? Get your thyroid checked!” http://allergies.about.com/b/2007/10/02/got-hives-get-your-thyroid-checked.htm

Best,

Yipsy

My hope is that this post finds the millions of people worldwide who are not aware of their condition. They are suffering from multiple health complications but they have no clue their thyroid is to blame. Their doctors are prescribing medication after medication for illnesses that could be treated by addressing the underlying hypothyroidism. It is a tragedy.

Then there are those who have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism and treated with thyroid replacement medication, however they still suffer from many of the symptoms on this list. Their doctors have no idea the real reason for their ill health is the improperly treated hypothyroidism. They too are being prescribed multiple medications for conditions that could be treated by proper thyroid treatment. Others are mistakenly considered hypochondriacs and prescribed sleeping pills and anti-depressants by their doctors. Others are told their symptoms are just part of normal aging and shrugged off as unimportant. Doctors are relying solely on laboratory tests for diagnosis, not investigating fully the patient’s medical history, symptoms, family history and thorough physical exams. Does this sound like you? It may be time to change doctors.

The following individuals and organizations are some of the top thyroid health experts in the world. My list of 300+ symptoms is a compilation of their lists of hypothyroid symptoms along with additional symptoms I have found in my research.

Thank you to Dr. Mark Starr for the comprehensive list of hypothyroidism symptoms in his book Hypothyroidism Type 2: The Epidemic. Thank you to thyroid pioneer Dr. Broda Barnes for his thorough description of symptoms in the legendary book Hypothyroidism: The Unsuspected Illness. Thank you to thyroid patient advocate Mary Shomon for her extensive list of hypothyroidism symptoms in her book Living Well with Hypothyroidism: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Tell You…That You Need to Know. Thank you Janie Bowthorpe for her Long and Pathetic List of Symptoms. Thank you also to Thyroid UK for providing great resources.

Every person will present with a different combination of symptoms. The severity of each person’s hypothyroidism will also determine the severity and number of symptoms they experience. Untreated hypothyroidism worsens with age with worsening symptoms. Don’t be led to believe that symptoms from this list are not connected to hypothyroidism, because they may be in your case, even if your doctor doesn’t know it.

Do you suffer from any of these symptoms?

Are you prescribed medications for symptoms listed below? Are you sure your doctor is aware of the connection of these symptoms to hypothyroidism?

Are you being treated with thyroid replacement medication but still suffering symptoms?

Do you have a family history of thyroid disease, heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune disease, cancer and/or Alzheimer’s? Please read on.

 

The Unbelievably Long List of Hypothyroidism Symptoms

Energy Level and Sleep:

Chronic fatigue
Less stamina than others
Long recovery period after any activity
Inability to concentrate
Sleep apnea
Snoring
Insomnia
Need naps in the afternoon
Weakness
Wake feeling tired
Frequently oversleep

 

Weight:

Weight gain
Inability to lose weight
Ascites (abdominal fluid accumulation)
Metabolic Syndrome
Weight loss
Anorexia
Heightened appetite
Diminished appetite
Obesity

 

Body Temperature:

Cold extremities
Cold sweats
Night sweats
Heat intolerance
Cold intolerance
Internal shivering
Hypothermia
Cold hands
Clammy palms
Cold feet
Excessive perspiration
Little perspiration
Low basal body temperature (below 97.8 degrees Fahrenheit)

 

Slowness:

Slow movements
Slowed Achilles reflex
Diminished reflexes
Slow speech

 

Infections:

Frequent infections
Chronic illness
Low immune system
Frequent colds
Frequent flus
Susceptibility to bronchitis
Hard time recovering from infections
Recurrent sinus infections
Recurrent skin infections
Recurrent ear infections
Recurrent nose infections
Recurrent throat infections
Candida (yeast)
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
Repeated urinary tract infections
Upper respiratory tract infections

 

Related Autoimmune or Endocrine Diseases:

Hashimoto’s Disease
Graves’ Disease
Celiac disease
Type 1 Diabetes
Type 2 Diabetes
Insulin Resistance
Addison’s disease
Cushing’s disease
Pernicious Anemia
Premature ovarian decline
Premature ovarian failure
Alopecia
Reynaud’s syndrome
Sjögren’s syndrome
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Rheumatoid arthritis
Systemic lupus erythematosus
Multiple sclerosis
Sarcoidosis
Scleroderma
Vitiligo
Psoriasis

 

Swelling and Thickened Skin of:

Eyes
Face
Lips
Neck
Hands
Arms
Legs
Feet
Ankles
Lymphedema
Lipodema

 

Mouth and Throat:

Difficulty swallowing
Sensation of lump in throat
Sensation of pressure on throat
Pain and tenderness in neck and/or thyroid area
Difficulty taking deep breath
Goiter
Thyroid nodule
Burning sensation in throat
Sore throats
Swollen tongue
Choking fits
Distorted sense of taste (Dysgeusia)
Salt cravings
Sweet cravings
Speech problems
Dry mouth
Halitosis (bad breath)
Propensity for cavities
Propensity for gum disease
Low, husky, hoarse voice
Bleeding gums
Receding gums
Irritated gums
Swollen gums
Persistent teeth clenching
TMJ

 

Ears:

Oversensitive hearing
Noises in ears (hissing, ringing)
Deafness
Tinnitus
Internal itching of ears
Dry, scaly ear canal
Excess earwax
Vertigo

 

Eyes:

Poor focusing
Double vision
Dry eyes
Gritty eyes
Achy eyes
Blurred vision
Drooping eyelids
Sensitive to light
Frequent tics in the eyes
Spasms of the eyelids
Bulging of the eyeballs
Red inflamed eyes
Dark rings under eyes
Puffiness around the eyes
Rapidly shifting gaze making you feel dizzy
Problems with night vision
Glaucoma
Cataracts

 

Hair:

Hair loss
Dry hair
Frizzy hair
Brittle hair
Coarse hair
Finer hair
Premature baldness
Premature gray hair
Change in hair texture
Body hair loss
Eyelash loss
Facial hair in women
Thinning or loss of outside third of eyebrows

 

Nails:

Brittle
Pale
Soft
Yellowish
Ridged
Striated
Thickened
Ingrown toenails

 

Skin:

Dry skin
Dry itchy scalp
Flaky skin
Cracked heels
Coarse patches
Yellowish or amber tint to their skin
Dry mucous membranes
Pale skin
Pale lips
Boils
Pigmentation in skin creases
Rashes
Skin tags
Dermographia (wheals)
Eczema
Impetigo
Cellulitis
Easy bruising
Tendency to form blood clots
Slow wound healing
Hemophilia
Bumps on legs
Acne
Breakout on chest and arms
Raynaud’s Phenomenon (discoloration of digits)
Chronic itching
Varicose veins
Premature aging
Melasma
Parchment-like fine wrinkles
Red butterfly patch over cheeks and nose
Absence or diminished perspiration
Moles and warty growths
Lichen Sclerosus
Vitiligo
Allergies
Hives

 

Numbness and Tingling:

Legs
Feet
Arms
Hands
Back
Face

 

Pain:

Migraines
Chronic headaches
Chronic back and loin pain
Wrist pain
Muscles and joint pain
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (hands or forearms)
Tarsal Tunnel syndrome (legs)
Joint stiffness
Tendonitis
Heel spur
Plantar fasciitis
Arthritis
Gout
Painful soles of feet
Muscle cramps
Aching bones
Aching muscles
Joint pain
Fibromyalgia

Digestion:

Constipation
Hemorrhoids
Hard stools
Loss of appetite
Food allergy
Food sensitivity
Alcohol intolerance
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Lactose intolerance
Celiac Disease
Gluten Sensitivity/Intolerance
Colitis
Abdominal distention
Weight gain in abdominal area
Protruding abdomen in children
Diverticulosis
Excess gas
Flatulence
Nausea
Ulcers
Acid Reflux
Excessive belching
GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease)

 

Menstrual Disorders:

Cessation of periods (amenorrhoea)
Scanty (light) periods (oligomenorrhoea)
Heavy periods (menorrhagia)
Irregular periods
Very short cycles
Very long cycles
Severe cramping
Failure to ovulate
Constant bleeding
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
Premenstrual tension (PMT)
Extreme bloating and water retention
Premature or delayed puberty
Premature or delayed menopause
Difficult menopause
Hysterectomy
Endometriosis
Ovarian fibroids
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

 

Reproductive Disorders and Pregnancy:

Infertility
Miscarriage
Still birth
In vitro fertilization failure
Donor egg failure
Abnormal estrogen levels
Abnormal progesterone levels
Abnormal testosterone levels
Drop in sperm count
Erectile dysfunction
Loss of libido
Sexual dysfunction
Vaginal dryness
Painful sex
Breasts leaking milk (but not lactating or breastfeeding)
Fibrocystic breast disease
Maternal anemia
Gestational diabetes
Pre-eclampsia
Placental abruption
Postpartum hemorrhage
Prolonged labor
Inability to dilate
Poor wound healing
Pain in and around c-section scar
Difficulty breast-feeding
Low breast milk supply
Premature birth
Low birth weight
Long gestation
High birth weight
Newborn with deficits in intellectual development
Newborns with jaundice
Autism
ADD/ADHD
Birth defects

 

Emotional:

Tension
Irritability
Wanting to be solitary
Mood swings
Anxiety
Personality changes
Feelings of resentment
Jumpy
Easily startled
Lack of confidence
Nervousness

 

Other Related Conditions:

Adrenal Fatigue
Anemia
Hyponatremia (low blood sodium)
Lack of coordination
Clumsiness
Tendency to fall
Dizziness
Fainting episodes
Tremor
Growth disturbances in children
Chronic allergies
Chemical sensitivities
Restless Leg Syndrome
Rhabdomyolysis (destruction of skeletal muscle)
Scoliosis
Osteoporosis
Hernia

 

Brain:

Depression
Panic attacks
Memory loss
Confusion
Brain fog
Mental sluggishness
Poor concentration
Noises and/or voices in head
Hallucinations
Delusions
Mania
Phobias
Obsessions
Alcohol & substance abuse
Rage
Loss of drive
Personality disorders
Schizophrenia
Postpartum Depression
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
Nightmares
Bipolar
Suicide
ADHD
Dementia
Alzheimer’s Disease
Parkinson’s Disease

 

Kidney and Bladder:

Albuminuria (protein in urine)
Urinary incontinence
Frequent need to urinate
Decreased output of urine
Interstitial cystitis (chronic bladder problems)
Urinary incontinence while sleeping
Kidney stones
Recurrent kidney infections
Recurrent bladder infections
Irritable bladder syndrome
Chronic kidney failure

 

Gallbladder:

Gallbladder Disease
Gallstones

 

Liver:

Liver tenderness and enlargement
Congestion of the liver
Elevated liver enzymes
Hypoglycemia

 

Lungs:

Asthma
Bronchitis
Emphysema
Difficulty breathing
Air hunger
Pleural effusion (fluid around the lung)
Shortness of breath
Tightness in chest
Pneumonia

 

Heart:

High blood pressure
Low blood pressure
Slow/weak pulse (under 60 bpm)
Fast pulse (over 90 bpm at rest)
Arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat)
Skipped beats
Heart flutters
Heart palpitations
Chest pain
High cholesterol
High triglycerides
High LDL (“bad”) cholesterol
Mitral Valve Prolapse
Atherosclerosis
Coronary Artery Disease
Elevated C-Reactive Protein
Fibrillations
Plaque buildup
Fluid retention
Poor circulation
Enlarged heart
Congestive Heart Failure
Stroke
Heart Attack

 

Cancer:

Skin Cancer
Thyroid Cancer
Prostate Cancer
Endocrine Cancers
Lung Cancer
Breast Cancer
I told you it would be an unbelievably long list. Were you ready for that?

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