11 common medical conditions often caused by thyroid disease

11 common medical conditions often caused by thyroid disease

It is tough to be a thyroid patient with all the symptoms that befall us like a ton of bricks, but then add to that struggle the number of doctors that are miserably misinformed about thyroid disease.

Written by National Academy of Hypothyroidism

1. Infertility

When a woman thinks of getting pregnant, thoughts of having her thyroid hormone levels checked doesn’t even come to mind. Her doctor may not even suggest it. In fact, many infertility doctors are unaware of how thyroid function can impact a woman’s ability to conceive. Thyroid hormones directly affect the uterine lining, causing infertility or miscarriages to occur. Unfortunately, obstetricians and gynecologists are the doctors women look to when dealing with fertility issues or pregnancy. Arming more women with accurate information regarding the importance of thyroid function may prove helpful in educating more doctors working in other fields of medicine. In both excess or deficiency, thyroid hormones can negatively impact fertility.

2. Low Libido

Patients more often reporting loss of libido are those with hypothyroidism. Those with hyperthyroidism can also experience this symptom, but they can also experience episodes of increased sex drive, due to the sped up metabolism hyperthyroidism can cause. With hypothyroidism, the metabolism is slowed down, which means the reproductive organs are slowed down as well. The adrenal glands that produce hormones that convert into the sex hormones are also slowed down. Both men and women can see decreased testosterone and estrogen levels.

3. Depression

“Go see a psychiatrist,” your thyroid doctor advises. Hold on a minute. Inadequate levels of thyroid hormones T4 and T3 are most often the culprit of poor mood and mental wellness. With over 4000 patients, the Star*D study is the largest trial comparing antidepressant effectiveness for depression. It found that 66% of patients fail to respond to antidepressants or have side-effects severe enough to discontinue use. Of those who do respond, over half will relapse within one year. The trial found that T3 thyroid medication was effective even when other medications-such as citalopram (Celexa), bupropion (Wellbutrin), sertraline (Zolft), venlafaxine (Effexor), or cognitive therapy were not. Thyroid replacement with T3 was shown to be 50% more effective, even with the less than optimal dose of 50 mcg, under direct comparison with significantly less side effects than commonly used therapeutic approaches with antidepressants.

4. Obesity

Have you tried all kinds of healthy diets and followed exercise routines religiously? Have you put all your efforts into losing that stubborn, extra weight and still can’t get the desired outcome? One big lie that your thyroid doctor may tell you is “hypothyroidism doesn’t cause weight gain”. When a person is overweight, everyone blames them for eating too much and not exercising enough. However that’s not the whole story. Despite the vast number of weight loss programs in existence today, many overweight individuals are not successful at their valiant attempts to exercise more and eat less. Even if they do lose weight initially, many do not keep it off long-term. The overwhelming majority of times, there are metabolic abnormalities including low thyroid making it very difficult to lose weight. According to researchers, “Thyroid hormone maintains basal metabolic rate, facilitates adaptive thermogenesis, modulates appetite and food intake, and regulates body weight.”

5. Anxiety & Panic Disorders

One day you wake up with overflowing physical energy, even feeling severely anxious, with a rapid heartbeat, profuse sweating, trembling hands, and diarrhea, and you can’t stop losing weight. Then soon enough, without warning, your energy plummets. You feel like a slug, are constipated, your hair starts falling out, you gain weight no matter how little you eat, and you are severely depressed. You may have difficulty swallowing, sound hoarse, and feel like you have swallowed something that wont go down. And then, suddenly, your old symptoms return, and you feel anxious, sweaty, trembling, and panicky. This cycle can repeat itself again and again. While your symptoms resemble a mental health issue, they could be signs of Hashimoto’s disease, one cause of hypothyroidism.

Hashimoto’s disease, also known as autoimmune thyroiditis or simply Hashimoto’s, is caused by an autoimmune disorder. In this case, the body’s immune system sees the thyroid gland as a foreign body and begins to attack, damage, and kill thyroid cells along the way. As the cells are damaged or destroyed, they release their stored thyroid hormone, causing classic hyperthyroid symptoms such as anxiety, panic attacks, shaking hands, sweating, and a racing heart. Each autoimmune attack causes more and more damage to the thyroid gland until, ultimately, the gland is no longer able to produce adequate thyroid hormones. Every cell in the body needs thyroid hormones, so a deficiency can wreak havoc on the entire system, causing depression, weight gain, severe fatigue, brain fog, memory loss, and even overall body aches. With such a dramatic swing in symptoms, it’s easy to see how Hashimoto’s disease could be misdiagnosed as a mental illness like manic depression or bipolar disorder. And it happens much too often.

Both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism can present with mental health symptoms.

6. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome, a condition where pressure on the median nerve causes pain, numbness, tingling and weakness in the hand, fingers, wrist, and forearm, is a common complaint. Some thyroid patients, in particular those with hypothyroidism, struggle with carpal tunnel syndrome, but don’t realize that there is a key connection between this painful nerve problem and their thyroid function. Hypothyroid patients often find themselves with CTS because those who have thyroid dysfunction tend to retain excess fluids in their connective tissues. Accumulation of musopolysaccarides, another common occurrence in hypothyroid patients, promotes swelling around the median nerve which increases pressure and compression of the carpal tunnel.

7. Heart Disease

Have you been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, high cholesterol, or high blood pressure? It is possible your thyroid hormone levels could be responsible. Thyroid hormones have a direct effect on the heart, causing it to speed up or slow way down, creating heart disease. Your doctor, after evaluating the heart disease symptoms, may refer you to a cardiac specialist. Cardiologists may only look at the heart disease symptoms at hand, not considering the possibility that thyroid hormone imbalance could be the cause.

Low Thyroid Hormones

With too little thyroid hormones circulating within the body, your heartbeat slows down and can even cause irregular heartbeats to occur, Bradycardia. Low thyroid hormones reduce the function of the heart, sometimes causing fluid to develop around it, causing pericardial effusion.

Low thyroid hormone levels can also cause high cholesterol for many people. Increased levels of “bad” lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol are directly related to sub-optimal thyroid function. These hormones not only make cholesterol (good or bad), but they are also responsible for eliminating the cholesterol that we do not need. When the extra cholesterol isn’t removed, plaque develops within our arteries, clogging them. The result can be heart disease, stroke, or even heart attack. In a Dutch study called “The Rotterdam Study”, it was found that elderly women with subclinical hypothyroidism were almost twice as likely as women without this condition to have blockages in the aorta. They were also twice as likely to have had heart attacks. Having autoimmune hypothyroidism with elevated antibodies to thyroid peroxidase increased the risk even further.

Blood pressure can also become high when thyroid hormones are too low. Arterial stiffness, thickening, and decreased elasticity can occur when too little thyroid hormone is circulating within the body, increasing peripheral vascular resistance, causing blood pressure to rise. Many doctors prescribe statin drugs for high cholesterol levels and blood pressure medication without first checking thyroid hormone levels to see if they could be the the underlying cause.

High Thyroid Hormones

When thyroid hormones levels are too high the heart beats faster which can lead to a condition known as Tachycardia. Tachycardia can go unnoticed until palpitations, heart pain (angina), shortness of breath, or dizziness starts to occur. A prolonged fast heart rate can also cause incoordination of the electrical impulses that travel to the heart. The effect on the electrical impulses of the heart can cause a serious condition called atrial fibrillation (Afib) to develop in the right atrium of the heart. Afib causes your heart to beat erratically and can be quite uncomfortable. The constant quivering or irregular heartbeat may lead to stroke, heart failure, and many other serious heart problems.


Both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism can promote symptoms commonly seen in ADD/ADHD. This isn’t to say that ADD and ADHD don’t exist, nor is it to say that you can’t have these conditions while suffering from a thyroid problem, but due to the lack of knowledge and improper thyroid testing many people are incorrectly diagnosed with ADD or ADHD when really they have a thyroid problem.

When looking at the symptoms of hypothyroidism and ADD, they are eerily similar. Hypothyroidism symptoms include:

  • Brain fog
  • Short and long-term memory issues
  • And many, many, many more

ADD symptoms include:

  • Difficulty focusing
  • “Zoning out”
  • Difficulty remembering conversations/tasks

In addition to the similarities listed above, hyperthyroidism and ADHD have extremely similar symptoms, as well. In the case of Hashimoto’s disease, a person’s TSH can rise and fall with symptoms of hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.

Hyperthyroidism symptoms include:

  • Difficulty staying still, constantly moving
  • Brain fog/lack of attentiveness
  • Irritability/mood swings

ADHD symptoms include:

  • Constant fidgeting/moving
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Quick temper/easily angered

These conditions do sound very similar and could be easily confused in children and even in adults. Another, not as well-known thyroid conditions, can also mimic ADHD: thyroid hormone resistance. This is a condition in which the body does not properly respond to the thyroid hormones and instead of the pituitary gland lowering the production of the TSH hormone, it stays the same and the body continues to produce unnecessary thyroid hormones.

9. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

Do you have Gastroesophogeal Reflux Disease (GERD)? Did you know that that could be an indication of thyroid dysfunction? If not, don’t worry. Most thyroid doctors don’t know that either. Excess stomach acid is often considered the culprit, but looking beyond heartburn commercials reveals the projected public perception can be contrary to the underlying physiology. GERD is frequently treated with proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), which are the most potent suppressors of gastric acid on the market. Digestive medications are a multi-billion dollar industry. With stomach acid at the center of it all, it is easy to see why reducing it might be the answer. Yet delving further clearly illustrates that’s not always the case.

When it comes to the thyroid, your thyroid doctor must understand the importance of gut health in a treatment protocol. Not only is the majority of the immune system located in the gut, but the thyroid relies on healthy gut bacteria to convert thyroid hormone T4 to active T3 as well. Another consideration is the close relationship between stress, thyroid and the digestive tract. We all know that pit in our stomach or lump in our throat that can come with stress. Other effects of stress on the digestive tract aren’t as noticeable however. For instance, stress can contribute to “leaky gut“ (intestinal permeability), which is associated with autoimmune disease and symptoms that come with it. The thyroid is part of the HPAT-axis (Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Adrenal-Thyroid-Axis). The thyroid and its symphony of hormonal functioning are also affected by stress since adrenals regulate stress response.

10. Insomnia

“I’m not sleeping at all. But maybe I’m just stressed.” I hear this from many women in their forties. It’s true, the stressors have seemed to multiply and attack from all sides – kids, marriage, aging parents, bosses, coworkers, employees – all just look like hungry mouths screaming to be fed. But the difference now, is that hormonal changes are making it difficult to handle these inevitable life challenges. In the perimenopausal years – usually when a woman is in her forties – ovarian production of hormones starts to shift.  Insomnia is one of the most common symptoms of perimenopause. What disturbs me most about hearing women describe their insomnia that has been occurring for months, is that women are not sharing this with their friends, nor mentioning this to their doctor. They seem to just accept it as inevitable, an effect of living a full life, or just a natural sign of aging. If this is only happening sporadically, or only after a rare, particularly stressful day or after too many glasses of wine, then there is no real cause for concern and the best approach is to minimize the stress at hand. However, any symptom you are having is a signal from your body that it is out of balance and some intervention is necessary. The primary culprit during perimenopause and menopause is a hormonal imbalance or deficiency.

Progesterone and Sleep

Progesterone declines first during the perimenopausal years. Progesterone is only produced during the second half of the menstrual cycle: from ovulation until bleeding occurs. So if you’re bleeding more often, spotting between periods, having heavier periods or not ovulating at all and skipping periods, your progesterone levels are low. Progesterone has a direct, sedative effect on the brain, by stimulating the brain’s production of the neurotransmitter GABA and stimulating benzodiazepine receptors. Yes, progesterone is nature’s Valium! In turn, progesterone deficiency causes insomnia, irritabililty, anxiety and even panic attacks. Progesterone also is a respiratory stimulant, meaning that it deepens breathing and can prevent sleep apnea. Many untreated perimenopausal women gain weight, causing sleep apnea, which in itself destroys sleep quality.

Estrogen and Sleep

Hot flashes and night sweats are one of the most disturbing symptoms of perimenopause and menopause, mainly caused by estrogen deficiency and fluctuations in estrogen levels. Although estrogen doesn’t always decline first in perimenopause, if you’ve started skipping periods, that’s a clear sign that you have an estrogen deficiency, because you didn’t make enough estrogen to ovulate. The most common symptoms of estrogen deficiency are hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, missed periods, lighter bleeding, and depression. If you’re not having any problems falling asleep, but you wake every night at 2:00 AM drenched in sweat, or you feel hot just as you awaken every morning, then you’re most likely feeling the effects of low estrogen. Estrogen is both a serotonin agonist as well as a GABA agonist, two neurotransmitters that promote good mood and a sense of calm. Insomnia and depression are inextricably linked, so if you’re suffering from both of these and you’re perimenopausal, estrogen deficiency might be the cause.

Cortisol and Sleep

Cortisol is the adrenal hormone that wakes us up in the morning and helps us combat stress throughout the day, then declines at nighttime, allowing us to sleep. When we’re stressed, whether from external sources like the economy, or internal sources like infections or hormonal changes, our adrenals pour out massive amounts of cortisol initially, then often crash if the stress is insurmountable. During menopause, cortisol levels can spike during the night, causing those nighttime awakenings and disturbed sleep. Optimizing adrenal function is another key to that perimenopausal insomnia.

Thyroid and Sleep

The typical hypothyroid patient is so steeped in fatigue that they can sleep all day long. However a small subset of hypothyroidism causes insomnia. It’s as if the body doesn’t have enough energy during the day, then finally spikes at night, preventing the body from recharging and perpetuating the vicious cycle of fatigue. This may also be due to cortisol spikes at night, as mentioned above, but optimizing thyroid function is essential for healthy energy production and sleep-wake balance.

11. Headaches & Migraines

Headache is one of the most common symptoms in hypothyroidism. According to a study published in The Journal of Headache and Pain, patients with subclinical hypothyroidism have a higher risk of lifetime migraines. Another recent study found that headache disorders may be a risk factor for the development of new onset hypothyroidism. It is also believed that decreased levels of estrogen and progesterone, which occurs before/during menstruation and during perimenopause and menopause, may cause blood vessels to spasm at the base of the neck. Low adrenal function or an imbalance of brain chemicals, such as serotonin and dopamine, may also play a role but are often completely overlooked.

About National Academy of Hypothyroidism

The National Academy of Hypothyroidism is a non-profit, multidisciplinary medical society founded and headed by Kent Holtorf, MD, which is dedicated to dissemination of new information to doctors and patients on the diagnosis and treatment of hypothyroidism.

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  1. Jeannette stevenson says

    What tests should be done? I’ve had mine test many many times and I’m always told it’s in the normal range, yet I have almost all the symptoms you list, more from the first set.

    • Ask for a full thyroid panel test to be done. They usually only test the T4 range which could miss if you have Hashimoto disease.

    • You need more than just a TSH. Find a good naturopath that will test not only TSH but T3 and T4 as well as AIG (I think those are the correct letters). It stands for Anti Immune something. Often the bodies of people taking Levothyroxine are not capable of converting it to a T3. Their bodies can’t do it and they need a different med.

  2. I have Been through this journey as well, ladies, and please be encouraged..
    I am learning to trust in Him.. The Great Physician.. He may heal us He may not, but in all things look to and put your hope in Him.. those of high who don’t know what Im talking about, please ask someone who is a Christ follower..❤

  3. Beverly McVeigh says

    Hello I am 43 and I’ve been hypothyroidism for many years. I originally was placed on Armor 90mcq and seemed to work good but I continued to have very low sex drive, horrible migraine that I’m still taking injections for and Zofran for nausea, I’m always tired, and I can never loose weight. Once I started seeing my new pcp she took me off of my armor 90 mcq because my labs were good. Well that’s because I was on medication. Every since my labs have been 5.40, 6.10, most recent from May 10 was 7.10 and I forgot to mention that 2 months ago she put me on levothyroxine. I’m still not feeling any better still no sex drive, I could sleep all day, I have no energy what so ever I always feel like I’m going bald with all the hair that I loose. My skin is terribly dry and I continue to gain weight. Still no change in my migraines or any of the other symptoms. I feel sorry for my husband because he always feels rejected it’s a fight every night for us. I go to the doctor tomorrow after work to go the results. I’m full menopause no ovaries either. I’m not on any medications for that either. Thank you all for listening to me I just feel so depressed.

    • Robbin Savala says

      I have a lot of the same, although I’m on a different med( levothyroxin)
      But I Listened and I understand Hun!!!!

    • Hello Beverly, I completely understand and I feel your pain. Five years ago I started showing symptoms and was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. I was put on Levothroxine. I haven’t felt well since. I can’t even remember the last time I felt well. I have gained 50 lbs. My hair is thinning terribly. My skin is dry and I have no energy. It’s absolutely terrible. I look in the mirror and I don’t even know who the person is looking back at me
      . I have never heard of the Armor meds as mentioned in a few posts here. Maybe I should see if the doctor would let me try that.
      I want my life back😞

      • I’m wondering if you may not be on the right dose? It can be difficult. If you are seeing your PCP I would ask for a referral to an endocrinologist, someone who specializes in thyroid disease. You need to tell the doctors what YOU need. It has been hard going through my thyroid being removed but luckily I had someone who had been through it and told me what I need to do. You have to take control of your health care because if you don’t no one will! I hope everything works out.

        • Nancy Zier says

          L.p.I finally got a referral to an awesome endocrinologist! I was diagnosed with Hashimoto disease/Hypothyroidism. I had been taking Levothyroxine for years. Come to find out I developed a Metaballic Syndrome due to all the medication my PCM had put me on for all the other medical conditions caused by the thyroid desease! I cannot take anything in a pill form! The chemicals labs use to put medication into a pill form are what nearly killed me! My body was in a critical state by the time I finally got to see the endocrinologist! My PCM is furious because she doesn’t believe this, but ALL my lab results prove it. I’ve also lost 18 pounds in 5 months!!

        • I’m not sure an endocrinologist is the answer. I went to one. All she wanted to go is write me a RX. She mentioned that I might be low on selenium that she would order the lab but that it might effect my Diabetes medication. During my visit she was looking at the wrong patient file. Also I suggested she run a FULL panel of all the labs dealing with Hosimotos and she “I don’t do that, that’s something you can have your primary doctor do”. Find a good functional medicine

    • Hello Everyone,
      After years of living with symptoms, my new PCP identified Hashimoto’s as my problem and referred me to an endocrinologist. At first I was on levothyroxine, which did nothing for me. Now I am on Tiroscint, a more expensive drug that also is doing nothing. In the meantime, my PCP suggested a home sleep study because of my sleep issues. It showed nothing wrong. As time went by my sleep increased to 20 hours in 24. The few hours I was up, I was exhausted. My friend recommended a monitored sleep study with all the wires, etc. while it took some finagling to get the insurance company to cover part of it, my diagnosis was of CENTRAL SLEEP APNEA…I had never heard of it! And there is little literature available to learn of it. Basically as I currently understand it, as a result of heart or stroke issues, the brain stem fails to tell the lungs to breathe as we sleep, of course there is no way for us to know that because we are asleep! I just had my titration session to determine the cpap settings needed to optimize my night-time breathing, but even one night gave me nearly two days of feeling almost normal again. I have to wait now to see the doctor and obtain my prescription for my own cpap, so I can’t speak to the long term benefits of the treatment. In the meantime, I want to yell it from the treetops that I have hope for the first time in over 20 years of feeling lousy and fearing Alzheimer’s because I have been so forgetful. May God Bless you all with a solution to your issues.

  4. I’m shocked that i actually have EVERY single symptom. People don’t understand the fatigue and think i’m just lazy. I’m going to my doctor in a few months for a complete physical, and i’m going to talk with him about switching from levothyroxine to armor or another one. Any feedback on the differences of brandnames?

    Thank you.

    • Carol Martin says

      I had my thyroid removed to the right and half the left. Had a border it was making my life awful. After bout 10years had to go on medicine ending up taking Armour. I still have problems with them having to change meds up or down. Have to watch medicine for colds or flu have had 3 thyroid storms the last one being very bad from taking a generic Zpack. Not to many people knew bout the storms might need to check them out.

      • My sister was hyperthyroid. She ended up being life flighted to a major hospital from her small regional hospital. She died three times and they managed to bring her back each time. They put her into a medically induced coma. She was in the hospital nearly 3 months and required PT once she was released. Thyroid storms are nothing to mess with!

    • Susan Laughead says

      My doctor tried every brand in various doses. The only one that helped is NP Thyroid. I have to take 2 of the 60 mg., because it does not come in 120 mg. But it has helped with nearly all the symptoms. Despite forms the doctor filled out, my insurance doesn’t cover much of it — but GoodRx used at Walmart pharmacy got it down to 1/3 the original price. Hope you find what works for you!

  5. Hi I’ve been on throxin for many years as I’ve gotten older I’ve developed a new symptom that I’ve got ringng noise in my head also feel like I wake up to a hangover every day plus i carry around a smell about me only I seem to notice so not sure if it inside my nose sometimes it’s so strong I want to be sick any advice I’d really appreciate it

  6. Hello I am on meds for thyroid two different pills one one day the other next day. So why do I have all the symptoms still if I take meds should I not be good. Also taking estrogen n progesterone. Hate all the feelings. Teresa

    • Terri mueller says

      I too am hypo thyroid and I still has all the symptoms till I went on Armour thyroid. I feel like myself again and I have no symptoms. I hope this helps you but many doctors don’t prescribe this and from what I have researched it’s because drug companies push other more profitable Drugs. Good luck!

  7. Listening to you makes me feel less alone but not really better. I have just recently experienced the severe fatigue- terrifying! Another new symptom is heart palpitations and tingling. I’ve started taking supplements: ashwagonda, probiotics, and vitamin B complex. I already take D and levothyroxine nd antidepressants as well as mood stabilizers. I feel like labs are key but I got a bill for $600 for my detailed ones and that was when I had insurance. Hang in there ladies! Never give up!

  8. Charlotte Steward says

    I went to two functional doctors and they did all the blood panel work, put me on progesterone and estrogen, Armour because my T3 wouldn’t convert. I’m hypo but instead of gaining weight I lost 43 pounds and did not need to do I quit going to her, the other one I went to told me to eat whatever I wanted to do I could gain some weight. I gained about eight pounds and she just totally dropped me without an explanation and sent me to an Internist who told me I don’t have a thyroid problem. What in the hell is going on? I’m pretty sure when he did my blood work he only tested my TSH, T4, and T3. That tells you nothing. I’m supposed to see an Endocrinologist in December. I went to functional doctors because they are supposed to be the best when getting to the bottom of ur thyroid problem. But that didn’t happen. I doubt it will happen with this Endocrinologist either. Because I probably know more than he does about getting to the root cause of my thyroid problem. I have researched this thyroid thing very throughly and I started taking leaky gut supplements and probiotics, multivitamins, Brazil nuts, pumpkin seeds and all the vitamins and minerals that are supposed to help ur thyroid. The problem im having is I cannot take but half a dose of my 15 mg Armour because it makes my heart feel like it is going to jump out of my chest. That makes no sense to me. Why can’t I take Armour? They tried me on synthroid and cytomel the first time and the cytomel did me the same way. I can’t take T3 for some reason. Except for 7.5 mgs. What do I do?I don’t really feel bad as far as being fatigued goes. I just don’t know what to do. Any suggestions?

    • Grethlyn Williams says

      It truly sucks! So many people are suffering with this problem and just cannot get any help. I’m on those supplements you mention. I exercise when I have the energy to, yet, my sleep is a mess. I’m a U. S.Army Veteran And they don’t know shit at the VA either. I went to a Naturapatic Doctor who doesn’t take insurance I was charged $800+ for about 20 minutes of his time. I was still
      messed up. I thought about going back to him to ask for a refund, but he died. I’m so afraid of drugs I don’t know what else to do. I hope you find a Solution. I’m gonna keep on doing “self-care.”

  9. Dear Hypothyroid Mom, let me try to break down my thyroid problems without giving my life story. I’m 60 yrs old, I have all the symptoms u have listed for hypothyroidism. I’m presently on 100Mcg Levothyroxine per day. I also take Zoloft, Wellbutrin and Vistaril for anxiety. I have had anxiety attacks since my Mothers death in 1986. I have had 3 surgeries 1991, 2001 and 2010 pituitary tumor removal. The last surgery in 2010 left with 65% of the tumor that could not be removed due to where the tumor is and the risk factor of blindness, Aortic rupture, etc. I have been to dr after dr to no avail. Of course, all testing came back normal except for high cholesterol and hypothyroidism. I would like to be advised of where I go next, what test do I need and how to find a dr that will know how to treat me?

    • Dana, I was reading the comments and came across yours. The medications you are taking for your depression had me concerned about a couple of things. The tumor you mentioned that you have and it’s location. I do not want to cause you any stress. I just felt I should mention it to you. The two antidepressants Zoloft and Wellbutrin taken together effects the central nervous system. With the location of your tumor I felt a bit concerned about the combination of those medications not being the right combo. I’m not a doctor, not even close. Just another women with thyroid problems. If the tumor is in a place where it could cause a seizure, maybe you should speak with your doctor and make sure they are safe for you. God Bless and I wish you the best! *Kristen

      • Dana Kitchens says

        Dear Kristen, thank you for your response. The doctor that gave me these meds, is well aware of my tumor and it’s position in my brain. For many years I took Sertraline but I was prescribed Wellbutrin, Vistaril and now Mirtazapine due to breakthrough anxiety attacks. I don’t really know why these others were added but I’m guessing due to my age and weight increase. Not only are my hypothyroid symptoms are worse and my stomach is a mess. I have been reading a lot about how some experts are beginning to believe that anxiety is more a symptom of hypothyroidism rather than a psychological problem. Unfortunately whenever I am anxious my stomach goes crazy(sometimes as my as 15 bouts of diarrhea a day) or if my stomach gets sick then my anxiety explodes. It’s a vicious cycle that has debilitated my everyday life. You would think that I would be super skinny, that’s not the case. My abdomen looks like a barrel and is constantly blotted. My legs and arm are skinny so I look like a big ole apple with toothpicks stuck in it. I can’t help but feel that I’m lacking the proper medications for my thyroid but there hasn’t been a dr yet that has discovered what I need. All my labs come back as “normal” but my symptoms are growing worse every year. I’ve asked before if my tumor may have anything to do with my problems but several drs don’t seem to think so. My pituitary affects my thyroid, seems logical to me that there could be a connection.🤔. So I guess I’ve said all this to ask if anyone knows what kind of dr and/or medications I need. I would appreciate any suggestions as to where I go next.

        • Has anyone checked you for celiac disease?

        • I tried Wellbutrin years ago to quit smoking. I stopped before a week was over. It caused me to have mood swings and what may have been anxiety attacks. It made me so reactive (a b—-ch). I couldn’t stand to be around myself!
          P.S. I quit smoking cold turkey in January 2001. I gained 85 pounds up to 312!! The rest of the story…..too long.😔

  10. today after almost 3 years since having my Thyroid cancer surgery , I have just given up. I am so sick and tired of being tired. I have a few good days then I am in bed for 3 days. I cant manage getting to work every day. I have to pay an assistant because I cant get to work. This is causing me financial issues. I feel in a no win situation . My doctor says my blood work is all normal. Yada yada yada. I am told that I have been just lying around for 2 years so my body is used to it, so I just need to suck it up and get moving. I have read so many books and looked at so many websites. Today is the official day I stop trying!

    • I have read this and just simply want to say you have been lifted up in my prayers.
      Don’t give up you are loved and help will come.

    • Please don’t give up. Change your doctor and seek other opinions. You can beat the fatigue by pacing yourself. I have many health conditions 1 of which is an underactive thyroid so I do understand. Be kind to yourself and keep fighting x

    • There is 2 groups on facebook with lots of good info. Stop the Thyroid Madness and FTPO- THYCA that I joined. I know exactly how you are feeling. Don’t give up. There is hope. The hardest part is finding a doctor who knows what tests you need and how to read them.

      • Michelle says

        Thyroid patient need to see a Naturopathic doctor who messes with just the thyroid and hormones. Those two work together..Doctors and Endocrinologists don’t go into the food sensitivity and hormones that are linked to the thyroid. You can read this all over the web when you start researching info. Naturopathic or Functional doctors get to the root of what is causing your problem. This is what they study. A good one will do a panel of blood work that also includes your hormones. After that, they will do a food allergy testing for enviromental allergy’s and food allergy’s or sensitivities that are causing you body to attack the thyroid. They also will get you on supplements to help the healing to start in the body and help support your thyroid. Also, they will start regulating your hormones. Yes, I take about 6 different kinds. 4 times a day. I feel so much better and after two weeks of starting this, I was sleeping so deeply and no naps . I was warmer for sure, and more energy. I’ve been going through this for the last five months now, and have lowered my no’s. back to normal. My doctor calls me Hard Core . Yes, that’s what it takes. To me this is the hardest thing I’ve done in my whole life. It deals with food. I’ve had all my yummy food taken away. But, I am no longer type 2 diabetic. I’ve lost weight. After three months of being GF and DF, I had another blood test to see how I was doing, and all my tests came back normal. Because I was FIRM with myself on the new food allowance. I read about how to do this. I was looking all the time, trying to figure out what to do and how to eat. I am now just working on food sensitivities to lower my antibody count. As I just got my final allergy report back. I go back in three weeks for another big panel of lab work, and I am hoping for better results on my antibodies. It takes a long time to heal the gut with food allergy or sensitivities. They cause so many different things from celiacs to Crohns, acid reflux, etc. Hashimotos is a severe side of what happens when the thyroid is under severe attack. This leads to heart problems, Graves’ disease etc. You can control your thyroid and it can work better with your med.when you get to the root problem of why it went bad in the first place. Food sensitivities give off signs in our body, but we don’t realize it until our thyroid goes bad over time. I follow a Paleo diet, and yes it’s hard, as whole food is what I eat. I’m allergic to the everyday foods that I used to love. Eating out is sooo hard. I manage , and I keep researching my recipes on Pinterest, I look up different questions I have. This keeps me in high gear to keep going and not to give in. I feel itchy or ge5 a headache or worse , stomach ache all day if I do eat something that I mistakenly had. I’ve cleaned up my body inside and that’s why I get that. It’s a reminder for me to watch my eating more carefully. I also learn about how to recognize certain bad food s that bother me. Hashimotos 411 is a awesome group online of people who give you suggestions and can help. Their like us. But some know lots of answers that help. I have a lot food sensitivities that gave me leaky gut over my lifetime. I’m always hungry, because my meals contain a meat and veggie or fruits and healthy fats, like olive oil and avocado oil, seeds, nuts. That’s it. But, staying away from all the bad stuff is leading me to a healthier life that’s what I keep running over inside my head. Just have to stay positive. Yes, I’ve had to learn how to cook all over again. It’s not much fun, but I try to be creative. Sugar alone, will hurt your stomach. It eats away at the lining causing inflammation. Makes you gain weight. Dairy is bad for sinuses, asthma. Yep, suffered that one my whole life. This spring my sinuses were not bad at all, but I just started with this new eating thing. I do know I have probably had a gluten problem and dairy problem since I was 30. Just reading about it took me back on the symptoms. That’s when sinuses and asthma and my allergies started getting bad. Going GF, DF, Grain free will be my life for a while till my stomach heals. Then reintoducement will follow. I will most likely be GF forever, but hopefully I can lead a more normal life with a few more foods added in. It’s very hard, but I know I can be healthy again.

    • Hi Amy. Don’t give up. I have autoimmune disease, which is accompanied with B-12 deficiency, loss of vision, food sensitive to almost everything, low adrenal levels, severe arthritis in my neck, my blood pressure crashes so low I feel like I am going to pass out most of the time, early menopause at the age of 30 with every known negative side effect you can get, tons of pain in my abdomen, constant exhaustion and many other wonderful symptoms. I have suffered for years. I am stubborn and manage to hold a full time job. Definitely not easy and I’ve got nothing left at the end of my day. It took me ten years to find a doctor to even attempt to take me seriously. I could go on forever about my story over the last 20 years., my point is this. If your symptoms aren’t written in a medical book and backed by tons of research doctors simply don’t know what to do. That’s when you get the brush off. Suddenly your to much work and they don’t want to look like idiots. Take your power back, do your own reaserch. Find a good natural path, an MD with a further education in natural pathic medicine, someone who is not afraid to think outside the box. I Have suffered unnecessarily because of doctors. About a month ago I was ready to throw in the towel for the hundredth time. My final attempt was a natural path. To my surprise I have actually started to see some positive improvements. I have only spent about $450.00. Worth every penny and I wish I had listened to my gut ages ago. I searched out natural paths around my area and read tons of revues before I chose one. To my surprise I nailed it. She is fantastic. I have a good journey ahead yet but this is the first real bit of hope I’ve had in years and maybe I’ll at least be able to enjoy part of my life. You are not alone, don’t give up, take your power back. You’ve made it this far you are obviously a very strong person. I have never responded to anything before and I just accidentally stumbled on your comment. You got my attention. You got this, you are strong. Wish you all the best.

      • Jami Arrington says

        Gina and Amy, I feel your pain!

        I am 31 with two kids. Just had the left half of my thyroid removed last month due to a rapidly growing nodule. Have been diagnosed hypo for close to 10 years now but about 3-4 yers ago hit an all-time low with my fatigue and exhaustion.

        I gained 100 lbs in one year, would sleep 12,14,16 hours per day and still be tired. Of course, depression resulted. I was excited when I finally got referred to an endo because thought I was goong to be “fixed” or at least feel like a normal human after my TSH levels got to normal.


        Its been at least a year and a half TSH is normal, and I still feel like I’m dragging around almost every day and if i don’t take at least one nap per day I struggle to function.

        People may think that I’m lazy now, and I say that I’m tired all the time…but this is not like tired felt to me before I had these problems. Some days it almost feels like the life has been sucked or drained out of me :-/

        My kids jokingly call my sleeping and naps ‘hibernation’ and it kills me every day that I am not and almost physically can not spend the time with them that I want to or that they deserve because I’m exhausted for what seems like no reason.

        My most recent lab work results were all within range except for high ALT, liver functions, which is most likely due to the Hashimoto’s or weight gain. I have lost half of the 100 lbs in the last year. But I don’t have more energy from weight loss, I’m just less exhausted if you understand what I mean.

        I’m quite certain my insurance will not cover or help pay for any natural or holistic healthcare or medicines but that’s the point I’m at now: browsing to see what supplements may help and self-researching the crap out of ANYTHING that I could do, or try, or get, to help me feel better!!!

        After 4 years, 5 doctors, and surgery, medication and self advocating, I’m ready for a break. If it weren’t for my two daughters I would probably throw my towel in and curl up in a ball to avoid suffering any more discouraging frustration.

        I, like Gina said, hardly ever respond or reply to comments on ANY site ever. But I did want you to know that you are not alone, and from my experience, giving up will not make things better.

        It IS DEFINITELY hard. As if the physical symptoms are not bad enough, we should try our best to see light at the end of the tunnel, or believe it’s there.

        Thank you for sharing your story Gina, and Amy don’t give up!

        • Listening to you makes me feel less alone but not really better. I have just recently experienced the severe fatigue- terrifying! Another new symptom is heart palpitations and tingling. I’ve started taking supplements: ashwagonda, probiotics, and vitamin B complex. I already take D and levothyroxine nd antidepressants as well as mood stabilizers. I feel like labs are key but I got a bill for $600 for my detailed ones and that was when I had insurance. Hang in there ladies! Never give up!

        • I recommend getting a ZYTO Scan. Got mine done at my new chiropractor. Look it up on YouTube. Has helped me greatly! Also, highly recommend you to check out naturopaths or chiropractors that use ZYTO in conjunction with the Standard Process line. Working for me. Finally! Good luck & good health to you!

        • I commented to another person on this post with details…look into CENTRAL SLEEP APNEA. If your history fits, consider the sleep study if you can. My home study did not show any problem, but the monitored on has. The titration session alone left me feeling better than I have in years

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