300+ Hypothyroidism Symptoms…Yes REALLY

300+ Hypothyroidism Symptoms...Yes REALLY

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?

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 hormone 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 EpidemicThank 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 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)


  • Slow movements
  • Slowed Achilles reflex
  • Diminished reflexes
  • Slow speech


  • 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


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


  • 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 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


  • Brittle
  • Pale
  • Soft
  • Yellowish
  • Ridged
  • Striated
  • Thickened
  • Ingrown toenails


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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
  • 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
  • Newborns with deficits in intellectual development
  • Newborns with jaundice
  • Autism
  • Birth defects


  • 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


  • 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 Disease
  • Gallstones


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


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


  • 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


  • 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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About Dana Trentini

I founded Hypothyroid Mom October 2012 in memory of the unborn baby I lost to hypothyroidism. Hypothyroid Mom is for informational purposes only and should not be considered a substitute for consulting your physician regarding medical advice pertaining to your health. Hypothyroid Mom includes affiliate links to favorite resources including the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program. Connect with me on Google+


  1. What about Hypothyroid causing Tremors?? Not hyper o am talking about HYPO. I have had tremors before I was diagnosed with Hypothryoid disorder. Also stiffness in back and neck.

  2. Also, recommendations for a good thyroid dr would be helpful. I have been to two separate practices and they look at me like i am crazy with all my symptoms and say is must be overlapping conditions. I would really love to find a doctor that believes me and doesn’t tell me that i have 15 seprate illnesses. It of which they say have anything to do with Hashimotos

  3. Where do you get your findings with these symptoms because i have presented my symptoms to my Endo and she says that these are not indicitive of Hashimotos. I have also had a Neurologist say that Hashimotos does not exist. Would love to hear your feedback. Thank you

  4. oh my what an interesting subject. Evidently I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism in my early puberty years. Took my months supply and my mother saw that i wad better. No more meds for me. After a very deppressing puberty I became pregnant and all my symptons came rushing back and very extreme. I was so depressed and tiref all the time and Drs are telling me its in my head. I got so tired and depressed that i attempted suicide. I was sent to a therapist and more Drs for 11 years at which time my husband and I went to a marriage counselor who questioned me about my health tonsils, swollen glands, irregular periods, carpultunnel, tendonitus, chronic fatigue, and deppression. He sent me to a endocronoligist in San Francisco who didn’t even do blood work but rather gave me a radioactive scan and started me on levothyroxine before I left the building and after 4-6 days of taking this medicine I was and have remained the person God intended me to be. I moved and was unable to stay with that Dr so since 1980. Told my new Dr about it and he just had me come in once a year for the famous, worthless bloid work and actually lowered my dose even though I felt I needed more. No one evered mentioned the long term effects of levothyroxine so now at the age of 66 I have severe osteoporosous and severe never issues but more than my own condition I concern myself with people both male and female that have very similar symptoms being denied further testing because the blood test came back close enough to normal and being sent on told it is in their head or diagnosed as hypocondreacts. let me mention as well that my son committed suicide at the age of 42 because he was exhausted and couldnt find any answers. What can be done to save the lives of these young people who are suffering and not receiving proper testing? Please helo me get them some answers. Thank you

    • Gail, I am sad reading your comment. I am sorry to read about your son. I can’t even begin to imagine the pain of losing your child. I agree with you that change is needed in the way thyroid disease is diagnosed and treated. My own tough experience getting optimal treatment drove me to create this site. Good to have you here.

  5. Hi Dana,

    I took your beautiful list with me to my Endocrinologist to discuss the fact that I’ve been suffering from almost every single symptom on this list for 35 years! His response was that most of the symptoms found on your list can be attributed to other illnesses as well and aren’t always an indicator of hypothyroidism, esp. when the hormone numbers aren’t supported in a blood draw.

    Help! What can I offer to combat his opinion? My numbers aren’t bad enough that he’s even concerned, but they are not normal (sadly, I forgot to write them down, so I don’t have them right now.) Thanks so much for your guidance.

  6. Echotrail72 says:

    Hi, 2Questions. what are some unusual serum test done to diagnose Hashimoto’s thyroiditis/encephalopathy, referring to inflammatory markers, ferrintin, anemia, etc.,
    Re: autoimmune antibody, is tpo-ab needed to make a diagnoses of Hashimoto’s.

  7. What is the source that associates scoliosis with this condition? I’d like to share details and reference this on my blog.

  8. Can I ask how hypothyroidism contributes to irritable bladder and incontinence? Just wondering because my doctor doesn’t believe it is, despite my thoughts, and I don’t know how to go about treating it!!!

  9. Hi Dana
    I am a 62 old Hypothyroid Male and have had thyroid disease probably from the age of 10, I like this article and have tried to encourage several of my doctors to examine your
    information and while I am on 4.5 grains of desiccated thyroid and some symptom have gotten better example Sleep Apnea from 102 episodes an hour to 70 episodes an hour
    my current doctor refuses to increase my dose but my heartbeat again is in a nromal
    rhythm. I have around 80 to 85 of these symptom. I was wondering if you could give specifics about this article another words references. I am not having luck finding a doctor to give your article much credence..

  10. I am pretty new to all of this as I was just diagnosed 3 months ago and it was found on accident. A year ago I asked to be tested due to feeling severely cold all the time, painful cold. The doctor came back in 15 mins later and said my levels were fine. Then proceeded to tell me it was in my head and I should talk to someone. My symptoms were all over the place and she said that made it to hard to know what to test for. So mad I gave up on doctors! A year later I was seen at the E.R. For impaction after years of chronic diarrhea. They sent me for a colonoscopy which turned up nothing. Fortunately during my times there they were testing my blood and found high tsh levels. Next visit they retested and found extremely high levels and sent me to an endocrinologist. He told me my thyroid was producing no hormone. Well he says almost none, not enough to be significant. So here I am 3 months later on .075mg of synthroid and nothing has changed. I actually have some symptoms that have worsened also. And i am getting herpetic-like blisters that turn into lesions on the bottom of my foot and on my mouth and in fold of my leg and my gynocologist assures me I do not have herpes. I just don’t know what to do. I don’t trust doctors much but I feel so bad mentally and physically I would like to lay down and just not wake up most days. I hate this because I am still supporting two children and a 3 yr old granddaughter who I love more than my life. They never told me any test result numbers so I am blind to that part of my disease. I just want to feel better .

  11. Juli Kay Atkinson says:

    I apologize for typos, I have vision isdues due to diabetes.

  12. Juli Kay Atkinson says:

    On Fri, 4/20/17, my primary care Dr put me through some routine tests with an annual checkup. My TSH level was 8.4, she said more than twice what it should be. In previous years my levels were either slightly elevated or within normal ranges. I have been having greasy hair, weight gain, heat and cold intolerances, exhaustion, muscle and joint aches and pains, I have had other symptoms as well, these are the more prominent ones. I have been a type I diabetic (dx’d in Nov 1995) for 23 years and was told by physician when dianosed that it was a result of having chronic Epstein Barr virus (a bad initial bout of it in 1987) along with an IGGC gene that would predidpose one to autoimmune disorders. . In reading all thse comments, I have little hope that I will get the care I need at the VA. For yesrs now I have been complaining of underative thyroid symptoms and theur cure was to up my insulin levels. I have been measuring everything I eat, have been eating less than usual for fear if more weight gain, and yet my BGLs are always high, prompting more insulin and thus even more weight gain.I have put on 20 lbs in the last 2 months I am 5’2″ and now weigh 180lbs and am miserable. My primary care doc saud thatcthe endicrinologist (I see her tomorrow) will put me in some meds that will make me feel better and help me lose the weight over time. I am an Holistic Practioner and every cell in my body is telling me that it is a nutritional defucit, buildup of toxins, paricitic or “D” All of the above situation. Mynprimary care foc did send me back to the lab for mire thyroid tests and results should be back by tomorrow. I am nit sure how many ir which tests were done. Not sure about calcium levels either. At any rate, I do not want to be labled as non compluabt and they will probably prescribe Levothyroxine as it is cheaper. My best frien says it does her no goid and she must take brand name Synthroud for it to make a difference. Should I go the distance to see a spevialust outside the VA in order to get better care? I live in Indianapolis if anyone has had better luck with ine fic over others in this area I would appreciate the info.

  13. I have about 15 of the symptoms listed. My primary care doctor only tested my TSH, which was within normal range. I then went online and ordered my own lab tests for Free T4, Free T3, reverse T3, and thyroid antibodies. So far, the results show dangerously low levels of Free T3 and somewhat low Free T4; no elevated antibodies. I found out recently, from a genetic test, that I have a hereditary gene that causes poor ability to convert T4 to T3. It just upsets me so much that most M.D./doctors are so clueless about how to treat hypothyroidism. So much unnecessary misery that we thyroid patients suffer, because most doctors (yes, even endocrinologists) have no clue about thyroid disorders!

  14. The list covers just about every symptom you can imagine making everyone a potential suffer. So I am not convinced even though I am a suffer of hypothyroidism.

  15. I have no digestive problems. But a FB friend suggested I do the elimination diet. Not sure what the diets purpose is if I have no digestive problems. And an iron stomach to boot. I eat no gluten or dairy. When I did eat gluten or organic dairy it does not effect my stomach whatsoever.

  16. Danette Singer says:

    I have been on levothyroxine for several years. The first symptoms were extreme exhaustion and very tingling feet. The first dr would not listen to my symptoms and adjust the levothyroxine so I changed drs. The last dr kept lowering my dosage even though I was feeling good. Then, if I felt bad on the lower dosage, she’d lower it again according to blood tests. She refused to treat me due to my complaining and referred me to an endocrinologist. I started having carpal tunnel and blurry vision. The endocrinologist will not increase my dosage due to blood tests. It’s ridiculous that they dismiss your symptoms. What are you supposed to do? Do they not care if you feel good or not? I worry about further damage and now think I need to try to find a FOURTH Dr. And hope I have the strength and willpower to do so and that they can actually HELP.

    • Danette Singer says:

      Oh, by the way, the endocrinologists office said that carpal tunnel was not a symptom of hypothyroidism even though I’ve read several articles that it is, and also wondered why I thought the medicine could be the cause. The most they said they would do is switch my meds to non-generic, which I had tried in the past and did not work. Then, they never called in the prescription for the non-generic!!!

  17. i have many many of these symptoms. I never knew it could all be linked together. The latest symptoms are cloudy thoughts, eyelid tremors, weight loss, and a lump on the right side of my throat with pain and sometimes i choke on drinks. Also today i noticed what looks like lactation but i am not pregnant. There are also many other symptoms. Is that enough to seek medical attention? Because this could explain alot about the changes iv been experiancing, expecially in mentaL status.

    • Kimberly Coppage says:

      Many people lack what the thyroid needs, which is iodine, zinc, selenium, copper (lots of combo formula thyroid supplements and even multi vits have these ingredients, check online, Whole Foods, or Sprouts etc.). They may be trace amounts, but pack powerful support to the thyroid.
      Also, stay away from cruciferous vegetables if your throat feels weird. If tgat helps, you have a problem with leaky gut.
      Problem is Doctors wait for tests to show problems and by then, you’re in deep doo doo!

  18. I have alot of symptoms for an inactive thyroid, my levels were recently tested and doctor said it was normal:
    T4+Free T4 7.3
    Free T4 .76 (Low)
    TSH 0.561
    T3 Uptake 30
    Thyroid Peroxidase (TPO) Ab 14
    Triiodothyronine, Free, Serum 3.5

    Should I get a second opinion. Hate feeling no energy, always fatigued, and the list goes on.

  19. Machela Rasmussen says:

    Thank you so much! I’ve been searching for answers for so long!! Now to convince my doctor! Thank you! Keep up the awareness! I’ve shared this article on my Facebook hoping others will get answers too!

    Machela Rasmussen

  20. Holy shit!!
    I have 36+ symptoms! My mother and brother have hypothyroidism but I’ve checked last year and they said I didn’t have any thyroid issues. They even did a Thyroid Ultrasound.
    What the hell?!!!

  21. This hypothyroidism is wearing me out. My blood work is good TSH but I have high levels in sodium, potassium, carbon dioxide, and BUN/Creatinine. Two years ago I had a full hysterectomy and I had to basically do it all over again. Last year my migraines got so bad I wasn’t able to see. I started having tremors on right side I wasn’t able to write my name or get words out. I went to every doctor they didn’t understand. I now have high blood pressure and dealing with pain in both hands I can’t make a fist. My doctor puts me on several different medication. I’m very sensitive to smells. I break out in hives and every time I start new medication my Armour Thyroid doesn’t like it. I just turned 47 and I feel older because I always know when my thyroid is out of whack. I don’t know what to do

  22. Linda Vosler says:

    I had been on Synthroid for a few years. I went back in for my blood work when it was time and my Dr. took me off of it and said I didn’t need it anymore. I thought once your thyroid was bad you had to be on meds the rest of your life. I come from a family of a history of thyroid problems. I don’t know who to go to now. I have several of these symptoms. Any advice would be appreciated.

  23. Joanna Wren says:

    Does taking T3 cause breast enlargement and tenderness?…………I am in my late 60’s and my bust is increasing in size and tenderness plus of course my weight is racking up!!

    • Kimberly Coppage says:

      Iodine helps with that symptom. Look up fibrocystic breast disease and iodine. Also, iodine helps prevent cancer.

  24. This resonates with my experiences so much it makes me wince as I think about the years of suffering I endured with the doctor I finally had to fire after 30 years of complaints about many of these symptoms. My doctor was sweet but only put me on thyroid pills when another doctor told her I had hypothyroidism… and then she placed me on the lowest possible pill because as she put it “I want somewhere to go” lol I fired her… I want someone to listen when I tell them I am so tired I can hardly stay awake to drive to their office.

  25. I have had a lot of these symptoms for most of my life….mental and physical symptoms. Out of 7 children in the family I was always the only fat one. No matter what I did I couldn’t lose weight. My mother and grandmother had hypothyroidism, my daughter was diagnosed with hypo when she was in high school, I have had half of my thyroid removed because of a goiter….but still they say my thyroid is fine….or what’s left of it is. Despite a stomach staple surgery in my thirties I’m still obese, tired all the time, sore all the time and anxious and depressed ALL the time. I don’t understand why they say I’m fine and they can’t help me. It’s hopeless. I’m glad my daughter got her diagnosis though. I’m not glad she has it, but at least she isn’t being told to eat less and excercise more and it’s all in her head….like me. I couldn’t possibly eat less. My husband says he doesn’t know how I survive on what I eat. But the doctors are always right and I can’t have the Meds and support unless they say so.

  26. Hi I’m on levothyroxine 100mg for 9 years now and still suffer lots of symptoms from aching body, tiredness, coldness, digestive problems, anxiety, hoarseness, Ibs, low ferritin, dizziness, and lots more but my blood results are always normal. Does anyone else feel like this?

  27. Alison mcdowell says:

    Hi I’m on levothyroxine 100mg now for 9 years now and still have a lot of thyroid symptoms from aching body, tiredness, digestive problems, hoarse throat in the mornings, anxiety, Ibs, dizziness, low iron and many more but yet my blood results always come back normal. Does anyone else feel like this?

    • Hey look up the ingredients on your med. U need lymph cleaners i listed above in comments. You med is complete shit, right now supplement with nascent iodine, you med only converts t4 to t3, what about t1 t2? They are clueless, and do not care if u live or die., The blood tsh test is a fucking joke and lie. Why, thats all your dishonest insirance will cover. There s actually 7 to 9 more they don’t cover. Look up michael johnson, and brad shook vids on youtube. I care. Truth is knowledgeable

      • Just thought that I’d share that I have been reading a book titled “Medical Medium” – the book is definitely unconventional; the author believes that there is a link between thyroid issues and the Epstein Barr virus (which is why thyroid hormone replacement does not work) I wonder how many of the people experiencing thyroid issues have been checked for the Epstein Barr virus – I know that I tested positive for Epstein Barr – could this guy be on to something?

    • Yes I feel the same way low iron,low b 12,anxiety,insomnia,low libido,aching body,tired,fluctuating blood pressure,type 2 diabetes,coronary artery disease, etc. normal thyroid test. Crazy! But I told my doctor there is definately something off and she told me to take my temperature under the arm for a week before you get up out of bed and my temperature all three weeks were under 97 f so she put me on a low dose of amour thyroid
      Haven’t tried it yet just received it today . So we’ll see if that improves my symptoms the doctors really need to treat the symptoms and do additional testing for thyroid problems.

  28. Jennifer Collins says:

    Oh my, where do I begin, my endocrinologist has been monitoring my thyroid levels for the past year now. he’s only testing for T3 Free, T4 Free, Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies, and TSH Ultra Sensitive, my levels last month were T3 Free (5.0), T4 Free (2.4), Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies (546), and TSH Ultra Sensitive (4.84) I am so confused because I’ve been told I am a medical mystery as I appear to have both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. Is it really possible to be both? I have a cluster of non-cancerous thyroid nodules and they are causing me to have a deviated trachea, thankfully I do not have a problem with my pulse ox they range in the high 90’s. I have several of the symptoms on your list, including scoliosis. I appreciate you and your research. I am looking forward to getting clearer answers in 2018 to move on with my life. Many thanks,
    Jen in Vegas

    • If you believe in anything, believe this, this asshole isn’t knowledgeable enough because the way he was taught, immediately look at youtube vids, of brad shook, and michael johnson, just so you know insurance won’t cover these at least 10 tests, we agree your doctor is a medical idiot. Get knowledgeable. You can contact me, in the meantime buy yousrlf nascent iodine to supplement your iodine, 2nd your iodide deficient and, various other minerals

      • Susan Douglas says:

        Hi, I read what you have written and I would like to know how one can find out what test are covered, and why nascent iodine over others. If you have time I would appreciate your response. Thank you

    • Marilyn Bartlett says:

      Jennifer, please read Isabella Wentz’s book Hashimoto’s Protocol. With thyroid antibodies as high as yours are you definitely have Hashimoto’s. That is why it seems that you are both hypo and hyperthyroid. When you have Hashimoto’s you should not take iodine. It can make it worse. Isabella Wentz has a Facebook page and has written many best seller books.

  29. Debbie Adams says:

    Thank you for all your time and research on this worthy project! I will be keeping the info for future reference as I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism a few years ago. And now have been told that I have Hoshimoto’s! The problem is no one, including, the Doctors told me how to treat It! So, what am I supposed to do?..
    This sounds like it could be something serious!!! I will continue to do my own research like you did and be pro-active in my health care! Sadly, as you already know, you cannot always rely on the medical profession!!! Thanks, Debbie

  30. I had a non malignant tumor on my parathyroid gland. It was causing my blood calcium levels to be very high. The symptoms were pretty bad so I had it removed. They damaged my thyroid during the surgery so I am on Armour and Levothyroxine (they keep switching because of my stupid insurance). Lately I am having a lot of symptoms. I had no idea that my night time nausea could be related. I know that our levels can change from day to day and it is difficult to tell what is going on. I also started suffering from fatigue and dizziness. Does this mean I need my levels checked again? I feel like I’m losing my mind.

    • Take gymnema sylvestre ,chromium picolinate, and half a teaspoon of Cinnamon, for sugar problems, you have lactic acidosis, your lymphatic system is clogged,the above lymphatic cleaners in top comments are very viable for you ,youtube videos of doc. Darrin schmidt about what lactic acidosis is, and brad shook youtube vids, on the real way to test a thyroid which insurance won’t pay for., And also sweetheart, youtube vids of dr. Michael johnson .a very good man .i care ,contact anytime, for any advice

      • Martha Dickman says:

        Ron could I get some advice? I have questions and not sure where to turn.. was diagnosed low thyroid and on various thyroid meds for over 8 yrs . At one time on 3 different ones.. synthroid, cytomel and armour! These were ” wellness ” docs too .. naturopathic doc .. with PA’s seeing me when she couldnt.. mann i was a fucking mess.. gaining weight , feeling like crap. I stopped going and made an appt with an endocrinologist.. she looks at labs and said.. i dont believe you are low thyroid at all. You are either insulin resistant or adrenal insificient.. she stripped me off of thyroid meds entirely.. been off them for well over a year now.. still feel like crap.. have not had blood work since either.. I am just so untrustwothy of the whole medical industry.. as well as naturopaths at this point.. i eat fairly clean.. watch my carbs.. but basically still feel like crap and have many of the issues listed above under hypothyroid, except I am a fat mess.. not underweight at all. Btw.. went to an accupucturist and she played doctor .. sent off for saliva test for adrenals .. and they are wacked..practically no cortisol from the time I get up all day.. and it spikes at bed time.. yay!.. any ideas? Thanks Ron!

        • paula howard says:

          For Martha, For over 30 years I have struggled with thyroid issues. A benign tumor was discovered in my thyroid gland when I was 34, I am now 73. Was not given any thyroid hormone, Dr. wanted to see if I could man age without it, 8 years later, I could see a lump the size of a golf ball in my neck, obviously it was a goiter. I went to my dr. He did tests and they came back “normal” I said to my idiot Dr. “then what is this lump in my neck, he said he did not know and gave me no thyroid pills> I went to a DR. in Mexico, he took one look at me and said you need thyroid hormone. I was put on armour thyroid meds and was so much better, then I found another idiot DR. (I,m good at this) he said the armour was old fashioned and put me in synthroid . Ok for a few months and then my periods started being very heavy and lasting for two weeks. For 3 and one half years I suffered with this, then I read a report from a Dr. Whitaker in N ewport beach ( he just retired) he said Synthroid did not have T3 the activator only T4 the storage hormone. I could not store T3 and got sicker and sicker, Got back on Armour 2 grains and recovered for years, Now however I have developed severe IBS. Dr. thought it was my thyroid hormone being too high, I cut it to 1 grain and still was having IBS symptoms. Now I just read online that parasites can affect the gland, just two weeks I actually saw these parasites in the toilet, I never saw them before or since, they develop in cycles so are seldom caught by tests. Am taking parasite cleanse herbs. Se online great info about this connection to thyroid problems. I googled this question ” Can parasites affect the thyroid gland”? The information was amazing. Often Doctors knee jerk answer to digestive misery is IBS when actually Parasites can often cause a host of problems.

  31. Earlene Lown says:

    If the symptoms are for hypothyroidism then why do you list opposites within the list when some of the opposites would actually be for hyperthyroidism? Sorry, that is confusing.

  32. hi l am struggling so much with my weight have for years, l have had thyroid problems for about 5 years, also type 2 diabetic for 3 yrs now, and l am now post menopause, and to top it all off l have P.T.S.D. l need help,PLEASE!!!!!!!!!

  33. Thanks for this great article. I have a number of this symptoms and have checked before with my doctor and he said my thyroid level was fine. Yet he couldn’t figure out what the problem was but I have always suspected hypothyroidism. I’m planning to start with a Lower dose of levothyroxine since they left me to my fate. I don’t want it to worsen before they realise it. Especially that of the sudden salty and bad breath(so poignant, embarrassing & annoying ) is driving me crazy with a couple of other symptoms listed above. I wished these doctors were more flexible than they are. God help us

  34. I’ve just been diagnosed with sub-clinical hypothyroidism. My mother had MEN1 pituitary tumour that started this way. I’m not getting the help I need. Cold sweats every night from 3-5am and in the day too. Soaking wet hair. Soaking my clothes. Fatigue. Insomnia. Aching and painful joints. Always feeling like there’s something stuck in my throat, recurrent mouth ulcers, over the past 6 months this started, and right after stomach flu that had me hospitalized — took me ages to recover from that. Low mood, which has now become bouts of depression and feeling like I can’t cope. Awful, awful memory and trouble pronouncing words. Cold Feet. Intolerance for heat, especially in the shower. I’m really not myself. I was set up for a sleep study, which has been declined by our insurance who’ve told us we need to do the home sleep study. The Sleep Specialist said they’re usually always inconclusive and require the lab study afterwards. I’m so frustrated by this. My mother died in her sleep from sleep apnea, and I’m just so annoyed that my suffering will have to go on for longer. I do not trust the process right now and wonder if I’ll ever feel normal again. It’s very hard having to fight for your health when you’re unwell.

    • I am so sorry for your struggle. I can totally relate to your last line, “It’s very hard to fight for your health when you’re unwell.” I am praying that you will get the help, attention, wisdom, compassion you need – the right diagnosis and treatment. May you be blessed, healed, strengthened, and cared for. I think I’m on the verge of getting some treatment after 10+ years of symptoms. Yes, there were other things causing some of my symptoms, but I did mention thyroid early on since both my parents had been on low doses of thyroid medicine since their late 20’s. Mom could not get pregnant with me because of thyroid. It finally showed up in my blood work at an annual ob/gyn visit in Sept, going for an annual physical with a new doctor on Thursday and am hoping for help. Take care. God is good and He loves you.

    • Did u know 70% of your seratonin and dopamine are made in your stomach which regulates your mood. Your liver and gallbladder and pancreas are congested, buy one pound of each make your own capsules, dandelion, milk thistle, burdock root,oregon grape root, sarsparilla root, dioscorea root, shizandra berries root powder, fill 00 empty gel caps, eeach one i named take 4 each, 28 caps daily, 1 gal. R/o water only just do it the way i tell you, fruits and vegetables, no meat or wheat, and a good capsule probiotic with vegetable enzymes, as you eat this way your lymphatic system and bacteria will change, the night sweats are from your progesterone/ estrogen not being balanced, and being clogged everywhere here on this earth they do no tests for lymphatic, take this 7 days a week.

  35. Linda Gutke says:

    I will be seeing my doctor in 2 weeks. I have a ridiculous amount of these symptoms. Weight gain for me has really scared me. Fatigue, but at bedtime, insomnia. Anxiety, dizziness, aches and pains, and really sore feet. I started checking symptoms and came upon this site in my search for answers to all my my issues. What really realky scared me was becoming short of breath while out on a walk. This had never happened to me before. At my last checkup my blood tests didn’t show any thyroid issues. So what do I do with all these issues. I have had anxiety and depression issues in the past and now they seem to have returned. I am a 67 year old female. Any suggestions?

    • I’m going to the doctor on 10/27/16. My blood level is finally indicating an issue. I’m going to type up my symptoms, perhaps print off this article, and try not to overwhelm the doctor since I’ve been looking for answers for 10 years. Actually I stopped looking in 2009 when an adrenal gland test came back fine. There were other issues causing my symptoms – some physical and some emotional/spiritual, but yes, I believe thyroid is in the mix since my cholesterol became elevated for no apparent reason about the time the other thyroid symptoms started. I had to advocate for myself a year ago when I had recurrent c diff, a bacterial infection of the colon that wouldn’t resolve. I did eventually get to doctors who helped me, but I had to be my own advocate despite how sick I was. The Internet was a godsend in doing research and helping me find the right place to go, but I consider the source and seek out hard science at times. I hope you get the help you need. May you be blessed and healed.

  36. I have a couple to add that I have only experienced in the last 6 months or so (only got my hypothyroid diagnosis this week) one is greasy hair I have never had a problem with greasy hair but in the past 6 months I have suffered from one extremely greasy part at the back of my head no matter what I do. The other is a symptom I’ve always had but used to happen rarely (a few times a year) but recently I have noticed it happening much more frequently (at least once or twice a week) which is sleep paralysis. As well as many of the symptoms on the list.

  37. i’d like to add; voulnerable and cry easy, to the list.
    and shouldnt vasomotoric rhintis be on it?
    and coma and death.
    chelsea if your blod leavels are good its difficult.
    i have hypotyreose and many symptoms on the list i dont/didnt have.
    maybe you have some other deasease like b12 deficciency,might be a lot of things the doctor hav’net checked

    • Omg I have so many of these symptoms. Docs won’t listen, just getting worse. I have vasomotor rhinitis too. New melasma starting. Getting warm sensations in my ankles…losing weight, hungry all the time. Dark circles, circulation problems. Carpal tunnel.

  38. Ive been diagnosed and yaking medication for over 10yrs now. Initially the hormones kept fluctuating n the dosage was altered several times but after pregnancy it apoears to be normal. However the symptoms that started long before diagnosis is still gragging me down. I have not cone across a list as such before and am really thankful for this compliation. Though tingly legs doesnt sound like much its kept me awake more nights than not, i never linked it to hypothyroidism. I noticed u mentioned leading a healthy life thank the Lord above, but since im still struggling mainly with severe cramps, palpitations, fatigue, insomnia n the tingly leg thing just wanted your advice.

  39. I have so many of these symptoms and even though I have had my thyroid checked they say they are normal. But what is normal? Have anyone else had these problems with the doctors?

    • Georgia Morphew says:

      The day I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s my labs were normal. The only reason they found the Hashimoto’s was because of the ultrasound they also did that day. I also have many of the symptoms on the list. It seems my symptoms pile up as time goes by. And I’m taking Armor. But the Dr. won’t increase it or do anything else because of the lab numbers. Despite my symptoms. In one book that I read the writer said “Dr.s should treat according to how the patient feels, not what the labs say”. I agree.

      • Judy Brown says:

        I have the same problem. I m on 60 mg od Armor and my Dr. wants to cut me back to 1/2 tab on day and 1 the next day because of my labs. My hair is falling out and I am bone tired most of the time and can’t sleep. Half of my thyroid has been removed. When will they begin to listen to us?

        • Everyone, please check out Raw Thyroid by Natural Sources. It has been a Godsend. I had so many of these symptoms, but most are gone now. They removed it from Amazon for some reason — go to iherb.com. Wish you all better health.

          • FYI, I take one in the morning on an empty stomach, then wait 60 min. before having my coffee.

          • Ck out having a hair analysis done! Tells you a lot ! I’m going the natural way no synthetic drugs for me!! Consulting a nutritionalist, on my way to recovery!! It’s a mineral deficiency on so many levels for me

        • Kristen Miller says:

          Please request a consultation with an endocrinologist if you haven’t seen one already, and if your endocrinologist won’t listen to you find a new one. my PCP would not increase my dosage of medication after my labs were “normal” but the endocrinologist wants to adjust medication based on symptoms and how you are feeling and not lab levels. She said you might feel best with a higher level of medication and that is okay!

      • In 10 months tsh went from3.5 to 8.3. I also had my first major Erythromelalgia acute episode during that time and now walk a fine line between cold feet from Raynauds or red hot feet on fire. The question I have is this. I have had many many symptoms of thyroid disease since I was a child but did not seem to have hypothyroid problems until now. Have been dealing with severe fatigue weakness sob severe back pain due to car accident had severe Central sleep apnea and insomnia all my life depression anxiety panic prod endometriosis hysterectomy bilateral oopherectomy hair loss thinning dry brittle weak nails weak muscles memory issues. Oh and last year had 2 parathyroid adenomas removed
        I probably had hyperparathyroidism for over 10 years by the time they decided to do surgery I had already had five kidney stones and had at least four or five major stress fractures that did not involve trauma and my short-term memory was so bad I couldn’t remember what I was saying in the middle of a sentence that weakness and muscle fatigue and pain but unbearable and I ended up having to get Social Security Disability so I wonder how much of all the symptoms are linked to the thyroid gland because the thyroid stimulating hormone levels in 2014 was 0.55 then instead then in February 2017 it’s suddenly went up to over three and now it’s 8.3 and next week I will meet with the physician to discuss treatment do you have any recommendations for me aside from the usual diet information that’s out there

        • Janet Wattus says:

          It could be Hashimoto’s. i had problems for years before they diagnosed it with me. my Thyroid levels were up and down.

      • Diane Landenglos says:

        I too have “normal” levels (15 to be exact), test results even surprised the doctor. He was 99% sure it would be positive for Hashimoto’s. Tons of symptoms (including goiter & nodule), have family history, etc. What kind of ultrasound did they do, that was able to be seen & diagnose you w/Hashimoto’s? I have had a Carotid US (found the goiter & nodule) & Thyroid US, so far.

    • Chelsea, I recommend checking out Mary Showman thyroid advocate at thyroid.about.com like Dana recommends. She has great info on her site that may help you understand what other tests you need besides TSH. I also follow Dr Amy Myers who is a functional thyroid Doctor. Following a clean diet is helpful too. Hope this helps you.

    • I have jad a lot of these symptoms for a number of years and after lots of trips to my doctors they found nothing wrong. I knew something was wrong but with doctors not findibg anuthing I was left. Until I came across a post on facebook about thyroid issues. I noticed I had a lump in my throat. I contacted the doctors again after this and was sent straight to a specialist. Turns out I had a cancerous nodule in my thyroid. I have had thos removed now but still have the same symptoms.. I have had weeks on and off where I feel loads better but then I dont. So I have decided to have the remeinder of my thyroid removed later this month. Im hoping I can control my thyroxine levels more accurately. If you feel like somethings not right and your doctors dont pay attention get a second opinion. This post is spot on. Im tryibg to share it on fb but Cant seem to find how. Everyone needs to be aware x

      • Hi i just read your post. I have had this for about 13 years and no cure; doctors dont find anything wrong, they beliebe I have some sort of trauma or something called syncope. I am beyond overwhemled and pissed because no doctor has veen able to help me at all. Help me.

    • Yes… just was diagnosed. Go to Mayo Clinic… keep several blood work over time for TSH/ cholesterol/ calcium levels! Took my 15 years

    • Normal is anything below 3, 4 is considered high. Mine was 55.74

    • Please do not listen to the test doctors give the blood tsh , thats all piece of shit insurance covers, there are at least 10 tests to do, pieceof shit insurance covers none. Brad shook youtube videos will help you to understand completely.

    • Panya Rice Holmes says:

      Yes, I have. Been battling this for years and all the while being treated as if my mind was making it all up. Breakthrough came when I took charge and made an appointment with endocrinologist. My TSH levels couldn’t be confirmed as problematic, but reoccurring depletion at calcium tells the story. Go to endocrinologist or nephrologist immediately. Prolonged disregard of symptoms is life threatening!

    • I’m the same as u I have been told mine is now under control so why do I still feel I can relate to loads of these symptoms I feel generally rubbish

    • I get that all the time. The new rule her is if your tsh is normal the rest of the testing is dismissed. Also an Endo won’t see you unless your tsh is abnormal.. I guess we have to leave our regular doctor and find some that know what they re doing

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