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:

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

Body Temperature:

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

Slowness:

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

Infections:

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

Related Autoimmune or Endocrine Diseases:

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

Swelling and Thickened Skin of:

  • Eyes
  • Face
  • Lips
  • Neck
  • Hands
  • Arms
  • Legs
  • Feet
  • Ankles
  • Lymphedema
  • Lipodema

Mouth and Throat:

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

Ears:

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

Eyes:

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

Hair:

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

Nails:

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

Skin:

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

Numbness and Tingling:

  • Legs
  • Feet
  • Arms
  • Hands
  • Back
  • Face

Pain:

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

Digestion:

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

Menstrual Disorders:

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

Emotional:

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

Other Related Conditions:

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

Brain:

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

Kidney and Bladder:

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

Gallbladder:

  • Gallbladder Disease
  • Gallstones

Liver:

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

Lungs:

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

Heart:

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

Cancer:

  • Skin cancer
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Endocrine cancers
  • Lung cancer
  • Breast cancer

I told you it would be an unbelievably long list. Were you ready for that?

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About Dana Trentini

Dana Trentini founded Hypothyroid Mom October 2012 in memory of the unborn baby she lost to hypothyroidism. This 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 including the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program.

Comments

  1. everythings normal for me when i got lab test which i feel not realistic…I have nodule in my left neck that is very visible.and then its normal?Is nuclear medicine advisable for this to shrink the nodule.I am very conscious with this.I am always wearing close neck blouses.

  2. Lynda Reeve says

    I have so many of these but whenever I get tested my TSH is normal and they have tested my T3 and T4. My T3 was below normal then they changed the parameters and mine feel in the low normal range. I swear I have hypothyroidism but how do I get my dr to rest and what else can he test. I have so many of these symptoms.

    • Find an endocrinologist who will do an ultrasound or other type of imaging/scan of your thyroid. Even an MRI of that region (like one for neck pain) can show if you have an adenoma (tumor like growth) on your thyroid. Labs may be normal, but an adenoma can cause thyroid issues similar to hypo or hyperthyroidism. Also, check other endocrine glands: the pituitary and parathyroid glands in particular. Pituitary controls thyroid in a way, and you may need a brain MRI to see if you have an adenoma on your pituitary (almost always benign). Your parathyroid glands sit behind your thyroid and are very tiny, and labs for related disorders are hardly ever done, even by endocrinologists and ENTs. I had half of my thyroid gland removed, and still no one thought to check my parathyroid glands (as they can be damaged in surgery). A naturopath suggested it, and my PTH (parathyroid hormone) levels were over triple the highest level in the normal range. Afterwards I read about the symptoms of hyperparathyroidism, they explained everything I had been experiencing for years. Other endocrine glands influence or interact with your thyroid. Find a doctor who will take a holistic approach and knows how everything is interconnected. If one thing is off in your body, it can cause a domino affect. It took me over a decade to be diagnosed and successfully treated. Don’t give up! Good luck.

  3. Kim Marriott says

    I’ve been saying this to my Dr for a while now.
    I have bad tingling of my leg. Bad knee hair etc etc. Weight gain… No. Idea.

    Nothings done just left to suffer to a point of dispair when you know Somethings not right and told to have physio. Or diet. Untrue.

    Now what will happen to me at my age 59
    Feel 89…!!!

    • Hi maam!we feel the same way because of this illness i feel like 30 years older…though im still 36 i feel 60 because of this.

  4. Best to have your blood work done by your primary. Dont assume some of those symptoms can be caused by other things.

  5. I’m absolutely Appalled by all this as I’m now convinced as before I suspected all this also I know why It’s going on to keep other People in Jobs example- Doctors and Big Pharma . So what do We do about this problem as focusing on the solution sounds good to Me .
    Everyone with Anything mental or physical needs a complete Thyroid work up period🦋

  6. My tsh was 6.49 in july.. m not taking any medicines from August till now.. theres swelling above my right collarbone which fluid like when I lie its not there only when I stand even when m sitting not there. Then right arm is swollen not swollen kinda became little bit big in half inches puffy.. now theres urinary incontinence while m sitting while m sleeping I have no control it’s like urge to urinate and dripping decreased urine output.. but dripping.. chest tightness sometimes.

    • 6.49 tsh means that you are extremely hypo
      The higher the number the more hypo.
      The lower the number is hyper.
      It is reversed. You need to increase meds not decrease. Talk to dr. Have him explain.
      Good luck.

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