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. oh!
    forgot to tell you what brought me here
    was googling what could be wrong with my fingernails
    came across a blog by dana t

    Do you have hypothyroidism? Look at your hands

    found image/description of my nail symptom there, which led me here, to
    300+ hypothyroidism symptoms….
    that sneaky, misbehaving, often overlooked, thyroid!

    the (imaginary fake cartoon) light bulb above my head got brighter and brighter as i continued to read
    then came the AH-HA moment of realizing ive been dealing with this for decades, it was always hiding behind something else

    THANK YOU DANA T
    for all your hard work, offering resources, and a forum for all of us
    YOU ARE APPRECIATED
    p.s.
    your home page/website is awesome also!

  2. hello all,
    good grief!
    after reading the list and hearing everyone’s story/experience
    i have compiled my own list of 70 (current) symptoms that is most probably
    thyroid related.
    i too have had several ‘normal’ thyroid test results, but my instinct tells me their normal is not my normal
    and i realize the doctor i choose to see, WORKS for me.
    he should not only listen to me, but HEAR me and trust me when i tell him its my thyroid
    ( i will then expect him to run the proper tests, correctly diagnose and prescribe correct meds, all within reason, i understand there are variables…)
    and guess what im going to do if i feel patronized or told to watch what i eat, exercise and get plenty of sleep?
    yep, you know it… ill fire him and hire another
    nobody knows my body the way i do and the way it should be performing at its best
    i dont have the time to waste or the desire to pay for expensive band aids
    (diet aids, sleep aids, antacids. etc.)
    i think i should seek somebody that specializes hormone imbalance, or a clinic that specifically treats thyroid imbalance.
    thank you to those that have mentioned their resources such as the facebook page, the tyhroid meds by name and some of the levels that we should be at
    i wont expect much help, if any from my insurance, because they dont pay for anything or anybody that will FIX us….

    thanks ladies for sharing
    you have opened my 3rd eye
    (i been woke! lol)

    • oh!
      i forgot to tell you what brought me here, to this blog and thyroid realization…
      my nail, i was googling to see if i could figure out what was going on with my nails… and i happened onto another of Dana T. blogs

      Do you have hypothyroidism? Look at your hands

      and there they were.. my fingernails… and a few reasons for the cause of onycholysis
      one of them being a sneaky little, hidden, often ignored,
      underlying issue of hypothyroidism…
      which led me to this page and all 300 symptoms of hypothyroidism
      that most probably has been an underlying issue of mine for decades

      THANK YOU DANA
      for all your research, your time, your balls to put pen to paper, and a forum for us
      YOU ARE APPRECIATED!!

  3. My tsh was 6.49 last july 2019 now i don’t know i don’t take medicines,
    Problems aur my whole right body is swollen mildly like righr supraclavicular swelling my right face is swollen right arm right thigh, i have got bladder problem, urinary incontinence…

    Don’t know whts going on

  4. SANJAY MAHADEO AMBULKAR says

    My thyroid test is normal but I have minimum 200 symptoms of hypoth. Doctor prescribed thyronorm 25 mg. I feel better after 8-10 days treatment and all the symptoms gone. To ensure whether I am really hypothy, I stopped the medicine. However, all the symptoms appeared and I again started the medicine and I feel better now. I am of the opinion that every doctor should advise hypo/hyperthy test.

  5. I am a female in my 30s, haven’t technically been diagnosed with hypothyroidism but a few years ago I started developing symptoms which wouldn’t go away. Since then I’ve gone down hill and not recovered, like when you are poorly and you expect to get better by the end of the week or fortnight but you never do. Depressing. I was not looking for a hypothyroidism connection but an alternative health Dr connected the dots for me as a possible and I think she my be on the right track. I think it’s very probable that I have Hypothyroidism but testing via normal NHS tends to be pretty vague considering that you can be within the spectrum of ‘fine’ but it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s fine for you personally. Anyone who’s from the UK will also know that the NHS are great for some things but they do not treat you as a whole person, but compartmentalised, almost as if body parts are entirely separate unless we’re talking pain relief. Here you get five minutes max with the Dr and then they seek to solve things with an easy prescription or maybe an operation here or there. I don’t tend to bother my Dr unless I really can’t manage at home myself, there’s no point unless you want a pile of side effects with your new medication! How can they tell what’s going on in 5 minutes anyway, unless you can tell them yourself? My health troubles, almost non existent before, had a HUGE flair after I gave birth to my baby: hair loss falling everywhere where I was nursing, extreme sensitivity to cold, and most disturbing of all was a terrible weakness in all of my major muscles which happened over the course of 6-9 weeks and left me barely able to stand, and I had to walk while shuffling, holding onto the wall because my knees were so stiff and my feet were so sore! I didn’t know what was going on, or that post-pregnancy women could develop hypothyroid symptoms but I thought if I HAD indeed hypothyroidism that it would go away in time- I later found out that apparently most women recover from this, but I didn’t. I got gallbladder issues that came & went, I couldn’t lose any weight (I still can’t!), had terrible dry skin, poor circulation, was diagnosed with large spleen, I have puffy neck, funny nodules etc, low waking body temp and general fatigue. It has been a few years now since problems first occurred but on the whole my health hasn’t improved. I DID utilise the NHS for whatever blood tests they wanted to give me (by this point I was almost ready to accept that I might have some form of a cancer) but nothing came back as any concern apart from raised inflammation levels. There is so much conflicting diet advice about what might solve inflammation, which I suffer from, so I generally eat ‘clean’ although I follow nothing too seriously otherwise I’d go insane. I’m not known to be allergic to anything, I don’t know how to get over this hypothyroidism thing, so I would love to hear other people’s experiences, particularly if they have had health change due to pregnancy or hypothyroidism connection.

  6. Glen charles says

    I am 58 years old, and was diagnosed with heart failure over a year ago. My main symptoms was fatigue, shortness of breath, and a general sense that these symptoms will keep me out of normal life activities, my symptom was not being able to breathe when lying down basically . I’ve kind of resigned to the fact that this is how life will be for me back until I found herbs that stop this CHF easily and relief all the airways. My wife and her caregiver assume I can’t be as active, and thus I was excused from normal life responsibilities but natural herbs from www. totalcureherbsfoundation. com really helped a but sometimes I think is God prodigy that I was able to treat my congestive heart failure but total cure herbs foundation herbal formula has a big impact on my recovery because my heart condition has been fully eliminate. They do things for me, and was too happy to comply with their service. This is a equitable of a way to get of your heart failure.

  7. John Myers says

    My symptoms started at the age of 47. My fingers on my left hand were stiff and were difficult to move. People noticed that my walk was not normal. I was often asked did I hurt.I noticed nothing different about my walk. It was difficult getting up from a chair and getting out of a car. I was diagnosed a year later, it was the onset of tremors starting in my right hand that caused my other symptoms to be recognized as Parkinson’s.I am now 59. With the new herbal medicine i purchase from totalcureherbalfoundation.blogspot.com was my only way to get fast relief from this PD,their herbal supplement effectively reverse my Parkinson’s disease condition and alleviate all my symptoms. 

  8. Suzie White says

    I have the majority of these and I just recently got over pneumonia and I was shaking my heart was racing I went to the ER and they said it was just nerves, I kept having shortness of breathe chest tightness and it was hard to swallow and eat went to my PCP and she took some blood fond something off with my thyroid now I’m waiting for my Endocrinologist to get back to me, I stopped working because of this my heart is beating so fast I’m always out of breathe. It’s strange because I feel my best early in the morning but once night time hits my throat closes and I can’t breathe. I’m 19 and I wish those doctors at the ER did more testing, my PCP said I was too young to have anything wrong with my thyroid I think its time I switch doctors I’m just glad I didn’t let them convince me it was anxiety I’m glad I kept pushing for answers. Still am.

    • Been trying to tell my Drs for yrs that I had hypothyroidism, but blood tests were always normal, to which you cannot ever go on just blood results w/thyroid. You always have to look at symptoms in addition, because thyroid takes all hormones out of balance which leads to all kinds of dangerous conditions, & folks need to take more control of their health, or end up on script after script. I saw this list, which is the most extensive I have seen even after yrs of college education in holistic, & alternative health. And this list makes sense after seeing my own siblings and niece with cancer, my dad, my mom died from massive heart attack, my sister had tumors on parathyroid. I have a disabled daughter, my son is autistic, and now myself with numerous issues. Happy others are seeing this info, and I’m going to find more updated books, because thyroid cancer, is very prevalent in MI in particular where my siblings are, but I’m not. My 17 yr old daughter has had numerous scripts, for so many issues, that I know now, stem from thyroid. Only hope she listens! Blessings to you!

  9. I’m fed up with this I’ got my thyroid removed in 1995 I’ve not been the same I’m on 175mcg and doctors been saying your thyroid fine I know when somethings up I get cold and feel shakey eyes water cant be bothered with anything feel down want to hit people for no reason feel sick and got alcohol intolerance went to another doctor got my bloods took and got a phone call from doctor said have you been taking your meds cause thyroid is to low been complaining for years hopefully get to the bottom of this

    • Suzie White says

      Don’t let doctors tell you otherwise, you know how you feel. I had to learn that the hard way, we’ll all figure this out.

    • I hope you have you doctor listen, as I have much the same as you, but severe chronic pain, severe panic attacks, sweat every night, wake with panic and pain, heart beating too fast, and I eat healthy, exercise, take supplements, but supplements will not work unless they specify they are bio available to the body, so I’ve tossed thousands of dollars down the toilet. Bring a list to your doctor, try to get bio identical thyroid instead of synthetic man made chemicals. Bio identical will match the human body. Many blessings to you, & prayers go to all who are suffering with this which now is about a billion people who dont even know in 2020. Take care.

    • I have been hypothyroid out of nowhere for about thirty years now. Plus have Epilesy as well which has been under investigation since the 80’s but only confirmed in 2000, due to being rate type of what used to be known as petite mal. Really shocked 😮 at how much of this list is applicable to me, currently on 150mg levothyroxine. Only see my GP (very fortunate to be UK) who has a fair knowledge, but not specialised. But not sure that she has put 2 and 2 together and thought perhaps that everything deteriorating could be to do with thyroid, brain and epilepsy always get the blame cause of so much being neurological

  10. Kathy Maves says

    Many GPs or FPS only know of three thyroid tests-T3, T4, and TSH.
    They always appeared low but in normal range.
    My endocrinologist did many more than that and found the problem.

  11. I have hd to seek alternative help as the Western medicine Dr’s are so not on board. They generally speaking are not trained to deal with Thyroid and Auto Immune diseases. Its hard to get a good Dr that doesn’t tell you to just go on a diet etc… frustrating,

  12. 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.

    • Barbara Salfelder says

      Which tests did they do? A scan on the nodule should have been done. Though I had mine scan several times over many years before someone said hey guess what You have Papillary Thyroid cancer (which is VERY SLOW GROWING) why didn’t anyone see this before? Because it was always the same doctor who was contracted to read the labs no matter what lab I went to. I no longer have any thyroid it was removed in September of 2018, told me I needed to do a radioactive pill that would just target thyroid tissue (because that was the only tissue the papillary cancer would attack)to make sure we got it all. Went through that and at my six month check up low and behold they said at a year I would need to due a x-ray of my lungs to be sure it did not travel to there as it was rare but could happen. (again they said it would only attack thyroid tissue). I am taking .112 Levothyroxine and still loosing my hair in bunches, dry skin, and orange skin. Been diagnosed with Reynaud’s syndrome told me to quit smoking. Haven’t smoked in over 20 years. I am so fed up with all this. It is good to find a site with some answers. Thanks

  13. 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.

      • Thank you. Just got new bloodwork back and TSH, free T3 and Free T4 in normal range. Thyroglobulin antibodies are flagged high and vitamin D is flagged low. Hashimotos?

      • Becky Barberg says

        How were you treated successfully for parathyroid issues

  14. 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.

    • Seana Murphy says

      Look into Convencare or the Optimal Thyroid Program. I found them on FB of all things. They will do more extensive tastings. The first lab work is free. I have Hypo with Hoshamotos. My antibodies were 2500 and they should be in double digits. I pay 75 a month for all labs and consults. I take the Nature Thyroid meds.

      • I’m dealing with the situation right now where they say my thyroid biopsy came back benign but I have all the symptoms they save my blood work is normal I need to get tested to figure out what’s going on because I can’t handle this any longer could you give me the information please

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

  16. 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🦋

  17. 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.

  18. I have been having issues here lately . Decided I would try thyrozavan cow thyroid was on it about a week . Had to quit heart was doing weird stuff . Normally take NP thyroid . But was trying to find something other than NP because of the issues they are having. Any way I have quit taking meds for a couple of days because I was shaky and heart racing and panicky. So hopefully in a few days I’ll be back to normal . Also have been doing a heavy medal detox . I may be needing less meds

    • Samantha, I feel we are in a similar position. I, too, am working on a detox ( lightweight as my adrenals are weak). My number one problem is brain fog/mental cloudiness/confusion. I have sky high RT3, do you? What’s been helping you?

  19. Sara Utter says

    I have over 240 of these symptoms. I have been diagnosed as hypothyroid for the last three years, but have been tested repeatedly for years prior, but I always get told that I am within “normal” range. Typically, I am right on the cusp of T4 being considered low (.8 is low normal, I am .9), TSH is usually high, T3 is low. I get put on medications (Naturethroid, Armor Thyroid and Levothyroxine) and after a couple months, when my levels are checked again, I am taken off of the medication because my levels now say I am hyperthyroid. Levothyroxine did absolutely nothing for me. With Naturethroid and Armor Thyroid, I am at least able to finally lose weight. I have been diagnosed with narcolepsy most recently, so I am still tired all of the time, which was what I was most looking for help with.

    • julie cook says

      I have been on thyroid meds for eleven days. Other than feeling headachy a couple times my acid reflux is better,constipation better, not so tired.I am overweight and have fluid retention.while lot of other symptoms. How long for other symptoms to go away?

  20. I have another one to add to the list – changes in body fat percentage. More and more people have access to scales which measure body fat nowadays. Over a 2 year period, before diagnosis, my body fat % gradually changed, increasing by 8%. I only gained a little weight in that time, a few pounds, but lost strength and muscle, and gained fat. I was doing strength training 3 times a week but was finding it increasingly hard work, and was regularly having to reduce the amount of weight I was lifting. After 3 months on NDT I have reversed about half of the change so far.

  21. I was diagnosed with under active thyroid 3 years ago. Was given levothyroxine but didn’t get on with it.
    Use a natural supplement.
    I,m tired mainly by evening and have frequent joint and muscle pain.
    Theses things don’t bother me too much, but for a while now I wake early morning, heart racing , hot and feeling nauseas, is this related to hypothyroidism?

  22. I know this is an older post, but I want to say it seems many of the doctors dont agree on symptoms of hypothyroidism. I’m talking about Carpal tunnel specifically right now. I have read numerous articles on Carpal tunnel and hypothyroidism and my own Dr has told me the same. It’s due to inflammation on the nerves. Not only can it happen with hypothyroidism it also happens during pregnancy for basically the same type of reasoning…out of whack hormones. If you think about it, it makes sense. If your thyroid controls everything going on in your body, why wouldn’t it mess with carpal tunnel and all of the symptoms listed? It makes more sense than not. If that was my Endocrinologist, I’d go find another. I hope this makes sense. My hands, wrist,fingers and even my foot is really bothering me right now and it’s hard to concentrate and type. I hope you got your problem resolved

    • Cynthia Jones says

      Remember the very propensity for those with autoimmune disease to get other autoimmune diseases like RA which could explain pain.
      However, sticking with Hashimoto’s and hypothyroid, I can’t overemphasize the importance of strict adherence to the autoimmune protocol. It’s not that difficult to get started if you start with high quality fats like MCT oil, avacado, etc. to overcome hunger and the cravings natural from depriving your body of all the things currently doing you in.
      I can eliminate pain entirely If on this way of eating. Search aip to see many lists. If I slip I wake up in terrible pain the next day.

      • Hi Cynthia,
        Been trying to start AIP while pregnant (all the cravings!) and it’s definitely not easy. Any tips? Can’t have avocados as they are high in histamine….

      • Hi Cynthia,
        Been trying to start AIP while pregnant (all the cravings!) and it’s definitely not easy. Any tips? Can’t have avocados as they are high in histamine….

  23. I have been hypothyroid for a few years and had been taking Naturethroid. I was switched to WP thyroid from Jan 2019 thru May 2019 and back to Naturethroid in June 2019 when it became available again. Since then, my hair is excessively shedding, extremely fatigued with joint pain. My latest test is showing me moving to hyperthyroid. I was also taking big doses of biotin at test time which I later read can affect the test. My doctor thinks it is menopause and not connected to thyroid and won’t let me go back to WP. I read somewhere that the Naturethroid has been reformulated and has been causing challenges. Anyone else have a problem?

    • I’m in the Facebook group Hashimoto’s 411 and since the reformulation, numerous people with Hashimoto’s have “crashed,” as they say, and had all types of issues, so Naturethroid is no longer a recommended med for us. I was on it years ago and did fine; switched to WP Thyroid when it became unavailable and been on it since.

  24. I suffer a good majority of this list. To the point I have been told not to work anymore and just live on benefits.
    I have never done so because I want more for my life than to live on benefits just because of this horrible nightmare. Every day is a struggle but I keep going with a smile on my face while I do it.

    • Catherine Wallis says

      I have had hypo for 11yrs. I have many of these symptoms. I’m really over people who tell me hypothyroidism is just an excuse to be fat. Why would I ever choose to look like this lol. My own family have no understanding. Luckily my bf is very understanding if the housework doesn’t get done. I’m on levothyroxine and I’m just pretty much used to feeling like crap

  25. This is incredible….but to be VERY clear, these are all hypo symptoms? I have mostly hypo symptoms, but am hot all the time and it makes me confused as that’s usually a hyperthyroidism symptom.

    But according to this, it could be a hypo symptom too?

    • These can be both hypo and hyper symptoms. I am hypo but often find I have symptoms that would “classify” as hyper. Also Rachel not sure how old you are but perhaps you are peri or menopausal

  26. Eva Gwyn says

    I have 2 others for your list that we have discovered from our online group. 1. is a pulsing in the abdomen. Many of us have it. 2. is a pain in the middle of the chest, sternum area.

    • Jody Thomas says

      I am hypo and I have both of these

    • Hi. I am so incredibly happy that I stumbled upon this site!! I am having MAJOR joint/muscle pains, tingling hands and feet, muscle weakness, air hunger omg my list is endless. My Endocrinologist says my TSH is in the “normal range” and cannot do a thing to help me. I have had thyroid issues for the nearly 16 years and have never felt like this when I was under the care of another doctor. This all started once I started seeing this doctor. What in the world should I do next? I would greatly appreciate it if you could give me some advice. I just don’t know how to convince this doctor that it’s Hypothyroidism 100%.

      • Beverly Dupree says

        Summer,
        Join Thyroid Advocates on Facebook. Not doctors but a wealth of info from years of people with thyroid problems. Testing just T-SHIRT does not give you accurate info. You can ask questions and get feedback from these people. Wishing you the best.

      • Beverly Dupree says

        Summer,
        TSH not t-shirt, dang autocorrect.

      • Ellie May Not says

        Hi Summer! You may also want to rule out B12 deficiency and/or Pernicious Anemia (PA) as the symptoms overlap with hypothyroid and many individuals, myself included, have both Hashi’s/hypo thyroid and PA. Serum B12 levels are not always accurate and MMA (methylmalonic acid) is often used in addition to serum B12 testing. Turns out that this is yet another forgotten disease and overlooked by many healthcare providers.

      • I had the same problem till I told my doctor to STOP generalizing. I told just increase my dose and see what happens. He finally did and my symptoms improve. He decided to increase it one more time. I didn’t see him till three months later. When he saw me he said, WOW you look like a different person. I felt good for the first time in along time. I went from .88 to .125 dose. My number were coming out normal at .88 and now at .125 they are still coming out normal at .125.

    • I have that sternum pain. It actually hurts to the touch at times.

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  28. Chris odt says

    I am 66. Diagnosed with Hypo/Hashimotos when I was 10. Have had many of these symptoms all my life. 3 years ago I “forgot how to walk”. Turned out to be very very low B12. Shots fixed it. But my primary doc suggested I go DF and GF, just to see if it helped me keep my B12 levels up without the B12 shot. It worked. But also!, my 10 yrs of fibromyalgia symptoms mostly went away and my thyroid antibodies dropped from 900 to 200. They had been in the 800-1100 range my entire life. Go figure. Even my doc was surprised. Also have your selenium and zinc levels analyzed. Changing your Levo (ie) level isn’t going to have much impact if either of these are low. I am definitely not “cured”, but definitely feel a lot better with a DF/GF, lots of greens and veggies, good quality grass fed beef , non caged chicken, wild fish, no veg oil, and no junk food diet. My T S H levels don’t fluctuate as much now either. It’s the standard American diet that is keeping us all sick.

  29. Christine Young says

    After finding a egg sized goiter on my neck I called my doctor immediately. He had me come in and sent me to an endocrinologist immediately. After an ultrasound they discovered multiple goiters and nodules in my thyroid. The whole thing was covered. For fear of cancer they did a needle biopsy. Good god that hurt!!! Even with the numbing spray it hurt. But I guess thats what happenes when they use 14 needles. Anyway it was benign but because of how fast it coupd change they scheduled me for a complete thyroidectaomy. Put me on 224mcg of Levo. I was fine for a while after surgery. 3 years? Then all of a sudden i had hyperthyroidism again. A month after a “normal” test. It was just odd. I don’t know what caused it to change. But my skin on my hands started peeling, they became red and sensitive. And then my blood pressure went crazy. My doctor told me to stop taking my thyroid medicine for 7 days to retest me. Which i thought was odd but at the time trusted them. The day my results came in my symptoms had gotten to the point my heart was literally hurting, blood pressure and pulse where at heart attack levels. The nurse called and told me my thyroid levels had stabilized and I did not need to take any thyroid medication anymore. Now if you have read this so far, I do not have a thyroid!!! So i was concerned and asked for a referral to my endocrinologist as it had been over 2 years since I had seen them. I was told no. So I found another doctor that sent me asap. All the while I was in the er with my heart. It has been 4 months now since that night of the er visit. My doctor could have killed me. I was pissed. Still am to a point. I have not been back to them and found another doctor. 🙂 a good doctor at that. But anyway. My levels seem to be fine now at 200mcgs of levo. But I’m still gainimg weight and have edema in my legs and feet. I don’t sleep very well anymore either. So something isn’t right. But I’m not aure what it could be. As soon as I see my test results Tuesday I will be able to, hopefully, pinpoint the issue. And my endocrinologist is getting the results as well. So I will also call them next week.

    I told you all my story for one reason, if you feel something is wrong and your doctor is an idiot, please seek council from another doctor!!! Or even the er! I could have died because my doctor was too busy to notice something was wrong. Always get a second opinion!!!

    • So many times just taking Levo leaves many of us still feeling ill. With Levothyroxine this is a t 4 drug that is inactive and must be converted to T3 the active hormone. For so many reasons many of us can’t convert very well or at all. Adding some t3(cytomel) or compounded t3 makes a big difference. Ask your doc about it but I can tell you endocrinologist are still so far behind.

  30. Jill Richardson says

    Hi my name is Jill Richardson from Victoria Point Queensland Australia. I was diagnosed with Sheehans syndrome about 3 years after the premature birth of our daughter, she was born at 26 weeks gestation, (and is a healthy beautiful young 22 year old woman) I went onto a trial for human growth hormone. And found the difference it made was so good that after the trial my husband and I decided to keep taking it (at quite an expense) I also take thyroxine and so does my son who has Williams Syndrome he is 25 I still get a lot of the symptoms you often describe I eat a good diet and exercise daily, which helps a lot. The human growth hormone has made an enormous difference I am able to get on and enjoy my life so I hope my story may help someone else out there.

  31. Please study and write about Thyroid Virus brought to the public by Anthony William in his new book, Thyroid Healing. There may be a cure. Would love to get your opinion Hypothryoid Mom.

  32. Jeannette Patterson says

    I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism at the age of 10. I am now 55. Twenty plus years ago I was diagnosed with Graves Disease. I had a complete thyroidectomy. (Complete removal of my thyroid). Which put my Graves Disease in remission. Then about 12 maybe 13 years ago the right side of my thyroid rejuvenated causing my Graves Disease to come out of remission. I took a daily therapy pill (don’t remember the name of it) for several months trying to put my Graves Disease back in remission. Unfortunately, it didn’t work. So, I had to take a radiation iodine pill to destroy the right part of my thyroid (resulting in a week long complete isolation of myself in my house). I continue to have problems with my thyroid levels. At times they come back as being hypothyroid. Other times my levels show that I’m hypothyroid. I’ve been told by internal medicine and endocrinologist doctors that my case is rare. There have been times even while on medication for my condition that my thyroid levels were so high, doctors couldn’t figure out why I was even still alive or at the very least in a coma. I need a good doctor that knows how to treat my condition and keep it controlled.

  33. Angie Vayro says

    I’ve been dedicated thyroid for 4+ years now. I feel pretty good! I found taking half the dose in the morning and half in the evening has kept me consistent all day. Then my levels never dip.

  34. Amy Hirst says

    Just had my blood drawn today. I’m currently on 75mcg levo and feel like it just barely helps. I have symptoms in each of those categories except cancer (knock on wood)…I have a new doc and am curious how she interprets my results…she’s on me about the weight gain, HBP etc…but insists it’s my diet and exercise.

  35. Lorraine says

    Amanda,
    Don’t believe when your doctor tells you that your blood tests are fine. I’ve heard that so many times from primary MDs. When my endocrinologist would say that’s too high. Most people with treated hypothyroidism feel best when their TSH is between 0.75 and 1.25. Sometimes that range is slightly higher or lower. The main goal is a TSH around 1.0.

    My brother was around 2 + and he felt terrible. I told him that was too high. He’s since got his dose increased and feels better with a TSH of near 1.0.

    The lesson in all of this is know your thyroid levels and the ranges and understand what they mean. Your FT4 needs to be in the upper 2/3 to 3/4 of the range in order for you to feel at your best. Thyroid tests can be done every 8 weeks until stabilized. It takes about 1 year to be stabilized on thyroid medicine.

    Also make certain your iron, B12, and vitamin D levels are at their optimums. All of those are problematic with hypothyroidism and usually low.

  36. I am so glad to see this post. I have been feeling like so much of this must be in my head and that people must think I am crazy.
    I have the same question as Amanda. I have been taking levothyroxine since February. I had my numbers retested in April and the endocrinologist upped my dosage and confirmed Hashimoto’s. Even with the higher dosage, I don’t feel like there has been any improvement in my symptoms. The doctor had my switch and take the meds at night before bed and this only seemed to help with my sleep and the other symptoms still have not improved. Any advice?

    • Hi. Unfortunately with thyroid issues it take months for the medicine to take effect. You may have symptoms that go away but others do not. I have been dealing with it for over 12 years. I take my meds every morning same time, and do not eat or drink anything for an hour. I also take biotin and a Vitamin D supplement too each day. I watch what I eat, I exercise, and try and keep a schedule. I have found it helps. Lots of water. I use a sauna to detox and it feel good on joints and overall well being. I heard inferred sauna is better. It something I may invest in. I do 2 to 3 days a week, 20 mins.
      I do have days it not good. I work thru it best I can. I find a simple hobby or something I enjoy to do when those days come along. Find what work for you. Hope that helps. M~

  37. Good read.. any advice if I’m already taking levothyroxine but don’t feel any better ?? Thanks in advance!

    • If you’re already taking levothyroxine and don’t feel any better, check into using Armour Thyroid or the actual brand Synthroid. The Armoir Thyroid has made a big difference for me.

    • Karen Hunsanger says

      Levothyroxine is generic and some people do not respond to it. I am one of those. My edrcronologist says that 10% of people do not respond or experience side effects. I take the brand name Sythyroid ONLY. Makes a huge difference for me.

    • Add t3 to your levo

  38. With Tsh of 16 you are putting your life in danger.. Danger

  39. I’ve always had thyroid issues sometimes hyper sometimes hypo sometimes my bloodwork says I am not having any thyroid issues, yet my body doesn’t agree with what the bloodwork says. I have yet found anyone to actually help. I have two thyroid nodules bit my bloodwork reads normal yet I have gained 30 lbs in 6 months amongst many other symptoms. I just wish I could find releaf

  40. All of this looks good but what about treatment?

    • I had the same question after reviewing all these symptoms.

    • Sonja Moore says

      I was diagnosed with Hypothyoroism in 2006 but started developing all the symptoms starting in my teens. I’m of course at the advanced stages of the disease..been and still receiving little to no medical help. I was prescribed the thyroid med lovoxithyroid, I took it for over two years somewhere in the middle I guess when it decided to kick in and do something I started getting at the time it felt like shock pains in my brain. I had to figure it out myself that it was giving me seizures. I know according to the instructions that one is not suppose to just up and stop taking it…but I did, I didn’t care it was hurting me. Now…here in 2019 my symptoms have gotten relatively worse as I have been looking for a more natural approach and cure….and the doctors I’ve been dealing with seem to give not a rats behind, it was just oops the med gave you seizure, blank stare who cares. I can count at least 40 of the symptoms off of the list that I’ve been experiencing on going from my teens up to my age now which is 53. SMH

  41. I have Hashimoto’s and am on a low dose Synthroid. It made such a huge difference in how I feel. But finding a doctor that was willing to do that? Pfffttt. It was always “Your T3 and T4 looks fine. You’re fine.” Oh yeah? Tell my body that. Finally a fantastic family medical doctor was like “You can have Hashimoto’s without having Hypothyroidism right off – but you will most likely eventually have Hypothyroidism because of the Hashimoto’s.”

    And when that doctor stop practicing medicine, my new doctor wouldn’t refill my Synthroid, and so I went years without it before switching doctors (twice) and finally finding one that listened to me.

    If you feel that something isn’t right, always ALWAYS get a second or third opinion.

  42. Just diagnosed and I am blown away at how many symptoms I have on this list! Well done! Very informative.

  43. Robert Brown says

    Dana
    You Have done a Wonderful Job with your article, but it does none of us any good If we
    can’t get our personal doctor to pay attention

  44. I have been diagnosed hypothyroidism and am on medication and checked yearly, but I still have tons of symptoms. What can I do?

  45. Can Hashimotos mimic Rheumatoid Arthritis? I ask this because I’m being treated for RA, with powerful drugs; BUT NONE ARE WORKING!!!

  46. Stefanie Mayer says

    I think everyone has at least 1 or probably more of these symptoms listed. Are we all walking around with thyroid issues? How severe and how many of these symptoms indicate a thyroid issue?

    • Cheryl L Hutchinson says

      Stefanie Mayer, I felt the same way when I read all these symptoms. Probably everybody on earth has more than a few of these symptoms but only a small proportion of people are hypothyroid. What I get out of it though is that I have a collection of these symtoms and when I go to the doctor they can’t seem to find anything wrong. They look at my tsh and it comes up normal with the amount of thyroid medication I am taking so they say I am fine. When I saw this website it is the first time I have heard that even if you are diagnosed and take your meds like clock work, you can continue to have many of the same symptoms. So I think there is more to hypothyroid treatment than taking meds. Unfortunately though I think modern medicine hasn’t caught up to the disease or condition yet. But this website helped me see that I am not a hypochondriac.

  47. I am desperate for help…I am a 47-year-old female suffering from Hashimoto’s since my early 20s. I took levothyroxine for several years with no problems until my doctor tried to get my TSH down to 2. That’s when all my troubles began. Since that day, any form of thyroid hormone at any dose gave me heart palpitations. Therefore, I took myself off meds and maintained a TSH of 8 with few problems. However, this past year my stress has skyrocketed and I have developed severe palpitations without taking thyroid meds. My TSH is now over 16. I’ve been to a cardiologist and he says my palpitations are benign. My endo says it’s stress. The palpitations are getting so bad that I can barely function. I have severe insomnia, anxiety, night sweats and periods of tachycardia. My endo has tested me for Graves and cortisol issues. Everything comes back normal. I’m trying to sort through all the symptoms of hypothyroidism, perimenopause and stress. The symptoms are all a blur and overlap. I’m at my breaking point and need some relief. My insomnia is so bad with my palpitations that I’ve resorted to beta blockers (which do not help) and Xanax (which only makes me tired). Thank you in advance for any advice you may have.

    • Your under medicated .You need to find the right Levo to take what your body is happy with I take Warwick and I only take that brand has the other brands do not agree with I use to get paptation, brain fog Anxiety and it you have Hashimotos you need to go gluten free witch will help you a lot.

    • pat abadie says

      tammy c.. you may want to read the book by anthony william. thyroid healing, he also has a video that you can listen to. it’s called soundcloud, it is very important, i think you will be surprised with the information that you will get out of listening to him!

    • Tammy C. I have the exact same problem as you and I was wondering how you are doing and if you’ve found any relief or have any advice? Thank you

    • Well it’s been 6 months since you posted, and I pray you have found answers. If not here you go. Most people do not respond well to level thyroxine. Your thyroid consist of more than Than t4..NP thyroid is NDT with mostly non reactive fillers.. I have stabled my numbers brought the weight off thick hair and has completely changed my quality-of-life and a myriad of symptoms that I cannot even remember but most have subsided. You have to cut gluten because if you have Hashimoto’s you’re highly likely to have a sensitivity to gluten. Which in turn will make it almost impossible for you to digest and pull nutrients from food , without these nutrients even if your levels are optimal you will still not feel well because these are vitamins that your body needs to work on a daily basis.
      as soon as I cut out gluten I was able to maintain normal levels of vitamin D B iron magnesium. Not because I supplemented but because my gut was not inflamed and was working properly so I could absorb fully the nutrients from food with the gluten it caused inflammation and with inflammation it’s hard to absorb anything. You can get on a good regimen of all of these vitamins take a natural thyroid cut out gluten and try some form of light exercise at best. And I could almost guarantee you will feel at least 50% better but you have to completely change your lifestyle from food to meds to exercise and meditation because again thyroid controls everything from the top of your head to the bottom of your feet.. This in a nutshell with plenty of research gave me my life back

  48. 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.

  49. 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

  50. 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

  51. 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.

    • Debbie Smith says

      So sorry….I too am 66 and have severe osteoporosis…I keep waiting for some bone to break…I have been hypo 3 years and have a great thorough Endo that is all natural and has me on nature throid…I deal with terrible back pain which I get injections for and I have no energy and I still work at time in health care….it’s hard and sounds like your son had thyroid issues…my grandma died from it cuz they were treating her for heart problems and it was her thyroid all along…

  52. You’re a peach. Why are you trolling, when the rest of us are simply looking for answers.

  53. 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.

  54. 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.

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

  56. 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!!!

  57. Robert Brown says

    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..

  58. 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 .

  59. Juli Kay Atkinson says

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

  60. 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.

    • Danna Drake says

      My thyroid symptoms started after a bout of chronic Epstein Barr in 1987 as well. I to can only take Synthroid. I have at times not taken my meds regularly and I can’t tell a difference between taking and not taking them. I have a lot of the symptoms on the list. My biggest concern is the obesity. The most recent success in losing weight was on medically supervised diet of 700 calories a day. I lost 110 lbs. , but unable to maintain the loss once I went back to normal food.

  61. 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!

  62. 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.

  63. 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.

  64. 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!!!

      • I know this is an older post, but I want to say it seems many of the doctors dont agree on symptoms of hypothyroidism. I’m talking about Carpal tunnel specifically right now. I have read numerous articles on Carpal tunnel and hypothyroidism and my own Dr has told me the same. It’s due to inflammation on the nerves. Not only can it happen with hypothyroidism it also happens during pregnancy for basically the same type of reasoning…out of whack hormones. If you think about it, it makes sense. If your thyroid controls everything going on in your body, why wouldn’t it mess with carpal tunnel and all of the symptoms listed? It makes more sense than not. If that was my Endocrinologist, I’d go find another. I hope this makes sense. My hands, wrist,fingers and even my foot is really bothering me right now and it’s hard to concentrate and type. I hope you got your problem resolved

  65. 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!

  66. 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.

  67. 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

  68. 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?!!!

  69. 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

  70. 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.

  71. 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.

  72. 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.

  73. 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.

  74. 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?

  75. 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.

  76. 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.

  77. 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

  78. 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.

  79. 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.

  80. 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!!!!!!!!!

  81. 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

  82. 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.

  83. 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.

  84. 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.

  85. 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.

  86. 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.

  87. 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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