Real people share their worst (downright awful) hypothyroidism symptoms

Real people share their worst (downright awful) hypothyroidism symptoms

It is one thing to read articles about hypothyroidism symptoms online but quite another to hear the symptoms straight from real people. These are real people, like you and me, struggling with a collection of symptoms so hard to pinpoint that they baffle doctors in every country of the world. While we don’t know one another personally, the truth is that we are connected, just the same, in a particularly powerful way. We are living in the trenches together fighting a battle against this thing called hypothyroidism.

The number of potential symptoms that can accompany hypothyroidism is not surprising, frankly, but rather obvious given the sheer power of thyroid hormone over the entire body.

What is your worst hypothyroidism symptom? That’s the question I asked my one million followers on the Hypothyroid Mom Facebook page. It was in the form of a poll and the results may very well surprise you. A simple, 6-word question uncovered the truth about what lurks behind this wretched disease.

What is your worst hypothyroidism symptom? Poll

And here are the results, in the order of the highest to lowest number of votes. Most people responded that it was impossible to list only one symptom and that several were equally devastating. Some of the categories, like skin problems, were broad and many mentioned specific conditions in those categories which I included below. They are quite telling, really.

837 A. Fatigue
 
687 B. Weight gain
 
448 D. Chronic pain
*carpal tunnel syndrome, migraines, headaches, nerve pain, heel pain, joint pain, charley horse, leg and foot cramps, restless legs, arthritis, fibromyalgia

418 C. Hair loss
 
385 H. Mental health
*anxiety, mood swings, depression, bipolar, panic attacks, agoraphobia
 
370 K. Digestion problems
*indigestion, acid reflux, heart burn, constipation, diarrhea, stomach pain, IBS
 
338 E. Skin conditions
*dry skin, pale face, eye bags, acne, brittle nails, nails falling off, red face, itchy skin, eczema, psoriasis, skin rashes, hives, bruise easily, vitiligo
 
291 J. Swelling
*fluid around knees, swelling of ankles, all over swelling
 
264 I. Frequent infections
*frequent colds, flu, bronchitis, sinus infections
 
244 F. Heart disease
*high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart palpitations, heart block, afibrillation, heart attack, low heart rate
 
239 L. Reproductive issues
*recurrent miscarriage, infertility, premature birth
 
224 G. Diabetes
 
164 M. Other (please name)
*insomnia, brain fog, memory problems, always feeling cold, cold hands & feet, heat sensitivity, night sweats, low grade fevers, irregular menstruation, weight loss/too thin, difficulty swallowing, frequent sighing, difficulty taking a deep breath, pain in throat, profuse sweating, irritability, severe menstrual cramps, inability to concentrate, dizziness, tinnitus, need for hysterectomy, low libido, ringing in ears, sore throat, lymphedema, pernicious anemia, heavy periods, loss of breath, teeth & gum issues, vertigo, tingling hands and feet, numbness, PCOS, lack of menstrual periods, early menopause, shaky hands, dry eyes, sleep apnea, snoring, hoarse voice
 

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About Dana Trentini

Dana Trentini M.A., Ed.M., 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. I’ve been dealing with hypothyroidism for about 3 1/2 years now. My thyroid problems came right after the birth of my daughter and I have never been the same. I’m curious if there is anyone out there suffering with “brain fog” as severely as I am. I can’t focus, I feel like I’m looking through things, I’m forgetful, It’s hard for me to go back to school because I can’t retain anything new, I’m even scared to drive because I am so out of it all the time. My thyroid has done a number on my mind and mental health. I can’t seem to find any relief with any medications. The medications come with their own set of side effects that are unpleasant for me. Is this normal? Will I ever feel myself again?

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