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Symptoms of hypothyroidism

Thank you everyone for the “feel better” wishes! It’s nice to know that there’s a good reason for the awfulness I’ve been feeling, and that I will be feeling better soon.

Hmm, here’s a “symptoms of hypothyroidism” checklist:

____ I am gaining weight inappropriately
____ I’m unable to lose weight with diet/exercise
____ I am constipated, sometimes severely
__x__ I have hypothermia/low body temperature (I feel cold when others feel hot, I need extra sweaters, etc.)
__x__ I feel fatigued, exhausted
__x__ Feeling run down, sluggish, lethargic
__x__ My hair is coarse and dry, breaking, brittle, falling out
____ My skin is coarse, dry, scaly, and thick
__x__ I have a hoarse or gravely voice
____ I have puffiness and swelling around the eyes and face
__x__ I have pains, aches in joints, hands and feet
____ I have developed carpal-tunnel syndrome, or it’s getting worse
__x__ I am having irregular menstrual cycles (longer, or heavier, or more frequent)
____ I am having trouble conceiving a baby
__x__ I feel depressed
__x__ I feel restless
__x__ My moods change easily
__x__ I have feelings of worthlessness
__x__ I have difficulty concentrating
__x__ I have more feelings of sadness
__x__ I seem to be losing interest in normal daily activities
__x__ I’m more forgetful lately

I also have the following additional symptoms, which have been reported more frequently in people with hypothyroidism:

__x__ My hair is falling out
__x__ I can’t seem to remember things
__x__ I have no sex drive
____ I am getting more frequent infections, that last longer
____ I’m snoring more lately
____ I have/may have sleep apnea
____ I feel shortness of breath and tightness in the chest
__x__ I feel the need to yawn to get oxygen
__x__ My eyes feel gritty and dry
__x__ My eyes feel sensitive to light
____ My eyes get jumpy/tics in eyes, which makes me dizzy/vertigo and have headaches
____ I have strange feelings in neck or throat
__x__ I have tinnitus (ringing in ears)
____ I get recurrent sinus infections
____ I have vertigo
__x__ I feel some lightheadedness
____ I have severe menstrual cramps

Yup. No fun. If you have some of these symptoms, see an endocrinologist! Hypothyroidism often goes undiagnosed. Since I bounce between hypo and hyper, I should always be on the alert, but even so it took weeks of ill health before I added everything up and made that doctor appointment.

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4 Responses to “Symptoms of hypothyroidism”

  1. chris hughes

    Hope you feel better soon, Kara.
    Still, even when you are ill, you seem so much more productive and cheerful than most mere mortals!

  2. Lena

    Kara – there are lots of food things you can do to help with your thyroid. Check out the “Prescription for Nutritional Healing”. There will be a list of foods that are both good and bad for you. I’ve found this book at the library as well as finding them for sale at health food stores. I love mine. It’s all alphabetical for all kinds of problems. It also lists vitamins and other things you can do that don’t require prescription drugs. It’s helped me a lot over the years. If you don’t want to get one right now, I can find the pages in mine and scan them for you.

  3. Lena

    Here is a link to one of the books at Amazon. They update it from time to time:

  4. kara

    Cool! I had Graves’ Disease a few years ago (super-overactive thyroid) so they nuked my thyroid to kill it partly off (more gentle, natural solutions didn’t work), and I have to take artificial hormones to make up the difference. Sometimes things change and I end up hyper or hypo again, but mostly it’s tolerable :)

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