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Signs and Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism is a common condition in which the thyroid gland does not produce adequate thyroid hormone to meet body demands.  It is estimated that there are nearly 15 million people with thyroid disease in the US today, most of which are women. Among women over age 65, one in 10 has early-stage hypothyroidism, and many more have subclinical hypothyroidism. Iodine deficiency is the most common cause of hypothyroidism world-wide. We have put together a list of common signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism below.

The Common Signs and Symptoms of Hypothyroidism are:

  • Great fatigue, particularly in the middle of the day
  • Muscle weakness
  • Hormone imbalances resulting in PMS, delayed or absent periods, or unusually heavy periods
  • Unexplained hair loss in women
  • Breast fibroids
  • Bloating, gas and indigestion
  • Increased sensitivity to cold, especially hands, feet and ears
  • Constipation
  • Low heart rate
  • Water retention
  • Depression
  • Reduced libido
  • Reduced immune response
  • Slow heart rate, under 60 beats per minute
  • Goiter
  • Low selenium levels
  • Puffy face
  • Puffy eyelids
  • Dull, dry hair
  • Itchy skin
  • Broken nails
  • Poor memory
  • Slow speech and hoarse voice
  • Elevated serum cholesterol
  • Low basal body temperature
  • Thinning of the last 1/3 of the eyebrow
  • Yellow skin
  • Enlarged tongue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Increased need for sleep
  • Anemia
  • Brain fog
  • Mood swings

If you think you might have hypothyroidism, please see your physician for a simple blood test, which can confirm the diagnosis.

Diagnosis of Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism is diagnosed on the basis of a blood test that measures TSH and free thyroxine (T4). A more sophisticated test measures free T3, Total T3 and Total T4 as well. Some tests also include testing for antithyroid antibodies, which will indicate Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, an auto-immune disease.

Books For People With Signs and Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

Living Well with Hypothyroidism: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Tell You… That You Need to Know (Revised Edition)
Mary J. Shomon
Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms? When My Lab Tests Are Normal: A Revolutionary Breakthrough In Understanding Hashimoto’s Disease and Hypothyroidism
Datis Kharrazian

Hypothyroidism Type 2: The Epidemic
Mark Starr MD
Hypothyroidism: The Unsuspected Illness
Broda Otto Barnes

Hypothyroidism Resources

General Patient Resources

  • Stop The Thyroid Madness . org

Natural Therapies to support your Thyroid – it may just save your life and your sanity.

  • American Thyroid Association

What is hypothyroidism? Hypothyroidism is an underactive thyroid gland. Hypothyroidism means that the thyroid gland can’t make enough thyroid hormone.

  • Better Medicine

Information Including Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment, Causes, Videos, Forums, and local community support. Find answers to health issues you can trust.

  • MD Junction

Hypothyroidism Forums. Discussions, Q&A and friends dealing with Hypothyroidism.

  • Medicine Net . com

Learn about Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) including causes, symptoms (such as weight gain, fatigue, and depression), diagnosis, and treatment.

  • About . com

Thyroid Disease information and support, featuring conventional and alternative news and information on hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, Hashimoto’s, Graves’ disease and more.

  • My Thyroid . com

Frequently Asked Questions on Hypothyroidism. Insufficient levels of circulating thyroid hormones is the biochemical hallmark of an under active thyroid.

  • Experience Project

I Have Hypothyroidism Read true personal stories, chat & get advice, support and help from a group of 472 people who all say ‘I Have Hypothyroidism’

Medical Resources

  • Mayo Clinic

Comprehensive overview covers symptoms, causes, treatment of an underactive thyroid gland.

  • Web MD

WebMD explains what hypothyroidism is, who gets it, what symptoms to watch for, and how it’s treated.

  • Pub Med Health

Reviews causes, incidence, risk factors, symptoms, treatment, prognosis and complications.