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11 Hidden Signs You Might Have a Thyroid Problem

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3/7/2013 10:00 AM   :  56 comments   :  275,027 Views

If you are a Dancing with the Stars fan, you are likely familiar with co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet’s recent surgery to remove her thyroid cancer. Unfortunately, Brooke’s history with thyroid issues is not unique; an estimated 27 million Americans (including myself) are living with a thyroid condition. Fortunately, thyroid conditions are treatable; however, they can be tricky to diagnose since the symptoms tend to be subtle and can easily be mistaken for symptoms of other health issues. Here are some of the most common red flags to watch out for.

First things first: What is the thyroid?
The thyroid gland is one of several endocrine glands in the body. This butterfly-shaped gland is in the neck just below the larynx (voice box). Your thyroid gland makes hormones that help control the function of many of your body’s organs, including your heart, brain, liver, kidneys and skin.

What is thyroid disease?
There are a variety of diseases and conditions that cause the thyroid to malfunction. Two of the most common thyroid conditions are hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.
 
Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland is underactive and unable to produce enough hormones to meet the body’s needs. This can occur because of a birth defect, surgical removal of the thyroid gland, an autoimmune disease, goiter or nodules.
 
Hyperthyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland is overactive and produces more hormones than the body can use. The autoimmune condition known as Graves’ disease is the most common cause of hyperthyroidism. Multiple nodules, thyroiditis and excessive iodine intake can also contribute to overproduction issues.

It is also possible to get cancer of the thyroid, as was the case for Brooke Burke-Charvet. Although thyroid cancer rates are on the rise, it still remains one of the most treatable types of cancer.

What are the symptoms of a thyroid condition?
Thyroid issues can be difficult to spot at first since many of the symptoms are also indicative of other health conditions. The symptoms of thyroid dysfunction can also vary in severity from person to person. If you have other medical conditions, symptoms associated with those conditions may be more severe due to underlying thyroid issues. The cause of thyroid disease, severity of thyroid hormone deficiency and the length of time the body has been deprived of the correct levels of hormones all affect symptom severity.

Here are some signs to look for that might indicate a thyroid condition:
  • Feeling run down, exhausted, drowsy and/or fatigued, even with proper rest
  • Feelings of depression or lack of interest in things previously enjoyed
  • Increased and/or heavier menstrual periods, PMS, fertility/miscarriage issues
  • Constipation, even with adequate fiber intake
  • Forgetfulness, difficulty concentrating, difficulty learning or feeling like you are in a ''fog''
  • Unexplained weight gain beyond a few pounds, increased fluid retention and/or puffy face
  • Dry and/or itchy skin, even with regular moisturizer use.
  • Dry, brittle nails and hair (with or without  thinning)
  • Hoarse voice and/or difficulty swallowing
  • Intolerance to cold, especially in extremities such as fingers and toes
  • Muscle cramps
If you have been experiencing many of the above symptoms, speak with your doctor about screening your thyroid hormone levels to rule out a possible condition. Don't put off getting tested just because your symptoms seem like ''normal'' everyday ailments (fatigue, forgetfulness, etc.). With the proper care, it's completely possible to lift the fog and feel like yourself again.

Do you have a thyroid condition (or know someone who does)? What symptoms did you experience that made you seek help?


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  • 56
    This is very interesting. I have some of these symptoms. I'll have to try to remember to ask my dr about this. - 7/15/2014   3:43:30 PM
  • 55
    The symptom that made me head to the doctor was an intense, burning pain in all my joints but particularly my hands which had swollen to the point that I hadn't worn my wedding rings in a couple of years. I thought I had arthritis (and donated my piano away, because I was sure I'd never play again).

    Fortunately, my doctor was on the ball and tested me immediately for hypothyroidism. Once I was diagnosed, I realized I had almost every other symptom - I had just thought they were "signs of getting older." I couldn't believe the difference just a week or two of treatment accomplished! I felt like I was in one of those Claritin commercials, where they peel the fog off the picture of the person's life.

    One of my dogs was diagnosed last year, too. What sent us to the vet? She was gaining weight despite 4 miles a day walking and no people food, she just looked sad (totally unlike her, and she was only 3 years old), and she didn't want to take walks anymore (VERY unlike her). She was actually starting to limp on walks and would run away when we pulled out the leash. Now, she's happy, playful, pain free, and LOVES her walks again. - 4/9/2014   4:10:58 PM
  • 54
    i show every symptom of hypothyroidism and so does my sister and mom. my sisters is more severe so she actually got tested first for it. everything was normal. my mom started her on some herbal pills that help with thyroid. made her a lot worse. so when i started showing symptoms i went to the doctor right away. got every test done that could be done. my thyroid is normal. then my sisters doctor found a rare disease that is actually a potassium deficiency disorder that causes the same symptoms. its ranges from almost nothing to very severe. my sisters was caught because hers is severe. her potassium will drop to near fatal levels at the blink of an eye. she has to carry potassium with her for when she randomly drops. its nearly impossible to test for because they test for potassium levels but if they waited for the levels to drop enough to test it they would risk her life. but since shes started carrying potassium around shes been a lot better. her doctor couldnt officially diagnose me but she said from what i show and how i am most likely i have it too. its something that passes down from the women in the family which explains a lot in my family, it starts up around age 13-14 also explaining a lot, and it shows the same exact symptoms of hypothyroid as well as a few extra symptoms. i just have to watch my levels and my body tells me when im getting just a little too low so if i pay attention then im good. - 3/13/2014   12:23:45 PM
  • 53
    My TSH level has been high for years but all the other thyroid tests are completely within normal range. I don't really have many of the symptoms either. I am 30 pounds overweight but can lose weight if I try. I'm never cold, my skin is not dry and I have complete eyebrows (lol). I have taken Synthroid and Armor but both made me want to jump out of my skin with major anxiety. Since I am very sensitive to meds, I broke the lowest dose of Synthroid in half and still felt awful. Has anyone else had this experience? I lost weight when I had pneumonia in 2008 and my TSH level dropped in half. I am going to get serious about losing some weight to see if this happens again. From all the reading I have done on this subject, I just don't feel like a "typical" hypothyroid based on the list of symptoms. - 11/10/2013   12:42:53 AM
  • STEPHANIETQ1
    52
    To every lady that came up with a negative test result/biopsy....
    I am 43 years old and extremely active. I play tennis every day dance ballroom and ballet, I have pets that need excersize and I eat moderately healthy foods. Oh, and I even go to the gym before tennis sometimes. I feel your frustration, I weigh in at 210 lbs!!!!! I spent three years going to the doctor with no indication of cancer, but three 4cm goiters or larger and growing in my thyroid. I never gave up and you shouldn't either. I finally had enough of the mri's the biopsy (ouch) and the two horrible spinal taps!!! They left out the chronic migranes that made light and noise intolerable, the dizziness, the double vision and dry eyes (omega 3 helps) and the irritability and cramps that feel like your tummy is going to burst. four doctors and three years of this was too much. I was even starting to have difficulty breathing. My throat looked like a toads expanded throat. So after much insisting on my part, I got my ednocrinologist to recommend the removal of my thyroid. And guess what. In pathology they found cancer cells. Don't mess around with this because it's your body, your life. So easy to treat. You just have to not give up. That was four years ago. I'm active and happy, no more migranes, double vision, headaches. The weight is still an issue and always will be and I will take hormones for the rest of my life, but no more cancer cells and I feel good. I wouldn't recommend surgery for everyone, but I do recommend that you all keep your heads up and find the right choices for you. You are beautiful. - 10/3/2013   8:13:46 PM
  • DAWNT101
    51
    I have every symptom. my test always come back normal but the last one came back slightly abnormal. My doctor said I was fine. Even with going to the gym 2-4 time a week I am gaining weight. I work 60 to 80 hours a week on my feet. I should not be 240lbs. it's causing me to be depressed - 8/16/2013   1:03:37 PM
  • WENATCHEE1
    50
    Hypothyroidism is at *EPIDEMIC* levels! Younger and younger women are hypothyroid, but most doctors rely on the largely-useless TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) test. The TSH test measures *pituitary function*, not thyroid function. The long-term ramifications of hypothyroidism are very *SERIOUS*: If a woman has been hypothyroid for 10 years, her risk of liver cancer skyrockets 300%! Severe heart disease often results from hypothyroidism, as does intractable chronic depression and a profound overall loss of quality of life.. A very helpful book and web site about hypothyroidism is Stop The Thyroid Madness by Janie Bowthorpe. The author also manages a Yahoo web site that provides great *free* support to many hypothyroid people. The Yahoo group maintains a "Good Doc List" for every state, so it's possible to find an open-minded doctor that won't just blindly rely on the TSH test. Hypothyroidism is soo serious that babies born to hypothyroid mothers often have lower IQ's later in life.

    The usual prescribed treatment for hypothyroidism is synthetic T-4 only (Synthroid) medication. Synthetic T-4 thyroid helps relieve symptoms in the beginning, but it stops being effective after a while. T-4 is the storage hormone and it has to be changed into useable T-3 by the body, which often doesn't happen, so severe symptoms return. Getting some T-3 prescribed will often dramatically improve a patient's life--but because most docs aren't very enlightened about the correct, symptom-based treatment of hypothyroidism, many long-term sufferers finally resort to "self medicating" by buying their own thyroid meds. One way to get good quality T-3 thyroid without a prescription is from Mexico, where it is called "Cynomel" (instead of "Cytomel", which is the U.S. name.). Fortunately, there are reputable Mexican pharmacies that sell Cynomel to U.S. buyers (3 bottles, 100 tabs each bottle for about $60) That is how I finally got my own hypothyroidism correctly treated---Synthroid alone made me very, very ill and I "saved" myself with Mexican T-3 "Cynomel'.

    If your hands (or 'behind') feel cold a lot of the time, if you have 'brain fog', you are probably hypothyroid and you need *symptom based* treatment rather than just relying on the TSH test, which is often useless. Doctors dismiss hypothyroidism as just a nuisance, but it destroys quality of life for untold millions. Due to our Western lifestyles, diets and environmental factors, we are at enormous risk for hormonal imbalances. The HPA (hypothalamus, pituitary, adrenal) Axis must be kept in *balance* for optimal health and that requires getting the right thyroid meds and eating a good diet IF you are truly serious about getting your hypothyroidism under control.Unfortunately, Armour "natural" (meaning pork slaughter house products) changed their formula to add a lot of crunchy cellulose and it's very hard to digest, so many people are hypo when taking Armour's new formula.. There are other brands of natural thyroid that are made in better formulas.

    Everyone over 40 needs to be taking good-quality CoQ10 to protect their hearts. CoQ10 is responsible for energy production on the cellular level and hypo people will feel a definite energy boost from CoQ10. (I prefer liquid Qunol because it's soo well absorbed.) For the depression and weight gain associated with hypothyroidism, 5-HTP, which is an entirely natural and inexpensive product, is often very helpful. 5-HTP raises serotonin levels, so it has a calming (but not sedating) effect, while it also reduces appetite considerably. 5-HTP can be quite useful for preventing binge eating impulses. A very high-quality, high EPA fish oil product like Omegavia is also necessary.

    Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, which is an autoimmune disorder, is destroying millions of thyroid glands, so we should be always mindful of eating the best, low inflammation diet we can. We have to eliminate the white, processed "junk" and stick to low glycemic index foods that provide the nourishment our bodies crave. Getting our HPA Axis in correct balance takes time and personal discipline, but it's soo worth it to finally feel good again! :-) - 7/27/2013   6:42:22 AM
  • MUSHU777
    49
    I suffered from hyperthyroidism about 10 years ago with very scary symptoms. I had frequent anxiety attacks, only slept one or two hours a night, ate about 3000 calories a day and did not gain weight, sensitivity to bright sunlight, very itchy legs, and hand tremors. After going to a family clinic they diagnosed me with anxiety problems and gave me Valium which did not help at all after a week taking it. I started having severe pain in my left arm and went to the emergency room to have it checked out. The intern on duty did the proper tests and found out that my thyroid levels were skyrocketing and my diagnosis this time was Graves disease. My heart rate was close to 150 beats per minutes while sleeping. I almost had a heart attack at 32 years old. I was immediately treated and the symptoms went away in a few weeks. Seek medical attention if you think you may have Graves disease. - 7/22/2013   9:45:31 PM
  • 48
    Hmm interesting, I looked at this topic cause a girl I work with has a definite goiter n wears thermals in summer, which to me is insane, but she won't go to dr as her mum is needing an op on her thyroid which has 3 growths but isn't cancerous. I had one growth 20 yrs ago which I only noticed cause I couldn't wear anything near my neck without feeling strangled n it turned out to be a cell that went nuts n filled up with puss n blood n got it drained 3 times over 3 months before they 'aspirated' or sealed it, tho it filled up before that worked! Haven't had any issues since but have been tested a few times n it was never cancerous but this article makes me want to get it checked tho I only have 2 or 3 of the symptoms, does it count if u have always had a symptom? Or is it just if they started later on? - 4/19/2013   7:41:49 AM
  • 47
    Good information to follow up with my doctor. - 4/13/2013   10:41:58 PM
  • 46
    Dr. Atkins always said that most obese people had a thyroid problem but it doesn't show up on the standard test. Lots of what he wrote about is now coming out to have been very true. - 4/9/2013   2:57:30 PM
  • 45
    Several years ago I switched to a new doctor because my old one moved and I didn't like the drive. When I first met the new dr I said you don't need to check my thyroid cause it sticks out. I didn't know that when he did routine blood work for new patient the thyroid was included. 2 days later he called and said I have graves disease and the numbers were almost off the charts. He immediately gave me medicine because there are only 2 endo doctors in my city there was a 3 month wait to see endo dr. They ended up giving me radioactive iodine which has totally messed up my body. Don't let anyone give it to you. I have appointment to have ultra sound done next week because i'm having difficulty swallowing and chocking on food and water. I am praying everything turns out okay - 4/4/2013   10:48:01 PM
  • TFAY511847
    44
    If you suspect you have a thyroid issue, it is best to see a thyroid specialist. TSH results can be borderline normal, but you may still have an issue. You should also have the following tested: fT3, fT4 & TPO. Free Triiodothyronine (fT3) Measures the level of active thyroid hormone T3, Free Thyroxine (fT4)Thyroxine is the main thyroid hormone produced by the thyroid, Thyroid Peroxidase Antibody (TPO) (autoimmune thyroiditis). These are different than T3 & T4. Hope that helps!

    - 3/21/2013   1:48:56 PM
  • 43
    Thank you everyone for your comments! I've had my thyroid tested several times, and my results were always "normal." Several years ago I had extreme fatigue and my doctors couldn't find anything wrong with me. I discovered that I am highly gluten sensitive (can't technically say I'm Celiacs, as my doctors didn't test properly and I'm never going back on gluten to re-test), and have been GF for almost three years with great results. I still have every single one of the 'hidden' symptoms from this article, but no where near the intensity that I did before going GF. It seems like I need to look deeper at my thyroid. - 3/14/2013   3:54:05 PM
  • ANGELARTIE
    42
    We all have thyroid problems, but you never see a diet just for it. When you have this medical problem it is hard to lose weight. Wish it wasn't. - 3/11/2013   12:24:35 PM
  • 41
    I have hypothyroidism and have been on levrothyroxine since i was pregnant with my first child. Recently, i have been having muscle cramps that strike without warning in my feet, hands, stomach, etc. I have never thought it could be my hypothyroidism causing it, but have to wonder now. Anyone else with this problem? If so, have you been able to get relief? - 3/11/2013   6:55:45 AM
  • 40
    I would like to make/stress a few points, but first, my story. I had hyper for 3 years, during which time the disease nearly killed me twice. Then I had I-131 therapy to essentially kill off my thyroid. I was in remission for 4 years. Then I went hypo, which I was warned would eventually happen, as we naturally lose thyroid function as we age. I have been hypo for 19 years. First and foremost, if you suspect you might have thyroid trouble, see an endocrinologist, an expert in their field. My specialist is the only reason I am here today. Make sure they give you both blood tests--T3 and T4 are together in one test, TSH is another. Many docs will only run one test, demand both. Next, every endocrinologist I have ever seen has said this: A Thyroid Condition Does Not Make You Fat. It makes it very easy to gain weight, and makes it very hard to lose. I was still overweight when I was hyper, but I was eating 7000 cals a day just to survive, I was always hungry, and my stomach growled constantly. I have been thin and hypo, but it's very hard, and requires constant vigilance, but it can be done. Next: My levels are perfect, but I still have symptoms. Some just never go away, but all have a much lesser effect, more of an annoyance, really. The reason docs are not real quick to prescribe meds is because regardless of whether they are for hypo or hyper, they have nasty side effects if you get too much, and the meds are slow to work, and slow to leave your system, so you are stuck feeling awful until they can run more tests and adjust the dose. If you are on Synthroid (levothyroxine) and are taking the generic, and not feeling as good as you should, ask your doc to let you try the name brand for 6 months or so. The specialist that saved my life preferred it because in her experience, their pills had more consistent doses. Name brand is really expensive, but I must admit I did notice a difference in how I felt when I went to the generic. Not a huge difference, but some. Also, as stated in the article, thyroid symptoms mirror the symptoms of a lot of other diseases, so keep your doctor looking for answers if your levels come back just fine. You know your body best. If your doc won't listen to you, find one that will. - 3/9/2013   9:01:13 PM
  • GALIGER
    39
    I was misdiagnoses with Fibromyalgia for two years, when I really had a thyroid problem. I have hashimoto's hypothyroidism, which is an auto-immune disease where my body attacks the thyroid hormones. My doctors ignored my slightly elevated TSH because my T3 and T4 were normal. Eventually, I found a doctor who tested my thyroid antibodies- which were sky-high. A month after the replacement hormone, I got my life back.

    Before my true diagnosis, I was in constant pain. I could sleep for 12 hours and still be tired. I stopped sweating and was freezing from September to May. Looking back, I had all the classic symptoms- but in severe ways. BTW- I am only 25 and my symptoms started when I was 20. - 3/9/2013   11:42:33 AM
  • 38
    I noticed the article gave no symptoms of hyperthyroid. That can be very dangerous. Florence Griffith-Joyner died as a result of hyperthyroid (Graves disease). Weight loss (without really changing up eating or exercise), tremors in the hands, heart palpitations are a few of the symptoms. I was diagnosed as hyperthyroid and saw an endocrinologist for about a year. My levels are normal now, thanks to some meds, but the doctors always run a routine thyroid check. - 3/9/2013   8:46:49 AM
  • MKIRKLE
    37
    This may have been mentioned already but natural supplements are available. I take levothyroxine from my pharmacy for T4 replacement but alternate with a natural thyroid to get the T3 also. I do much better having the T3 in addition. It is not in the synthetic pills supplied by pharmacies. I get my natural thyroid from Swanson online. - 3/9/2013   7:22:58 AM
  • 36
    When I was in my 20's, I was told by my internist, dentist, GYN,and endocrinologist that I had a large goiter and eventually my thyroid would need help. They said it was like a factory working overtime until it can work no longer.i was given a test to see if I had thyroid cancer which was negative. I have had most of those symptoms for thirty years. Since I moved to FL ten years ago, I am told I have no goiter. Can it disappear? - 3/8/2013   11:59:52 PM
  • 35
    I would be wary of the Low Normal test results.Twelve years ago I had a doctor who wouldn't help me for that, but another Alternative Doctor did hair testing and said it was more accurate. He said that at times the blood levels are not an indicator of what is in your Thyroid tissue. He treated me and most of my symptoms improved. I am still on Throid, but I use Armour Thyroid which is natural, as well as a generic Cytomel. Both these low doses seem to work well for me.
    - 3/8/2013   8:36:44 PM
  • VANANDEL
    34
    I have hypothyroidism and have been taking levothyroxine for well over a decade. It's helped me out a lot. But my sister-in-law started taking levothyroxine and it seemed she then got dementia. She stopped taking the medication and some things got better, but she really did need synthetic thyroid. It took a lot of tries to get her medication correct - so just be prepared to work with your doctor or specialist.

    Taking thyroid is interesting. Most medications are recommended to be taken when you have something to eat. Thyroid is the opposite. They recommend you take it on an empty stomach - four hours after you last ate. And preferably hours before you eat again, although that can vary. I've started to take my pill during the middle of the night and that works well for me. I wonder what works well for others?? - 3/8/2013   6:10:31 PM
  • 33
    I have experienced both. Lost weight, became hyper, could not sleep, nervous. Then see a Dr and after some treatment gave me the "Iodine cocktail" that disolves the thyroid. Then had to take thyroid replacement.........synthroid ...I get regular blood work and good to go now - 3/8/2013   3:04:16 PM
  • 32
    Thank you for posting this blog. It was very informative. - 3/8/2013   2:27:08 PM
  • WRONGSISTER
    31
    I have all but one of the symptoms above. Blood test came back with the TSH level in the low normal range. Doctors won't help me...I am so tired of feeling this way! I am pre-diabetic and my father and all 3 brothers are diabetic. I have to wonder why doctors don't err on the side of caution and just try treating the thyroid for a trial period and let's see what happens! - 3/8/2013   2:12:20 PM
  • 30
    I was diagnosed with thyroid disease about 10 years ago after seeking out a specialist on my own since my primary doc said nothing was wrong. 3 years ago at a check up with my endocronologist they discovered nodules on my thyroid. After a biopsy came back inconclusive I had the left side of my thyroid removed. Post surgery lab results came back that I had cancer. Thankfully it had not spread and was removed early enough before causing any damage. I'm now in the process of scheduling the remainder of my thyroid to be removed, it also now has nodules and I am NOT going to mess around with it any longer.
    There are so many common symptoms that can be linked to Thyroid disease that get overlooked by a General Practitioner. My advice to anyone out there who really suspects that something is going on with their thyroid is to see a specialist! No matter how great your GP is they are not trained to identify some of the more minute detials that may indicate there is a problem. - 3/8/2013   1:25:58 PM
  • 29
    Thank you for reminding me that it is important to follow through when medical test results do not concur with physical symptoms. I have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism since my high school years. There was a period of time when I discontinued Levothyroxine and the outcome was let's say, miserable. I had no idea that hypothyroidism could have such wide reaching effects. Difficult when symptoms mirror so many other health problems. In my case, it was a little bit of this and that, and a whole lot thyroid problems. We must continue to advocate for ourselves! - 3/8/2013   1:07:47 PM
  • JEWELOVER
    28
    I have several symtoms of hypthroidism but since my tests come back within the normal range, the condition has been dismissed by my Doctor, I took an article in a magazine to her which suggested that the free T, T4, and reverse T3 tests to identify type 2 hypothroidism but she sais the lab would not run these tests if the regular tests were normal? She even dismissed a supplement for the throid which was mentioned in the article. Where do I go from here? - 3/8/2013   12:42:40 PM
  • CHAKIA78
    27
    I was just diagnosed with hyperthyroid. I haven't gone to an endocrinologist as of yet but I'm hoping for a good one. I experience a lot of these symptoms and my doctor has me on high blood pressure pills. I'm leaning towards getting an integrative medicine doctor or naturalpathic doctor because they seem to address the underlying causes instead of just given you a drug to take. It's mostly something that is causing the thyroid to respond like it is. That is why some people still have symptoms after taking meds. - 3/8/2013   11:04:35 AM
  • 26
    My hypothyroid condition was missed for years, even after being tested for it. It wasn't until I went to an endocrinologist instead of seeing my regular GP that it was discovered. My TSH, T3 and T4 numbers were all within normal ranges, but on the very extreme ends of normal. My doctor told me that the ranges don't take into consideration a person's age and that my numbers would be fine for someone in their 60's, but were completely wrong for someone in their mid 20's. I have been taking levothyroxine for 7 years now and it has completely changed my life. I have energy again, I no longer suffer from depression, and I can get by on 8 hours of sleep like a normal person without having to take additional naps during the day. - 3/8/2013   11:02:28 AM
  • TAMPALADY1
    25
    I am sharing my experience...I feel that think that the best doctor to treat every thyroid condition is an endocrinologist .I used to go to an Internist and really had a problem when I had shingles.My low throid flipped to high and he did not take care of me properly.My GYN told me to go to an endocrinologist.Discovered that the Internist had me on double the amount of Levothyroxine which kept me hungry all the time..Have been on correct amount and am doing great.Have lost about 18 lbs.Have hugh energy .Am walking my dog and working in the yard again. am 77 years young. - 3/8/2013   10:50:08 AM
  • 24
    I have been having alot of these same systoms for years, but my Doctor says I'm in the normal range. She says its from my fibromyalgia, but I just had an MRI done of my neck and they found some spot on my thyroid. Now I have to go get an ultra sound done. My mother's side of the family are all on thyroid medication. Even some of the small children. If it is my thyroid I hope some medication will help me feel better. I'm tired of feeling sick and tired. - 3/8/2013   10:22:56 AM
  • 23
    I'm on the other end of the spectrum here, with Graves Hyperthyroidism. Which was great when the weight was falling off of me (although the rest of the symptoms not so good). So as we fixed that problem, I put on weight and then some. I was convinced that I could not lose the weight as long as I was on the medicine, and that the medicine was pushing me closer to hypo.

    Eventually, I got tired of waiting to get better, and started exercising -- and joined Spark. I now believe that my thyroid is well controlled, with medicine; I am able through diet and exercise to lose weight and be healthy; and previously I was using my condition as an excuse.

    For some, it is easy to blame it on your thyroid. Being fit and proper weight takes work! Get out there and move, consider what you eat. You can do it, and spark can help.

    But if you truly believe that you are having a problem, and your doctor is not hearing you (as many of the comments here suggest), you might want to try another doctor. An endocrinologist that specializes in thyroid would be best.

    It is a complicated system that affects so much of our bodies, it is definitely worth it to get things in the right range and work with your doctor for a treatment that is best for you. - 3/8/2013   10:20:08 AM
  • 1954MARG
    22
    Another thing that it is important to be aware of, is that if you are hypothyroid you are at much greater risk of developing diabetes than the general population, and especially if your father had diabetes. - 3/8/2013   8:52:52 AM
  • 21
    I had experienced many of these symptoms and was tested in November - but thyroid levels came out normal! A relief but at the same time frustrating because I just want to get back to normal. Working on some dietary changes now in the hopes that it will provide some relief. - 3/8/2013   8:39:58 AM
  • ECISALLY1
    20
    I have hypo - Armour thyroid meds work best for me - it is pig thyroid - also for constipation try putting a scoop of chia seeds in a bottle of water in the morning - shake as soon as you put them in - I also eat another scoop in my yogurt at lunch - it works when no amounts of fiber did - I have also learned that I can't eat over 950 tp 1000 calories a day to get the lbs off and I also workout everyday - 2 days with a trainer - I can't count those calories burned at the gym - get your mind in the right place cuz you can do everything right and still results are so slow - also I take meds morning and night so they stay in my system. Started at 228 - now at 177 - I figure I still have a couple of years to get to my goal! Good luck!
    - 3/8/2013   8:30:57 AM
  • 19
    I was diagnosed about 14years ago with hypo. There's some dietary restrictions (soy, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, etc) that should be mentioned so if one is on medication, one isn't counter-acting what the medication is trying to do. - 3/8/2013   8:23:59 AM
  • 18
    I was diagnosed with hypo about 36 years ago. My father had it and both my sons were told to be tested when they reached 20. Both are on meds. My grandchildren are to be tested when they reach their teenage years as it seems to be getting diagnosed 10 years earlier than the previous generation. I was extremely cold....I was under a blanket with a hot water bottle and it was nearly 100' outside!.. and had a tingly feeling when I touched my shins. I was told I probably would never get proper feeling back in my big toes. I have been on meds ever since then. - 3/8/2013   7:56:21 AM
  • GIZMOGIRL622
    17
    How ironic that this post comes this morning! My doctor just found a nodule on my thyroid, and I'm going to an endocrinologist for further testing. I'm not a doctor by any means, but I have so many of the symptoms listed above. I'll wait for the official diagnosis, of course, but it would explain a LOT of things that I've been experiencing lately. Thanks for sharing. - 3/8/2013   7:50:53 AM
  • ALL-IS-AMAZING
    16
    I started taking a herbal thyroid supplement and the difference has been night and day. Even if your doctor says your thyroid is in the normal range it may be on the low end of that range and a herbal supplement may help. - 3/8/2013   7:43:23 AM
  • DEB508
    15
    @IAMABIGFATLOSER...I had several nodules. They also caused problems swallowing and I could feel them pressing against my throat whenever I bent over. I couldn't wear turtlenecks because they were too tight. I was overweight, but not by a lot and probably nothing to do with my thyroid as it's something I've always struggled with, but that's what I attributed the uncomfortable feeling in my neck to. My hair was thinning, however. My thyroid levels were always were slightly out of the normal range. I have two sisters who had their thyroids removed...one overactive, one underactive. I didn't look forward to the surgery, but finally had my thyroid removed when it just became too uncomfortable. There is a less invasive type of surgery available, but because my nodules were so large they couldn't do that one. If I had had a better doctor from the start, that might have been an option. PS...it was my hairdresser who noticed my thinning hair and suggested I get my thyroid looked at, but my numbers were normal at that point. When I went for a physical a year or two after that my dr saw the goiter pretty much right away. I didn't even know it was there! - 3/8/2013   6:24:47 AM
  • 14
    I have several of the symptoms including hair loss but the doctors believe there's nothing wrong because the most recent test was in the normal range even though the two before that were both out of range. My mom and grandmother were on thyroid medicine for years because they both had problems. - 3/7/2013   7:30:19 PM
  • 13
    I have had a multi-nodular goiter for about 12 years. Had biospy back in 2001 and not cancerous. But my thyroid continues to grow. My levels have always been normal. Dr's say there isn't much to do until levels are off, but I am tired, have thinning hair and sometimes my thyroid is so big (it goes up and down) it presses on my throat. Was wondering if anyone knows anyone with similar experience that has advice. I have a very hard time losing weight, yet my dr said I will go overactive at some point. So confusing and frustrating. - 3/7/2013   3:59:21 PM
  • DIANNE651
    12
    I have many of the symptoms, am on thyroid meds........I believe my weight gain has to be due to this. I am gaining while dieting and not doing anything different than when I was able to lose a few lbs a year ago! So discouraged from eating healthy and no results!! - 3/7/2013   3:46:33 PM
  • 11
    My mom and all her 6 sisters have Hypo. I have been tested and showed negative.
    I have all the s/s. I have read many articles on it, and from working in the medical field have understood that you may carry the gene, and show s/s, but not be positive in your blood. - 3/7/2013   3:39:36 PM
  • 10
    I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism about 5 years ago. I noticed it when my hair was falling out. Even with medication, I still suffer from all of these symptoms, though my blood work comes back normal. Does anyone else that has been diagnosed and treated still show symptoms? Thanks! - 3/7/2013   2:51:18 PM
  • 9
    They missed a symptom on their list hair falling out. I have been getting my thyroid checked since i was 20. I am now 37. I have all the symptoms and have had a goiter in the past. Strong family history of hypothyroidism. My test come back as i am fine. Very fustrating. Very hard to lose weight or maintain weight. Some days it's difficult to get out of bed. I keep chucking away and hope one day ill be my hyper active self again. Stay beautiful my friends. - 3/7/2013   12:37:26 PM
  • 8
    My dad's thyroid numbers were not out of range, but very close. Comparing bloodwork results, they noticed that the numbers were getting closer to the edge over the past couple of years, so they were able to convince the doctor that it was worth a shot, and now his numbers are getting back to mid-range and he is feeling better that way. We think my mom has been hypothyroid most of her life, but she cannot afford a doctor right now, so I am keeping an eye on my numbers when I have bloodwork done. - 3/7/2013   12:17:08 PM
  • 7
    I have 7 of the 11 mentioned symptoms. I am 30 now, but did have my thyroid tested when I was 21, and they said my thyriod was fine. But the fatigue is super annoying, I get 7-8 hours of sleep every night, but I always wake up tired and hit the snooze button for a hour every morning because I dont want to get up. I definitely have a lack of interest in tons of things that I use to do and enjoy. I am always freezing! It doesn't matter if its 80 degrees, if I'm in the shade, I'm cold. My fingers and toes are purple/blue-ish often from being cold too.

    I'm now considering asking my dr. to recheck this when I go in for my physical. - 3/7/2013   12:00:45 PM

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