80 Hypothyroid Symptoms
Or why they might think it's your hormones. . .
Eighty symptoms of low thyroid disease.
Low thyroid or a thyroid that has ceased to do its job packs up a load of physical and emotional challenges for us to deal with and understand just why we feel the way we do. This list is pooled from several hypothyroidism resources.
- Dry, flaking skin, shiny scales
- Constipation of bowels
- Muscle, bones and joint pain
- Extremities feel like dead weight after activities
- Cannot hold a child for long
- Carpal tunnel issues
- Plantar fascitis, sore feet, or painful soles of feet
- Period of recovery after activity long
- Debilitating, odd reaction to exercising
- Standing in one place intolerable
- Legs swollen, not only ankles but upper thighs and hips
- Abdomen swollen beyond belief then gone a few days later
- Cannot work full time
- Fatigue too soon in day
- Sluggish always, run down
- Exhaustion for no reason
- Less stamina than others
- Less energy than others
- Dry hair, thinning at crown especially
- Hair falling out
- Hair breaks off and does not really grow
- Nails peel or are very thin
- Coarse hair when was not
- Extremities cold
- Hind end cold
- Temperature before rising in morn lower than normal
- Temperature all day lower than normal but higher than first reading
- Even a 98.5 temperature reading means you have a low grade fever
- Raised temperature as well, nothing consistent except exhaustion
- Infections are more frequent, more difficult recovery
- Sinus infections
- Snoring increased
- Sleep apnea
- Shortness of breath
- Tightness in the chest
- Yawning seems to give oxygen – air hunger
- Feeling of heart spells when heart is fine
- Fluid retention creates CHF, Congestive Heart Failure
- Blood pressure up, down, all around
- Dry eyes and are sensitive to light
- Eye tics
- Eye jumping causes headaches and vertigo
- Nerve damage that causes inability to swallow properly, leading to aspiration pneumonia
- Feelings of throbbing, pulsing, tightness in neck and throat
- Sore throat
- Swollen lymph glands
- Itching internal ears
- Ringing in ears
- Headaches, migraines
- Cannot read for a long time
- Cannot stay awake to read
- Memory going
- Concentration and focus gone
- Cannot really function in a relationship
- Every part of one is exhausted, physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually
- Finding oneself irritable with others, mind is pressed too much to breathe
- Depression that is chronic, low grade, tiring
- Suicidal thoughts
- No sex drive
- Menstrual cramps are severe, flow heavier, more frequent
- Miscarriage or infertility
- Difficult to eat in morning, stomach discomfort
- Irritable bowel and/or colitis
- Lactose intolerant
- Allergies (Stop the Thyroid Madness notes this can be a result from low-cortisol as that is common with hypothyroid patients
- Cholesterol rising
- Excessive, unexplainable weight gain
- Difficulty losing weight
- Exhaustion after eating
- Terrible gnawing hunger a few hours after eating well
- Extreme hunger, especially after dinner in evenings and later in night
- The science does not add up — calories + lifestyle and movement = weight
- Swollen legs
- Varicose veins
- Bumps on legs
- The body pools blood and swells in the middle especially
- Edema and swelling that cannot be ignored or controlled.
My hypothyroidism experiences.
I am post-menopause, just had my two-year birthday. Except for infertility, miscarriage, severe cramps with menstrual flow and my thinning hair actually falling out, I had every symptom, plus irritability.
Using the natural progesterone cream helped some with a few symptoms, but I knew something was wrong when other women had fine results from the progesterone cream, when I had very few results.
So yes, I had too many symptoms from hypothyroid to consider that living in this great body was actually fun. Feeling the chronic depression, the exhaustion, the very real gnawing ‘hunger’ that was not really hunger or even appetite when a meal was only an hour in my body, feeling the sense of losing the battle after fifty years or trying desperately to get the physical under control…. too tiring, truly depressing and for good reason.
But now I have hope and the symptoms are being relieved. I know enough from the research done in the last three months to understand the symptoms are the only true test of my hypothyroid improvement. One site that has helped me understand is Stop the Thyroid Madness.com
If you suspect thyroid for yourself, you need the right tests and treatment. Please do not stop until you find help. Don’t let them stop with a basic blood test. Don’t let the TSH be the end all of your treatment. Keep going because it is your life draining away. I know.
I am not a professional. But I do believe that when the thyroid is compromised, the heart is going to be weakened. You can regain your health, I believe. I will continue to post as I move along in my therapy. For now, I can say I feel so much better and I feel hope at last.
UPDATE::: After two months on general, allopathic therapy (Western medicine) for hypothyroidism, I can tell that I am recovering. The last two days I was able to rake and garden for one half hour a day. That when only one minute left me cry from frustration and exhaustion. We still need to deal with cortisol and DHEA and my thyroid medication will be raised a tremendous amount then switched to a natural resource, but the changes thus far are incredible. I have lost fourteen pounds without changing the food or adding exercise of any kind as I was not able to stand exercise until this week. I can dress myself after a shower. You see, that is how tired I was. It was shower OR dress. If I showered, I just stayed in a robe for a few hours, I was too exhausted to do more. Just trying to show that it can get rough and I am better.have more energy than I have in a long long time, years in fact.
UPDATE::: Six months after proper thyroid prescription medications, my diagnosed congestive heart failure was completely cleared. The GP said the test had come back that I did not have CHF anyway, so it was thyroid. She also got me to take Vitamin D3 since my numbers were in the teens. Now I am around 80 – could go higher.
UPDATE::: Been very sidetracked and have had trouble working for a few years. Had memory loss, confusion, exhaustion, pain in breasts and finally found a mass in right breast which also revealed during excisional biopsy that there was cancer in right axilla (underarm) lymph node too. Been busy, but started posting again, telling all I know now to the best of my ability. I have chosen alternative therapies for cancer from the moment I found the mass and my quality of life is quite good. My head is not in the sand, this is serious. I consider it lymph node cancer more than breast cancer, both are life threatening, both can be a chronic disease if managed by a knowing physician. I am going for the gold. Now feel healthier and more energy than I have in a long time. I have learned that thyroid, Vitamin D3 and breast cancer run arm-in-arm, especially with the low body temperatures. Get a grip on the thyroid, Vitamin D3 and body temperature in many ways. I will be posting what I know and do. And take all choices you can afford to deal with the cancer. From supplements to food choices, there are ways to take charge now, don’t wait for the diagnosis.