When left untreated thyroid dysfunction can be absolutely debilitating so it’s important to know what symptoms to look for. My hypothyroid symptoms checklist lists the most well recognized symptoms. In addition, I provide lesser known signs to look for.
Hypothyroid Symptoms Checklist (The Warning Signs You Need To Know About)
You may already know the two classic symptoms of hypothyroidism are constant fatigue, and feeling cold all the time.
Here are some other well recognized symptoms:
+ Dry skin and hair
+ Sensitivity to cold weather
+ Significant hair loss
+ Difficulty losing weight
+ Brain fog, and poor concentration
+ Ongoing constipation
+ Wake feeling fatigued
+ Feelings of depression, or anxiety
+ Goitre (swelling of the thyroid)
Here Are Some Lesser Known Symptoms of Hypothyroidism
+ Outer third of the eyebrows is sparse, or missing
+ Elevated cholesterol
+ Slow reflexes
+ Poor bone mineral density
+ Slow pulse rate
+ Low blood pressure
+ Pressure around the throat
+ Carpal tunnel syndrome
+ Low sex drive
+ Pins and needles in hands and feet
+ Puffy face and hands
+ Swollen and puffy ankles and feet
+ Joint and muscle pain
+ Slow thinking
+ Impaired memory
+ Heavy periods and/or cramps (in women)
+ Growth delay (in children)
What Happens If Thyroid Dysfunction Is Not Treated?
The thyroid hormones power up energy metabolism within all organs and body systems. It’s WHY low thyroid function can be so debilitating.
HYPOTHYROIDISM = LOW THYROID HORMONES.
In effect, the thyroid gland is not producing sufficient thyroid hormones, or there’s reduced activity of the thyroid hormones to meet the needs of the body.
Either way, it’s a serious concern.
What Should You Do Next?
If you ticked off most of the symptoms listed above it’s possible you may be suffering with thyroid dysfunction so it’s vital to discuss your concerns with a thyroid-literate doctor.
A doctor who understands thyroid disorders will discuss your health history, presenting signs and symptoms, and run lab tests to make a diagnosis.
Some doctors don’t do enough testing which means a problem can be easily missed. Don’t accept everything is ‘NORMAL’ without viewing test results for yourself. You want to make sure comprehensive testing was done AND your results are in the optimal range. These are the Top 5 Thyroid Tests To Discuss With Your Doctor.
American Thyroid Association (ATA). Link
Australian Thyroid Foundation (ATF). Link
Thyroid UK. Link