Hypothyroidism is most well known for its relationship to your metabolism and oftentimes weight gain or the inability to lose weight. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg when you begin to look at the multitude of various hypothyroidism symptoms ranging from digestive to sensory symptoms.
But also keep in mind that different people develop different symptoms. There is no one set pattern of symptoms that all hypothyroid people progress through. It all has to do with how your body responds and compensates.
One person might gain 30 lbs. and be unable to lose it no matter what. And the next person may develop heart palpitations or chronic depression.
If you find yourself suffering from any of these symptoms then you have to strongly consider that you very well might be hypothyroid. And I encourage you to take an active role in your health because all too often we place our health in the hands of others who don’t have our best interests in mind.
So, do yourself a favor and educate yourself, or find someone who is willing to educate you on what is really happening with your body and what the underlying cause of your health problems really is. Only then can you make an educated decision as to what is best for your health.
A Quick Note on Hypothyroidism Testing Flaws
And keep in mind that most thyroid test options are flawed and oftentimes lead to a false negative hypothyroidism diagnosis. And so millions of people go untreated or are improperly treated for various other related symptoms that stem from underlying hypothyroidism.
Because of this, I often recommend what is called a therapeutic trial to confirm your own diagnosis. This is where you follow a proper hypothyroidism treatment protocol including the right hypothyroidism diet and monitor your symptoms.
If your hypothyroidism symptoms improve then you can confirm that your speculation was correct.
Below I’ve listed a very comprehensive set of hypothyroid symptoms that are broken down into categories which shows you just how extensive these symptoms can be.
General Hypothyroidism Symptoms:
Fatigue or Excessive Tiredness
Weight Gain or Inability to Lose Weight
Excessive Weight Loss
Swollen Neck or Goiter
Loss of Stamina
Afternoon Energy Crash
Low Morning Temperature
Dry and/or Gritty Eyes
Inability to Exercise
Trembling, Jittery, or Shivering Feeling
Lack of Coordination
Sleep Related Hypothyroidism Symptoms:
Poor Sleep Quality
Waking Up Feeling Unrested
Difficulty Getting Out of Bed in the Morning
Sensory Hypothyroidism Symptoms:
Inability to Concentrate
Slowed Reflexes and Reaction Time
Sensitivity to Light and/or Sun
Sensitivity to Hot and Cold
Sensitivity to Strong Odors
Sensitivity to Loud Noises
Hair, Skin, and Nail Related Hypothyroidism Symptoms:
Puffiness or Swelling of Eyes, Face, Hands, Feet, and/or Ankles
Loss of Eyelashes
Loss of Eyebrow Hair (outer portion)
Brittle, Flaky, or Peeling Nails
Dry, Flaky, or Course Skin
Pale and/or Yellowish Skin Pigment
Dark Circles Under Eyes
Rashes and Various Skin Conditions
Digestive Hypothyroidism Symptoms:
Loss of Appetite
Food Allergies and Sensitivities
Swollen Tongue or Ridges on Tongue
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Heart Related Hypothyroidism Symptoms:
High Blood Pressure
Low Blood Pressure
Slow/Weak Pulse (under 60 bpm)
Fast Pulse (over 90 bpm at rest)
Immune Related Hypothyroidism Symptoms:
Recurring Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)
Recurring Upper Respiratory Infections
Fungal and Candida Infections
Mental Hypothyroidism Symptoms:
Difficulty Learning New Things
Loss of Motivation
Vertigo or Dizziness
Epilepsy or Seizures
Emotional Hypothyroidism Symptoms:
Nervousness and Anxiety
Lack of Confidence
Pain Related Hypothyroidism Symptoms:
Joint Pain or Stiffness
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Women’s Health Related Hypothyroidism Symptoms:
Irregular, Longer, Lighter, or Heavier Menstrual Cycles
Severe Menstrual Cramps
History of Miscarriage
Loss of Libido
Men’s Health Related Hypothyroidism Symptoms:
Loss of Libido
Hopefully all of these symptoms of hypothyroidism have opened your eyes and given you a better understanding of the importance of detecting and properly treating hypothyroidism in order to properly restore and maintain your health. Most people, doctors, and healthcare professionals fail to make this connection and far too often the underlying cause of your health problems is missed or misdiagnosed.
Your thyroid is responsible for so much more than increasing your metabolism and helping you to lose weight. It plays an important role in balancing and producing hormones, reducing cholesterol, reducing inflammation within your body, fighting cancer, reducing your risk of autoimmune disease, keeping your brain energized and mentally alert, and slowing the natural aging process.
So many of the hypothyroidism symptoms listed above can be both easily avoided or easily eliminated when you learn how to properly restore the function and health of your thyroid. And it always begins with properly educating and empowering yourself to take control of your health.