300 “typical” thyroid symptoms (yep, that many!)

Posted on July 15th, 2014

As many of you know, I have thyroid disease. I’ve been meaning to compile a list of various symptoms linked to thyroid issues for a while, in part to highlight just how multifaceted, unpredictable and nebulous the disease is.

Image via Favim.com

Image via Favim.com

It’s worth remembering that every cell in our body has thyroid receptors (the only other substance with receptors on every cell is Vitamin D). This really does explain why a dodgy thyroid can manifest in so many different ways. It’s an illness of the entire body.

It also explains why autoimmune thyroid disease, or Hashimotos, is so often misdiagnosed as 93847 other conditions and why so many Hashi sufferers finally arrive at the correct diagnosis exhausted from trying all kinds of different supplements and treatments for 93847 unrelated conditions. Oh, and it explains why we can be left feeling like a crazy hypochondriac. Right?

When I reflect on the sheer number of symptoms linked to Hashimotos  it reminds me just how fruitless it is to try  fix symptoms (which would take several lifetimes even if such fixes existed) and that focusing on a broad healing is far more productive. This is what I do now. I steer my efforts to modulating my stress. This is the core “fix”.

I’ve since seen an extensive list on Hypothyroidmom.com and Dana has kindly given me permission to share it with you kids (I recently shared one of her posts on constipation which you can explore at your leisure. Good toot reading!).

You can catch up on the peculiar and nebulous symptoms from some previous posts I’ve written on hashimotos disease.

Also, Dana provides a few interesting points stemming from how confused people get by the knotted cluster of symptoms thyroid disease presents:

If you’ve got constipation, it could be thyroid disease.

If you’ve suffered a miscarriage, your thyroid could be to blame.

But now to the list. I don’t suggest you start a comparathon here, nor self-diagnose based on having a few of the symptoms below. Nor get alarmed, especially when you get to the list of cancers at the bottom.  This list is more to comfort those with the illness who feel entirely ridiculous about “always having something wrong” with them. It’s not you, it’s your thyroid!! That said, if your undiagnosed 93847 symptoms align themselves with this list, then you might just want to go and get your thyroid tested…

Energy level and sleep:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Less stamina than others
  • Long recovery period after any activity
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Sleep apnea
  • Snoring
  • Insomnia
  • Need naps in the afternoon
  • Weakness
  • Wake feeling tired
  • Frequently oversleep

Weight:

  • Weight gain
  • Inability to lose weight
  • Ascites (abdominal fluid accumulation)
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Weight loss
  • Anorexia
  • Heightened appetite
  • Diminished appetite
  • Obesity

Body temperature:

  • Cold extremities
  • Cold sweats
  • Night sweats
  • Heat intolerance
  • Cold intolerance
  • Internal shivering
  • Hypothermia
  • Cold hands
  • Clammy palms
  • Cold feet
  • Low basal body temperature

Slowness:

  • Slow movements
  • Slowed Achilles reflex
  • Diminished reflexes
  • Slow speech

Infections:

  • Frequent infections
  • Chronic illness
  • Low immune system
  • Frequent colds
  • Frequent flus
  • Susceptibility to bronchitis
  • Hard time recovering from infections
  • Recurrent sinus infections
  • Recurrent skin infections
  • Recurrent ear infections
  • Recurrent nose infections
  • Recurrent throat infections
  • Candida (yeast)
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
  • Repeated urinary tract infections
  • Upper respiratory tract infections

Related autoimmune or endocrine diseases:

  • Celiac disease
  • Type 1 Diabetes
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Insulin Resistance
  • Addison’s disease
  • Cushing’s disease
  • Premature ovarian decline
  • Premature ovarian failure
  • Alopecia
  • Reynaud’s syndrome
  • Sjögren’s syndrome
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Scleroderma
  • Vitiligo
  • Psoriasis

Swelling and thickened skin of:

  • Eyes
  • Face
  • Lips
  • Neck
  • Hands
  • Arms
  • Legs
  • Feet
  • Ankles

Mouth and throat:

  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Sensation of lump in throat
  • Sensation of pressure on throat
  • Pain and tenderness in neck and/or thyroid area
  • Goitre (enlargement of the thyroid gland in neck)
  • Burning sensation in throat
  • Sore throats
  • Swollen tongue
  • Choking fits
  • Distorted sense of taste (Dysgeusia)
  • Salt cravings
  • Sweet cravings
  • Speech problems
  • Dry mouth
  • Halitosis (bad breath)
  • Propensity for cavities
  • Propensity for gum disease
  • Low, husky, hoarse voice
  • Bleeding gums
  • Receding gums
  • Irritated gums
  • Swollen gums
  • Persistent teeth clenching
  • TMJ

Ears:

  • Oversensitive hearing
  • Noises in ears (hissing, ringing)
  • Deafness
  • Tinnitus
  • Internal itching of ears
  • Dry, scaly ear canal
  • Excess earwax
  • Vertigo

Eyes:

  • Poor focusing
  • Double vision
  • Dry eyes
  • Gritty eyes
  • Achy eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Drooping eyelids
  • Sensitive to light
  • Frequent tics in the eyes
  • Spasms of the eyelids
  • Bulging of the eyeballs
  • Red inflamed eyes
  • Dark rings under eyes
  • Puffiness around the eyes
  • Rapidly shifting gaze making you feel dizzy
  • Problems with night vision
  • Glaucoma
  • Cataracts

Hair:

  • Body hair loss
  • Head hair loss
  • Dry hair
  • Brittle hair
  • Coarse hair
  • Finer hair
  • Premature baldness
  • Premature gray hair
  • Eyelash loss
  • Thinning or loss of outside third of eyebrows

Nails:

  • Brittle
  • Pale
  • Soft
  • Yellowish
  • Ridged
  • Striated
  • Thickened
  • Ingrown toenails

Skin:

  • Dry skin
  • Dry itchy scalp
  • Flaky skin
  • Cracked heels
  • Coarse patches
  • Yellowish or amber tint to their skin
  • Dry mucous membranes
  • Pale skin
  • Pale lips
  • Boils
  • Pigmentation in skin creases
  • Rashes
  • Skin tags
  • Dermographia (wheals)
  • Eczema
  • Impetigo
  • Cellulitis
  • Easy bruising
  • Tendency to form blood clots
  • Slow wound healing
  • Hemophilia
  • Bumps on legs
  • Acne on face
  • Breakout on chest and arms
  • Raynaud’s Phenomenon (discoloration of digits)
  • Chronic itching
  • Varicose veins
  • Premature aging
  • Parchment-like fine wrinkles
  • Red butterfly patch over cheeks and nose
  • Absence or diminished perspiration
  • Moles and warty growths
  • Vitiligo
  • Allergies
  • Hives

Numbness and tingling:

  • Legs
  • Feet
  • Arms
  • Hands
  • Back
  • Face

Pain:

  • Migraines
  • Chronic headaches
  • Chronic back and loin pain
  • Wrist pain
  • Muscles and joint pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (hands or forearms)
  • Tarsal Tunnel syndrome (legs)
  • Joint stiffness
  • Tendonitis
  • Heel spur
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Painful soles of feet
  • Muscle cramps
  • Aching bones
  • Aching muscles
  • Joint pain
  • TMJ
  • Fibromyalgia

Digestion:

  • Hard stools
  • Constipation
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Loss of appetite
  • Food allergy
  • Food sensitivity
  • Alcohol intolerance
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Celiac Disease
  • Gluten Sensitivity/Intolerance
  • Colitis
  • Abdominal distention
  • Weight gain in abdominal area
  • Protruding abdomen in children
  • Diverticulosis
  • Excess gas
  • Flatulence
  • Nausea
  • Ulcers
  • Acid Reflux
  • Excessive belching
  • GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease)

Menstrual disorders:

  • Cessation of periods (amenorrhoea)
  • Scanty (light) periods (oligomenorrhoea)
  • Heavy periods (menorrhagia)
  • Irregular periods
  • Very short cycles
  • Very long cycles
  • Severe cramping
  • Failure to ovulate
  • Constant bleeding
  • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
  • Premenstrual tension (PMT)
  • Extreme bloating and water retention
  • Premature or delayed puberty
  • Premature or delayed menopause
  • Difficult menopause
  • Hysterectomy
  • Endometriosis
  • Ovarian fibroids
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

Reproductive disorders and pregnancy:

  • Infertility
  • Miscarriage
  • Still birth
  • In vitro fertilization failure
  • Donor egg failure
  • Abnormal estrogen levels
  • Abnormal progesterone levels
  • Abnormal testosterone levels
  • Drop in sperm count
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Loss of libido
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Painful sex
  • Breasts leaking milk (but not lactating or breastfeeding)
  • Fibrocystic breast disease
  • Maternal anemia
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Pre-eclampsia
  • Placental abruption
  • Postpartum hemorrhage
  • Prolonged labor
  • Inability to dilate
  • Poor wound healing
  • Pain in and around c-section scar
  • Difficulty breast-feeding
  • Low breast milk supply
  • Premature birth
  • Low birth weight
  • Long gestation
  • High birth weight
  • Newborn with deficits in intellectual development
  • Newborns with jaundice
  • Autism
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Birth defects

Emotional:

  • Tension
  • Irritability
  • Wanting to be solitary
  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety
  • Personality changes
  • Feelings of resentment
  • Jumpy
  • Easily startled
  • Lack of confidence
  • Nervousness

Other related conditions:

  • Poor adrenal function
  • Anemia
  • Hyponatremia (low blood sodium)
  • Lack of coordination
  • Clumsiness
  • Tendency to fall
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting episodes
  • Vertigo
  • Tremor
  • Growth disturbances in children
  • Chronic allergies
  • Chemical sensitivities
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Rhabdomyolysis (destruction of skeletal muscle)
  • Scoliosis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Hernia

Brain:

  • Depression
  • Panic attacks
  • Memory loss
  • Confusion
  • Brain fog
  • Mental sluggishness
  • Poor concentration
  • Noises and/or voices in head
  • Hallucinations
  • Delusions
  • Mania
  • Phobias
  • Obsessions
  • Alcohol & substance abuse
  • Rage
  • Loss of drive
  • Personality disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Postpartum Depression
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Nightmares
  • Bipolar
  • Suicide
  • ADHD
  • Dementia
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Parkinson’s Disease

Kidney and bladder:

  • Albuminuria (protein in urine)
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Frequent need to urinate
  • Decreased output of urine
  • Interstitial cystitis (chronic bladder problems)
  • Urinary incontinence while sleeping
  • Kidney stones
  • Recurrent kidney infections
  • Recurrent bladder infections
  • Irritable bladder syndrome
  • Chronic kidney failure

Gallbladder:

  • Gallbladder Disease
  • Gallstones

Liver:

  • Liver tenderness and enlargement
  • Congestion of the liver
  • Elevated liver enzymes
  • Hypoglycemia

Lungs:

  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Emphysema
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Air hunger
  • Pleural effusion (fluid around the lung)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tightness in chest
  • Pneumonia

Heart:

  • High blood pressure
  • Low blood pressure
  • Slow/weak pulse (under 60 bpm)
  • Fast pulse (over 90 bpm at rest)
  • Arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat)
  • Skipped beats
  • Heart flutters
  • Heart palpitations
  • Chest pain
  • High cholesterol
  • High triglycerides
  • High LDL (“bad”) cholesterol
  • Mitral Valve Prolapse
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Elevated C-Reactive Protein
  • Fibrillations
  • Plaque buildup
  • Fluid retention
  • Poor circulation
  • Enlarged heart
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Stroke
  • Heart Attack

Cancer:

  • Skin Cancer
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Endocrine Cancers
  • Lung Cancer
  • Breast Cancer

That was an extensive list! If you feel like this still hasn’t covered off your quirky symptoms, please share below.

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  • Amanda Rome

    Erythromelalgia. Basically the opposite of raynauds.

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    Hypothyroid Mom Reply:

    Thanks Amanda. I’ll look into these to add to my list.

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    Katie Reply:

    Hi Amanda, just curious…did you personally experienced Erythromelalgia in conjunction with hypothyroidism? If so, did your Erythromelalgia go away once you properly treated your hypothyroidism? I’m dealing with both now, and it’s beyond frustrating.

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    Amanda Rome Reply:

    Yes, it is better since thyroid treatment. I don’t have episodes as often or as bad. I still have raynaud’s though. 8(

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    Katie Reply:

    Thanks for the reply, that’s very encouraging! I’ve had Raynaud’s forever, but the Erythromelalgia is a recent development in the last couple years. I’m just starting my thyroid treatment so hopefully mine will go away or improve too 🙂

    Erica Reply:

    Hi Amanda and Katie. My thyroid went crazy out of the blue two years ago and the erythromelagia symptoms began along with all of the other symptoms. I had a thyroidectomy 7 months ago and cannot get optimal. The flare ups seemed to be lessening as my thyroid treatment was starting but I was overmedicated and now I am right back at square one. The burning pain & redness is unpredictable & is my least favorite symptom as it really hinders my quality of life. I want to have more kids, but I cannot even keep up with my daughter now as I am always worried about these flares. My hands and ears are affected, but my feet are the worst. How are you both doing now? Katie – its been 4 months since your post. Are you getting any relief? Any advice? I am getting frustrated and wonder if I should see a different specialist or try to get optimal on thyroid meds.

    Katie Koschalk Reply:

    Hi Erica, sorry I didn’t see your post sooner. I’m on the thyroid med Nature-throid, but in my case, I don’t think the EM is related to thyroid. It could be though, it’s kind of soon to tell. Since my post, I’ve gone from eating a high-fat, high-meat diet to a plant-based vegan diet, with lots of raw fruits and veggies, and that seems to have helped with the severity and frequency of my EM flares. Also, mindfulness and meditation are helping me as well.

    Katie Reply:

    Sarah, can you please delete the comment above? I don’t want my first/last name out there for a personal reason.

  • julia

    hello sarah,
    that list is quite overwhelming but good to read. i have hypothyroidism and take whole pig thyroid.

    for a long time i was just taking the medication and expecting to feel better, and asking my doctor why i wasn’t feeling like i used to.

    ive realised that it is actually my responsibility to cover every base – not just the medication part from my doctor. I realise that i have no place looking to my doctor for answers until i do everything on my part to get well. I need to calm down, stress less, exercise smartly, eat only natural foods (survived on diet drinks etc for a long time), get off the sugar completely as well as dairy and eggs (for me personally), and nourish my body with what it needs.

    My doctor is very good and is thought of as a thyroid expert in NZ. She looks at the thyroid in a holistic way.

    I wonder how you feel about this? I feel we all look to doctors to fix things with medication and this was my attitude for a long time.

    Do you think with the thryoid, you medication is only a very small part and the most important things you can do to care for you thyroid are things that you control?

    Would love your feedback.

    Thanks for all of your work,

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    Simone Kelly Reply:

    LOVE your attitude! I wish more of us took responsibility for our health instead of depending solely on DRs and Prescription medication.

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    Hypothyroid Mom Reply:

    Simone, I used to believe “doctor knows best” and sadly come to realize that is not always the case. It’s important for us all to do our research and be advocates for ourselves.

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    Claire Reply:

    Who is you doctor Julia? I’m looking for one. I’m in Kaikoura

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    Jo in NZ Reply:

    Ditto in Wellington! Used to see one at Karanga, but then she left…

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    Hypothyroid Mom Reply:

    Absolutely Julia there is more to thyroid health than thyroid hormone replacement medication. Of course being optimally treated with medication is important (I personally feel my best when my Free T3 is top quarter of the normal range on natural desiccated thyroid), but there are more pieces to the thyroid puzzle including food sensitivities, adrenal health, iron/ferritin, sex hormones, blood sugar balance, toxicity, digestion, and nutrient deficiencies including D3, B12, magnesium, zinc, and selenium. All of these are pieces to my personal thyroid puzzle that have resulted in me feeling better now in my 40s than ever before. Also if you haven’t had your thyroid antibodies tested for hashimoto’s please do because it is a leading cause of hypothyroidism worldwide but thyroid antibodies are not always tested.

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    Megan Reply:

    You definitely have to take responsibility for your own health however I’ve found that seeking the guidance of a holistic GP has saved me a whole lot of trial and error and actually picked up on some areas that I maybe wouldn’t have. You can definitely make lots of lifestyle changes to help your thyroid to function as best it can, but a small amount of properly prescribed medication, after extensive blood testing, can make a whole world of difference. Good luck

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    Hypothyroid Mom Reply:

    I agree with you Megan. A great open minded doctor can change a person’s life. I know my doctor changed mine and I’m so grateful. I wish the same for all my readers.

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    Florence Reply:

    Hi Julie
    I am wondering if you would mind telling me who your thyroid specialist is as I desperately am looking for a holistic doctor that comes recommended. As you know, not all doctors are made equal when it comes to thyroid medication and monitoring.

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  • Lopsy

    cheers Sarah!
    and that’s why I believe that everyone, from perhaps puberty ? upwards, should have their thyroid blood levels checked routinely ( even better their saliva tested) , say annually which would be paid for by the Government. My Graves disease was undiagnosed for over 20 years ….which led to many years of living HELL. x
    I know many many others who I believe were not diagnosed sooner or have still not been diagnosed yet…. its shameful and a scandal. People are suffering unnecessarily.
    A huge amount of people in mental hospitals; people suffering from phobias; anxiety disorders; depression etc and then found out later to have Thyroid Hormone imbalance. Even if it’s slightly over or under it can create havoc.
    FT4, FT3 TSH and Thyroid Antibody tests are all absolutely crucial for a valid diagnosis….

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    Amanda Reply:

    Hi Lopsy,
    would you happen to know the naturopath your sister visited in Sydney? I have been diagnosed with Hashimotos and I’m looking for a good naturopath to see.
    Thanks in advance 🙂

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    Hypothyroid Mom Reply:

    Hi Lopsy, I hope to see the day when comprehensive thyroid testing is done on all people as part of their annual physical. I too went decades with undiagnosed thyroid dysfunction. It is a tragedy what is happening to thyroid patients around the world. Love Gena at Thyroid Sexy. She’s so great! I am particularly passionate about writing about the thyroid and mental health connection on my blog because I fear there are many more people with mental health issues that have thyroid issues as the underlying cause than the world realizes.

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  • Carmeo

    Losing my eyebrows was probably the most obvious symptom and the one that made me seek medical assistance!

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    Hypothyroid Mom Reply:

    Carmeo, losing my eyebrows and eyelashes too were very early signs of my hypothyroidism too. The thyroid is needed by every part of the body including the hair of our eyebrows (and head! oh hair loss on the head is another of my red flags).

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  • Haha yep, that’s pretty much it :/
    And the fun of being early diagnosis Hashimoto’s (aka the rollercoaster) is in six months time, the inverse of each symptom is true, whether by medication or the body healing itself.

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    Sarah Wilson Reply:

    Yup!!!!

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  • Nicbonne

    Diabetes insipidus

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  • Gabriella

    You really should separate the symptoms between hypo and hyper thyroidism because like this it looks like you could get ALL these symptoms when in fact the symptoms differ depending on if your thyroid is over active or under active.

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    Dana Reply:

    In the reading, stated Hashimotos, therefore you will experience hypo and hyper symptoms.

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    Sarah Wilson Reply:

    correct

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    handwringer Reply:

    is this why I only get shakey when my hand are hot, not cold ?
    Hmmm.

    Sarah Wilson Reply:

    See Keely’s comment below, too

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  • Lisel Varley

    Sarah great post however isn’t hypothyroidism fixed by a visit to the GP, blood test and thyroxin or similar medication?
    I recently got diagnosed with borderline hypothyroidism and have been following my results every 6-8 weeks and on varying dosage depending on free t3/free t4 results.
    Is there more that I should be doing?
    Keen to hear from you.

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    Sarah Wilson Reply:

    Lisel, far from it. Some people find medication works well. I find it barely touches the sides. Go back through my previous posts to learn why this is so. x

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    lisa_simplylivingxx Reply:

    Absolutely Sarah Wilson. I am one that struggles with the mainstream medications but since finding my own little healthy holistic steps i am finding a balance so that my multiple autoimmune illnesses are better managed.

    lisa

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    Megan Reply:

    Lisel I took thyroxcine alone for two years with no results – it wasn’t until I found a better doctor that tested me more thoroughly and explained the whole T3/reverse T3 thing that I’ve started making progress. Depending on your own situation there are a bunch of diet and lifestyle things that could help you

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    Lisel Varley Reply:

    Megan what were your symptoms with thyroxine? I understand most doctors prescribe t4 expecting it to convert to t3, but when it doesn’t (issues with reverse t3) that’s when you don’t see results? I maintain a fairly healthy diet- paleo- inspired and exercise everyday so lifestyle wise I feel like I make reasonably good choices. Keen to get to the bottom of hypothyroidism though. Thanks for your help.

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    Hypothyroid Mom Reply:

    Hi Lisel, I wish thyroid medication was the answer for everyone but the reality is that there are more pieces to the puzzle than thyroid hormone replacement meds. However that said, thyroid medication is an important part of being well. The issue here is that T4 only Levothyroxine drugs like Thyroxin are the main drugs prescribed in mainstream medicine and while they work for some they fail for many. Many of us cannot properly convert the T4 hormone to the active T3 hormone our cells need leaving us symptomatic. Treatment with T4 and T3 in my case in the form of natural desiccated thyroid changed my life.

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    Lisel Varley Reply:

    Hi Hypothyroid mom
    Thanks for your response. I agree based on my research and experience you’re right that most mainstream drugs prescribe t4, relying on the bodies ability to convert it to t3. My doctor did do a reverse t3 test on me and did prescribe medication which contains both which I think has been more effective. Off to see a specialist today so will keep you posted.

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  • sarah

    scary, i just ticked off way too many symptoms than i would’ve liked 🙁

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  • Liz Hardy

    I was lucky my Hashimoto’s was picked up and treated early but I still struggle at this time of year as I get cold easily and have trouble warming up again. My fingers regularly turn into useless white iceblocks! (Probably Raynaud’s syndrome.) I’ve also noticed I have real problems with adrenaline and need to have a lie down after any adrenaline raising activity, even just running around trying to meet a deadline.

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    Sarah Wilson Reply:

    me toooooo! A hot water bottle is my friend. So is a dark room

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    Jodiebodie Reply:

    I experience similar but have not been diagnosed with any thyroid problem (interestingly my mother was hypothyroid) but I have been diagnosed with Hypoadrenalism and described as “Addisonian”. I also have Raynaud’s. I am not dismissing your thyroid diagnosis but I wonder whether one can have two things going on at once; e.g. Hashimotos and hypoadrenalism? Is one a symptom or result of another? My personal view is all of these labelled conditions are from the same essential problem – a faulty immune system. So many of the symptoms of our AI conditions overlap so Sarah’s advice about a holistic approach to health and wellbeing is important.

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    Liz Hardy Reply:

    I totally agree that all these autoimmune conditions and symptoms are interrelated. My mum has 3 diagnosed autoimmune conditions (which is why I was lucky to be tested for Hashimoto’s in my twenties and before trying to have kids) but she’s in amazingly good general health. Oh, and my fingers are freezing as I type!!!

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    Hypothyroid Mom Reply:

    Liz, it’s sad that when you have one autoimmune condition that leaves you vulnerable to other autoimmune conditions, unless the underlying autoimmune condition is addressed. So for example, with Hashimoto’s there is more than just thyroid hormone replacement medication needed, there needs to be a look at all the potential triggers including food sensitivities, blood sugar imbalance, infections, heavy metal toxicity, adrenal imbalance, nutrient deficiencies including selenium, D3, iron/ferritin.

    Hypothyroid Mom Reply:

    Hi Jodiebodie, Our thyroid, adrenals, and sex hormones are all intricately connected so when one is off the others can be thrown off too. I personally have issues with all three and my treatment involves all three components. The question of which came first is hard to say but absolutely we can have two or even more things going on at once. This is why in the case of thyroid health there are many pieces of the puzzle.

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  • Naomi

    Sarah

    Thanks so much for your blog posts.

    I was diagnosed with Graves Disease at 14 years old, at 19 years old I was treated with radioactive iodine to shut down my thyroid. I have now been on thyroxine for over ten years, ‘fixed’ in the eyes of my doctors, struggling with the above symptoms and have only just come to the realisation that my thyroid is the reason. That doesn’t make me sound very smart, but with doctors telling you that your thyroid is fine because your blood tests are fine, it gets more than a little confusing, particularly when you are young and gullible.

    So thanks for your blog posts which have helped empower me to look more holistically at my life, to try to live in a way that helps me function at my best level, and to accept that my best level may not be the same as everyone else but that’s ok too. I just need to be nicer to myself.

    Additionally, I gave up sugar 5 months ago now and it has been amazing. I suffered from severe Brain Fog on pretty much a daily basis, made it very difficult to do my job. Now pretty much all gone, only one episode in 4 months!! I am unbelievably grateful to you for this.

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  • Ant

    Gosh, so NO-ONE is healthy, what a overwhelming depressing list…Guess we’re all going to be dying of something and it will all be the thyroids fault….

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  • Sara

    I was diagnosed with Graves 20 years ago, I was thin, could eat what I wanted and had stacks of energy! I took propylthiouracil and have had my thyroid monitored and checked yearly since, they have told me it is no longer over active but reading that list I suffer from about a hundred of those symptoms, so wondering if they are checking me for under active now? Does anyone know of this happening?

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    Hypothyroid Mom Reply:

    Sara, I have many readers with Graves’ disease who are not hypothyroid following treatment for Graves’ so worth taking a closer look at your thyroid to be sure.

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  • Jodiebodie

    It makes a lot of sense to treat a systemic problem by examining the system as a whole. I agree with your philosophy. Your post is timely for me as just yesterday I completed a blog post about Sjogren’s Syndrome (due to publish on 23 July – World Sjogren’s Day) in which I mentioned that “many people with Sjogren’s Syndrome have evidence of thyroid disease”. I mentioned you and linked to your blog and would like to also link to this particular post if that is okay with you.
    For years, I too have been saying that we with autoimmune problems are the canaries in the coalmines and it is so frustrating that others (who do not suffer AI) have a very narrow viewpoint and dismiss my concerns about the environment and food chain. It is great to hear you echo my sentiments and you strengthen my resolve to stress to others the importance of clean, whole foods and healthy lifestyles.

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  • So great to see this all listed down! The more I cast my eyes back I feel my 4 years of Fibro were some sort of pre cursor to my Hashimotos diagnosis – I remember they told me that I had a few thyroid antibodies so would get Thyroid disease in the future, but it really was probably already there – hence why anti candida diet / quitting sugar made such a huge difference. I feel more so now that things like Fibromyalgia and CFS are symptoms and it certainly is often the thyroid that is the actual cause. We are so lucky to have you sharing all this info <3 xx

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  • Japolina

    OMG…Those could be symptoms for 300 other diseases too. How horrible

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  • Victoria

    Damn maybe booking a doctors appointment soon then :/

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  • outram37

    I have struggled with my weight for years I have had a bad three months of chronic IBS, my skin is dry, I cant sleep very well, i snore, i have night sweats plus many more of things on your list. I have had my thyroid tested a couple of times but my doctor says its normal? How do i get past this? I’m confident my thyroid is not functioning correctly?

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  • Jane

    wonderful list, though it would be good if the ‘numbness/tingling’ category be changed to the medical term Paresthesia (sensations of tingling, prickling, burning). thank you

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  • Claire Mc

    Wow, it’s incredible the list of symptoms and how many I can relate to. I would like to add another one: PSORIASIS – especially of the scalp. I suffer from hypothyroidism and one that is quite hard to detect. I know when I’m having a thyroid week or month but the blood tests might not always agree. Two years ago I suffered from severe anemia and ended up in hospital on a drip twice in 6 months. Having little success with the traditional medical system, I have taken matters into my own hands. Food has been key to maintaining a happy thyroid, I went Primal and cut out sugar and alcohol. The other has been natural supplements. I believe I have found the supplement that has changed my life! My awful psoriasis has cleared up, my hair is growing back, I have amazing mental clarity and I haven’t been to see a medical doctor in 18 months (this is exceptional for me – in 2012 I was at the doctors more than 20 times).

    I never wanted to be the person that relies on nutritional supplementation but these past few days have proved to me how life changing it has been. I’m in Paris at the moment and must confess that I have been eating a little too much bread and sugar…and I have been without my supplement for 10 days. Oh la la la…thyroid systems are back with a vengeance. No energy, fogging mind, desire to sleep all the time, serious water retention, sadness, impossible to focus and serious cravings for sweet things. Thank goodness my supplements have arrived!

    Good health = a balanced body = a balanced mind = and if taking a natural supplement helps me maintain this, they’re worth taking forever 🙂

    Reading all the stories below is reassuring to know we are not alone in this journey to happy thyroids. Sarah, and others, I would love to get your feedback.

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    Vicki Reply:

    Claire Mc, can I ask what supplements you are on? Thank you

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    Jo Reply:

    Yes – would love to know the ‘naturals supplements’ – your symptoms – sound like mine….Thanks

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  • Bug130

    I have been treated over the past few years for a vast variety of symptoms: night sweats, virtigo, vision issues, prolonged lactation, chronic fatigue, diabetes, asthma, migraines, high cholestrol, low blood pressure, hair loss, rash on upper arms, and countless sinus/respiratory infections. I was made to feel like a hypochondriac, but never given any true answers. I have been told over the years that i have a very large thyroid (even had ultrasounds showing large thyroid), but my TSH was always normal so they would stop there. In doing my own research I went to my doctor yesterday and demanded a full thyroid panel including antiboties. Now I wait…

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  • Jess

    overwhelming and downright depressing

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    grace b Reply:

    I agree. This list would make a hypochondriac out of anyone! Sometimes we just don’t need anymore fear-mongering about our health!

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  • Belinda

    Allergies to makeup containing titanium dioxide, zinc,essential oils that are man made etc

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  • nicole

    i have a lot of the above symptoms. My doctor took a blood test which came back free t4 11.8, tsh 1.77, tg antibodies > 500 and TPO antibodies > 1300. My doctor sent me to a thyroid specialist who said the antibodies were normal and just to have a blood test every 6 months and if it gets worse to go onto treatment. I have done a lot of reading and this does not seem normal as It seems like it may be the start of the disease. What are your views on antibodies that high.

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  • Ree

    Frozen shoulder doesn’t seem to be on your list

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  • Carla Q

    Hi Sarah,
    I have Hashi’s and have gone for years just taking thyroxine but never feeling quite myself. I’ve discovered your blog and have been reading back over past posts. I was wondering if there’s an endocrinologist in Sydney that you would recommend who agrees with T3 treatment and has interest in how dietary changes effect the wellbeing of auto-immune sufferers. I’ve seen a couple and just get dismissed saying to take the thyroxine and stop worrying.
    I did read about your GP/wellness practitioners but was wondering specifically about Endocrinologists.
    Thanks

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  • Coco

    I haven’t been diagnosed with an AI condition (yet), but have been dealing with many of these symptoms for the past three or more years. So, personally I think the docs are missing something but anyway. Just in relation to my experience – one thing not on the list which I experience very often at least once a week, daily or hourly, is trembling. It might be extensive (entire body) or just local (eg. hands), may last anywhere from 10 mins to hours, may be strong (visible to others) / light (only I can feel or notice it). Right now I am having difficulty typing/writing/holding a pen while trying to study and can’t lift anything heavier than a cup of tea (fyi currently lemon and ginger) as this kind of “attack” is accompanied by weakness. My chest is heavy like an elephant is sitting on top of me yet feels strangely light and “fluttery” inside at the same time, so I feel quite short of breath (?). This isn’t my usual anxiety/panic, the trembling or shaking just comes and goes. Basically I look like a Chihuahua sometimes and can’t do anything but sit still in a quiet space and wait for it to pass… Anybody else experience something like this?

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    Erika Reply:

    This sounds to me like a symptom of adrenal fatigue. Look up Dr Wilson’s book “21st century fatigue”.

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  • Nat

    Thanks Sarah for sharing this list.

    In the last week i have experienced grey hands, more around the knuckles has anyone experienced this??

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  • Sue

    Peripheral Neuropathy ?

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  • Susan-Clayton Ryan

    Hi, I got diagnosed with thyroid issues/hashimotos when I was 25… though I had the symptoms for many many years before they found out. I remember when I was in primary school doing swimming lessons and I found white patches on my legs and didn’t know what they were, oh and also falling asleep everywhere I went!!
    I am now 44 and really need some help. I feel that I am “not” right…. I have a booking with my GP in about 3 weeks and wanted to discuss with her about my condition.
    Can somebody help me to advise on what tests etc I should be getting to check the “whole” thyroid and what is the range they should be in.
    I also was very fortunate to get pregnant… took many years and many miscarriages and I only got pregnant because of being on metformin (diabetic drug). Apparently I get gestational diabetes as soon as I get pregnant. I also want to be tested again for diabetes.
    Thanks for your help.
    Sue

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  • girlfriday

    I’m interested to know how people have experienced head hair loss as a result of thyroid issues and whether it has improved since beginning treatment?

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  • Clare Woosnam

    I have just been diagnosed with Hyperthyroidism (Graves’ Disease).
    The past few months have been terrible.
    I literally feel like I am ‘drunk’ all the time and it’s so hard to get
    out of bed… I have begun medication, but from time to time still feel off
    colour. Anyone have an advice or dealing with the same disease? Sarah do you have any information on
    Hyperthyroidism? Thanks in advance 🙂 X

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  • Michelle

    I have hypothyroid and also have pernicious anemia another auto immune disease that also comes hand in hand with thyroid problems

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  • Laura

    Hi Sarah & Everyone,

    I suffer from Hypothyroidism and have for the last 2 years. I say suffer because it is a “silent” disease. Once the biological tests have been confirmed the other “symptoms” you think is just yourself, that’s who you are and how you have always have been. I also have terrible anxiety at times and I think my thyroid & anxiety interrelate to cause my body to go out of balance. I think anything associated with endocrine/hormones is so tricky to manage/treat. I would like to think I don’t need validation, though it truly does feel like you do need it as at times no one around me understands. If you cant PHYSICALLY see why or how some one is unwell then they aren’t unwell- I think its an awful attitude to have

    A lot of the time I feel like my mind is “foggy” it’s so hard to explain but my concentration is so depleted. I recently had my final exams , and I was quite sick the week before my exams ( undeniably an increased time of heightened stress) , I had studied for so many weeks prior to the exam- I wasn’t sleeping , waking up in night sweats, hyperventilating, was unable to eat , heart palpatations & had high blood pressure & just couldn’t concentrate , I felt so out of control of my body. I went to my doctor and she said I had “thyrotoxicosis” which was why I was presenting the way I was. I have been placed on High Blood Pressure Medication ( 23 years old) and waiting on blood test results & ultra sounds waiting for an answer tomorrow. I feel at times when everything is out of control then, It really is debilitating.

    I agree with you Julia , I do think a holistic approach to managing hypothyroidism is paramount. I wish it would have been explained to me when I was first diagnosed , as all I was told was to ensure i take my medication AM 30 mins prior to food….. that was as holistic as mine was! Ek that was my vent! It was nice to finally put down in writing how I am feeling! Thanks for this Post Sarah!

    I hope everyone has a nice week.

    Laura

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  • Manbearpig95

    Seems like im the only guy with hypothyroid so imma make a list of the ones I relate to above:

    dry skin
    flaky skin(nose, eyebrows, eyelash)
    flaky scalp
    dry hair
    pale lips
    premature puberty
    my feet get cold
    short hair follicles and prematurely break(eyebrows, eyelash)
    My sister has a case of hypothyroid and shes on levoxyl so i figure hey
    I should have it too buy way worse. Tried a lot of diets and expensive skin products NOTHIMG. this natural dessicated thyroid should be my last hope because honestly i function real quick and not sluggish except i do lose train of thougjt and slur my speech. You ladies seem to have it way worse than I do. Wish me luck on my appt this Thursday.

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  • Bowb

    Very late comment, but thank you for putting this information out there. The fact is there are a LOT of people with issues like these who are falling through the cracks of our healthcare system.

    Lack of iodine is known to be a cause of hypothyroidism and Australia has some of the most iodine-deficient soils in the world. Food Standards Australia has said that mild iodine deficiency is common in south-east Australia. It is known (and not imagined by health nuts) to cause a range of health problems, and is known to play a part in breast cancer and ADHD. Iodine was reintroduced into bread in 2009 as a means of addressing this deficiency.

    There are loads of females who present to their GP with the symptoms above and are told they are depressed, lacking in iron, and/or they need to exercise more and lose weight. The underlying problems are just never discovered.

    Personally I suspect that thyroid issues are one of the most under diagnosed conditions in Australia.

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  • AlanaNK

    This is quite a list!! Unfortunately I have experienced a LOT of these things with Hyperthyroidism. I want to add: tooth and gum sensitivity, sore tongue, throbbing teeth and gums. Overall just a weird sensation in my teeth, like pressure has been applied to them (reminds me of how they felt when I wore braces). So frustrating. Afraid to tell my Dr. because it sounds utterly ridiculous. My family just laughs at me when I complain about these unusual mouth sensations I have and they call me a hypochondriac.

    I also get the goosebumps on the right side of my body more so than both sides. Weird. I know.

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  • handwringer

    Gave up smoking 12 months ago,
    nothing for 5 weeks then all hell breaks loose
    Have heard smoking can mask hypothyroidism
    have suffered cold hands , internal tremor , headaches and shaking of small muscles eg fingers thumbs when held in unusual positions.
    Ive gone to the point of getting an MRI which has shown nothing, so what Id really like to know is could very mild barely detectable and fine jaw tremor and postural tremors of the fingers and thumb be related to hypo ?

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  • Jan Briney

    Hi, anyone else have head drooping to the right? Thought I had a brain tumor but CAT was neg. Better after thyroxine but still experience it at times.

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  • Solune

    Hi ! Not sure if those are related, but I have a friend who has thyroid problems and she suffered from Crohn’s disease.

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  • Timmy Anderson

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  • Evan K

    I did not see it mentioned. Could dark facial hair on women be a symptom? Especially around chin/jawline.

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  • Aakriti

    Hi, I have been facing a lot for
    the past 4 months. And it feels like I am tangled or stuck in a maze of
    confusion. i have carcinaphobia- fear of cancer which is scaring me because of
    my symptoms, and my overally daily health.

    in July i started facing depression followed by anxiety. These both kept going
    and in 2 months they started getting severe. I was confused, i did not know
    what even cause my depression to start. Anxiety i knew was triggered by my fear
    of cancer. But how did my depression start?

    i had so many symptoms which just got worse, and every time new symptoms came i
    got scared thinking i have cancer of some type.

    After feeling that way i started researching into both of them, depression and
    anxiety. i found that depression can be cuase by many things, including
    hypothyroidism. This is what made me thing over.

    i believe i have hypothyroidism, My mum has had it for 7 and a 1/2 yrs. i could
    have inherited it from her.

    i am still confused and scared. i am going to the doctors to tell about the
    lump an enlarged feeling i have on my neck

    i don’t know if i am imagining and assuming that i have a thyroid nodule or
    goiter, but 24 hrs i can feel my neck is so hard and bump

    i have a lot of symptoms which scare me so much.

    i don’t know if its hypothyroidism or cancer

    pls help

    these are the symptoms i face

    -anxiety

    – depression

    – insomnia

    -wake up feeling tired

    -inability to concentrate

    -cold feet

    -cold sweats

    – night sweats

    -Difficulty swallowing

    -Sensation of lump in throat

    -Sensation of pressure on throat

    -Pain and tenderness in neck and/or thyroid area

    -Difficulty taking deep breath

    – wheezing

    – shortness of breath

    – breathing difficutlies

    – yawing for breath

    – air hunger

    – teeth clenching

    – teeth problems

    – metallic tastes

    – droopy eyelids

    – brittle nails

    – hair loss/ brittle hair

    – eyebrow thining hair

    – striated nails and toenails

    – dry lips

    – tingling feet, arms, legs

    – headaches

    -Aching bones

    -Aching muscles

    -Joint pain

    -stomach pain

    – bloating

    -mood swings

    -tension

    – panic attacks

    – hallunications

    – brain fog

    – confusion

    -rib pain

    – chronic pain

    – breast pain

    -chest pain

    – cold heart/ heart pain

    – heart palpitations

    I am just so scared. I am 12 yrs old. and I am carcinapohbic nad has hypochrondria
    could this be my thyroid causing all this???

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    Aakriti Reply:

    i dont have ll this symptoms all the time, but they are ones I have faced

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    Aakriti Reply:

    I am scared of cancer.
    I am scared that what if I have lung or anytoher cancer.
    having this anxiety, just makes some of my symptoms worse.
    I want to know if its hypothyroidism
    I even have this lumpy hard feel on my neck, and if you see from a side angle it looks like a big thyroid ndule, goiter. I am not sure

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  • Koosha Boroumand

    Hi im koosha
    I was diagnosed with TSH 264 and antiTPO 1750 afer levothiroxin treatment my tsh t4 t3 is normal but im so sensetive to coldness and cold intolerance that is so hard and im realy suffering all edocronilogist say u should be good but im not is there any body with same problem or some possible treatment
    TNX

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  • Shae Higgins Stautz

    My first symptom of hashimoto’s disease was a skin condition called granuloma annulare.

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