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Hyperthyroidism Risks/Symptoms Checklist

Help in Diagnosis and Treatment


Updated May 30, 2014

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by Mary J. Shomon

You can use this checklist to bring to your doctor to help aid in getting a proper diagnosis of hyperthyroidism, or as background information in your discussions regarding finetuning your dosage so you are at the optimal TSH level for your own level of wellness.

My risk factors for hyperthyroidism include:

____ I have a family history of thyroid disease

____ Parent(type of thyroid problem __________________)
____ Grandparent (type of thyroid problem ______________)
____ Sibling (type of thyroid problem __________________)
____ Child (type of thyroid problem __________________)

I have had my thyroid "monitored" in the past to watch for changes
____ I had a previous diagnosis of goiters/nodules
____ I currently have a goiter/enlargement in my thyroid and/or thyroid nodules
____ I was treated for hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism in the past
____ I had post-partum thyroiditis or hyperthyroidism during pregnancy in the past
____ I had a temporary thyroiditis in the past
____ I have another autoimmune disease
____ I am pregnant now, or I have had a baby in the past nine months
____ I have a history of miscarriage
____ I have had radioactive iodine in the past due to Graves' Disease/hyperthyroidism
____ I have taken anti-thyroid drugs in the past due to Graves' Disease or a diagnosis of hyperthyroidism

I have the following symptoms of hyperthyroidism, as detailed by the Merck Manual, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, and the Thyroid Foundation of America

____ My heart feels like it's skipping a beat, racing and I feel like I'm having heart palpitations
____ My pulse is unusually fast
____ My pulse, even when resting or in bed, is high
____ My hands are shaking, I'm having hand tremors
____ I feel hot when others feel cold, I am feeling inappropriately hot or overheated
____ I'm having increased perspiration
____ I am losing weight inappropriately
____ I am losing weight but my appetite has increased
____ I feel like I have a lot of nervous energy that I need to burn off
____ I am having diarrhea or loose or more frequent bowel movements
____ I feel nervous or irritable
____ My skin looks or feels thinner
____ My muscles feel weak, particularly the upper arms and thighs
____ I am having difficulty getting to sleep, staying asleep, or going back to sleep after awakening in the middle of the night
____ I feel fatigued, exhausted
____ My hair is coarse and dry, breaking, brittle, falling out
____ My skin is coarse, dry, scaly, thin
____ I have a hoarse or gravely voice
____ I have pains, aches in joints, hands and feet
____ I am having irregular menstrual cycles (shorter, longer, or heavier, or more frequent, or not at all)
____ I am having trouble conceiving a baby
____ I have had one or more miscarriages
____ I feel depressed
____ I feel restless, or anxious
____ I have had panic attacks.
____ I've recently been diagnosed as having panic disorder, anxiety disorder, or panic attacks
____ I have puffiness and swelling around the eyes and face
____ My eyes seem to be enlarging, or getting more "bug-eyed" looking
____ My moods change easily
____ I have feelings of worthlessness
____ I have difficulty concentrating or focusing
____ I have more feelings of sadness
____ I seem to be losing interest in normal daily activities
____ I'm more forgetful lately

I also have the following additional symptoms, which have been reported more frequently in people with hyperthyroidism:

____ My hair is falling out
____ I can't seem to remember things
____ I have no sex drive, or am having sexual performance problems
____ I am getting more frequent infections, that last longer
____ I feel shortness of breath and tightness in the chest
____ My eyes feel gritty and dry
____ My eyes feel sensitive to light
____ My eyes get jumpy/tics in eyes, which makes me dizzy/vertigo and have headaches
____ I have strange feelings in neck or throat
____ I have tinnitus (ringing in ears)
____ I get recurrent sinus infections
____ I have vertigo
____ I feel some lightheadedness
____ I have severe menstrual cramps

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