by Mary Shomon
When it comes to the thyroid, it sometimes seems that the symptoms of a thyroid that is underactive
(hypothyroidism) or overactive (hyperthyroidism) can be as hard to pin down as the diagnosis itself.
Open any medical reference or check out any web site, and you might see very different lists of the
symptoms supposedly pointing to thyroid problems.
In my case, after I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, I started developing a variety of symptoms they
didn't mention in the doctor's office. The doctor initially described hypothyroidism as something can
make you tired and gain weight. While problematic, these were understandable symptoms. Then my
hair fell out. And my periods started coming more frequently, and more heavily. And my skin started
flaking. The doctors and articles didn't mention many of some the less common symptoms of
hypothyroidism I started to experience So I read more, and I surfed the web. And I talked to other
thyroid patients. And I found out that things like hair falling out, and weird menstrual periods, and
feeling depressed were all utterly "normal" symptoms of hypothyroidism.
For me, despite the fact that these were caused by my thyroid, I felt that knowing was better than not
knowing! Many of us feel so sick that we sometimes worry that we had some incurable disease. I'd
rather realize that my thyroid problem still needs some further treatment than worry in the middle of the
night that something awful is happening to my body!
Among reputable medical sources, it seems that there is some
medical agreement that the following
are the basic symptoms of hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism...
Symptoms of Hypothyroidism (An underactive thyroid)
feeling run down and sluggish
difficulty concentrating, brain fog
unexplained or excessive weight gain
dry, coarse and/or itchy skin
dry, coarse and/or thinning hair
feeling cold, especially in the extremities
increased menstrual flow
more frequent periods
Symptoms of Hyperthryodisim (An overactive thyroid)
thinning of your skin
fine brittle hair
muscular weakness especially involving the upper arms and thighs
more frequent bowel movements
weight loss despite a good appetite
lighter flow, less frequent menstrual periods
But these symptoms are only the tip of the iceberg. There are comprehensive lists of detailed symptosm
featured here at the site.
With hypothyroidism, there are a number of various symptoms and risk factors that should be looked at
in evaluating whether or not you are hypothyroid. Start by reviewing the
"Hypothyroidism Symptoms Checklist"
detailed, comprehensive checklist of hypothyroidism symptoms that you can review and bring to your
doctor to aid in getting a
In addition, read How to Tell
If You Are Hypothyroid
, which offers a step-by-step listing to help you determine if you are
With hyperthyroidism, you should look at the additional symptoms and information regarding being
offers a detailed, comprehensive checklist of hyperthyroidism symptoms that you can
review and bring to your doctor to aid in getting a proper diagnosis.
In addition, How to Tell If
You Are Hyperthyroid
presents a step-by-step listing to help you determine if you are
Your Next Step for Information
For more information, see: Thyroid
Disease 101: Basic Information on Hypothyroidism, Hyperthyroidism, Nodules, Goiter, and Thyroid
. This article offers an overview of information about thyroid disease, including diagnosis
and treatment of hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, nodules, goiter, and thyroid cancer.