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Readers Respond: Your Top Thyroid Signs and Symptoms

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Updated April 28, 2011

Goiter and Nodule on My Thyroid

I have a nodule and goiter on my thyroid. I have taken all the tests there are to take. One of my doctors say he would rather treat me for my diabetes and not my thyroid. My hair is coming out so badly that I'm going bold. I have gained 11 pounds in two weeks. I can not swallow food without bending my head down to swallow. I am always coughing and I do not have a cold. The goiter is getting bigger. I am coughing up blood. I don't what to do anymore. I am not getting the answers I need.
—Guest Leila Tevebaugh

Can Babies Be Born with Hypothyroidism?

I was born in 1945 weighing over 10 pounds. By age 11 I weighed 140. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. My family could afford medicine. In 1964, I went to work and I had insurance. For years I went from doctor to doctor begging them to check my TSH. They told me nothing was wrong with my thyroid and that I just eat too much. I had a total hysterectomy in 1984 - never recieved any hormones. In 1997, I weighed 290 pounds and I finally got a doctor to check my TSH. It was 12.5. They gave me a very low dosage of Levoxyl. I still had problems but my doctor just said that I just need to adjust to the medicine. My TSH was not checked again until 2001. At that time, my dose was increased to 112. I have continued to have problems: heart palpitations, shortness of breath, fatigue and depression. I have been to the point of suicide. Everything has gotten progressively worse. In 2013 I went to my doctor and they raised my dosage to 125 and sent me to a cardiologist. He didn't find anything so he just said, some things are just a mystery. DAH!


That is the most common word among medical professionals I have seen, especially when I have told them I have thyroid illness. My symptoms are severe fatigue, breathlessness, weight gain, tinnitus, sleep apnea, scalloped tongue, dry skin, sore eyes, leg cramps, plantar fasciitis, pretibial myexadema, keratosis, migrane, heavy/long periods, memory loss, muscle/joint pain.... I could go on. Of couse, I'm depressed with Fibromyalgia is the diagnosis I am given. I see a professional at www.bioidenticalhormones.com in five weeks. I'm gettin a FULL and lengthy blood screen and working with my basal temperature. I am so excited, yet annoyed! I have to pay a private clinic for this. In Canada! It's preposterous.
—Guest Headbangerwoman

Feeling Very Tired

I had my thyroid diagnosed in 2005. I have been on medications for hypo until 2010 when they tested and said my hormone levels are normal. I kept taking tests every month, then once every few months and the results were normal. 6 months back I started feeling very uneasy. When I was checked I was having hyper results/symptoms. My doctor asked me to wait as it might turn out to be hypo again. After a month, it became hypo and it was 34 where normal was 0.4 - 4. I am feeling very exhausted and tired and I feel terrible. I keep forgetting things, get anxious about things. I can't remember anything. I felt helpless when I was in college as I couldn't learn properly, but I got into the college because of my very good scores. I feel terrible and miserable.
—Guest Jane


I had migraines for 18 months, which became daily for the last 3 months. I figured it was the stress of nursing my severely ill mother and maybe menopause. I suddenly developed severe palpitations which lasted 4 hours, I was diagnosed with toxic multinodular goitre. Levels through the roof! Other symptoms I had explained away were severe pain and weakness in my thighs - couldn't get from sitting to standing, couldn't pull myself out of a bath. Also couldn't put my arms up to shampoo my hair. I just thought I was unfit. I also had itchy skin and the skin on my neck would really sting when I put perfume on. My eyes also had really dark circles under them and were very puffy and my eyelids were very droopy - I couldn't lift them . I have been on Neomercazole for 3 years. I am scared of radioactive iodine. I am considering surgery, but would like to see positive stories regarding transition from over to under active thyroid conditions.
—Guest Gabby R

I Know How You Feel

I am 33 and I have been experiencing a lot of the same symptoms. I don't know what's wrong with me. My blood pressure goes up and then down. I feel tired week and heavy. If anyone had a idea of what it is I would greatly appreciate it. I have multiple health problems. I have 3 Herrington rods in my upper spine and sever scoliosis in my bottom spine that they don't want to touch because I have osteoporosis and my spine is deteriorating and I have multiple tumor on my spine. I had some of my nerves burnt to try and help the pain, but it didn't. It just gave me another problem. Where they burnt the nerves it hurts all the time, but they were just trying to help and I grateful. I wish I knew of someone who could help me.
—Guest D


I'm a newbie - bowel distress, sleeping 10 hours a day, lost 20 pounds. Recently I am eating and drinking more than usual. I experience loss of interest in most things and am anti-social. I am not on medications yet until test results come in. Does this sound familiar to anyone? I want to know more!!!!!


I have had a thyroid problem since I had my son who has just turned 2. It is a terrible thing and very hard for other people to understand how you feel. I had to have my thyroid taken out in June so I am very scared. It is very over active. It has given me so much drama. I even lost a baby, cause it was too over active. It just scares me soooo much. Well, I just want to say that I know how you are all feeling, hopefully things will get better with us all. XX! Luv to u all! Cheers, Lily
—Guest Lily zannon

Thyroid Removed 5 Days After

I had an overactive thyroid and after 3 years I finally got it removed. No pain, just feels like a sore throat to be honest. My head feels too heavy for my shoulders and I am very tense. It feels like I have a rope round my neck and my back is beginning to ache, but this is due to me holding myself stiff. It's hard to relax 5 days after my operation. I feel sick and have no appetite. I am taking calcium tablets, 2 for next few days. I am constipated a little and have a tension headache. Unsure if this feeling sick is the normal reaction. There no real advice on the net about this.
—Guest Gin

Primary Care Giver for Handicap Senior

I didn't know that I was sick with a thyroid disorder and kept pushing myself to take care of my handicapped mother after work or now that I am unemployed full time. I kept getting sick! The worse thing was when I had the flu and my mom would also just lay in bed because no one would help us. Now I thank God I no longer live in that situation. Mom is in a temporary senior living facility and my siblings are taking over so I can try to get healthy.
—Guest Maria Wong


I have been hypothyroid for almost 9 years now. I was feeling very tired, foggy, achey, brittle nails, brittle hair, depression. I have been on armour for a while at he same dose. If my thyroid is DEAD, then why is there a need for increase in my armour? If increased but now feel very dizzy.
—Guest Wantaspa


Hi, I am 47 male and have been ill since I was 17. I have a gaunt face and am too thin (doctor says I am in normal range). I am labeled as depressed and have been fed anti depressants all my life. Other symptoms are as follows: pounding fast heart (treated with proproponol), extreme difficulty swallowing, random night sweats, random shortness of breath, confusion and generally looking and feeling like death. I had thyroid checked and told it was within range. Some friends are convinced it's my thyroid. I also suffer from bouts of extreme fatigue. I don't know how I have made it this far to be honest.
—Guest Gus

Thyroid Medication Problems

I went from 114 to 130mg. of Nature Thyroid because my blood test showed 7.0 instead of 4.0. Bad symptoms - sweating, lips swelling, sore throat, left eye swelling, nervous, palpitations in the chest, increased appetite, itchy burning skin, my teeth even felt like I had a bad absess or they felt like they were going to fall out. Headache and rash or hives on chest. My PH even got out of balance. Can anyone tell me if this is an allergic reaction or too much thyroid medication.
—Guest Tracy K.

Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism Cancer

I was diagnosed with HH at the age of 13. I had three large nodules on my thyroid, so a biopsy was performed. Everything came back clear, and as a 13-year-old, that was a good thing. I was overweight for my teen years and I took Synthroid daily. Wen I was 20, I started working out heavily, and I lost about 60 pounds. I finally felt normal until three years later when my nodules had tripled in size unexpectedly. I underwent a total thyroidectomy, and the surgeon reported to me that the thyroid was extremely abnormal-looking. After a tissue inspection of my thyroid, they discovered cancer. I was taken off of the Synthroid to prepare for my radiation treatment, which was two weeks of hell. The radiation made me nauseous and I was in isolation for three days away from all people and pets. Everything I touched had to be bleached due to the radiation coming out from my skin. I have blood tests every 3 months and the doctors are currently testing various mcg of Synthroid to see what will work.
—Guest Heather


I am 14 years old and am 5 ft 6. My normal weight is 115-117 pounds throughout the day, but lately it has risen to 120-121 pounds. My hair has been thinning, my skin bruises easily, my whole body has been sore, especially my back, and I've been exhausted. I fall asleep every class period in the second half of the day and when I get home, I pass out. I am diagnosed with depression and I take medication but lately I've been feeling worse. I can not stay focused, I can barely keep a conversation. My body temperature has been fluctuating; I will be freezing one second and sweating the next. I am getting a blood test soon to see if it is a thyroid problem. If it's not I have no idea.
—Guest Morgan

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