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Readers Respond: Your Top Thyroid Signs and Symptoms

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Updated April 28, 2011

Most of the typical lists of signs and symptoms of a thyroid problem focus on weight changes, fatigue, depression, and neck/throat symptoms. But what were the signs and symptoms that you personally experienced...the ones that made you suspect something was wrong? What signs and symptoms did you go through that pointed to your thyroid being involved? Share you story now about your own top signs that you had a thyroid problem. Share Your Experiences

My Symptoms

Im 20 years of age and I'm experiencing all of these symptoms: I feel as if my body cant go anymore. I am weak and I feel tired all of the time. I can't stand being cold. My head feels funny, like my brain is cloudy. I can't stand feeling this way.
—Guest Kenesha

Thyroid

I have had partial thyroid taken out and now I am experiencing so much sweating that I cannot take it no more. Thyroid does control a lot of things such as body weight, body heat and controls the monthly periods. I think it is about time to go and get my other half of one checked out.
—Guest suzanne

Feel Tired And Don't Have Any Energy

I have felt this way for a while. I just want to be better. I have tried to lose weight and have not been able to lose any. My skin is really dry and itchy. I feel achy all the time and just really tired. I sleep a lot and still seem very tired. Seems like my stomach hurts a lot also. I just want to feel better.
—Guest geneva

Unsure?

I was tested for thyroid disease last August, but results came back fine. I wake most mornings extremely tired, even though I sleep well and for 8 hours. Plus, I have put on a stone since last October. During this time, I stopped smoking. I feel in the morning that my head is all fuzzy and it takes me a while to kick into action. I also am suffering from a feeling of aching in my joints. I wake often with pins and needles in my hands. I am also a Type 1 Diabetic. The hospital has checked and say it is not the thyroid to blame.
—Guest Louayr

Thyroid Symptoms

I had a pseudo tumor cerebri (false brain tumor) in the '90's and after many tests was diagnosed with underactive thyroid and put on Synthroid. This past year, after a lung scan, a nodule was detected in my left thyroid. Hurthle cells were found with the fine needle biopsy and the nodule and left thyroid were removed. I was told there was no cancer detected, but that I had Hashimoto's thyroditis. I have probably had it all of these years. After researching hurthle cells, I am afraid that the rest of the thyroid may turn cancerous, but my surgeon says no. I am seriously thinking about going for a second opinion with an endocrinologist.
—Guest Phyllis Dasher

"All the Above"

Same old story, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's 10 years ago. My TSH was 145 and my anti-thyroid immunoglobulin was over 1500. I have been on varying levels of Thyroxine over the years. In the past year, my dosage has fluctuated from .100mcg to .200mcg. I am, of course, back to researching symptoms because I suspect my thyroid is hypo at the moment. Goodness, I'm just tired of being tired! I also have an autoimmune blood disorder and been hospitalized several times as a result.
—Guest Fellow sufferer

Supplements

Have any of you tried Kelp? It works wonders! One reason you get thyroid problems is a deficiency in Iodine. Once you get the iodine back into your system, you feel SO much better!
—Guest Colleen

Cold Feet and Palpitations

I am expericing palpitations and my feet feel cold inside, through very dry. I also feel dizzy.
—Guest naeman amalwa

Please Help Me

I am hypothyroid. I'm on 150 mcg. I've cut back to about half now. My tsh was 44 and is now 22. I'm bed ridden. I have chronic panic and anxiety, high blood pressure and am very dizzy. I can't walk or stand because my heartbeat crazy - 190 beats a minute! I can't sleep. I have very slurred speech, very week muscle spasms and I feel trapped. I'm only 35 yearsold and have been in bed for 2 years.
—Guest jason

Sick Everyday!

I am 32 years old and a mother of four. A lot of what I have been reading sounds like what I am going through. It all started about two years ago... I had 6 tragedies within 6 months so I thought my problems were caused by anxiety. But, I don't think so anymore. I wake up and have a headache, pounding heart and feel weak and shakey. I eat a little something even though I feel as though I am going to vomit with every bite. I, then, start to feel a little better although I have this foggy feeling in my head. I have to go to the bathroom at least 3-4 times within a 2 hour period. Then, I feel as though I am going to faint! I feel so weak and nauseous and I have to go sit down. Then, I will wait a few minutes and try to recover, but feel exhausted. I feel better later in the day even though I still have a headache and am more tired. I do not know what's wrong with me. I hve had h pylori several times, but have not been tested since 2009. I went to the doctor a month ago and was told it sounded like my thyroid. I am tired of it!
—Guest Ginger

Sick everyday!

I am 32 years old and a mother of four. A lot of what I have been reading sounds like what I am going through. It all started about two years ago I had 6 tragedies within 6 months so I thought my problems was anxiety. But I don't think so anymore I wake up and have a headache pounding heart feel weak and shakey I eat a little something even though I feel as though I am going to vomit with every bite. I then start to feel a little better all though I hve this foggy feeling in my head. I have to go to the bathroom at least 3-4 times within a 2 hour period. Then I feel as though I am going to faint! I feel so weak and nauseous I have to go sit down. Then I will wait a few minutes and try to recover but feel exhausted. I feel better later in the day even though I have a headache and am more tired. I do not know what's wrong with me. I hve had h pylori several times but have not been tested since 2009. I went to the doctor a month ago and was told it sounded like my thyroid. I am tired of i
—Guest Ginger

TSH And Estrogen Go Hand In Hand

If you have a thyroid problem, add an estrogen blood test to your next labs. Low estrogen can cause low TSH or high estrogen can cause high TSH. For those who do not get relief from thyroid medications maybe the root issue is hormonal and your thyroid issue is a secondary problem. Also, your pituitary gland regulates your thyroid hormones and your adrenal glands regulate estrogen regulated also by the pituitary. Maybe getting your pituitary hormone outputs checked and an MRI of your pituatary gland done may reveal the core problem. My TSH is low so I requested a estrogen test and bam I was right, estrogen deficiency! That's why woman have thyroid issues during puberty, pregnancy and menopause. Now, I'm going to have my endo check my adrenals and pituitary. I'm not going to just treat the issue, I'm going to solve it.
—Guest Heather

Hypothyroidism

I was diagnosed a year ago with hypothyroid. My level was 4.1 at the time. I thought I was dying. All I could think about was how I was going to get back in my bed. My body hurt so bad everyday. When I would go to sleep at night I would wake up in a panic and I felt like I was dying. I also gained 60 pounds over the last 10 years. I am now on 75mg of Synthroid and I feel like a new person. I have lost 50 pounds! I drink 6 cups of hot lemon water a day and walk up to 5 miles. If you google hot lemon water you will be amazed at what it does for you.
—Guest Shannon Jones

So Tired At Work

Is there any way to survive with this disease without working? I am so tired all the time and can barely function. I am taking 125 mcg Levothyroxin/day, but that does not seem to help too much. I am also wondering about testing I have no insurance and cannot afford to pay 200 every time I need a blood test for my tsh levels.
—Guest mike

Easy Way to Find the Problems

This webpage is very useful!! Some websites aren't that good the signs are shown here, but I would like to recommend a website where i found that they show how to find the signs in detail and give a precise explanation about thyroid problems. Here it is: http://www.signsofthyroidproblems.org/
—Guest Nicholas

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