Comparing signs and symptoms of thyroid conditions

The signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism vary, depending on the severity of your hormone deficiency . At first, you may not notice or you may simply blame them on getting older. But as your metabolism continues to slow, the sign and symptoms become more obvious.

Hyperthyroidism is more difficult to diagnose as the signs and symptoms are similar to other conditions. Hyperthyroidism can accelerate your body’s metabolism, in contrast to hypothyroidism , which slows it down.

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HypothyroidHyperthyroid
FatigueDifficulty sleeping
Sensitive to coldSensitive to heat
ConstipationDiarrhoea
Dry skinSweating
Weight gainWeight loss
Joint painTrembling in hands
Puffy faceEye problems
Slow heart rateHeart palpitations
Thinning hairFine or brittle hair
Heavy periodsCycle length changes
DepressionAnxiety
Table comparing hypothyroid and hyperthyroid signs and symptoms

Read a more comprehensive list of the signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.

Date updated: 17/06/21 (V1.0)
Review date: 17/06/22

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