Signs & Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

Physical

General

  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • High cholesterol
  • Cold extremities
  • Slow movements
  • Slowed Achilles reflex
  • Slow speech
  • Pins & needles
  • Breathlessness
  • Palpitations
  • Liver tenderness and enlargement
  • Anaemia
  • Repeated urinary tract infections
  • Albuminuria (protein in urine)
  • Lack of co-ordination – especially of hands and feet
  • Upper respiratory tract infections
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
  • Poor response to treatments
  • Candida
  • Heavy eyelids
  • Hoarse voice
  • Goitre (enlargement of the thyroid gland)
  • Muscle cramps and weakness
  • Joint stiffness
  • Heat/cold intolerance
  • Diminished sweating
  • Hypoglycaemia
  • ADHD
  • Vertigo
  • Balance problems
  • Dizziness

Digestive Problems

  • Alcohol intolerance
  • Constipation
  • Haemorrhoids
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Abdominal distension/flatulence

Hair

  • Body hair loss
  • Head hair loss
  • Brittle hair
  • Eyebrow loss (outer third)
  • Eyelash loss

Skin

  • Dry
  • Flaky
  • Coarse patches
  • Pallor (yellow tinge to skin)
  • Boils and spots
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Bruising

Nose, Mouth & Throat

  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Sore throats
  • Swollen tongue
  • Scalloped tongue
  • Choking fits
  • Dry mouth
  • Halitosis
  • Sensation of lump in throat
  • Post-nasal drip (PND)

Menstrual Disorders

  • Cessation of periods (amenorrhoea)
  • Scanty periods (oligomenorrhoea)
  • Heavy periods (menorrhagia)
  • Infertility
  • PMS (premenstrual syndrome)

Visual Disturbances

  • Poor focusing
  • Double vision
  • Dry/gritty eyes
  • Blurred vision

Numbness in

  • Legs
  • Toes
  • Arms
  • Fingers
  • Back
 

Puffiness of

  • Eyes
  • Face
  • Hands
  • Feet
  • Ankles

Hearing Problems

  • Noises in ears (hissing)
  • Deafness
  • Tinnitus

Blood Pressure & Pulse

  • High blood pressure
  • Slow/weak pulse

Nails

  • Brittleness
  • Flaking

Pain

  • Migraines
  • Pressure headaches
  • Back and loin pain
  • Wrist pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Foot pain
  • Burning Feet Syndrome

Non-Physical

  • Panic attacks
  • Memory loss & confusion
  • Mental sluggishness
  • Poor concentration
  • Noises and voices in head
  • Phobias
  • Loss of drive
  • Postnatal depression
  • Nightmares
  • Insomnia
  • Easily upset
  • Wanting to be solitary
  • Mood changes
  • Depression
  • Nervousness
  • Anxiety
  • Personality changes
  • Feelings of resentment
  • Lack of confidence
  • Loss of Libido
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Date updated: 04/07/19 (V1.1) Review date: 13/06/20