Thyroid Disease Series- Part 4- The hundreds of symptoms connected to thyroid disease
AIP, Autoimmune Disease, Health

The Symptoms of Thyroid Disease/ Dysfunction

Did you know many thyroid patients report that it took them many years and multiple visits to a doctor to get a proper diagnosis?  Why is this? Most likely, it’s because many thyroid symptoms are vague and there is some debate among practitioners about “normal” vs “optimal” lab rates.

Did You Know There are Hundreds of Symptoms of Thyroid Disease??

Additionally, there are hundreds of symptoms that have been connected to thyroid dysfunction.  When the thyroid is out of whack, the entire body ends up being affected. Unfortunately, many of these symptoms are common symptoms of stress and being overworked.  You are your own best advocate if you suspect something is wrong, keep fighting for what your gut is telling you!

The most common thyroid symptoms are:

  • Fatigue
  • Inability to lose (or gain) weight
  • Brittle nails
  • Gluten Intolerance
  • Constipation
  • Low libido  
  • Low body temperature
  • Anxiety
  • Irregular periods

Other common symptoms include-

Fertility and pregnancy concerns- miscarriages, infertility, preterm birth, postpartum depression, stillbirth, and many birth defects

Mental and emotional concerns– cognitive issues, “brain fog”, poor concentration, memory impairment, depression, mood swings, bipolar, substance abuse

Weight struggles– unexplained weight loss or weight gain, low BMI

Heart problems– blood pressure issues, irregular heartbeat, stroke, Arrhythmia

Digestion issues– constipation, Celiac, IBS, GERD, ulcers, diverticulitis, food allergies & sensitivities

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Body temperature regulation– Heat intolerance, cold intolerance, cold extremities, hot flashes, low body temperature, Raynaud’s disease, shivering, perspiration difficulties or excess perspiration

Balance issues– vertigo, dizziness, lightheadedness

Eye concerns– Dry eyes, vision loss, night vision issues, glaucoma, cataracts, droopy eyelids, eye pain

Sensory issues– startling easy, bothered by bright lights, disturbed from loud noises,

Hormonal imbalance– low libedo, loss of periods, metabolism imbalance, long or short periods, endometriosis

Additional autoimmune diseases– Many holistic providers automatically test the thyroid anytime any other autoimmune disease is present as thyroid disease is often the underlying issue.  Celiac, type 1 & 2 Diabetes, PCOS, RA and MS often are connected to thyroid dysfunction

Sleep disturbances– difficulty falling asleep, insomnia, waking up feeling unrefreshed, waking in the middle of the night, need for afternoon naps, sleep apnea

Skin problems– dry skin, scale-y skin, pale skin, frequent rashes, frequent bruising

Other health concerns– frequent infections, kidney and bladder dysfunction, gallbladder issues, liver disease, chronic infections, parasitic infestations, thickened skin, hair loss, dry mouth, TMJ, lump sensation in throat, difficulty recovering from infection, chronic disease, increase in allergies, tinnitus, frequent headaches, migraines, joint pain

There are even more!!! This doesn’t even scratch the surface of all the symptoms associated with thyroid disease.  As you can see, every system of the body is affected when the thyroid is out of whack.

This information is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any health issues.  A healthcare practitioner should always be consulted if you have concerns about your health.

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