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WOW, found this info on a website - The Unbelievably Long List of Hypothyroidism Symptoms


Energy Level and Sleep:

Chronic fatigue

Excessive tiredness

Less stamina than others

Less energy than others

Long recovery period after any activity

Inability to stand on feet for long periods

Inability to concentrate or read long periods of time

Nodding off easily

More fatigued and sore than normal after exercise

Feel weak

Run down



Sleep apnea



3:00pm crash

Need naps in the afternoon




Fainting episodes

Sudden loss of consciousness

Wake feeling tired

Frequently oversleep


Weight gain

Inability to lose weight

Ascites (abdominal fluid accumulation)

Metabolic Syndrome

Weight loss


Heightened appetite

Diminished appetite


Body Temperature:

Cold extremities

Cold sweats

Night sweats

Heat intolerance

Cold intolerance

Internal shivering


Cold hands

Clammy palms

Cold feet

Low basal body temperature (below 97.8 degrees Fahrenheit)


Slow movements

Slowed Achilles reflex

Diminished reflexes

Slow speech


Frequent infections

Chronic illness

Low immune system

Frequent colds

Frequent flus

Susceptibility to bronchitis

Hard time recovering from infections

Recurrent sinus infections

Recurrent skin infections

Recurrent ear infections

Recurrent nose infections

Recurrent throat infections

Candida (yeast)

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)

Repeated urinary tract infections

Upper respiratory tract infections

Related Autoimmune or Endocrine Diseases:

Celiac disease

Type 1 Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes

Insulin Resistance

Addison’s disease

Cushing’s disease

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

Premature ovarian decline

Premature ovarian failure


Reynaud’s syndrome

Sjögren’s syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome


Rheumatoid arthritis

Systemic lupus erythematosus

Multiple sclerosis





Swelling and Thickened Skin of:









Mouth and Throat:

Difficulty swallowing

Sensation of lump in throat

Sensation of pressure on throat

Pain and tenderness in neck and/or thyroid area

Goitre (enlargement of the thyroid gland in neck)

Burning sensation in throat

Sore throats

Swollen tongue

Choking fits

Salt cravings

Sweet cravings

Dry mouth

Halitosis (bad breath)

Poor oral health

Propensity for cavities

Propensity for gum disease

Low, husky, hoarse voice

Bleeding gums

Receding gums

Persistent teeth clenching



Oversensitive hearing

Noises in ears (hissing, ringing)



Internal itching of ears

Dizziness from fluid on the inner ear

Excess earwax



Poor focusing

Double vision

Dry eyes

Gritty eyes

Achy eyes

Blurred vision

Heavy eyelids

Sensitive to light

Frequent tics in the eyes

Spasms of the eyelids

Bulging of the eyeballs

Red inflamed eyes

Dark rings under eyes

Puffiness around the eyes

Rapidly shifting gaze making you feel dizzy

Problems with night vision




Body hair loss

Head hair loss

Dry hair

Brittle hair

Coarse hair

Finer hair

Premature baldness

Premature gray hair

Eyelash loss

No eyebrows

Thinning outer eyebrows











Ingrown toenails


Dry skin

Dry itchy scalp

Flaky skin

Cracking skin

Cracked heels

Coarse patches

Yellowish cast to the skin, jaundice

Dry mucous membranes

Pale skin

Pale lips


Pigmentation in skin creases

Dull facial expression


Skin tags

Dermographia (wheals)


Easy bruising

Bleeding problems

Slow wound healing


Bumps on legs

Acne on face

Breakout on chest and arms

Raynaud’s Phenomenon (discoloration of digits)

Chronic itching

Varicose veins

Premature aging

Parchment-like fine wrinkles

Absence or diminished perspiration

Moles and warty growths


Numbness and Tingling:









Chronic headaches

Chronic back and loin pain

Wrist pain

Muscles and joint pain

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (hands or forearms)

Tarsal Tunnel syndrome (legs)

Joint stiffness


Heel spur

Plantar fasciitis



Painful soles of feet

Muscle cramps

Aching bones

Aching muscles

Joint pain




Hard stools



Loss of appetite

Food allergy

Food sensitivity

Alcohol intolerance

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Lactose intolerance

Celiac Disease

Gluten Intolerance


Abdominal distention

Weight gain in abdominal area


Excess gas




Acid Reflux

Excessive belching

GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease)

Menstrual Disorders:

Cessation of periods (amenorrhoea)

Scanty (light) periods (oligomenorrhoea)

Heavy periods (menorrhagia)

Irregular periods

Very short cycles

Very long cycles

Excruciating pain during period

Failure to ovulate

Constant bleeding

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

Premenstrual tension (PMT)

Extreme bloating and water retention

Premature or delayed puberty

Premature or delayed menopause

Difficult menopause



Ovarian fibroids

Cystic ovaries

Reproductive Disorders and Pregnancy:



Still birth

In vitro fertilization failure

Donor egg failure

Abnormal estrogen levels

Abnormal progesterone levels

Drop in sperm count

Erectile dysfunction

Loss of libido

Sexual dysfunction

Vaginal dryness

Painful sex

Breasts leaking milk (but not lactating or breastfeeding)

Fibrocystic breast disease

Maternal anemia

Gestational diabetes


Placental abruption

Postpartum hemorrhage

Prolonged labor

Inability to dilate

Poor wound healing

Pain in and around c-section scar

Difficulty breast-feeding

Low breast milk supply

Premature birth

Low birth weight

Long gestation

High birth weight

Newborn with deficits in intellectual development

Newborns with jaundice


Birth defects


Easily upset


Wanting to be solitary

Mood swings


Personality changes

Feelings of resentment


Easily startled

Lack of confidence


Other Related Conditions:

Low adrenal function



Hyponatremia (low blood sodium)

Lack of coordination


Tendency to fall


Chronic allergies

Chemical sensitivities

Restless Leg Syndrome

Rhabdomyolysis (destruction of skeletal muscle)


Flat feet

Very short stature

Very tall stature

Narrow hips





Panic attacks

Memory loss


Brain fog

Mental sluggishness

Poor concentration

Noises and/or voices in head





Loss of drive

Personality disorders


Post Natal Depression (PND)

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)


Bipolar Disease

Suicidal thoughts



Alzheimer’s Disease

Parkinson’s Disease

Kidney and Bladder:

Albuminuria (protein in urine)

Urinary incontinence

Frequent need to urinate

Decreased output of urine

Interstitial cystitis (chronic bladder problems)

Urinary incontinence while sleeping

Kidney Disease

Kidney stones

Recurrent kidney infections

Recurrent bladder infections

Irritable bladder syndrome

Chronic kidney failure


Gallbladder Disease



Liver tenderness and enlargement

Congestion of the liver

Elevated liver enzymes



Liver Disease







Difficulty drawing a full breath

Pleural effusion (fluid around the lung)

Shortness of breath

Tightness in chest


Lung cancer


High blood pressure

Low blood pressure

Slow/weak pulse (under 60 bpm)

Fast pulse (over 90 bpm at rest)

Arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat)

Skipped beats

Heart flutters

Heart palpitations

Chest pain

Heart Disease

High Cholesterol

High triglycerides

High LDL (“bad”) cholesterol

Mitral Valve Prolapse


Coronary Artery Disease

Elevated C-Reactive Protein


Plaque buildup

Fluid retention

Poor circulation

Enlarged heart

Congestive Heart Failure


Heart Attack


Increased risk of cancer

Skin Cancer

Thyroid Cancer

Prostate Cancer

Endocrine Cancers

Lung Cancer

Breast Cancer

33 Replies

Hi loulabel, When you copy and paste information from another website, could you please also include a link to the website so that people can visit the site to see the information for themselves.

It is also 'netiquette' to acknowledge the source of the information you quote from other sources. :)

Hmm The problem with these lists is that you notice symptoms which previously hadn't bothered you.I know, looking back, that I did have several symptoms of underactive throid, but it just makes me angry. Which is counter productive.Surelysuch a ong list is not especially helpful as a diagnostic tool either.You could miss far worse problems. As awful as thyroid dsease is it doesn't mutually exclude other health problems. Plus has similar symptoms.

lilliput in reply to lilliput

Sorry those that have similar symptoms. Crap spellinfg throughout but hope you get the meaning!


I've seen this wow list before! (sorry can't remember where) and wasn't surprised that it would appear! as I remember it was quite a revelation when I first saw it.

So thanks loulabel, but we're not going to take that to the GP are we? it isn't going to be much help in the 'we're not hypochondriacs' take us seriously front!

However in my humble opinion -yes we know Thyroid function affects every single cell in the body so it's probably right! and some will have many symptoms on the list! but we have to be selective to be taken notice of - the new on-line 'zebra' symptom checker for docs only requires 3, for example, cold, fatigued and dry skin.

Just thinking out loud Jane :D

loulabel in reply to Hidden

Yes, but it would be interesting to see how many things over the years are in our doctors notes that relate to this long list.

I know my notes would make interesting reading over the years but only just found out that I have thyroid antibodies in March after asking my doctor to do the test in January and her reply was they may not do it at the lab but I am glad I asked her to tick that box on the blood form now and that they did it. Some doctors feel they will get into trouble with their practice if they do the antibody test but surely it would save money in the long run ! Now just waiting for the doctor to give in and give me a trial to help me get through the day without wanting to sleep it away.

sky00 in reply to loulabel

to redapple --am i wrong i thought there was a link on the very top of the list ( ) to loulabel i for one am very grateful you posted this list as other lists i have seen don't hold a candle to this one, and i am so much more armed-when seeing the doc next-as i have been overlooking/forgotten so many symptoms from your list that have been part of my long medical history--yes it's true that many symptoms also occur from other diseases--but so what, we are in this group & this group IS about thyroid troubles.. so if the shoe fits

sky00 in reply to sky00

sorry would also like to add- how many of us never bother to click on some links haven't we all at sometime, but having this list-right in your face- is hard to miss & i for one needed this to hand,so readily...thanks again loulabel--even if "it isn't a complete list!" geez can anyone do better & if so-do so nothing is stopping anyone from adding to this list...

greygoose in reply to sky00

Goodness me! When I said it wasn't EVEN a complete list, that wasn't a criticism in any way. Just saying the problem is EVEN worse than we can possibly imagine. Not saying I can do better and not intending to try. Why are you so prickly today???

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RedAppleAdministrator in reply to sky00

Hi Sky00, yes, you are correct. There is now a link at the top of the list. However, this was not visible when I made my comment. Hence it seems likely that loulabel added it following my request, but didn't think to make a reply to say that she had done so :)

sky00 in reply to RedApple

gotcha thanks

loulabel in reply to RedApple

Sorry RedApple, I did have link but was in question bit but didnt have enough space and I thought I had pasted it in on top of list but only noticed it wasnt there when you left you first comment so added it as soon as you said.

helvellaAdministrator in reply to sky00

Yes - you are wrong to correct Red Apple. The link was not there when RA posted the response. It was added later.

Dramlouie in reply to loulabel

I had a heart attack in January 2014 and they can't find out why, the usual response for a piece of plaque broke away. But I don't believe it as I had been ok till I started on levothyroxine a few weeks before. But on your list I notice heart attack so I am grateful that you posted this list. Finally I am seeing a naturopath endocrinologist in 2 days time and I have to fill the form in with symptoms. OMG what a list I can give him now, silly things like I am belching sometimes, tinnitus, I was sent to a hearing clinic and given sound boxes to wear, they didn't make any difference at all. Palpitations, thought it was due to the heart, its probably thyroid related and I should stop all this anxiety that suddenly hits me out of the blue. I hate it, one minute fine getting on with things, the next a wobbly anxious wreck. My tongue is big, I keep biting it when I talk but its not something you go to the doctor with. My eyes are bloodshot. So putting all these things down and I am very hopeful and optimistic now that I might feel human again. Hooray, another step closer......


And it isn't even a complete list! But it does highlight the fact that your doctor can NEVER say that something isn't connected to your thyroid because, whatever it is, 99.9% of the time it IS connected to your thyroid.

Wow think I have a lot of those! Cookie cole

Spareribs said it all....."Thyroid function affects every single cell in the body" that's why doctors must start taking more notice of this problem and re-educate themselves about it.

One day the TSH blood test will be laughed at as a pathetic diagnostic tool. Wonder how long we'll have to wait though. Much easier for them to just say "normal" than read up on the subject.

hmm.......funny how you can still have loads of these symptoms when your blood tests come back within 'normal' range!

Hidden in reply to Lenny

Quite right Lenny.

Hashoo in reply to Lenny

That's because we're hypocondriacs who see a list and automatically see things that aren't there....or so some of those "doctors" out there will have us think! grrrrrr ... and no, I can't spell...I blame my it on the symptom list? ;) hehe


I found Dr Skinner's list in his book very useful and his headings could be used to group the main symptoms in a long list like this, for which thanks Loulabel. I grouped my symptoms under headings like dryness, gastric disorders and so on and presented them to my new doctor. He immediately said hypothyroidism and then backed down when he saw the test and muttered I must have something else. I haven't been back to the surgery since. At first I treated myself and then found a good private doctor. It is worth bankrupting myself in order to get well and since I didn't fit the parameters of their idiot test I couldn't be treated using this test as a monitoring system, nor do I want their treatment. People die earlier than they need to because of doctors and their useless treatment of hypo (my mother for example) and have a awful quality of life.

for reference--just one of many many websites that site pros and cons of treatments for our thyroid also many well published doctors video sites on you tube-in general for overall health dr.oz and dr.bob are invaluable resources to help keep us fit & informed. if we all just re-lied on the NHS we wouldn't get very far-with this particular issue,however each time we glean some knowledge and report to them, we can educate the NHS which i for one would be happy to show them there are newer and better ways to go into our future together- i for one am not for privatising the NHS as the conservatives are so readily willing to do, i really do believe we can educate if we aren't combative and just keep plugging away at them --i send my doc emails all the time with the latest science and he is glad for it- one doc at a time is my motto hey if all else fails, stem cells are just around the corner...

sky00 in reply to sky00

sorry forgot to paste the link- it's here;

[link nibbled at as too long - Admin]

Hidden in reply to sky00

Thanks loulabell for posting this list, how fascinating and I found something on there to explain a phenomena that I get frequently and have never ever known what it was, "rapidly shifting gaze making you feel dizzy". Sometimes when watching TV for instance looking up from doing something else or looking out the window everything spins around, it only lasts for an instant but I've never figured out that it might be a "condition", I feel better about it now.

greygoose I understand how you meant the "and it's not even a complete list". It's so difficult when you are writing to express the way that you want it to come across, you can't always do it properly and then sometimes people can take it the wrong way. Looks like this might have happened because when I read that list, I thought "OMG and there are a few more things I can think of so it just about covers everything". I didn't write that and am rather glad that I didn't. When I recently wrote some interesting Vitamin D information on another Forum I was told that it had been removed because I was "soapboxing", whatever that is. I simply though I was putting useful, kind, thoughtful information out there to help people but it wasn't seen like that. They did apologise after I explained how upset I was. Sometimes I have to stop myself from writing a reply to someone incase it's taken he wrong way as I can be sarcastic in a humerous sort of way but others don't always see the joke and it backfires!

Hashoo in reply to Hidden

I think (and forgive me for saying this) that in a forum full of people with this condition and with a couple of the more common symptoms (which I definately suffer from) as irritability and hormones all being all over the place causing mood swings, it may be easier to offend or misread than in a lot of other forums....please no-one get insulted by that! :)

sky00 in reply to Hashoo

hashoo -i also have to agree with your observation, i certainly amongst others have been guilty of defending my position tooth and nail and not being gentle enough, as so many of us have had to fight with many in the medical profession and still feeling burnt out from it -perhaps there is with regret a tone that should be checked and aimed in a more positive and supportive direction & certainly hormones are out of whack esp if one also has diabetes etc.etc. thanks for the reminder.

sky00 in reply to sky00

thanks i put the wrong address before-from a saved file, i'll pay more attention next time...

Hidden in reply to sky00

Hashoo, I think you have made a good point.

Hi,have just been diagnosed hyper for second time.The first time was several years ago,was prescribed Carbimazole,worked a treat 4 months later back to normal! Hope it works as well this time. I know it's very difficult to stay positive with this illness ,in fact doing well if people are still talking to you by the time your diagnosed,however I really believe a positive outlook makes all the difference,might sound stupid but also found watching comedy or whatever puts a smile on your face helps.Good luck with what works!


Hi, Great list, thank you Loulabel for all your efforts! I suspected a link to Interstitial Cystitis which I had diagnosed 10 years ago, but suffered with it for 5 years before I found a wonderful Dr in Crewe (I was in Birmingham at the time) who diagnosed me straightaway. I'd like to point out because I am a bit precious of my "rare" bladder disease, it's not just "chronic bladder problems" it's a bit more serious than that. It's a degenerative inflammatory bladder disease with no cure. I went for years banging my head against a brick wall with this "rare" bladder disease, as not a lot of doctors know about it. Now I'm banging my head against a brick wall being hypo, not a lot of doctors know about that too. I'm sick of being passive, polite, accepting, that went out of the window years ago. Now I take the arrogant so and so's on. It's all too exhausting though! Hugs to everyone, and please we are all in this together, I do get upset by the odd bit of friction. Things are crap enough we should all be supporting each other. XXX

I'm never suprised by these long lists .I am shocked when when another person who knows me goes, OMG thats you to a T. Then comes how the hell do you remain so cheerful? Normally I answer, the day I stop smiling is the day that I'm being placed in a large oven.

Of that list I'd say Im about 90% minus the men problems, I will panic if I get manly problems too. of it. But also many of those symptons dont just fit one aiment. They share them and it is these specific tests that are run. that shows who is responsible for the symptons.

Simple one is ask any menopausal woman with a bad menopause to name some symptons. Common will be, hot flashes, sweats, memory problems, disturbed sleep, weight gain, intolarance to heat. Same issues for thyroid etc. Its.

A list of you symptons is worth having and to give to your Endo and GP as reference. Hilight those who really bug you. Just keep it updated and add , well when its hot this sympton gets worse or if I do this this one lessens. Most GP/Endo's may ignore but it is recorded in your notes.

Gosh I have so many of these symptoms, I am only now starting on my journey. Found a nodule where my,thyroid is, just called Nuffield and went private, as my GP can't really be bothered. So wild ride from what I am reading here, so glad I found this site, cause I am gonna need ya's. I have my scan on Thursday. I do not have a clue what to expect.


I think I found where you got that list from for anyone who would like to know:

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