Could You Have Hypothyroidism?
Hypothyroidism can cause symptoms that affect the way you feel, the way you look,
and even the way you sound. There is a wide range of hypothyroidism symptoms. Hypothyroidism
is the opposite of hyperthyroidism – or overactive thyroid – a condition
in which the thyroid gland makes too much thyroxine. Here are some common symptoms*:
Keep in mind that just because you have some of these symptoms doesn't mean you
have hypothyroidism. Our
Symptom Profiler can help you identify symptoms of hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.
And some people with hypothyroidism experience only a few mild symptoms, or sometimes,
no symptoms at all. If you think you might have hypothyroidism, see your doctor
for a proper diagnosis.
Even after proper diagnosis and treatment, you may still experience some of these
symptoms, especially if they are caused by another medical condition.
Test Your Knowledge
Hypothyroidism treatment can be stopped if you’re feeling better.
1. American Thyroid Association. ATA Hypothyroidism Booklet.
Falls Church, Va: American Thyroid Association; 2003.
2. Kronenberg HM. Williams Textbook of Endocrinology.
11th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders Elsevier; 2008.
3. AACE Thyroid Task Force. American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists medical
guidelines for clinical practice for the evaluation and treatment of hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.
Endocr Pract. 2002;8:457-469.