What are the symptoms of thyroid problems?

As there are numerous different thyroid conditions, symptoms of thyroid problems can be quite varied. For instance, there is hypothyroidism, in which the thyroid produces an insufficient or low amount of thyroid hormones. On the other side of the realm of possibilities, hyperthyroidism is a condition where thyroid hormones are produced in excess. With different effects on the bodies of the patients, these can lead to a wide selection of symptoms.

It doesn't end at that point, though, as other categories of thyroid disease can also lead to other symptoms. Anatomical problems (such as a goiter) can display physical abnormalities, as well as other issues relating to the thyroid's function. Moreover, thyroid tumors can be experienced by a patient, and they can be either benign (noncancerous) or form cancer.

Considering this information, we can take a look at several possible symptoms of thyroid problems. Bear in mind that these may be related to one or multiple unique thyroid conditions. Additionally, even if one is associated with a particular disease, it doesn't mean that a lack of that symptom precludes the possibility of a patient's having that condition, nor does having the symptom mean that the patient must have that thyroid problem (as most medical symptoms can be related to numerous diseases).

The partial list

Anxiety / Depression / Panic attacks
Cholesterol issues (high cholesterol)
Coarse, dry, or thick skin
Constipation / Diarrhea / Nausea
Fatigue / Memory loss
Fertility problems (or infertility)
Hair loss / Weight loss or gain
IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)
Increase in neck size / Voice hoarseness
Menstruation issues (irregularity)
Myalgia (muscle pain)
Reactive hypoglycemia
Tachycardia (rapid heart rate)

If a thyroid condition is suspected, please seek out assistance for diagnosis. Self-diagnosis is not recommended, as the proper diagnostic tools and examinations are not available, and attempted self-diagnosis based on symptoms may not be accurate. Treatment for the thyroid problem may vary depending upon which type it is, its severity, and other circumstances.

To read more about thyroid problem symptoms, visit ThyroidProblems.org. Along with general symptoms, there is also information on symptoms for particular types of thyroid diseases, as well as details on potential diagnostic and treatment measures.

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