What are the symptoms of an underactive thyroid?
How to know if your thyroid is becoming underactive and your Hashimoto’s is progressing
How the body responds to an underactive thyroid can depend on a number of factors.
Biology, genetics, and the condition of the thyroid, along with the body’s immune system, all play a role in determining which symptoms present themselves. Keep in mind you may have a predisposition to experience certain symptoms more so than others.
Most common hypothyroid symptoms
Feeling tired (fatigue)
Cold sensitivity (feeling cold when other people don’t)
Feeling down or depressed
Dry flaky skin
Heavy menstrual bleeding
Common underactive thyroid symptoms
Loss of sex drive
Numbness and tingling sensation in fingertips
High LDL (bad) cholesterol
Neck swelling and painful swallowing
Premature graying of hair
Faster than usual tooth decay
Eye vision problem
Less common hypothyroid symptoms
A hoarse voice
A puffy-looking face
Thinned or missing eyebrows
Slower growth or development (in children)
There are many different underactive thyroid symptoms because:
Thyroid hormones are responsible for virtually all the cellular processes in the body.
Some of the symptoms can be attributed to individual differences — one might have more sensitive muscles, while others will have more sensitive neurons.
Some people are less sensitive to mild symptoms.
The above symptoms, either alone or in combination, may indicate other issues too:
Low vitamin D levels
Adrenal gland problems
Low iron reserve
Type 2 Diabetes
The best way to fully understand your underactive thyroid is to talk with your doctor. Together you can decide on a treatment to help you manage your symptoms.
Are you newly diagnosed with Hashimoto’s or an underactive thyroid? This is all you need to know.
Not sure about your thyroid status? Track your symptoms for a few weeks with the BOOST Thyroid app and show it to your doctor at the next visit.