Overactive and underactive thyroid symptoms

November 12, 2012

Overactive and underactive thyroid symptoms

There are many thyroid symptoms that can occur, some of which are well known others that don’t seem to be as talked about. Hypothyroidism is the medical name for an underactive thyroid and hyperthyroidism is the name for an over active thyroid. The symptoms of both can be very similar and with a lack of clear information available the condition you are suffering from can be as hard to distinguish from as its names. Many people after having been diagnosed with the either hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism go home feeling relieved to have an reason for their otherwise unexplainable weight loss or weight gain and feeling of fatigue. These are the main and easily recognisable symptoms, which you go to the doctor to complain about but often times there are also subtle, underlying thyroid symptoms, which have gone unexplained. For example it is also common for hair to fall out and women’s menstrual periods to become irregular. However, these things can often be forgotten about don’t get mentioned in the doctor’s office.

For many people most of the worry is in the not knowing. It’s a horrible feeling to wonder if there is something seriously wrong with your body or if you are just imagining it. If everyone knew all of the potential thyroid symptoms they may experience, they would be able to put their mind at ease and find the necessary treatment. There are still some disputes in the medical world over all of the symptoms but generally it is agreed that the following are symptoms of an underactive thyroid – Hypothyroidism:

  • Exhaustion and fatigue

  • Depression

  • More frequent periods and an Increased menstrual flow

  • Dry or itchy skin

  • Hair loss

  • Constipation

  • Lack of concentration

  • Cold fingers and toes

  • Muscle cramps

  • Infertility or miscarriage

The following are symptoms considered to be associated with an overactive thyroid – Hyperthyroidism

  • Insomnia

  • A racing heart

  • Panic attacks

  • Increased perspiration

  • Nervousness

  • Irritability

  • Frequent bowel movements

  • Weight loss

  • Weakness in the muscles

  • Brittle hair

  • Less frequent periods and a lighter menstrual flow

  • Shaky hands

These are just some of the thyroid symptoms of the two conditions. Ask your doctor, other thyroid patients or check online for a more extensive list. If you are attempting to self diagnose one of these conditions try making a checklist of all the symptoms you are suffering from to give to your doctor to evaluate and help give you an accurate diagnosis.


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