Symptoms Of Thyroid Disease

Symptoms Of Thyroid Disease


There are so many symptoms that someone can suffer from having a thyroid condition. It can be very confusing that this tiny gland can cause so many issues.

A typical person that has a thyroid disease doesn’t know that the whole body will suffer if the thyroid is unbalanced. This can lead to heart, mental, gut, and other issues. This sometimes leads a person to think that they have a problem with those areas of the body. If a person’s heart is racing all the time it is normal to think they may have a heart condition. But in fact, it is the unbalance of hormones that are causing this.

This confusion can make anyone feel like their going crazy. So in this article, we will discuss some of the symptoms you can suffer from with a thyroid issue.

Thyroid Disease Symptoms 

Please note that a person can experience many symptoms from both conditions whether they are hypothyroid or hyperthyroid.


The most-reported symptom for thyroid disease is fatigue. Not just your usual tiredness, but the type of tired that you can sleep for eight hours and still feel exhausted. This may lead to taking long naps when time allows.  Walking up the stairs can be like you ran a marathon.

Weight Changes

Weight changes are also very popular for someone that has this condition. Changes can be gaining or losing too much weight. It can also be a fluctuation of weight or not being able to gain or lose.

It is typical for someone that suffers from hypothyroidism to gain or not be able to lose weight. Those that are hyperthyroid tend to lose weight and have a hard time gaining. But note that this is not the case for everyone.

Temperature Issues

Checking your temperature is such a great way to know whether you are suffering from hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism. Those that have hypothyroidism may feel intolerant to cold and their temperature will be below normal (98.6). Hyperthyroidism usually causes a person to feel hot and sweaty. Their temperature would be above normal.

For women taking your temperature make sure to check your condition, please note that your menstrual cycle can also change your temperature.

Sleep Issues

For those that have hyperthyroidism, typically have trouble falling asleep. Waking up several times throughout the night becomes a routine. You may also experience a racing heart or anxiety before bedtime.

Mental Health Problems

The way the thyroid can affect a person’s mental health is a serious matter. People may think you are going crazy but it is truly your thyroid all along. Many people have prescribed medication for a mental issue such as anxiety or depression when it is not needed. This can only cause more problems in the body.

Symptoms such as depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders are very common with thyroid disease. Hypothyroidism typically causes depression and doesn’t respond well to antidepressants. Hyperthyroidism can cause anxiety and panic attacks.

Hair, Skin, and Nail Changes

People may see changes in their hair, nails, and skin if they have a thyroid condition.

People with hypothyroidism typically can suffer from:

  • Hair loss
  • Brittle nails and hair
  • Loss of outer edges of the eyebrows
  • Dry skin
  • Acne

People with hyperthyroidism typically can suffer from:

  • Hair loss
  • Acne
  • Skin sensitivity
  • Skin rashes

Neck or Throat Discomfort/Abnormalities

Symptoms of your throat can be present in hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism. Some of these symptoms can be:

  • A feeling of swelling or fullness in the neck
  • Enlarged neck
  • Difficulty swallowing or breathing
  • Tenderness in the neck
  • A hoarse, raspy voice

Gut Issues  

Digestive issues may feel like a weird symptom to have if you suffer from a thyroid issue. Symptoms with the gut are very common with this disease. With those that have hypothyroidism can have constipation. Those that have hyperthyroidism can have diarrhea.

Menstrual Irregularities/Fertility Concerns

So many women suffer from period problems, as well as, infertility due to thyroid disease. Hypothyroidism is proven to be connected to infertility and an increase in the chance of miscarriage.

When it comes to a women’s monthly cycle thyroid disease can cause many issues. Hypothyroidism may cause heavier, more painful or less time between periods. Hyperthyroidism can cause shorter, lighter, and infrequent periods. Hyperthyroid can also cause periods to completely stop.

Cognitive Problems

Mental issues or known as brain fog is a symptom that is very popular with thyroid disease. It can cause:

  • Trouble concentrating
  • Memory loss
  • Forgetfulness
  • Inability to focus
  • Not feeling in the present moment
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty thinking clearly

Muscle Problems

Muscle pain is shown to be a known symptom. Pain and aches in the joints, arms, and legs are the most popular. Many people that suffer from thyroid disease also suffer from a condition called Fibromyalgia.


There are plenty of other symptoms of thyroid disease. If you believe you suffer from thyroid disease make sure you are getting tested. When asking your doctor for testing make sure to receive all the correct tests. To find those tests check out the article What is Thyroid Disease?”.

Kara Stavish

Kara is a teacher, coach, online course instructor and the founder of Concepts Of Life & Wellness. She received a bachelors degree in psychology from Penn State University and not long after was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Autoimmune Disease in 2015. As she struggled to feel better, she began an intense search to find healing. After immersing herself into the learning process, she removed her medication and healed her body. From this experience, she now dedicates her life to helping others learn how to feel better and live a healthier life. Her enthusiasm for healing has helped so many people and continues to do so.

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Shannon

    How do I find a Dr. to listen to my symptoms?

    1. Kara Stavish

      That is a tough one to answer because every area is different. I would first make sure that your doctor is testing all the correct testing. The correct test is TSH, Free T4, Free T3, Reverse T3, TPO, and TGAB. Then make sure they are diagnosing by optimal ranges, not lab ranges. There is a checklist I will have on the thyroid healing community to explain what you should look for in a doctor.

  2. Cathy Wells

    I have a combination of thyroid symptoms yet all of my lab tests & Thyroid US (sent for US for enlarged thyroid) returned normal. I still have symptoms. Main issue is that feeling of having something around my neck., and i am an avid exercise person w an extreme balanced healthy diet yet i gain gain gain weight. My Frustration is beyond what it should be . Suggestions??

    1. Kara Stavish

      Hello, thank you for sharing. Did you happen to have an ultrasound done and did they find any nodules? Also, are the doctors giving you a full thyroid panel and checking your levels based on the optimal levels. The list of thyroid tests you would need is TSH, Free T3, Free T4, Reverse T3, TPO, TGAB. When I speak about optimal thyroid range for example, are the lab ranges they go by for your TSH between 0.5- 4.0 or 0.5 -2.5. That right there will tell you if they are using optimal ranges or not (0.5-2.5 is optimal).

  3. Sana

    Hey !is dizziness a common symptom of hyperthyroidism??

    1. Kara Stavish

      Yes, it for sure is. I suffered with that for a long time. That was one symptom that was hard to handle for me.

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