Thyroid Problems

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Thyroid Symptoms

Symptoms of thyroid problems can vary, particularly as there are many types of thyroid problems. The following are several of the many potential thyroid symptoms. They have been separated into various sections, although some realistically could overlap into more than one category.

General health

Heart palpitations and cardiac arrhythmia (such as atrial fibrillation)
Cholesterol problems - may be higher or lower than expected
Muscle cramps
Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar level)
Osteoporosis - complication of hyperthyroidism left untreated long-term


Joint pain (arthralgia)
Muscle pain (myalgia)

Bowel and urinary issues

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
Polyuria - producing or passing abnormally high amounts of urine

Physical changes

Hair loss
Neck enlargement - otherwise known as a goiter
Skin which is dry, thick, coarse, or has similar changes
Weight gain
Weight loss - can be in spite of increased appetite

Mental status



Fertility issues
Heat intolerance
Hoarse voice (sometimes called dysphonia)
Irregular menstruation or lack of a period (amenorrhea)
Shortness of breath (known as dyspnea)

These possible symptoms do not make a complete list, and are not to be considered as professional advice. Having symptoms such as these does not always indicate a thyroid problem, especially as other medical conditions can lead to these or issues that seem to be these. Additionally, a lack of these thyroid symptoms does not mean that such an issue is non-existent.

Further details

Also keep in mind that the thyroid symptoms that are experienced vary based upon which disease or condition the person has, as well as possibly by other factors. For instance, a patient with hyperthyroidism may present with symptoms distinct from another patient who has hypothyroidism. A person who has anaplastic cancer affecting this gland may have different thyroid symptoms than someone who deals with a goiter. Even two cases of the same condition can display varied medical signs.

If you suspect thyroid symptoms, then you may wish to contact a doctor to request a diagnosis and potential treatment.