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Being aware of the risk factors and symptoms for Hypothyroidism and knowing which ones you may have are the best way you can help your health care professional make an accurate diagnosis. Mary Shomon wrote an excellent book entitled Living Well with Hypothyroidism. These lists of risk factors and symptoms are included in her book and expanded upon here.

Risk Factors for Hypothyroidism

  • Family history of thyroid disease (grandparent, parent, brother, sister, child)
  • Personally have or had some type of thyroid problem such as thyroid nodules, Hyperthyroidism or Graves' Disease, Post-Partum Thyroiditis, Goiter, thyroid cancer, etc. (see the lists on the first page) that was diagnosed and required treatment or monitoring
  • Diagnosed with some type of autoimmune disease
  • Had a baby in the past nine months
  • Have had one or more miscarriages especially around week 9 or 10
  • Had part or all of your thyroid gland removed for any reason
  • Having or had radioactive iodine treatment for thyroid problems or 'Nasal Radium Therapy'
  • Taking or have taken anti-thyroid drugs for thyroid problems
  • Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

  • Gain weight inappropriately or unable to lose weight even with diets or exercise
  • Constipated, sometimes severely
  • Have a low body temperature (feel cold when others feel warm or hot; need extra clothing)
  • Often and easily feel fatigued, exhausted, run down, sluggish, lethargic, etc.
  • Hair is rough, coarse, dry, brittle, breaks easily, falling out
  • Skin problems - rough, coarse, dry, scaly, itchy, thick
  • Nails dry, brittle, break easily
  • Voice is hoarse, husky, gravelly
  • Puffiness around my eyes, eyelids, and face
  • Pains, aches, stiffness, tingling in joints, muscles, hands, and feet
  • Have carpal tunnel syndrome that is getting worse
  • Have irregular menstrual cycles (longer or heavier or more frequent)
  • Infertility; trouble conceiving a baby
  • Depressed, restless, moods change easily, feelings of sadness, feelings of worthlessness
  • Difficulty concentrating, forgetful, difficulty remembering
  • Losing interest in normal daily activities
  • Additional Symptoms Reported More Frequently with Hypothyroidism

  • Low or no sex drive
  • Getting more frequent infections that last longer; recurrent infections especially sinus, ear, nose, bronchials, lungs, and bladder
  • Snoring more lately
  • Have or may have sleep apnea
  • Shortness of breath; tightness in chest
  • Yawn a lot or feel like need to yawn to get oxygen
  • Eyes feel gritty and dry; eyes sensitive to light; eyes get jumpy; tics in eyes
  • Strange feelings in neck or throat (pressure, full feeling, choking, lumpy, larger than usual,difficulty swallowing)
  • Tinnitus (noise, sounds, or ringing in ears)
  • Dizziness, vertigo, and/or light-headedness with or without headaches
  • Severe menstrual cramps
  • Slow pulse and/or low blood pressure
  • Muscles and joint aches, pains, and/or soreness

  • Even your bottom can be naturally healthy
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