Graves Disease and Hyperthyroidism Risks and Symptoms Checklist

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The below checklist gives you a tool for communicating with your doctor and aiding a proper diagnosis if you suspect you have hyperthyroidism. Or, if you are already being treated for thyroid disease, the checklist can help you and your doctor fine-tune your medication dosage to ensure optimal thyroid levels. 

My risk factors for hyperthyroidism include:

____ I have a family history of thyroid disease
____ Parent(type of thyroid problem __________________)
____ Grandparent (type of thyroid problem ______________)
____ Sibling (type of thyroid problem __________________)
____ Child (type of thyroid problem __________________)

I have had my thyroid "monitored" in the past to watch for changes
____ I had a previous diagnosis of goiters/nodules
____ I currently have a goiter/enlargement in my thyroid and/or thyroid nodules
____ I was treated for hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism in the past
____ I had post-partum thyroiditis or hyperthyroidism during pregnancy in the past
____ I had a temporary thyroiditis in the past
____ I have another autoimmune disease
____ I am pregnant now, or I have had a baby in the past nine months
____ I have a history of miscarriage
____ I have had radioactive iodine in the past due to Graves' Disease/hyperthyroidism
____ I have taken anti-thyroid drugs in the past due to Graves' Disease or a diagnosis of hyperthyroidism

I have the following symptoms of hyperthyroidism, as detailed by the Merck Manual, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, and the Thyroid Foundation of America

____ My heart feels like it's skipping a beat, racing and I feel like I'm having heart palpitations
____ My pulse is unusually fast
____ My pulse, even when resting or in bed, is high
____ My hands are shaking, I'm having hand tremors
____ I feel hot when others feel cold, I am feeling inappropriately hot or overheated
____ I'm having increased perspiration
____ I am losing weight inappropriately
____ I am losing weight but my appetite has increased
____ I feel like I have a lot of nervous energy that I need to burn off
____ I am having diarrhea or loose or more frequent bowel movements
____ I feel nervous or irritable
____ My skin looks or feels thinner
____ My muscles feel weak, particularly the upper arms and thighs
____ I am having difficulty getting to sleep, staying asleep, or going back to sleep after awakening in the middle of the night
____ I feel fatigued, exhausted
____ My hair is coarse and dry, breaking, brittle, falling out
____ My skin is coarse, dry, scaly, thin
____ I have a hoarse or gravely voice
____ I have pains, aches in joints, hands and feet
____ I am having irregular menstrual cycles (shorter, longer, or heavier, or more frequent, or not at all)
____ I am having trouble conceiving a baby
____ I have had one or more miscarriages
____ I feel depressed
____ I feel restless, or anxious
____ I have had panic attacks.

____ I've recently been diagnosed as having panic disorder, anxiety disorder, or panic attacks
____ I have puffiness and swelling around the eyes and face
____ My eyes seem to be enlarging, or getting more "bug-eyed" looking
____ My moods change easily
____ I have feelings of worthlessness
____ I have difficulty concentrating or focusing
____ I have more feelings of sadness
____ I seem to be losing interest in normal daily activities
____ I'm more forgetful lately

I also have the following additional symptoms, which have been reported more frequently in people with hyperthyroidism:

____ My hair is falling out
____ I can't seem to remember things
____ I have no sex drive, or am having sexual performance problems
____ I am getting more frequent infections, that last longer
____ I feel shortness of breath and tightness in the chest
____ My eyes feel gritty and dry
____ My eyes feel sensitive to light
____ My eyes get jumpy/tics in eyes, which makes me dizzy/vertigo and have headaches
____ I have strange feelings in neck or throat
____ I have tinnitus (ringing in ears)
____ I get recurrent sinus infections
____ I have vertigo
____ I feel some lightheadedness
____ I have severe menstrual cramps

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