Thyroid Disease Symptoms -- Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism

Key Symptoms of Hypothyroidism - An Underactive Thyroid

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There are a number of symptoms of hypothyroidism - an underactive thyroid.

An underactive thyroid - known as hypothyroidism - can have a number of symptoms. They include: 

These symptoms are only the tip of the iceberg. With hypothyroidism, there are a many symptoms and risk factors that should be looked at to evaluate whether or not you are hypothyroid. Start by reviewing the Hypothyroidism Risks/Symptoms Checklist, a detailed, comprehensive checklist of hypothyroidism symptoms that you can review and bring to your doctor to aid in getting a proper diagnosis. 


Key Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism - An Overactive Thyroid

Hyperthyroidism - an overactive thyroid - has a number of confusing symptoms. istockphoto

With hyperthyroidism, symptoms tend to reflect an increased metabolism, due to the excess thyroid hormone. Common symptoms include:

  • anxiety, nervousness
  • panic attacks
  • weight loss without dieting
  • increased appetite with no weight gain
  • tremor
  • heart palpitations
  • high heart rate
  • high blood pressure
  • changes to hair and skin texture
  • diarrhea or loose bowels
  • insomnia
  • lack of menstrual periods

The Graves' Disease / Hyperthyroidism Risks and Symptoms Checklist offers a detailed, comprehensive checklist of hyperthyroidism symptoms that you can review and bring to your doctor to aid in getting a proper diagnosis.

Thyroid Symptoms

Thyroid problems can cause a variety of symptoms.

For more information, see: Thyroid Disease 101: Basic Information on Hypothyroidism, Hyperthyroidism, Nodules, Goiter, and Thyroid Cancer . This article offers an overview of information about thyroid disease , including diagnosis and treatment of hypothyroidism , hyperthyroidism, nodules, goiter, and thyroid cancer.