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Hypothyroidism Risks/Symptoms Checklist

Posted By on November 7, 2008

Risks/Symptoms Checklist –

by Mary J. Shomon

You can use this checklist to bring to your doctor to help aid in getting a proper diagnosis of hypothyroidism, or as background information in your discussions regarding finetuning your dosage so you are at the optimal TSH level for your own level of wellness.

My risk factors for hypothyroidism include:

_n___ I have a family history of thyroid disease
_n___ I have had my thyroid “monitored” in the past to watch for changes
___n_ I had a previous diagnosis of goiters/nodules

__n__ I currently have a goiter
_n___ I was treated for hypothyroidism in the past
__ns__ I had post-partum thyroiditis in the past
___n_ I had a temporary thyroiditis in the past
_n___ I have another autoimmune disease
__n__ I have had a baby in the past nine months
_n___ I have a history of miscarriage
__n__ I have had part/all of my thyroid removed due to cancer
__n__ I have had part/all of my thyroid removed due to nodules
__n__ I have had part/all of my thyroid removed due to Graves’ Disease/hyperthyroidism I have had radioactive iodine due to Graves’ Disease/hyperthyroidism
__n__ I have had anti-thyroid drugs due to Graves’ Disease/hyperthyroidism

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

__y__ I am gaining weight inappropriately
__y__ I’m unable to lose weight with diet/exercise
__y__ I am constipated, sometimes severely
__y__ I have hypothermia/low body temperature (I feel cold when others feel hot, I need extra sweaters, etc.)
___y_ I feel fatigued, exhausted
___y_ Feeling run down, sluggish, lethargic
___y_ My hair is coarse and dry, breaking, brittle, falling out
_y___ My skin is coarse, dry, scaly, and thick
_y___ I have a hoarse or gravely voice
__y__ I have puffiness and swelling around the eyes and face
__y__ I have pains, aches in joints, hands and feet
__n__ I have developed carpal-tunnel syndrome, or it’s getting worse
__y__ I am having irregular menstrual cycles (longer, or heavier, or more frequent)
__n__ I am having trouble conceiving a baby
__y__ I feel depressed
__y__ I feel restless
__y__ My moods change easily
__y__ I have feelings of worthlessness
__y__ I have difficulty concentrating
__y__ I have more feelings of sadness
__y__ I seem to be losing interest in normal daily activities
__y__ I’m more forgetful lately

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

__n__ My hair is falling out
_y___ I can’t seem to remember things
__n__ I have no sex drive
__y__ I am getting more frequent infections, that last longer
__y__ I’m snoring more lately
__ns__ I have/may have sleep apnea
_y___ I feel shortness of breath and tightness in the chest
_y___ I feel the need to yawn to get oxygen
__y__ My eyes feel gritty and dry
__y__ My eyes feel sensitive to light
__y__ My eyes get jumpy/tics in eyes, which makes me dizzy/vertigo and have headaches
__y__ I have strange feelings in neck or throat
__y__ I have tinnitus (ringing in ears)
__y__ I get recurrent sinus infections
__y__ I have vertigo
__y__ I feel some lightheadedness
__y__ I have severe menstrual cramps

y = yes, n= no, ns= not sure.

Are you kidding me? Am I just a hypochondriac or could this really be what’s going wrong with me? I look at these sites, about bipolar, hypothyroidism, diabetes, and nine times out of ten I end up marking off nearly 3/4 of the page of symptoms.

And in this itty bitty podunk town, where in the world am i going to find a doctor who treats this with a dessicated thyroid? I am not at all in favor of synthetic hormones. I don’t typically respond well to them.

This is making me crazy. and ya’ll wonder why i can’t quit smoking!? *le sigh*


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