If you want to monitor your thyroid health, a detailed hypothyroidism checklist could help you. Do you get chilly easily or are you starting to lose too much hair? Are you starting to suspect you have thyroid problems? Take a look at this checklist and understand even the lesser known symptoms of hypothyroidism.
Hypothyroidism Checklist | Evaluate Your Thyroid Health
___ I have a goiter.
___ My thyroid/neck is enlarged.
___ I can feel a lump — or what appears to be some sort of fullness or growth — in my neck or thyroid area.
___ I have enlarged and/or tender lymph nodes.
___ I find neckties, turtlenecks, necklaces and/or scarves around my neck uncomfortable.
___ I have a “buzzy” feeling in my neck/thyroid area.
___ I sometimes feel like I am choking or have something stuck in my throat.
___ Sometimes, it’s hard to swallow.
___ My tongue feels thick and/or trembles.
___ I have pain and tenderness in my neck and/or thyroid.
___ My voice has become hoarse, husky or gravelly.
Weight Changes/Appetite Changes
___ I feel thirsty much of the time.
___ I am unusually hungry.
___ I have no appetite.
___ I am losing weight, even though I haven’t changed my diet and exercise.
___ I have experienced rapid and/or dramatic weight loss without particularly dieting.
___ I am losing weight during pregnancy.
___ I am craving and/or eating more carbohydrates (bread, rice, pasta, sweets, fruits, sugary foods, etc.).
___ I’m a diabetic and having symptoms of poor blood sugar control (hunger, shakiness when hungry).
___ I am able to eat more and not gain weight.
___ I am able to eat more and am still losing weight.
___ I can’t gain weight, even if I eat more.
___ I am gaining weight without a change in diet or exercise.
___ I am unable to lose weight, despite proper diet and exercise.
___ I am having excessive vomiting and nausea — accompanied by weight loss — in pregnancy.
___ I have had a baby in the last year and experienced a rapid and/or dramatic weight loss without dieting.
___ I have recently been diagnosed as anorexic.
Bloating/Fluid in the Abdomen
___ I have rapidly gained weight in the abdominal area.
___ My ankles are swollen.
___ I am experiencing abdominal discomfort and distention.
___ I’m experiencing shortness of breath (a.k.a. “air hunger”).
___ I am very intolerant of any temperature extremes — hot or cold.
___ I am very sensitive to cold.
___ I have a low-grade fever.
___ I have been diagnosed with hypothermia (low body temperature).
___ I feel cold, especially in the hands and/or feet.
___ I’m frequently thirsty.
___ My “normal” basal body temperature is lower than 97.8 to 98.2 degrees Fahrenheit.
___ I feel warm or hot when others are cold, or cold when others are warm.
___ I’m experiencing hot flashes.
___ I’m sweating excessively, or much less than normal.
___ My movements are slower than normal.
___ My speech is slower than normal.
___ My pulse rate is particularly low or high (insert beats per minute here ( _____ bpm)
___ I have unusually low or high blood pressure.
___ I feel like my heart is racing or pounding.
___ I feel like I can “hear” my heartbeat in my head.
___ I have occasional chest pain.
___ I feel heart palpitations, flutters, skipped beats, strange patterns or rhythms.
___ I have frequent headaches.
___ I often feel breathless.
___ I frequently feel dizzy.
___ I have more frequent bowel movements.
___ My bowel movements are looser than normal.
___ I have diarrhea.
___ I have pain in the upper right abdominal area.
___ I have constipation.
___ I have to urinate frequently.
___ I am experiencing nausea and/or vomiting.
___ I experience periods of shortness of breath.
___ I have tightness in the chest.
___ Occasionally, I feel the need to yawn to get oxygen.
___ Vertigo and dizziness.
___ Lightheaded feeling, dizziness.
___ I have tinnitus (ringing in ears).
___ I have sudden hearing loss or onset of deafness.
___ I feel fatigued more than normal.
___ I feel weak, run down, sluggish, lethargic.
___ I feel like I can’t get enough sleep.
___ My muscles feel weak.
___ My arms, shoulders and/or legs feel weak.
___ I am more fatigued and sore than normal after exercise.
___ I have developed carpal-tunnel syndrome, or my existing carpal tunnel syndrome is getting worse.
___ I need very little sleep.
___ I have experienced one or more episodes of extreme weakness, i.e. difficulty walking.
___ I have had an unusual increase in energy.
___ I’m feeling a need to exercise far more than usual.
___ I have pains, aches and stiffness in various joints, and in my hands and feet.
___ I have developed tarsal-tunnel syndrome (legs), or my existing condition is getting worse.
___ I have developed plantar’s fasciitis (balls of feet) or my existing condition is getting worse.
___ My skin is smooth, young looking, and/or velvety.
___ I have worsening acne, breakouts.
___ My mucous membranes (i.e. mouth, eyes) are especially dry.
___ I have a dull facial expression.
___ I have puffiness around my eyes.
___ My face, throat, palms and/or elbows are flushed.
___ My coloring and/or lips are pale.
___ I have patches of unpigmented skin (vitiligo).
___ I have waxy, reddish-brown lesions on my lower legs, feet, toes, arms, face, shoulders and/or trunk.
___ My skin is rough, coarse, dry, scaly, itchy, and thick.
___ I get painful, inflamed boils in my armpits or groin.
___ I’m bruising easily.
___ I have prominent spider veins on my face or neck.
___ I have blister-like bumps on my forehead and/or face.
___ My skin is yellowish.
___ I’m getting hives frequently.
___ I’m experiencing itching.
___ I have puffy/swollen eyes and/or face.
___ I have swollen eyelids.
___ My nails are more shiny than usual.
___ My nails are dry, more brittle, break more easily.
___ My nails are softer.
___ My hands and palms are warm and moist.
___ My nail bed is separating from my finger.
___ I have swollen hands, pain in finger joints.
___ My hair is falling out more than usual.
___ I’m losing body hair.
___ I’m losing hair from the outer edge of my eyebrows.
___ My hair has become thinner.
___ My hair has become finer.
___ My hair has become softer.
___ My hair can no longer hold a perm or a curl.
___ My hair has become rough and coarse.
___ My hair has become dry.
___ My hair has been breaking and has become brittle.
___ My toes are swelling and becoming wider.
___ I have pain in the joints of my toes.
___ I have swollen feet.
___ I have tarsal tunnel syndrome (pain in the leg).
___ I have plantar’s fasciitis (pain in the ball of the feet).
___ I have waxy, reddish-brown lesions on my lower legs, feet, toes.
___ I have significantly calloused heels.
___ My eyes feel uncomfortable.
___ My eyes feel dry, and/or gritty.
___ It feels as if there is something in my eye.
___ My eyes are tearing and watering frequently.
___ There are visible blood vessels in my eyes.
___ My upper and lower eyelids look irritated and puffy.
___ I feel an achiness or pain behind my eyes.
___ I frequently have a headache in the eye area.
___ My eyeballs are bulging or protruding.
___ I can’t completely close my eye during sleep.
___ My upper eyelids are retracting, giving me a wide-eyed, startled look.
___ I have tics, twitches and/or tremor in my eyes and/or eyelids.
___ I have a noticeable “stare.”
___ I don’t blink frequently.
___ My eyes get jumpy (tics in eyes).
___ When I shift my gaze quickly, I feel dizzy or disoriented.
___ My vision is blurred and/or worsening.
___ My vision is blurry, but eyedrops help.
___ I have double vision.
___ I find colors are less vivid and/or brightness is diminishing.
___ I have poor night vision.
___ I’m light sensitive.
___ I see “flashing lights” or “floaters.”
___ My eyelids are puffy.
___ I feel sad, empty, worthless and/or hopeless.
___ I feel hopeless or pessimistic.
___ I feel guilty and/or helpless.
___ I am withdrawing emotionally.
___ I’ve lost interest or pleasure in activities and hobbies.
___ I’ve lost interest or pleasure in sex.
___ I have thoughts of death or suicide.
___ I have mood swings.
___ I’m feeling unusually elated.
___ I’m feeling unusually self-confident.
___ I’m having hallucinations.
___ I’m taking an antidepressant, but it doesn’t seem to be working.
___ My moods change easily.
___ My mind feels like I’m in a “fog,” I have “brain fog.”
___ I find it difficult to focus or concentrate.
___ I find it difficult to make decisions.
___ I’m feeling confused and my thinking is disorganized.
___ I have dyslexia.
___ I’m having difficulty with reading and/or calculating.
___ I have memory problems and I’m forgetting things.
___ I feel like my mind is going blank regularly.
___ My mind is racing, I can’t shut my thoughts off.
___ Sometimes I am acting erratically, overemotionally.
___ I feel uncontrollable and/or irrational anger or aggressiveness at times when it’s not appropriate.
___ I feel anxious, nervous, restless, irritable, on edge.
___ I feel inexplicably frightened at times.
___ I’m frequently worrying and I find it hard to stop.
___ I’m jumpy, easily startled.
___ My reflexes are particularly fast.
___ I have tremors, my hands are shaky.
___ I’m having panic attacks.
___ I’m always moving, jiggling, tapping a foot, drumming my fingers — can’t sit still.
___ I find it hard to fall asleep.
___ After I’ve fallen asleep, I frequently wake up.
___ When I wake up in the middle of the night, I find it hard to fall back asleep.
___ I have insomnia and can’t sleep.
___ I wake feeling tired and unrefreshed.
___ I frequently oversleep.
___ I am frequently exhausted.
___ I snore.
___ I have sleep apnea.
___ I have developed premenstrual syndrome (PMS) or my PMS seems to have gotten worse.
___ My menstrual periods have stopped.
___ My menstrual periods have become unusually light.
___ My menstrual periods have become unusually short.
___ My menstrual periods are coming less frequently.
___ My menstrual periods have become unusually heavy.
___ My menstrual periods have become unusually long.
___ My menstrual periods are coming more frequently.
___ My sex drive is low or nonexistent.
___ I have difficulty reaching orgasm.
___ I have a sudden “raging libido”/very high sex drive.
___ I’m behaving in a sexually obsessive way.
___ I have chronic yeast infections.
___ I have constant excessive vaginal lubrication.
___ I’m unable to get pregnant.
___ I’ve had a miscarriage or multiple miscarriages.
___ I’m showing signs that I’m not ovulating.
___ I have an in vitro fertilization failure.
___ I’ve had donor egg failure.
___ I am vomiting excessively.
___ I am losing weight or not gaining appropriately.
___ I have an extreme case of morning sickness.
___ I am gaining excessive weight during pregnancy.
___ I am extremely fatigued.
___ My hair is falling out.
___ I’m feeling unusually depressed.
___ I have had or am having difficulty breastfeeding.
___ I am having difficulty losing weight.
___ I’m experiencing depression and mood swings.
___ I am losing large amounts of hair.
___ I’m having brain fog, memory lapses, and difficulty concentrating.
___ I am abnormally fatigued.
___ My breasts are leaking milk, but I’m not lactating or breastfeeding.
___ My perimenopause symptoms have gotten worse.
___ My menopause symptoms have gotten worse.
Here’s a story of a mom sharing her hypothyroidism experience through Hotze Health and Wellness Center channel:
While this comprehensive hypothyroidism checklist can greatly help in monitoring your thyroid health, it’s still best to pay your doctor a visit and get a thyroid function test. It is recommended to get the results early on to get the right prescriptions and avoid complications.
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Did you tick off most of these symptoms from our hypothyroidism checklist? Then it is best to have yourself checked. If we’ve missed any other common symptoms, you can leave your thoughts in the comments section below.