Thyroid Problems

Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism are two conditions that arise from the thyroid gland not functioning properly.

Hypothyroidism is the most common form. This is when the thyroid is ‘under’ performing. The opposite (Hyperthyroidism) is when the thyroid is ‘over’ performing.

Hyperthyroidism occurs when there is an excess of thyroid hormones communicating with your bodies cells to do their job. Hyperthyroidism is uncommon while Hypothyroidism is the most common form of thyroid problem.

As you can see below, there can be numerous symptoms of hypothyroidism. The more common symptoms are highlighted at the top in bold. Some individuals will have the same symptoms predominate over time e.g. cold hands/feet, lack of energy, low mood.

Unless there is an unrelated condition that affects circulation (i.e. some kind of peripheral vascular disease like Raynauds disease) cold hands and feet are most likely a sign of an under-active thyroid.


Hypothyroidism symptoms:

  1. Cold hands and feet
  2. Chronic fatigue
  3. Lethargy and fatigue
  4. Emotional instability
  5. Depression
  6. Cold skin
  7. Decreased sweating
  8. Heat or cold intolerance
  9. Weight gain greater than 2Kg
  10. Coarse and/or dry skin
  11. Constipation
  12. Acne or psoriasis
  13. Yellowish coloured palms
  14. Puffiness under eyes
  15. Slight swelling around ankles
  16. Brittle nails
  17. Muscle weakness, cramps, joint aches, pain or stiffness
  18. Heart enlargement or palpitations
  19. High cholesterol or triglycerides (blood fats)
  20. Diabetes
  21. Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
  22. Thick tongue
  23. Impaired memory
  24. Slowed mental activity
  25. Heavy menstruation
  26. Painful menstruation
  27. Dry hair or hair loss
  28. Delayed Achilles tendon reflex return
  29. Small or large birth weight babies
  30. Left handedness – particularly males


Hyperthyroidism symptoms:

  1. Sweating
  2. Anxiety and Excitability
  3. Thirst
  4. Racing heart
  5. Hunger
  6. Muscle weakness
  7. Shortness of breath
  8. High blood pressure
  9. Insomnia
  10. Weight loss