Symptoms of Thyroid Problems: 14 Signs Your Thyroid May Be Out of Whack by Joyce Knestrick, CRNP, FAANP

Symptoms of Thyroid Problems: 14 Signs Your Thyroid May Be Out of Whack

Your thyroid is a thumb-sized gland in the shape of an innocent butterfly, but it’s deceptively powerful and can disrupt virtually every system in your body. It can be underactive or overactive, or there may be disorders or even cancer throwing it out of whack. Here are 14 signs your thyroid isn’t doing its job:


  • Feeling cold
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Muscle pain
  • Dry skin
  • Hair loss
  • Weight gain
  • Constipation


  • Feeling hot
  • Racing heart
  • Anxiety or nervousness
  • Vision problems
  • Weight loss
  • Sweating or clammy hands
  • Bulging eyes

About 20 million people have some sort of thyroid disorder, and 60 percent of them don’t know it. You may be one of them! Talk to your nurse practitioner about your thyroid concerns.

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Elisa Schmitz
I had an overactive thyroid after my first pregnancy. Somehow, it resolved itself, but it was scary for a while. Thank you for this helpful information, Joyce Knestrick, CRNP, FAANP !
Noreen Braman
I was diagnosed with Graves Disease 30 years ago, had the ablation and took my meds to replace hormones. Then, menopause really created havoc! But doing better now. Often thyroid issues are overlooked in younger women - but can occur, or reoccur at any time. Thanks for this clear description of symptoms we should all keep in mind to ask our doctors about. (And that goes for men too!)

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