Understanding Thyroid Problems -- Symptoms What Are the Symptoms of Thyroid Problems?
The symptoms of hyperthyroidism, in which the body produces too many thyroid hormones, may include:
Weight loss, despite increased appetite Increased heart rate, heart palpitations, higher blood pressure, nervousness, and excessive perspiration More frequent bowel movements, sometimes with diarrhea Muscle weakness, trembling hands Development of a goiter (an enlargement in your neck) Lighter or shorter menstrual periods
The symptoms of
hypothyroidism, in which the body doesn't produce enough thyroid hormones, may include: Lethargy, slower mental processes or depression Reduced heart rate Increased sensitivity to cold Tingling or numbness in the hands Development of a goiter (an enlargement in your neck) Constipation, heavy menstrual periods, or dry skin and hair Subacute thyroiditis: Mild to severe pain in the thyroid gland The thyroid feels tender to the touch Pain or discomfort when swallowing or turning your head Appearance of these symptoms shortly after a viral infection, such as the flu, mumps, or measles
Call Your Doctor About Thyroid Problems If: You have any of the symptoms listed above. Call 911 or seek emergency medical care if: You are feverish, agitated, or delirious, and have a rapid pulse; you could be having a thyrotoxic crisis, a sudden and dangerous complication of hyperthyroidism. You feel intensely cold, drowsy and lethargic; you could be experiencing a myxedema coma, a sudden and dangerous complication of hypothyroidism that can cause unconsciousness and possibly death.