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Hypothyroidism Signs And Symptoms Checklist - Dont Be Caught Out!

Author: Duncan Capicchiano

The signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism are easy to detect even though they often resemble many other diseases. If you recognize the symptoms of an underactive thyroid early in the course of your illness you are much more likely to reach a more positive outcome. You may even achieve a full recovery, depending on your cause of the disease.

For example, in some cases unrelated medications may induce a temporary state of an underfunctioning thyroid that may be reversed once the medication is stopped or discontinued, provided this is a possible and a healthy alternative. Each case is unique and different. Your health care provider will work with you to develop a treatment plan that is safe, personalized, and easy to follow.

First, you must identify what some of the primary signs and symptoms of your underactive thyroid are. Here is a little checklist you can use to determine whether a trip to a healthcare provider is in order to test for hypothyroidism:

- Puffy and bloated face
- Inability to warm oneself or intolerance to cold temperatures
- Cold hands or feet
- Pain, especially in the joints and muscles
- Fingernails that often break
- Thinning at the tips of the eyebrows
- Skin that thickens or becomes rough and flaky
- Increasing weight gain
- Decreasing sex drive or libido
- Numbness and tingling in the arms and legs
- A husky or lowered voice
- Carpal tunnel or other pain syndromes
- Hearing loss
- Confusion or memory problems
- Sleep apnea, or difficulty breathing especially during sleep

Symptoms of Under Functioning Thyroid In Children

Children are also at risk for hypothyroidism. Some are born with problems with their thyroid gland. Some of the early signs and symptoms of the disease in children may include:

- Problems with feeding
- Sleepiness (excessive)
- Hoarseness in children
- Constipation or bowel problems
- Dry skin
- Delayed teething in infants
- Protruding abdomens
- Delayed brain development or achievement of milestones

What Is Sub clinical Hypothyroidism?

Sometimes the signs and symptoms of a poorly functioning thyroid are not clear cut. In fact, a person may have mild hypothyroidism but have absolutely none of the signs and symptoms at all!

Or, someone may have really mild symptoms of the disease but not recognize them. A person may exhibit some of the signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism but have only mildly elevated TSH levels. They may have normal levels of other hormones in the blood including T3 and T4- hormones doctors normally test for to diagnose the condition.

In this case however, a doctor can recognize hypothyroidism before symptoms are actually noted, or before they become extreme. This often occurs in women and other individuals that are in midlife or over age 50, but this isn't necessarily the case.

The only way to know for sure whether you have hypothyroidism is to have your doctor perform a blood test. Your doctor will review this and provide you with a comprehensive physical examination and medical history to determine whether you have evidence of an underfunctioning thyroid. If this is true, the good news is this condition is easily treated!

There are many natural remedies available that can improve your thyroid function and thereby relieve and prevent symptoms. Combined with the appropriate diet, exercise and stress management, you will find that it is certainly possible to achieve the best possible health.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/health-articles/hypothyroidism-signs-and-symptoms-checklist-dont-be-caught-out-3075517.html

About the Author

Duncan Capicchiano N.D. is a fully qualified Naturopath, Author, and Medical researcher specializing in hypothyroidism. For more information on hypothyroidism signs and symptoms, or how you can boost your thyroid function naturally, please visit his website at www.HypothyroidismSecrets.com where you can grab a FREE copy of his hypothyroidism secrets mini-course.

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10 Responses to Hypothyroidism Blurred Vision

  1. Swagg3r says:

    What may have caused a sudden blurred vision?
    Yesterday, I was at Six Flags Great Adventure Theme Park in the heat. While waiting online for a ride, after almost 90 minutes, I began to have blurred vision and nausea. I sat down immediately where I was and it occurrence went away. While moving out of the sun into a corridor to enter the ride, it began again, only much worse. I could not see two feet in front of me clearly, I felt as if I was going to faint and I began to sweat profusely. I sat down again and the feeling subsided. Originally I assumed this was dehydration or possibly heat stroke, as I did not experience it again throughout the day, but I have noticed at other times recently my vision abilities decreasing and somewhat blurry. I am unsure as to what this could be. I am on the generic Levothyroxin for hypothyroidism and Yaz birth control.

    Any help is appreciated!

  2. abigail_rdh says:

    Weird symptoms. Could be hormonal. May be hypothyroidism. Help!?
    I’ve been on a roller coaster ride with my body for the last 4 months. It all started when I began taking Yaz bcp about a year ago – I started having cramps in my legs, an itchy scalp, and fatigue. A few months into the Yaz (this past October), I started having numbness/tingling in my fingers. I chalked it up to the fact that I’m a dental hygienist and was starting to get signs of carpal tunnel. Since then, I’ve added the following symptoms:

    Occasional blurred vision
    Poor night vision
    Feeling of burning off/peeling off in fingernails
    Occasional upset stomach
    Extreme fatigue
    Occasional severe headaches
    Worsened acne (face, scalp, and chest/back)
    Numbness/tingling in toes/feet

    I have been off the Yaz since October, and I’m now taking Desogen bcp. I’m probably going to stop taking that tonight, actually. I’ve read a lot of things online that point to a progesterone deficiency, and also a lot of things that point to hypothyroidism. I’ve had my thyroid checked twice, (not sure how thorough they were…) and came back with normal results both times. All I’ve been diagnosed with over the past 4 months and 3 dr’s visits is anxiety and fatigue. I’ve also had an ultrasound on my calves to rule out blood clots, which it did.

    Is there a chance this is hypothyroidism? Some other sort of hormonal imbalance? I’d love to see an endocrinologist, but I’m sure that’s going to be hard to do since you have to be referred to specialists. Any advice from any medical professionals/students or those with either of these conditions?

    • moped mama says:

      maybe yes maybe no celiac wheat intolerance, i have hypo thyroid symptoms normal thyroid i have multinodular goiter i choked, thats how they found my goiters, your vit D deficient if your hypothyroid so start taking vit d 2000iu w/ calcium take vit b12 500mcg, take biotin another B , drink propel vit water, now, wheat can cause all your symptoms so you need a blood test for celiac, or gastroscope, anemic try omega 3 too, start eatting rice fresh cooked , jasmine balsamic brown white wild etc no msg pre boxed, eat potatoes sweet tator, tuna ckn turkey steak, fresh frozen fruits vegs,. make home made soups use a rice pot i cook with it for all my meals,bkf make grits oatmeal cream of rice, corn chex rice chex gluten free try this my fibromyalgia 75% better thyroid is good on 37.5 mcg syn thyroid , i have dry eye so re stasis is working calcium magnesium, potassium leg pain your shoes! are possible.. cantaloupe, Brazil nuts walnuts helps, dried cherries too avoid diet sugar soda ,foods this can cause your symptoms,
      so try only dandruff shampoos denorex, i was allergic to pantene , my allergies to chemicals increase, use alveeno like shower stuff, keepme posted i lost 35 lbs cause my thyroid i gained 10 lbs in 1 wk so my body was messed up, ur age? i’m 45 ur hormones possible test ur FSH

  3. kate f says:

    Hypothyroidism?? Please help!!?
    I’m not sure what’s wrong with me. I’ve been a vegetarian for almost a year now, and I think that my diet has caused me to have hypothyroidism. After the first couple of months, I felt kind of dizzy (sometimes, soon as move around, my vision gets kind of blurred and I only see red). I thought it was just because I wasn’t getting enough protien. I was/am tired all the time. I don’t really have any weight problems. Um…….. I did (I think) have a panic attack. At first, I thought it was because of some pills I was taking (royal jelly for protein), but now I’m starting to think that I have a bad thyroid. I know that depression is a symptom of it, but I’ve always been depressed- even before the diet. Um…… what do you think it is? I’ll try to get my mom to take me to the doctor, but until then…..Um what? Always tired. I couldn’t get to sleep until after 11:00pm. Woke up on my own at like 6:30. I’m tired now and it’s like 10:15am now. I’m 15, 5’5, about 130lb. What to do?
    Also, I forgot to mention that I have been experiencing tingling. When I go to sleep, I would almost always wake up with my right arm and hand asleep. I would always have to shake it awake.

  4. 27 Yr Old Married Guy says:

    Crohns, Celiac, Lupus, Hypothyroidism????? Help!?
    I started to have mental fogginess issued back in 2004, and remember having a general feeling of not feeling well. I can’t really remember exactly what it was like back then though. By the time 2006 came along, my issues had progressed pretty rapidly. I…

    - Had mental clarity issues.
    - I would get up to go to the grocery store and get in the car and realized I had forgotten where I was going.
    - I would bruise easily. I had diarrhea.
    My stomach was extremely bloated.
    I could barely carry on a conversation.

    After a few failed attempts at the doctors, I DIAGNOSED MYSELF with Celiac’s disease. Immediately, I went on a gluten free diet. After 6 months of being gluten free, I did notice improvement in some areas. But I never got to feeling 100%. Not even 60%.

    So I continued my research…

    About a year ago, I truly thought I was dying. I had…

    It feels as if all my stomach organs are swollen along with my head
    I feel like I have a fever, and my skin is hot to the touch (but no actual fever)
    Severe mental fogginess
    Underarm sweating
    Severe grogginess when waking
    Severe bloating
    Pressure headaches (get migraines on occasions with blurred vision, I think unrelated)
    Swollen and puffy eyes
    Got sick easily
    Cold hands and feet
    Shiver in cold weather
    Major skin issues. Pustuals on the hands and feet, rashes, etc. However I was able to get that at bay with very very mild soap.

    I knew at this point, I had to make a change. I cut everything out of my diet and slowly reintroduced things. At the end of this test, the only thing I could eat (at not perfect at that) was fruits, veggies, millet bread, sunflower butter (peanut butter substitute). I stuck to that diet for about 6 months and really better but dropped to 140 pounds. I went from a 1 out of 10 to a 6. But then started noticing that I was lacking nutrients and was getting other symptoms for not being balanced nutritionally. I have added a few things back in with a major herbal supplement system that I have created to help assist.

    Right now my diet is this…

    Millet bread
    Sunflower butter

    Garden of Life meal shake with probiotics and enzymes
    Activated Charcoal (Draw out poisons)
    Aloe Juice (Digestion)
    Basil (Digestion)
    Cayenne (Immune Booster)
    Cilantro (Detox)
    Cinnamon (Anti-Inflammatory)
    Coconut (Anti-Viral, Anti-Bacterial)
    Flax Oil (Anti-Inflammatory)
    Garlic (Anti-Viral, Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Fungal)
    Ginger (Anti-Inflammatory)
    Ginko (Blood Flow)
    Ginsing (Digestion)
    Lime (Anti-Biotic)
    Mushroom (Cancer inhibitor)
    Peppermint (Digestion)
    Rosemary (Blood Flow)
    Tumeric (Anti-Inflammatory, Cancer Fighter)
    Lemon Water

    I have seen certain improvements with my herbal remedy, but nothing too major.
    I thought way back that it was celiac’s. Deleting gluten from my diet helped, but did not fix the problem. My current research makes me feel like it is either Crohn’s or something similar, or Hepatitis C. I have read that the two can be confused. I have recently been tested through a private company for Hep C and it came back Negative. What confuses me is that I do not have stomach pain like most Crohn’s patients do. However, I am pretty sure I have an ulcer. I do have a sharp pain in my stomach that comes and goes at times. And the biggest issue for me is mental clarity and this swelling fever I deal with. I can deal with irregular bowel movements, but the way I feel is unacceptable. I have a copy of blood work I had done a year ago when I was feeling my worst, and I noticed that they didn’t test for Hypothyroidism? Do these symptoms sound like this could possibly be a culprit? Lupus?

    I am probably the healthiest person you know. I don’t drink, I don’t smoke, all of my diet is natural organic from the earth foods, herbs and minerals. I should not fee the way that I do.

    Please help!

    • Cindy in Texas says:

      I don’t see any protein or saturated fat in your diet which are essential to good health. I would highly suggest eating eggs if you can. Can you eat oysters? I started eating 1 oz. canned oysters every morning for the naturally occurring zinc (170% DV) & found it also had 90% DV of B12 as well as getting an extra 3g a week in EPA/DHA.

      Optimize your vit.D levels most people are deficient & especially ill people. Vit.D is not really a vitamin but a hormone that regulates your immune system. I would highly suggest researching. I personally did 35,000iu a day for 3 months to refill my depleted stores & now do 10,000-20,000iu per day. The constant fibromyalgia pain I had for 10 years went away doing this. I did 35,000iu for 2 months, then knocked it down to 2000iu day & the pain was back after a week, so I did another month of higher levels.

      I highly suggest filtering water to remove fluoride & other things. I’m using a zero water filter but wish I had invested in a Berkey water filter system because the filters are cleanable & don’t need to be replaced. What I’ve spent on filters, I could have bought a berkey system.

      I highly recommend a green drink with 2 tablespoons each of chlorella, spirulina, kelp, turmeric (pinch of pepper & half teaspoon of cinnamon) mixed in 28oz of water with a splash of raw apple cider vinegar & raw honey. I add half a cup of chia seeds to another 28oz blenderball bottle of water & serve these half & half over ice. The chia seed makes the green drink much more enjoyable. I buy chia seeds in bulk from getchia.com & algae from nutsonline.com

      I would suggest testing your thyroid at home with the Barnes Basal Temperature test (instructions online) – consistent low basal temperature is indicative of thyroid dysfunction & is more accurate than blood test (but harder to document) Low thyroid can cause a lot of health issues including brain fog.

      Are you using unrefined salt – preferably mined celtic or himalayan – Unrefined salt contains over 80 minerals. Salt and water work together to do important work in your body, including stimulating your metabolism, helping you detoxify, support your adrenals and making sure your nerves, hormones and immune system function properly.

      The body needs saturated fats to make vitamins & minerals & even omega 3 oils bioavailable so they can be incorporated into the body structure. I do not recommend flax seed oil – ground flax seed is fine (chia seed is better, because it doesn’t need to be ground) Unsaturated oils are fragile & oxidize (go rancid) when exposed to air & create free radical damage in the body – oils in whole foods are fine though.

  5. Ryan says:

    I got diagnosed with hypothyroidism…now what?
    The doctor told me its really low…and I am tired all the time, have other weird symptoms, and the most annoying symptom is blurred vision. After my first blood test he told me I have it (he was surprised since I am male), and he told me to have another blood test at the end of the month to determine what to do about it. But the the heck do I do until it’s fixed…?

    • sparkles3003 says:

      hypothyrodism is caused because the thyroid gland isn’t producing enough thryroxine, which is a hormone that your body needs,
      i’m surprised your doctor hasn’t already started tablets to replace the thyroxine your body isn’t producing,
      you will be on these tablets for life, the dose will depend on blood results, and you need to have regular blood tests

      it does effect more women than men, and it is hereditry,

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