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Over the years I've compiled a list of symptoms of hypothyroidism and Hashimoto's that women often struggle with. One important thing to remember is that once you suspect that your thyroid could be the problem (based on these symptoms), you shouldn't let the physician tell you otherwise without getting a full thyroid blood panel done first.

Over the years, I’ve compiled a list of symptoms of hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s that women often struggle with. One important thing to remember is that once you suspect that your thyroid could be the problem (based on these symptoms), you shouldn’t let the physician tell you otherwise without getting a full thyroid blood panel done first.

Common Symptoms of Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s (Recognized by Medical Professionals):

  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Brain fog
  • Unexplained or excessive weight gain
  • Dry, coarse and/or itchy skin
  • Dry, coarse and/or thinning hair
  • Eyebrow and eyelashes loss
  • Brittle nails
  • Feeling cold (wearing a sweater in summer!)
  • Constipation
  • Infertility and miscarriage
  • Throat discomfort and/or tightness

 Symptoms of Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto's Disease

Other Signs that are Potential Symptoms of Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s:

  • Forgetfulness
  • Feeling socially distant
  • Difficulty expressing yourself
  • Lack of motivation
  • Itchy skin
  • Puffy eyes
  • Swollen tongue
  • Water retention
  • Digestive discomfort or diarrhea
  • Acid reflux
  • Intestinal gas
  • Intestinal bloating
  • Candida (yeast overgrowth)
  • Muscle aches
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Frequent colds
  • High LDL cholesterol
  • Muscle cramps
  • Muscle loss
  • Irregular menstrual flow
  • Low sex drive
  • Low level of vitamin D
  • Low level of vitamin B12
  • Low ferritin or anemia

The symptoms listed immediately above can be symptoms of hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s, but they can also be symptoms of other diseases, disorders, and conditions. In order to know whether you have thyroid problems or some other issues, you should consult with your physician and get a full thyroid blood work panel done.

Supplementation may be a piece of the puzzle to thyroid health. To learn more about how to balance your hormones with supplements (and which to take), you can download our FREE Supplement Guide here.

What’s Next?

Here are four further resources I recommend checking out while getting yourself ready for this journey. Knowing your enemy (i.e. getting diagnosed with hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s) is half the battle won. It really is. So, don’t give up, just get to work and learn what to do next!

Article #1: 6 Thyroid Lab Tests Every Patient Should Insist On (and What They Mean)

Article #2: How to Find Good and Supportive Thyroid Doctors

Article #3: What is The Thyroid Diet Plan?

Article #4: A recovery story to inspire you.

You can learn more about thyroid-friendly recipes in my cookbook, Cooking for Hormone Balance. You’ll find over 125 easy, delicious recipes to nourish your body and balance your hormones without calorie restriction or deprivation.

All of the recipes are based on 20 hormone-supporting superfoods and 20 hormone-supporting super herbs—with modifications for Paleo, Paleo for Autoimmunity (AIP), anti-Candida, and low-FODMAP diets.

You can get a copy of the cookbook here.

Photography by Roberto Nickson and Jonathan Zerger