Symptoms of a thyroid problem

Woman with a sore throat holding her neck


The thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland present in the neck. It produces vital hormones for brain activity and metabolism. Thyroid dysfunction can influence heart health, energy levels, brain chemistry, weight and almost every facet of human health. A thyroid problem can be due to both underactive and overactive thyroid. Thyroid problems are most common in females.

Common symptoms of a thyroid problem

  • Feeling exhausted, depressed or sad, fuzzy brain
  • Loss of interest in sex, impaired fertility
  • Dry skin, hair problems
  • Painful muscles or extremities
  • High blood pressure, random sweating
  • Messed sleep schedule
  • Altered periods, pregnancy complications or miscarriages
  • Symptoms of hyperthyroidism or overactive thyroid:
  • Restlessness, anxiety, shaking, fast reflexes
  • Bulging eyes, sleeping trouble
  • Weight loss, muscle weakness,
  • Brittle nails and hair, thin skin,
  • Excessive sweating, irritability, racing heart, nervousness
  • Exaggerated sex drive or drop in normal sex drive

Symptoms of hypothyroidism or under-active thyroid:

  • Snoring, neck swelling or hoarse voice
  • Mind issues like poor memory, poor concentration or brain fog
  • Constipation, increase blood cholesterol
  • Excessive hair losses, brittle nail, cracking or dry skin
  • Cold feet and hands, feeling cold in normal temperature
  • Tendonitis, joint and muscle pain
  • Dry or itchy eyes, puffy face
  • Hormone imbalances resulting low sex drive, infertility and irregular periods
  • Mood issues such as depression, anxiety or mood swings
  • Weight gain or inability to lose weight
  • Fatigue after completing 8 to 10 hours night sleep

Symptoms of hypothyroidism in children and newborns:

Hoarse crying, low muscle tone, poor feeding, no weight gain, deterioration in handwriting, constipation, weight gain without increased appetite, puffy or swollen appearance, low energy, delayed or early puberty, delayed skeletal maturation and growth retardation.

Symptoms of hyperthyroidism in children and infants:

Wide eyed stare, sleep problems, sweating, concentration trouble, increased appetite with weight loss, delayed puberty, hyper-kinetic movements, trembling hands and hyperactivity.

Neck symptoms due to a thyroid problem:

Enlarged neck, tenderness or pain in neck, sore throat, throat or neck feels sensitive, feeling uncomfortable with scarves or ties, palpable or visible lumps in neck, palpable enlargement of thyroid gland and feeling of a lump in throat when swallowing



Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person due to lifestyle, healthy eating, body type and dedication to the program. No individual result should be seen as typical. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.