Do I Have an Underactive Thyroid if I am Cold All The Time

Do I Have an Underactive Thyroid if I am Cold All The Time

January 9, 2014 0

Do I Have an Underactive Thyroid if I am Cold All The Time

Temperature sensitivity is just one symptom of an underactive thyroid. To get a better diagnostic picture of what might be going on, you need to take more than just a blood test. You need to take a signs and symptoms quiz.  137952106_sm

The Underactive Thyroid Quiz

According to the  Daily Strength website, the enclosed quiz is something patients can use to rate their likelihood of having an underactive thyroid. The website also includes a quiz for an overactive thyroid.

Check all signs and symptoms that apply:

_____ I am gaining weight inappropriately
_____ I’m unable to lose weight with diet/exercise
_____ I am constipated, sometimes severely
_____ I have hypothermia/low body temperature (I feel cold when others feel hot, I need extra sweaters, etc.)
_____ I feel fatigued, exhausted
_____ Feeling run down, sluggish, lethargic
_____ My hair is coarse and dry, breaking, brittle, falling out. My skin coarse, dry, scaly, and thick
_____ I have a hoarse or gravely voice
_____ I have puffiness and swelling around the eyes and face
_____ I have pains, aches in joints, hands and feet
_____ I have developed carpal-tunnel syndrome, or it’s getting worse
_____ I am having irregular menstrual cycles (longer, or heavier, or more frequent)
_____ I am having trouble conceiving a baby
_____ I feel depressed I feel restless
_____ My moods change easily
_____ I have feelings of worthlessness
_____ I have difficulty concentrating
_____ My hair is falling out
_____ I have more feelings of sadness
_____ I seem to be losing interest in normal daily activities
_____ I’m more forgetful lately
_____ I can’t seem to remember things
_____ I have no sex drive
_____ I am getting more frequent infections
_____ I’m snoring more
_____ I have/may have sleep apnea
_____ I feel shortness of breath and tightness in the chest
_____ I feel the need to yawn to get oxygen
_____ My eyes feel gritty and dry
_____ My eyes feel sensitive to light
_____ My eyes get jumpy/tics in eyes
_____ I feel dizzy or have vertigo
_____ I have regular headaches
_____ I have strange feelings in neck or throat
_____ I have tinnitus (ringing in ears)
_____ I get recurrent sinus infections
_____ I have vertigo
_____ I feel some lightheadedness
_____ I have severe menstrual cramps


The website recommends using this rule of thumb: if 5 to 8 symptoms are checked, talk to your general practitioner about getting properly diagnosed with a thyroid problem. If over 8 symptoms are checked, but your thyroid test comes back “normal,” get a referral to an endocrinologist.

It can take a while to get properly diagnosed.  Whatever you do; don’t despair.  A specialist can help validate your diagnosis, even if your general practitioner misses the signs. Keep in mind;  there are other diagnostic options besides the standard blood test that can give you better results. It’s worth looking into for accuracy.

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