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Low Thyroid (hypothyroidism) with no syptoms?

I was told by my doctor today that I have low thyriod. I don't really have any of the syptoms that have been listed

• Fatigue and weakness
• Low basal temperature ( cold intolerance)
• Dry and coarse skin
• Hair loss
• Cold hands and feet
• Weight gain
• Insomnia
• Constipation
• Depression
• Poor memory, forgetfulness, dementia
• Nervousness and tremors
• Immune system problems
• Heavy menstrual periods

The only thing on the list has been insomnia. The only time I have had constipation is a few days before that time of the month but I has happened ever since I started. I haven't had any of the other syptoms listed.

Is there anyone else out there that has been diagnosed with Low Thryriod but doesn't have any of the syptoms or maybe one or two?


Fri. Feb 22, 10:41pm

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I would tread very lightly with this. Doctors are all to often jumping the gun. What sort of tests did your doc do? Did he do a T4, T3 and TSH test? If he didn't do these basic tests for any thyroid problem, hypo or hyper, you definitely need to have them done. Its a simple blood test. But seeing as you have no other symptoms then insomnia I would be very cautious with his opinion unless it is backed up with tests. Go get a 2nd opinion with a different doc. And if your doc didn't have tests done you need to ask him why and how he is coming to his diagnoses based on only one symptom, a symptom that fits almost any kind of stress or tons of other things.

Saturday, February 23, 2008, 1:20 AM

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I had no symtoms at all. I am now on a generic thyroid med every am. I thought it might speed my metabolism but I don't think it has. The dr. said not all people have symptoms. It does run in my family.

Saturday, February 23, 2008, 10:36 AM

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I had some blood test ran on Feb 19, but I didn't see the lab order so I am not sure what he ran.

His nurse calle me Friday, Feb 22 to tell me that I had elevated LDL and Low Thyriod and wanted to know what pharmacy to call the prescription into. After I had a chance to do some reasearch, I called her back and told her that I wanted to make an appt to talk to the doctor before I start taking anything.

And after talking with the doctor I do plan on getting a second opionion. I am going to try and get a referral to a doctor that specializes in thyroid.


Saturday, February 23, 2008, 2:39 PM

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First and foremost get an endocrinologist, they specialize in auto immune diseases. I was diagnosed with Graves Disease about 9 years ago, one of the underlying causes was hyperthyroidism. So I was speeded out, couldn't sleep, had lost weight, and was hot and sweaty all the time. I had 3 opinions before I believed them cause most people with Graves the first symptom is bulging of the eyes. My doc insisted I take meds right away. I discovered the meds had horrible side effects and I would pretty much have to take them forever. As far as I was concerned the side effects were worse then my symptoms. I declined the western treatment and opted to try alternative treatment first to see if that would work. I went to Bastyr University and started on different chinese herbs, a daily tincture and weekly acupuncture treatments. Within the first month I was feeling much different. My labs came back looking great after 2 months and within a year I was in remission, and have been since. My doc still wanted me to take the meds even though my labs were looking normal. So before you jump in and start meds you might want to research the meds they want you to take and look at alternatives as well. It can't hurt to try something else for a few months to see if it works.

Saturday, February 23, 2008, 7:43 PM

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That is what I have been doing. Researching about Synthyriod and like I mentioned before. I don't have any of the symptoms except for insomnia. From what I have read the side effects (if I should get them) will make my quality of life worse. Considering I don't have any of the other side effects.

But I am going to recommend to see and endocrinologist. I think that would be my best action but I have to get a referral before I can go.

I am looking at alternative things that I can do.

Thanks for the info

Saturday, February 23, 2008, 9:16 PM

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KS definitely see an endo, your doc should have no problem giving you a referral for something like that and if for some reason he doesn't see another doc. With only one symptom I would be very leary of taking anything before many tests are done. And really don't rule out alternative treatments they can really work wonders for some things.

Sunday, February 24, 2008, 7:52 AM

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Low Thyroid

I also was diagnosed with no symptoms. I am trying some things and then going to see a endocrinologist before I give in to lifetime meds.

Sunday, May 11, 2008, 9:04 PM

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It takes a long time for low thyroid to have the symptoms that you commonly read about - it is very subtle. You may have been caught very early. I had no idea what was happening to me (other than hitting 50...feeling a little fatigued and putting on a couple of pounds), and my doctor accidentally found out about it on a routine test. One of the symptoms is high cholesterol. Mine was sky high as was my TSH and zero T3 and T4. I also had insomnia - could hear the blood rushing through my ears. Had some heart palpitations which I attributed to coffee drinking. Not doing something about it can be lethal - heart failure, which is why your doctor is so concerned. After taking synthroid for a couple of months, it was like I had found the fountain of youth. My whole outlook improved - it did not speed up my metabolism and melt off the pounds, tho. I have had no bad symptoms on synthroid, so I don't know why you are concerned. I did follow up with an endocrinologist, but am now just having the gp do the monitoring.

Sunday, May 11, 2008, 11:14 PM

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I was tested for a thyroid problem 6 months ago. I got an emergency call from my Dr office. My TSH was 15 times above the normal range. I've been on higher end doses of Synthroid with zero side effects when taken in the morning. If you take it at night its like drinking a coke, it might keep you up a bit longer then you want.

Sunday, May 11, 2008, 11:31 PM

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As far as symptoms are concerned I didn't really notice any. But I think its a gradual thing. You don't know how bad you were feeling untill you feel better.

Sunday, May 11, 2008, 11:33 PM

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I had no symptoms either but it was caught with a routine blood test when I was 50. I take Armour and had to bump up the dose once from the initial does, but that's all. Really not a big deal for me.

Monday, May 12, 2008, 6:57 PM

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I take levoxl for low thyroid. Ive never felt better. But it did not speed up my metabolism.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008, 11:39 PM

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I know this is an old thread, but I thought I'd pull it back up, as I've just been diagnosed w/ low thyroid and prescribed Synthroid, though I have no symptoms other than a low basal temperature. The diagnosis is based on a blood test a few months ago that showed borderline-low thyroid levels, and one last week that showed low levels. I am 26, 5'1", 113 lbs; lost about 15-20 lbs 2 years ago on PeerTrainer and have kept it off w/o much trouble.

What are others' experiences who had no symptoms and then went on medication? Did you realize that, in fact, you did have symptoms that you hadn't recognized? Did you notice any changes? Is anyone else on Synthroid?

Of course I'm working w/ my doctor to figure out the details of my personal health, and doing my own research; I'm just also looking for personal stories from others who have been in my position before.


Monday, June 08, 2009, 4:26 PM

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To diagnose you with thyroid disease, usually a blood test is in order. My doctor thought I had thyroid disease (but I had some major side effects) and sent me for some blood tests. I then was sent to a specialist in nuclear medicine to address it. Fine now.

Monday, June 08, 2009, 6:20 PM

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It is important for your body that thyroid levels be kept within a normal range. Your physician will know how to treat you if your levels on your blood test are abnormal. If you don't trust your physician, get a second opinion from an endocrinologist. Just because you don't 'feel' like you are hypothyroid doesn't mean you are not hypothyroid. Changes that you might notice can be very subtle, meanwhile the condition is having its effect on your body even if you don't notice it. Take advantage of science to keep yourself healthy. Hypothyroidism is fairly common, especially in women and is easily treated.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009, 5:58 PM

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natural thyroid

Yeah it is really annoying to have a round face compared to losing your hair in clumps. I am currently taking natural porcine thyroid. I'm happy because it lessens the pain I am suffering.


Thursday, February 10, 2011, 1:48 AM

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Low Thyroid (hypothyroidism) with no syptoms?

Like KS, the only symptom I have is a high TSH reading. I have no other symptoms, but when I go off my synthroid or reduced the proscribed amount (75 mcg's) my TSH reading go up. Is there anybody out there who has chosen NOT to take synthroid and done OK? Thanks

Thursday, May 22, 2014, 3:19 PM

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