Thyroiditis | Symptoms

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What are the symptoms of thyroiditis?

Since thyroiditis refers to a group of disorders rather than just one disorder, the symptoms vary.

Thyroiditis can cause slow, long-term thyroid cell damage and destruction that causes thyroid hormone levels in the blood to fall. If so, the symptoms are like those of hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid). Symptoms include the following:

  • Fatigue
  • Unexpected weight gain
  • Constipation
  • Dry skin
  • Depression
  • Muscle aches

Thyroiditis can cause rapid thyroid cell damage and destruction that causes thyroid hormone in the gland to leak out and increase the thyroid hormone levels in your blood. If so, it causes symptoms that are like those of hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid). Symptoms include the following:

  • Weight loss
  • Nervousness, anxiety or irritability
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle weakness
  • Tremors (shaking hands or fingers)

People who have thyroiditis can sometimes have pain in the thyroid gland (in the front of the neck).

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 01/11
Created: 09/07

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