Hypothyroidism

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What is hypothyroidism?

Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland is not producing enough thyroid hormone. The reasons for hypothyroidism may include an underlying autoimmune disease, inflammation, imbalance of iodine levels, certain medications, surgical removal of the thyroid or radiation treatment.

Common symptoms reported by people with hypothyroidism

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people for hypothyroidism

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Synthroid)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4829
Tried for
hypothyroidism (92)
Treatment name(s)

(Cytomel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
400
Tried for
hypothyroidism (21)
Treatment name(s)

(Armour Thyroid)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
101
Tried for
hypothyroidism (18)

Data from patients with hypothyroidism, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with hypothyroidism

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Synthroid)
Perceived effectiveness
for hypothyroidism (24 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation dry mouth 7 more
Total evaluations
25
Tried for
hypothyroidism (92)
Treatment name(s)

(Cytomel)
Perceived effectiveness
for hypothyroidism (8 evaluations)
Side effects
hair loss heart murmur 4 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
hypothyroidism (21)
Treatment name(s)

(Armour Thyroid)
Perceived effectiveness
for hypothyroidism (7 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood cold sensation in feet 7 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
hypothyroidism (18)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with hypothyroidism, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during the last 5 years.
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Who has hypothyroidism on PatientsLikeMe?

  • 14 new patients joined this month
  • 2085 say hypothyroidism is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 13
20s 214
30s 1025
40s 2293
50s 3587
60s 3219
70+ 1351
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 808
20-29 years 1393
30-39 years 1533
40-49 years 1129
50-59 years 496
60-69 years 109
70+ years 18

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1026
Female 10729

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 7658
Not Diagnosed 88

These charts show data from hypothyroidism patients who have completed their condition history
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