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
4744
Tried for
hypothyroidism (188)
Treatment name(s)

(Armour Thyroid)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
93
Tried for
hypothyroidism (37)
Treatment name(s)

(Cytomel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
388
Tried for
hypothyroidism (36)

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 (75 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain alternating constipation and diarrhea 25 more
Total evaluations
76
Tried for
hypothyroidism (188)
Treatment name(s)

(Armour Thyroid)
Perceived effectiveness
for hypothyroidism (27 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood cold sensation in feet 8 more
Total evaluations
27
Tried for
hypothyroidism (37)
Treatment name(s)

(Cytomel)
Perceived effectiveness
for hypothyroidism (19 evaluations)
Side effects
hair loss anxious mood 7 more
Total evaluations
19
Tried for
hypothyroidism (36)
  • 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?

  • 10 new patients joined this month
  • 1997 say hypothyroidism is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 15
20s 295
30s 1155
40s 2527
50s 3618
60s 2861
70+ 1002
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 809
20-29 years 1385
30-39 years 1535
40-49 years 1126
50-59 years 496
60-69 years 109
70+ years 17

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1003
Female 10524

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 7650
Not Diagnosed 89

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