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
4703
Tried for
hypothyroidism (216)
Treatment name(s)

(Armour Thyroid)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
91
Tried for
hypothyroidism (41)
Treatment name(s)

(Cytomel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
384
Tried for
hypothyroidism (37)

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 (89 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain fatigue 27 more
Total evaluations
90
Tried for
hypothyroidism (216)
Treatment name(s)

(Armour Thyroid)
Perceived effectiveness
for hypothyroidism (29 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood cold sensation in feet 9 more
Total evaluations
29
Tried for
hypothyroidism (41)
Treatment name(s)

(Cytomel)
Perceived effectiveness
for hypothyroidism (19 evaluations)
Side effects
hair loss anxious mood 6 more
Total evaluations
19
Tried for
hypothyroidism (37)
  • 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?

  • 13 new patients joined this month
  • 1954 say hypothyroidism is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 17
20s 309
30s 1190
40s 2606
50s 3590
60s 2759
70+ 906
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 807
20-29 years 1379
30-39 years 1529
40-49 years 1122
50-59 years 494
60-69 years 108
70+ years 17

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 986
Female 10445

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 7618
Not Diagnosed 88

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