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.

How do members experience hypothyroidism?

Top 5 symptoms reported by people with hypothyroidism*

*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.

Top treatments taken by people for hypothyroidism*

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

Compare treatments taken by people with hypothyroidism*

Treatment
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment

(Synthroid)
Perceived effectiveness
for hypothyroidism (9 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
hypothyroidism (71)
Treatment

(Cytomel)
Perceived effectiveness
for hypothyroidism (7 evaluations)
Side effects
hair loss heart murmur 3 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
hypothyroidism (13)
Treatment

(Armour Thyroid)
Perceived effectiveness
for hypothyroidism (2 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood cold sensation in feet 4 more
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
hypothyroidism (8)

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

Who has hypothyroidism on PatientsLikeMe?

Age

Age Proportion # of patients
<20 18
20s 205
30s 971
40s 2,182
50s 3,640
60s 3,452
70+ 1,665

Distribution of sex

Sex

Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1,071
Female 11,046