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feeling thyroiditis symptomsThyroiditis symptoms can contribute to a general poor feeling.

Common thyroiditis symptoms include constipation, dry skin and hair, low tolerance to cold, fatigue, and weight gain.

Thyroiditis is a group of disorders that cause an inflammation of the thyroid gland, which is located in the front of your neck. This disorder reduces the thyroid’s ability to function properly (i.e. hypothyroidism).

Thyroiditis Symptoms

Symptoms of thyroiditis may include:

  • Fatigue
  • Constipation
  • Difficulty concentrating on tasks
  • Dry skin and hair
  • Hair loss
  • Goiter or enlarged neck
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Loss of tolerance to cold
  • Weight gain, that is unintentional
  • Joint achiness and stiffness
  • Possible swelling in the face

Thyroiditis Causes

Thyroiditis symptoms may be caused by an autoimmune disease (i.e. Hashimoto’s disease), that destroys the cells of the thyroid gland. This condition is the most common form of thyroiditis in the U.S. It most commonly affects middle-aged women, but can be seen at any age. There may be an increased risk in those with a family history of this condition.

There are other forms of thyroiditis including:

  • Postpartum thyroiditis, which occurs after a woman gives birth
  • Subacute thyroiditis, which is related to hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism. This form of thyroiditis may be a complication due to a virus such as mumps or influenza (Viral thyroiditis)
  • Acute thyroiditis, is rare and caused by an infection, which is typically bacterial
  • Silent thyroiditis, which is characterized by a small goiter with no pain or tenderness
  • Drug-induced thyroiditis, certain drugs such as Amiodarone, Litium, and hyperthyroidism drugs can lead to thyroiditis symptoms
  • Radiation-induced thyroiditis, radiation used to treat cancer near the thyroid gland can damage the gland.

Thyroiditis Diagnosis

Diagnosis of thyroiditis symptoms will be based on the observation of the earlier mentioned symptoms as well as a physical exam. The examination may include thyroid function tests (e.g. Free T4 test, Serum TSH, T3, etc.) and blood work to make an accurate diagnosis.

Thyroiditis Treatment

A physician may recommend hormone replacement therapy (i.e. levothyroxine) if your body is not producing sufficient amounts of thyroid hormone. Other medications may be needed to treat related conditions. Speak with your doctor to see if over-the-counter pain relievers may be used to minimize discomfort.

Thyroiditis symptoms may stay stable for many years or may progress to hypothyroidism. This condition cannot be prevented. However, Some people report positive improvements in their energy level, mood, and weight using natural therapies for hypothyroidism.



  1. MayoClinic.com Health Library – Subacute thyroiditis (viral thyroiditis). (n.d.). Home. Retrieved August 5, 2011, from http://www.riversideonline.com/health_reference/Questions-Answers/AN00331.cfm
  2. Chronic thyroiditis (Hashimoto’s disease) – PubMed Health. (n.d.). National Center for Biotechnology Information. Retrieved August 5, 2011, from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001409/

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Last update: August 6, 2011