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Hyperthyroidism/Graves' Disease Risk Factors & Symptoms Checklist

by Mary Shomon

Review this checklist to help in identifying symptoms of hyperthyroidism and/or Graves' disease. Once filled out, you can bring this checklist to your doctor to help in getting a correct and timely diagnosis of your overactive thyroid. You can also use this checklist to help discuss with your doctor whether the treatment is sufficiently resolving symptoms.

Risk factors for Graves' disease and hyperthyroidism:

_____ I have a family history of thyroid disease (parent, grandparent, brother, sister, child)
_____ A doctor has said that my thyroid should be monitored
_____ I previously was diagnosed with goiters or nodules
_____ I currently have a goiter, enlarged thyroid
_____ I currently or in the past have had thyroid nodules
_____ I have been treated in the past for hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism
_____ I had a thyroid condition (i.e., post-partum thyroiditis, hypothyroidism, or hyperthyroidism) during a previous pregnancy
_____ I have had temporary thyroid problems ("transient thyroiditis") in the past
_____ I have now or in the past been diagnosed with another autoimmune disease, i.e., lupus, psoriasis, Raynaud's syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, endometriosis, multiple sclerosis, alopecia, etc.) (For more information, see the Autoimmune Information Center
_____ I am currently pregnant now
_____ I had a baby in the past nine months
_____ I have a history of recurrent miscarriage
_____ I have a history of infertility
_____ In the past, I had radioactive iodine (RAI) for Graves' Disease/hyperthyroidism treatment
_____ In the past, I have taken anti-thyroid drugs for Graves' Disease/hyperthyroidism treatment
_____ In the past, I have had surgery for Graves' Disease/hyperthyroidism treatment

Possible symptoms of hyperthyroidism:

_____ I'm having heart fluttering, skipping beats
_____ My heart is racing
_____ I'm having heart palpitations
_____ My pulse rate is fast
_____ My pulse, even when I'm resting or in bed, is unusually high
_____ I have shaky hands or tremors in my hands and arms
_____ I feel unusually hot
_____ I am feeling hot when others are cold or comfortable
_____ I'm perspiring more
_____ I am losing weight despite following my normal diet/exercise
_____ I am eating substantially more, but losing weight or staying the same weight
_____ My appetite has increased greatly
_____ I have a lot of nervous energy or I'm fidgety
_____ I am experiencing loose, more frequent and/or diarrheal bowel movements
_____ I feel nervous or irritable
_____ My skin looks or feels thinner
_____ My muscles are weaker, especially my arms and thighs
_____ I am having difficulty falling asleep
_____ I'm waking frequently
_____ I'm having insomnia
_____ I feel tired
_____ My hair is coarse and dry
_____ My hair is breaking, brittle
_____ My hair is falling out
_____ My skin is coarse, dry, and scaly
_____ I have a hoarse or raspy voice
_____ I have pains and aches in my joints, especially my hands and feet
_____ I am having irregular menstrual cycles
_____ I am not getting my period, or getting it infrequently
_____ I am having trouble conceiving a baby
_____ I have had one or more miscarriages
_____ I feel depressed
_____ I have had what seem to be panic attacks
_____ I've been diagnosed as having panic disorder or anxiety disorder
_____ My eyes are popping out, I have a "bug-eyed" look
_____ My eyes are dry, scratchy, sensitive to light
_____ My moods change easily
_____ I have feelings of worthlessness, depression
_____ I find it difficult to concentrate or focus
_____ I am feeling sad at times
_____ I am losing interest in my normal daily activities
_____ I'm more forgetful

For more information, see Frequently Asked Questions on Graves' Disease & Hyperthyroidism

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