1-2% of adults suffer from moderate to severe hypothyroidism. In extreme situations at times, moderate to severe hypothyroidism could cause respiratory problems and symptoms. Respiratory symptoms commonly seen include shortness of breath, sleep disturbances, snoring, coughing and wheezing.
What promotes respiratory issues when thyroid hormone levels are low, is at times a malfunction in the movement of the diaphragm. Issues with gas exchange in the body, can also contribute to the occurrence of respiratory symptoms in thyroid patients suffering from severe hypothyroidism. Other factors that can cause respiratory difficulties include goiters causing airway obstruction and even tracheal collapse, and obstructive sleep apnea (OSAS).
For instance, 25-50% of people suffering from moderate to severe hypothyroidism also suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. The reversal of OSAS may occur when patients are given the proper dose of thyroid hormone to correct their low thyroid.
If you are suffering from respiratory symptoms such as shortness of breath, snoring, or sleep interruptions, you should see your doctor to have your thyroid levels checked and monitored so that you can be treated with the appropriate medications to find symptom relief and have a better quality of life.