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how to tell if i have hyperthyroidism?

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Dr. Stanley Schwartz
Endocrinology 52 years experience
Many symptoms.: Shaky, sweaty, jittery, nervous, fast heart beat, irregular/extra heart beats, weight loss, increased appetite, fatigue, multiple bowel movements daily but other conditions can cause similar symptom collection so see md, get lab tests.

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A 47-year-old member asked:

How to tell if I am going through hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism?

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Dr. Alan Feldman
Endocrinology 41 years experience
Blood test: There are simple blood tests to look for either hypo or hyperthyroidism. A TSH level is most sensitive for the diagnosis (low in hyperthyroidism, high in hypothyroidism). A free T4 level is helpful if the TSH is abnormal.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Can you please tell me how hypothyroid and hyperthyroid differ?

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Dr. David Sneid
Endocrinology 41 years experience
Low vs high: In hypothyroid there is too little thyroid hormone and everything slows down; in hyperthyroidism there is too much and everything speeds up. Check w/your doctor.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Can any doc tell me what's the best way to treat hyperthyroidism?

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Dr. Chaitanya Mamillapalli
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Depends on the diagn: If the hyperthyroidism is because of excessive hormone production. There are 3 options to treat 1. Antithyroid medication for 2 years 2. Radiodine 3.Surgery. Each of these options has its own benefits and risks and one needs to discuss with their endocrinologists to see which treatment best suits them.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me what to do if i found out I have hyperthyroidism how difficult is it to treat?

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Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Different options: The treatment in hyperthyroidism is directed towards slowing down your thyroid gland. Different methods can be employed depending upon what the cause is found to be, among others: pills, radioactive iodine, surgery. It can also be followed closely if it is not causing you symptoms. Would definitely suggest involving an endocrinologist in making the right decision.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me for hyperthyroidism what medication is best?

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Dr. Marino Tavarez
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Two antithyroid drug: are currently available in the United States: Propylthiouracil (PTU (propylthiouracil)) and Methimazole (MMI, Tapazole). Carbimazole is available in Europe and parts of Asia, but not in the United States. PTU (propylthiouracil) used to be the drug of choice during pregnancy because it has a lower risk of causing birth defects - now it is only recommended during 1st trimester

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