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A 45-year-old member asked:

what causes similar symptoms to hyperthyroidism?

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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Internal Medicine 50 years experience
Many, many things: Most overweight people think/hope they have an under active thyroid gland, so doc can give them thyroid replacement and they'll lose the weight (i remember one case in 40 years practice). Many people think they have overactive thyroid when pulse is fast, palpitations in chest, sweat a lot, diarrhea frequently, lose weight or hair, ...Most don't, but check. I do thyroid screening tests routinely.
Dr. David Sneid
Endocrinology 41 years experience
Nothing: There is no other disorder that produces the constellation of signs and symptoms that hyperthyroidism does. Check w/your doctor.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

What's the difference between grave's disease and hyperthyroidism?

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Dr. Philip Kern
Endocrinology 43 years experience
Hyperthyroidism: There are many different causes of hyperthyroidism. Graves disease is an autoimmune disease most common in young women. Other common forms of hyperthyroidism are toxic nodular goiter, subacute thyroiditis, post-partum thyroiditis, and of course overreplacement with thyroid hormone. There are many other, less common forms of hyperthyroidism, some of which can be subtle.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

What tests do you need to have done to figure out if you have hypo or hyperthyroidism?

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Lab tests: The common tests for both condition are: TSH and free t4. For hyperthyrodism, you will also need a free t3 (liothyronine). Once your doctor has these results, more tests might be needed such as thyroid antibodies, thyroid ultrasound, thyroid uptake and scan and possibly thyroid biopsy. The latter tests are usually not needed if tsh, free T4 and free T3 (liothyronine) are normal.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

Are there any risks associated with letter hyperthyroidism go untreated?

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Dr. Robert Kaplan
Endocrinology 44 years experience
Hyperthyroid: Letting hyperthyroid go untreated leads to heat intolerance, weight loss, irritability, widened blood pressures, sleeplessness, hyperactivity, tachycardia (rapid heart rate) and increased appetite. Continued lack of treatment in very extreme situations could result in presenting in the emergency room and being mistaken for a heart attack. Get treated. It is not costly.
A 40-year-old member asked:

How do treat hyperthyroidism?

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Dr. Holly Barth
Dr. Holly Barth answered
General Practice 9 years experience
Depends on cause: Either the gland itself is at fault or the pituitary gland is at fault. If the thyroid is causing the hyperthyroidism, surgical excision or chemical ablation can effectively remove the gland. There are medications that can be taken to inhibit thyroid hormone synthesis if you are not a candidate for either of these. If the pituitary gland is the source of trouble, that can be removed surgically.
Dr. Richard Orr
Dr. Richard Orr commented
Surgical Oncology 44 years experience
Actually pituitary sources of hyperthyroidism are incredibly rare. The main cause of hyperthyroidism is Graves' disease, which is probably an autoimmune issue. Occasionally, a single thyroid nodule can cause it - the treatment is surgical. For Graves, patients take medicine to control the symptoms and most are treated definitively with radioactive iodine or surgery.
Jan 30, 2012
A 46-year-old member asked:

What will my appointment with an nhs specialist entail for hyperthyroidism?

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Dr. Philip Kern
Endocrinology 43 years experience
Endocrinologist: Nhs=national health service, but you live in la? Presumably you are seeing an endocrinologist for your hyperthyroidism. The doc will take a hx and physical, examine your thyroid, blood tests if not already done. (s)he may do an ultrasound, esp if there is a nodule. May start on antithyroid drugs (eg b-blocker, methimazole). May discuss future treatments, like radioactive iodine or surgery.

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