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how do treat hyperthyroidism?

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Dr. Holly Barth
Dr. Holly Barthanswered
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
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
Three ways: There are medications that lower the thyroid level, surgical removal of all or part of the gland, radioactive iodine. An endocrinologist should be able to guide which method is best for a particular patient.
Dr. Clarence Lyons
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Hyperthyroidism: A thyroid gland secreting too much thyroid hormone. Medications, radioactive treatments, and surgery are options.
Dr. Walter Futterweit
Endocrinology 64 years experience
Antithyoid Rx or RAI: Prefer antithyroid meds to reduce radiation to ovaries (small but radiation). Antithyroid drugs are the first line in treating. Make sure a nodule that makes excess thyroid is not the cause. (Toxic nodule).

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

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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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How can I treat hyperthyroidism naturally, without prescriptions?

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Dr. James Chu
Endocrinology 25 years experience
Very unlikely: 3 common causes of spontaneous hyperthyroidism. Overactive nodular goiters produce more thyroid hormone over time, and do not resolve unless medically or surgically treated. Graves' is an autoimmune disease that can go into remission, but usually after taking anti-thyroid rx for while. Inflammatory thyroiditis is a self-resolving condition that may lead to hypothyroid. Answer depends on which type.
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How can I treat hyperthyroidism naturally, without drugs?

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Dr. Chris Oh
Dr. Chris Ohanswered
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
No: There is no standard "natural" treatment for hyperthyroidism except for medications that are designed to block excess thyroid hormone production. Depending on the symptoms you may also need to take beta-blockers which help control the "adrenergic" symptoms.
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What is an efficient way to treat hyperthyroidism?

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Dr. Thomas Knecht
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2 ways: Hi. The most common means of treating hyperthyroidism are anti-thyroid medications (usually methimazole but also PTU) and radioactive iodine (RAI). RAI is very simple, safe, and effective, but some people don't like the stigma attached. Beta blockers are also used temporarily to help with heart racing and tremor. Good luck!

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