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Dr. Susan Wingo
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Hyperthyroidism (Overview)

A medical condition that lowers the level of thyroid hormone to a point where the patient has a marked decrease in overall health.


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Which treatments work best for an overactive thyroid - hyperthyroidism?

Which treatments work best for an overactive thyroid - hyperthyroidism?

Several options: The treatments come down to antithyroid drugs (eg. Methimazole), radioactive iodine (rai), or surgery. Each has advantages and disadvantages, and you should discuss with your endocrinologist. If you opt for surgery, make sure the surgeon is an experienced thyroid surgeon. ...Read more

Dr. Susan Wingo
559 Doctors shared insights

Hyperthyroidism (Overview)

A medical condition that lowers the level of thyroid hormone to a point where the patient has a marked decrease in overall health.


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

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

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. ...Read more

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Managing Hyperthyroidism (Checklist)

Take medication as prescribed
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Monitor for any improvement in symptoms
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What are the symptoms of hyperthyroidism? How to tell if I have it?

What are the symptoms of hyperthyroidism? How to tell if I have it?

See your doctor: Weight loss, diarrhea, excess sweating, palpations, rapid heart beat, high blood pressure see your doctor so hecan run some blood tests on you to substantiate the diagnosis. ...Read more

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What are the complications of untreated hyperthyroidism?

What are the complications of untreated hyperthyroidism?

Bad things: Death is one of them, which most people try to avoid. It's rare, but not unheard of. It can be the direct result of heart failure or abnormal heart rhythm. Why would you consider not being treated? Don't mess around with this. ...Read more

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Living with Overactive Bladder (OAB) (Checklist)

Find a good urologist for proper evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment
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Manage your intake of fluids; don't consume too much or too little
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Avoid or limit caffeine (coffee, tea, soda) and alcohol
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Identify what foods and fluids bother your bladder and avoid them
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How does hyperthyroidism affect a woman entering menopause, who still has a regular menstrual cycle?

How does hyperthyroidism affect a woman entering menopause, who still has a regular menstrual cycle?

All the usuals: Hyperthyroidism in a premenopausal woman may cause high heart rate, palpitations, hot flashes (so may be difficult to distinguish from menopause), shakes/tremors, sweats, and diarrhea. ...Read more

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What can I do when I suffer from hyperthyroid symptoms?

What can I do when I suffer from hyperthyroid symptoms?

Hyperthyroid: Many people feel anxious, warm, and clammy and think they have an overactive thyroid. The blood tests will decide whether or not your thyroid is abnormal and if it is there will be treatment for you. ...Read more

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What are signs of hyperthyroidism?

What are signs of hyperthyroidism?

Many..: 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. ...Read more

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What does the diagnosis "hyperthyroidism secondary to graves' disease" mean in layman's terms?

What does the diagnosis "hyperthyroidism secondary to graves' disease" mean in layman's terms?

See below.: It means graves' disease is the cause of your hyperthyroidism. Hyperthyroidism just means you have too much thyroid hormone. There can be several reasons for that; graves' is one of the common ones. ...Read more

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What are the chances that my child will get hyperthyroid like I am?

What are the chances that my child will get hyperthyroid like I am?

Higher risk: In general, when there is autoimmune thyroid disease in the family, the risk to family members is higher than that of the general population. However, if you have grave's disease, that doesn't mean your child will get it even if thyroid disease develops. Hashimoto's thyroiditis is also seen within families who have someone affected with grave's disease. ...Read more

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16 year old hypochondriac, lack of sleep and severe chronic stress have increased appetite. Last thyroid test in march. Hyperthyroidism likely?

16 year old hypochondriac, lack of sleep and severe chronic stress have increased appetite. Last thyroid test in march. Hyperthyroidism likely?

Not likely: Thyroid function is usually normal, please seek counseling and psychiatric help. If thyroid test was normal in March, we need to look for other reasons ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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How could I know if I have hyperthyroidism?

Wt loss: Wt loss- unuintended, palpitation, anxiety, high bp, increased apetite/metabolism, insomnia, tremor, arterial fibrillation, protruding eye ball etc may have swelling of thyroid, nodule in thyroid, throat pain- like sore throat without infection, may have family hx. See pmd it is easy to dx. ...Read more

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Can too much exercise cause hyperthyroidism?

Can too much exercise cause hyperthyroidism?

No: Exercise does not cause thyroid dysfunction. Most common causes are graves' disease (autoimmune), adenomas (benign rumors), and thyroiditis (inflammation). ...Read more

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27 female. Should I b worried to have hyperthyroidism & possibly antibody? Is it treatable? Can I avoid drinking radioactive iodine or removing my thyr

27 female. Should I b worried to have hyperthyroidism & possibly antibody? Is it treatable? Can I avoid drinking radioactive iodine or removing my thyr

Why worry??: Why are you worried about it? You doctor can easily assess your symptoms (if any) and do blood tests to see if you have any thyroid issues. IF you do have any thyroid disease, it is treatable and specific treatment depends on the condition. ...Read more

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How do treat hyperthyroidism?

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. ...Read more

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Once you are being treating for hyperthyroid will it make your eye proptosis return to normal?

Once you are being treating for hyperthyroid will it make your eye proptosis return to normal?

Maybe: Part of what makes the eyes appear abnormal is that the eyelids are pulled back; this gets better with treatment. Inflammation around the eyes will generally decrease once the thyroid levels are normal, but if there is a lot of soft tissue buildup behind the eyes, they may continue to bulge out. Surgery can be done, especially if the bulging is causing double vision. ...Read more

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I have hyperthyroidism since 2010 & was never treated. Do I have to get it treated. Can I live on without treatment. Am I in danger with out medicine.?

Get it treated: Hyperthyroidism is generally treatable. First step is to find out the cause. Hyperthyroidism due to graves' disease (autoimmune thyroid disease) typically will get worst over time. Its complications can be severe, maybe irreversible, affecting quality of life and can lead to death. Untreated hyperthyroidism can lead to cardiac arrhythmia, atrial fibrillation, congestive heart failure, osteoporosis. ...Read more

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How can I cure hyperthyroidism?

How can I cure hyperthyroidism?

Curing hyperthyroid: To cure it, you need to know what causes it. There are many causes for hyperthyroidism, some are temporary and goes away without treatment, others require treatment to permanently treat it. In general, if u take away the thyroid gland (surgery or kill it with radioactive iodine), then the hyperthyroidism is cured (. But then you will be hypothyroid). U need a physician to help u with this disease. ...Read more

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What's the best treatment to get rid of hyperthyroidism?

What's the best treatment to get rid of hyperthyroidism?

Radioactive iodine: To "get rid of" hyperthyroidism, radioactive iodine is a good option because with the correct dose, the hyperthyroidism can be permanently treated. Medication like Methimazole is effective management too, but is not a "cure". ...Read more

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How can I treat hyperthyroidism naturally, without drugs?

How can I treat hyperthyroidism naturally, without drugs?

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. ...Read more

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I take half of a 25mg atenenol can I drink alcohol? Will this effect the pill? It's forr hyperthyroidism

I take half of a 25mg atenenol can I drink alcohol? Will this effect the pill? It's forr hyperthyroidism

OK to drink EtOH: Hi. It's OK to drink alcohol while taking a beta-blocker. I always advise people to drink responsibly in moderation if they drink, but alcohol per se will not interfere with the beta-blocker or your hyperthyroidism (which I hope/assume has been or is being treated). Cheers! ...Read more

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My mom gets hyperthyroidism, so am I likely to get it later?

My mom gets hyperthyroidism, so am I likely to get it later?

Depends: Hyperthyroid can be caused by an autoimmune disease called graves disease. This can be genetic and passed down to you. But there are other causes of hyperthyroidism, such as an over-active thyroid nodule or over-active several nodules and this is less likely. The key is regular check ups. ...Read more

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Is hyperthyroidism hereditary?

Partly: Genetic factors increase susceptibility to grave's disease, but a specific gene has not been identified. ...Read more

Dr. Susan Wingo
525 Doctors shared insights

Overactive Thyroid (Definition)

Hyperthyroidism, often called "overactive thyroid, " is a condition where the thyroid secretes too much of the thyroid hormones. Common symptoms include heat intolerance, increased appetite, ...Read more