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If I have an overactive thyroid, but not graves' disease, should I have radioactive iodine in an amount to kill my thyroid or stop some of hormone?

If I have an overactive thyroid, but not graves' disease, should I have  radioactive iodine in an amount to kill my thyroid or stop some of hormone?

Goiter orthyroiditis: If not graves, it could be a toxic nodular goiter, or hashitoxicosis, or thyroiditis. Most forms of thyroiditis resolve spontaneously. If the hyperthyroidism has been going on a while, you probably need definitive treatment: surgery or radioactive iodine (rai). Either is acceptable, but requires expertise. Surgery should be from an experienced thyroid surgeon. Talk to your endocrinologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Susan Wingo
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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


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What are symptoms of an overactive thyroid?

What are symptoms of  an overactive thyroid?

Many possible: Some people with an overactive thyroid may have no symptoms at all. For those that do, hair thinning, trouble sleeping or concentrating, irritability, wt changes, heart pounding, shakiness, frequent bms, feeling hot when others don't, and inability to exercise may be present. Eye bulging or double vision may occur w/ graves' disease, and neck swelling and tenderness may occur w/ thyroiditis. ...Read more

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Think i might have an overactive thyroid, how can this be treated?

Be Sure 1st: The first thing to do is see a doctor to get lab tests to be sure hyperthyroidism is present. If it is present, then start thinking about treatment options. These may include medications to treat symptoms, medications to slow down the thyroid, surgery to remove the thyroid, or a radioactive iodine pill to kill the thyroid. ...Read more

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Will an overactive thyroid make you go blind?

Will an overactive thyroid make you go blind?

Graves' disease: An overactive thyroid can cause graves' disease. This is a condition associated with swelling of the tissues that surround your eyes, leading to eyelid retraction ("bug eyes"). If severe enough, this can cause significant eye irritation, double vision and redness. In severe cases, the swelling can damage the optic nerve and cause major visual loss. This needs to be followed by your eye doctor. ...Read more

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Is an overactive thyroid a circulation problem?

No a thyroid problem: It can also cause heart problems like tachycardia and thchycardiac cadiomyopathy. ...Read more

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How does one get an overactive thyroid? Is it congenital?

How does one get an overactive thyroid? Is it congenital?

Hyperthyroid: Not usually. It's "acquired", by an autoimmune disorder ie graves or hashimotos. These can be genetically based. ...Read more

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Has anyone tried a maca powder to help out an overactive thyroid??

Has anyone tried a maca powder to help out an overactive thyroid??

Maca/thyroid: It is highly unlikely that maca powder will have any effect on your overactive thyroid. You MUST see your doctor about your thyroid. Please let me know how things go! ...Read more

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Can an overactive thyroid be treated with anything other than surgery?

Hypethyroid: Yes there are several oral anti-thyroid medications fda approved for hyperthyroidism. Failure to respond or go into remission , usually necessitates either thyroid surgery or radio-iodine ablation. ...Read more

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Why can't you have an hysterectomy when you.Ve got an overactive thyroid?

You can: You just need to get the thyroid under control first to be safe for the surgery. Overactive thyroid speeds up your metabolism, putting more stress on your heart and clear drugs quicker. You might have more risks during surgery if you are hyperthyroid. Thus, for non-emergent surgery, it's best to get the thyroid controlled, then go for surgery. ...Read more

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If I have an overactive thyroid and take medication for it, will it help me lose weight?

If I have an overactive thyroid and take medication for it, will it help me lose weight?

Likely not: Treatment of an overactive thyroid aims to make your thyroid hormone levels normal. Thsi will also normalize your metabolism (it will slow down, as compared to when you were hyperthyroid). It is very important to decrease caloric intake as most likely as metabolism slows down, if eating the same amount of calories, you will gain weight. ...Read more

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How can I tell the difference between an overactive thyroid and hypoglycemia are similar- ?

How can I tell the difference between an overactive thyroid and hypoglycemia are similar- ?

Check thyroid : A blood sugar will change quickly, but if you have hyperthyroidism, it's chronic, and a lab blood test will determine this. If thyroid dysfunction is ruled out, but there is diabetes, then blood sugars should be monitored at home anyway. Hyperthyroidism usually causes higher blood sugars. Please also discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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What is an overactive thyroid?

What is an overactive thyroid?

Overactive thyroid: Some symptoms of hyperthyroidism are: feeling nervous, fast heartbeat, weight loss, feeling hot, trouble sleeping, feeling anxious, sweating heavily, muscle weakness, increased appetite, frequent bowel movement...Some hyperthyroid patients will have 1-2 symptoms, some have all of them and some have none of them at all. The only way to know for sure is to get a blood test. ...Read more

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How can people get an overactive thyroid?

How can people get an overactive thyroid?

Autoimmune basis: Most get it by genetics of thyroid disease in family, and autoimmune response. Don't smoke to lessen eye bulging. ...Read more

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How do people develop an overactive thyroid?

How do people develop an overactive thyroid?

A few reasons: The most common cause is an autoimmune condition where the body starts attacking the thyroid gland, a condition called graves disease where the thyroid starts overproducing thyroid hormones. Viral diseases can also cause inflammation of the thyroid, hence causing hyperthyroidism (thyroiditis) as well as some medications, commonly medications used to treat bipolar disease. ...Read more

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What are the causes of an overactive thyroid?

What are the causes of an overactive thyroid?

Causes: Autoimmune. Either the immune system makes a protein that stimulates the thyroid to be "on" all the time (graves disease) or the immune system is destroying the thyroid cells, increasing thyroid hormone release. Unusual causes are a cluster of cells working a higher speed (hyperfunctioning nodule) or activation in the protein that tells the thyroid to work more (tsh receptor). ...Read more

Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more


Dr. Susan Wingo
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Hyperthyroidism (Definition)

A medical condition that lowers the level of thyroid hormone to a point where the patient has a marked ...Read more