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Could it be hyperthyroid or hypothyroid?

Could it be hyperthyroid or hypothyroid?

Take a blood test: Symptoms of hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism are quite different so if you are unsure i suspect he problem is not your thyroid. If you were found to have an enlarged thyroid the problem could be either one and it could be mild enough that you would have no symptoms. Your regular doctor can examine you and tell you if you have an enlarged gland and check your thyroid tests if necessary. ...Read more

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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Can you go from hyperthyroid to hypothyroid?

Yes: Hashimoto thyroiditis, a common auto-immune disease that can go from hyperthyroid state in the early phase of illness to hypothyroid with progressive destruction of the gland follicles. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have both hyperthyroid and hypothyroid?

Is it possible to have both hyperthyroid and hypothyroid?

Not at same time: Hashimoto's thyroiditis can start out with hyperthyroidism and end with hypothyroidism. With grave's disease antibodies can be activating and blocking. Usually activating is more prevalent. ...Read more

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I was hypothyroid but now have hyperthyroid, what can I do?

I was hypothyroid but now have hyperthyroid, what can I do?

See your doctor: The most common cause would be that you are getting too much medication. Rarely, a patient with hypothyroidism will convert to graves' disease or autoimmune hyperthyroidism. This will require medication radioactive iodine treatment or surgery. ...Read more

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Is it possible to be hyperthyroid with hypothyroid symptoms?

Is it possible to be hyperthyroid with hypothyroid symptoms?

Yes.: While some symptoms of hypothyroidism are the opposite of hyperthyroidism, some are the same! Both hypo and hyperthyroidism can cause fatigue, weight gain, and poor concentration. Or the symptoms could be unrelated to the thyroid. See your doctor to find out what caused the hyperthyroidism, make a plan for treating it, and then, if symptoms are still present, finding what else might be going on. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me how hypothyroid and hyperthyroid differ?

Can you please tell me how hypothyroid and hyperthyroid differ?

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. ...Read more

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Are hypothyroid and hyperthyroid the same thing and are medicines the same?

Are hypothyroid and hyperthyroid the same thing and are medicines the same?

Opposites: Hypo means low; hyper means high. So hypothyroidism refers to low thyroid hormones levels from an underactive thyroid gland; hyperthyroidism refers to high thyroid hormone levels from an overactive thyroid. ...Read more

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Is it true that hypothyroid and hyperthyroid are the same thing and are medicines the same ?

Opposite conditions: Hypothyroid is low thyroid levels, hyperthyroid is high thyroid levels. They are opposite conditions, so the medications to treat them are completely different. ...Read more

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I was hypothyroid but now am hyperthyroid - should I discontinue my meds so I don't get more hyper?

I was hypothyroid but now am hyperthyroid - should I discontinue my meds so I don't get more hyper?

No: This may be due to taking too much thyroid hormone, but stopping the thyroid pill would likely lead to too little thyroid hormone. Most often, in this situation, a dose adjustment is needed. This means working closely with the doctor who prescribed the thyroid hormone for you to find the "just right" dose for you.. ...Read more

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Which is worse: hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism?

Which is worse: hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism?

Hyperthyroidism: Hyperthyridism because of symptoms are worse and it requires treatment with drugs which has many side effects and may require radioactive iodine treatment or surgery and after that one has to be treated most of the times for hypothyroidism with Thyroid replacement therapy for life While treatment of Hyp[othyridism is thyroid replacement therapy for life ...Read more

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Dr. Su Fairchild
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Hypothyroidism (Definition)

When the thyroid gland is overactive and too much thyroid hormone is produced, which speeds up metabolism. This results in weight loss, a quick heartbeat, sweating, nervousness, ...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