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Doctor insights on: Hyperactive Thyroid Versus Hypoactive Thyroid

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Hyperactivity (Definition)

Hyperactivity is a term that describes a physical state in which a person is abnormally active. It may be caused by hormonal or emotional disorders, and may also be present in children ...Read more


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How can I address a hyperactive thyroid?

A few options: You first need to find out the cause for the hyperactive thyroid. If it was thyroiditis due to an infection, it should recover on its own. The most common cause of hyperactive thyroid, however, is graves' disease. This condition needs to be treated. Either with 1)anti-thyroid pill, 2)radioactive iodine to "kill" the thyroid or 3) surgery. Your doctor should be able to help you choose the option. ...Read more

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Why does your thyroid go hyperactive after being hypo?

It doesnt happen: It doesnt happen to everyone. You could have an autoimmune disease known as hashimotos thyroiditis, or something else. You could have two coinciding thyroid illnesses one being graves disease with hashimotos. You could also have just a dysregulation of your autoimmune system. See your physician and eventually an endocrinologist for appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me what can I do for my hyperactive thyroid?

Can anyone tell me what can I do for my hyperactive thyroid?

Radiation or Surgery: Hyperactive thyroid is usually treated with medication to control the symptoms. Radiation with iodine 131 can kill the thyroid cells and control the symptoms. However, if the gland is too big and radiation is not an option, a surgical removal of the thyroid will be needed. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean to have mildly hyperactive thyroid?

Mild symptoms: If your thyroid is mildly hyperactive, you may feel normal, or have mild symptoms of palpitations, heat intolerance, nervousness, tremor, irritability. It is something that should be treated, either with medications, or if more severe with a permanent fix such as radioactive iodine or surgery. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the basics on how hyperactive thyroids occurs?

Can you tell me the basics on how hyperactive thyroids occurs?

Too much hormone: Hyperthyroidism is a condition where the thyroid produces too much hormone more than what your body needs. It can happen in many conditions such as Grave's disease, thyroiditis, isolated nodule, or taking too much iodine or food that contain too much iodine. ...Read more

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I think that I have a hyperactive thyroid. How can I know for sure?

I think that I have a hyperactive thyroid. How can I know for sure?

Blood tests: Please see your doctor for an evaluation. If hyperthyroidism is suspected, blood work is necessary to know for sure and treat if necessary. ...Read more

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What are the possible medical problems related to hyperactive thyroid?

What are the possible medical problems related to hyperactive thyroid?

Hyperthyroid: Problems from hyperthyroidism are mostly cardiac related including rapid heart beat or skipped beats or irregular heart rhythm. Metabolic effects include weight loss, elevated liver enzymes, osteopenia. Long term one can get congestive heart failure. ...Read more

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What would you say are medical problems related to hyperactive thyroid?

What would you say are medical problems related to hyperactive thyroid?

Several : Some classic symptoms of overactive thyroid would be weight loss despite no change in activity or intake, feeling warmer than others, an elevated and/or irregular heart rate, feeling anxious, diarrhea. If left untreated it can lead to atrial fibrillation and congestive heart failure. Over a longer period of time will affect bone density. See your provider to discuss in more detail. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Griggs
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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