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Hyperthyroidism And Hyperparathyroidism Difference
Different Glands: "Para" means next to. Next to the thyroid gland lie 4 tiny glands called parathyroid glands, which regulate calcium levels. The thyroid make thyroid hormone; hyperthyroidism is having too much thyroid hormone. The parathyroids make parathyroid hormone; hyperPARAthyroidism is having too much parathyroid hormone, leading to high calcium levels, or hypercalcemia. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Big difference: See prior answers re: hyperthyroidism. Hyperparathyroidism is entirely different disease.It's a hormonal disorder (with a feedback mechanism in the similar part of the brain); it is even located in thyroid gland (4 small glands). But it controls calcium/bone metabolism in the body. Suspicion is when serum calcium is high on a routine blood test (no sx usually); DX made by measuring parathormone. ...Read more
When doctors check for hyperthyroidism do they also look for hyperparathyroidism too? Hunger, insomnia, stomach pain, cramps, high BP & HR, weightloss
Thyroid disorders: Goiter simply means your thyroid is larger than normal. It tells you nothing about thyroid function. Most people with goiter have normal thyroid function, some are hypothyroid, some are hyperthyroid. Hyperthyroidism means overactive (high) thyroid levels, and typically requires treatment. ...Read more
Too Little-Too much: Hypothyroidism the thyroid produces too little thyroid hormone. Unexplained weight gain, fatigue, facial puffiness, depression, cold intolerance, hair loss, dry skin and hair, heavy menstrual periods, etc. Hyperthyroidism the thyroid produces too much thyroid hormone. Sudden weight loss, increased temperature, increased heart rate, sweating, enlarged thyroid gland, sensitivity to heat, etc. ...Read more
Latter to former: Thyroiditis is a general term applied to the condition whereby the thyroid gland is inflammed, usually by the body's own immune system. Such reaction can lead to transient rise in thyroid hormone levels causing hyperthyroidism followed by a state of low thyroid, also called hypothyroidism. Some individuals can have high thyroid output from the start and stay longer until an intervention is made. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Graves' disease: Graves' disease is a type of hyperthyroidism, and it is typically an autoimmune process. Hyperthyroidism is simply the end result. There are other ways besides graves' disease that people can develop hyperthyroidism, including toxic nodules, certain medications and supplements, and temporary viral infections of the thyroid, among other causes. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Former an emergency!: Both reflect a state of high thyroid hormone levels, however, the former is considered an emergency with life threatning systemic changes namely altered mental state, agitation and sometimes fever. It typically results from untreated hyperthyroidism and is usually brought on by a stress such as trauma or infection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Opposite conditions: Hypothyroidism is an underactive thyroid and can cause symptoms of weight gain, swelling, fatigue, sleepiness, constipation, feeling cold, hair loss. Hyperthyroidism is an overactive thyroid and can cause weight loss, feeling hot, palpitations, diarrhea, muscle weakness, shakiness, difficulty sleeping, anxiety. ...Read more
Is shifting from amiodarone to dronedarone helpful to treat amiodarone induced hyperthyroidism (what are the difference in side effect between them?
Dronaderone : dronaderone has less thyroid and pulmonary toxicity than amiodarone as it's a different chemical structure within same class. But it has its on cautions -- mainly not to be used in patients with heart failure as it causes more flare-ups and hospitalizations so to speak. Consider a different anti arrhythmic drug altogether.... ...Read more
Is there a way to tell difference between hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism without going to the doctors?
You can't: Hyperthyroidism is overactive thyroid, hypothyroidism is underactive thyroid. The symptoms are opposite each other, and are nonspecific. Most people who have symptoms that seem like they are thyroid related do not actually have thyroid disease when they are tested. The only way of being sure is to see a doctor and have a blood test (tsh, t4). ...Read more
Just diagnosed with hyperthyroidism with TSH of 0.023 and now the TSH is 6.2. Is the difference a normal thing to happen? Do I have hyperthyroidism?
Something's wrong: With the lab tests or you don't really have hyperthyroidism. You may have had an episode of thyroiditis with a depressed tsh, which then became higher as your thyroid level dropped low. Otherwise, one of the lab tests doesn't make sense, and in that situation you always repeat the lab, plus draw other thyroid tests for confirmation. ...Read more
Yes: Strictly speaking thyrotoxicosis is too much thyroid hormone in the blood due to any cause (including taking too much). Hyperthyroidism is a more specific term, implying too much thyroid hormone in the blood due to an overactive thyroid. Despite this distinction, most patients, and many doctors, use these terms interchangeably. Graves' is one specific cause of hyperthyroidism. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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