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Dr. Susan Wingo
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Overactive Thyroid (Overview)

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, increased sweating, and restlessness.


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In a nutshell, what is overactive thyroid?

In a nutshell, what is overactive thyroid?

Excess hormone: The thyroid makes hormones that regulate metabolism. An over active thyroid makes too much. So everything's faster or working harder- heart rate, intestines, sweat glands, etc. ...Read more

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Dr. Susan Wingo
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Overactive Thyroid (Overview)

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, increased sweating, and restlessness.


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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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Is brain fog a symptom of overactive thyroid?

Is brain fog a symptom of overactive thyroid?

CNS activation: Hyperthyroidism can cause nervousness, irritability, anxiety, insomnia and fatigue. In rare instances, it may cause manic or psychotic symptoms. It is good to be evaluated by your physician to determine if you have a thyroid abnormality. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of overactive thyroid and what is it called?

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What are the symptoms of overactive thyroid and what is it called?

Overactive thyroid: It is called hyperthyroidism. Some symptoms are difficulty concentrating, fatigue, large thyroid in neck, frequent bowel movements, increased appetite, heat intolerance, increased sweating, irregular menstrual periods in women, nervousness, restlessness, weight loss, high blood pressure, hair loss, tremors, itching, diarrhea, upset stomach, eyes protruding (exophthalmos). ...Read more

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Diagnosed with overactive thyroid after having underactive still on eltroxin is this correct?

Diagnosed with overactive thyroid after having underactive still on eltroxin is this correct?

Iatrogenic: If you're on thyroid hormone replacement treatment because you were hypothyroid, then it sounds like your dose needs to be decreased if you're now hyperthyroid. Please discuss with your doctor; don't make any medication adjustments on your own. ...Read more

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My doc says test shows I have an overactive thyroid. Is this anything to be worried about?

My doc says test shows I have an overactive thyroid. Is this anything to be worried about?

Needs to be treated: If your thyroid is overactive, it needs to be treated. Common symptoms include nervousness, tremor, sweating, palpitations, rapid heart rate. You may have an enlarged thyroid. Untreated, these symptoms can be either annoying, or truly dangerous, especially to the heart. Treatment includes medications, possibly surgery or radioactive iodine. You may need to see an endocrinologist. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have an overactive thyroid?

Blood Tests: While symptoms of feeling hot, easily tired, shaky, pounding/racing heart, sweating, irritability and eye changes may suggest this condition, blood tests for TSH and thyroid hormone levels are needed for this diagnosis. The TSH level is the most sensitive test for this condition. ...Read more

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Can vitamine B12 deficienty cause an overactive thyroid?

Can vitamine B12 deficienty cause an overactive thyroid?

Not Exactly: The most common cause of both an overactive thyroid and B12 deficiency is autoimmunity, in which the immune system mistakenly attacks one's own tissues and proteins. Having 1 auto-immune condition makes it more likely for a person to develop a 2nd autoimmune condition, but it wouldn't be true to say that one condition caused the other. The underlying autoimmunity caused both. ...Read more

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If the thyroid is not under control, does that mean you have an overactive thyroid?

If the thyroid is not under control, does that mean you have an overactive thyroid?

Hyper- or hypo-: It could be underactive or overactive. There are specific tests that help determine that. Contact your provider if you have concern about your thyroid and he/she will order blood work as indicated. ...Read more

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How can the radioisotope iodine be used to identify and treat an overactive thyroid gland?

How can the radioisotope iodine be used to identify and treat an overactive thyroid gland?

Uses thyroidfunction: The thyroid uses iodine to make thyroid hormone. Most of the iodine you get in food gets concentrated in the thyroid. It can't tell the difference between regular iodine and radioactive iodine. In diagnosis, the patient swallows a capsule of a weak radioisotope and then the amount the thyroid absorbs is measured. For treatment, a stronger isotope is used, and over time it destroys thyroid cells. ...Read more

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I'm being treated for overactive thyroid condition, and it's been almost 8 months and I still haven't seen my period, is this normal?

I'm being treated for overactive thyroid condition, and it's been almost 8 months and I still haven't seen my period, is this normal?

Depends: Upon whether your thyroid level has been returned to normal. If not, check w/your doctor for a change or adjustment in therapy. If your thyroid level has been normalized, normal menses should return in less than several months after normalcy. ...Read more

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I'll be doing radio iodine treatment for overactive thyroid and I'm wondering how this will effect me wanting to have children later in life.

Should be OK but...: Radioactive iodine is a common ; effective treatment for hypothyroidism. It shouldn't affect fertility but you should avoid becoming pregnant for a year after treatment. The reason I don't love this treatment is that it usually results in hypothyroidism, but that can be treated. However, you might consider natural alternatives like homeopathy. If you have thyroiditis consider http://bit. Ly/1fp543p. ...Read more

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Can an overactive thyroid be cured with medication?

Treated not cured: Medication will control the overactivity of the thyroid and radioactive iodine will usually control the overactivity. Surgery will cure it but will leave you with need to take thyroid hormone by mouth for the rest of your life. ...Read more

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Overactive thyroid on bistoprolol and have pitting odema is this the tablets or should I be worried?

Symptomatic relief: The beta blocker is designed to give you symptomatic relief from the hyperthyroidism - but it does not treat the hyperthyroidism. Talk w/your doctor about real treatment, such as radioiodine or antithyroid pills - radioiodine is usually a better therapy. ...Read more

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Could you tell me if my mother had an overactive thyroid am I likely to inherit it?

Could you tell me if my mother had an overactive thyroid am I likely to inherit it?

Higher chance: Autoimmune thyroid disease (graves and hashimotos) tends to run in families, but it is not a sure thing. You should be alert to the symptoms so it can be caught early. If your mom had graves disease, you could get either graves or hashimotos. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. I'm afraid I might get thyroid eye disease. Is there any way I could prevent my eyes from popping out?

Yes: Although thyroid-related eye disease runs a separate course from the thyroid disease itself, you can reduce your risk by not smoking and getting your thyroid disease under control. I also suggest consulting with an ophthalmologist who help monitor and treat this. ...Read more

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Please suggest what foods or drinks to avoid with an overactive thyroid?

Please suggest what foods or drinks to avoid with an overactive thyroid?

Watch OTC meds: Agree w/ dr kern's answer. I would also suggest caution with otc (over-the-counter) products, especially those containing a decongestant used for relief of cold and allergy symptoms. Many otc products include a warning not to use them if you have thyroid disease. If your overactive thyroid is mild or has been successfully treated, they may be fine, but check w/ your doctor. ...Read more

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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


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