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Potential overactive thyroid still undiagnosed. What would happen if left alone?

Potential overactive thyroid still undiagnosed. What would happen if left alone?

Could be dangerous: An overactive thyroid needs to be evaluated and treated. Excessive amount of thyroid hormone levels can lead to severe complications, including rapid heart beat, hypertension, elevated liver enzymes and potentially heart failure. Sometimes one lab shows overactive thyroid (low tsh) nut normal thyroid hormones (t4 and t3). This is subclinical hyperthyroidism and sometimes is monitored closely. ...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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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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Will overactive thyroid hurt the baby?

Will overactive thyroid hurt the baby?

Thyroid: I am assuming you already have your baby - congrats and enjoy. If your overactive thyroid is being treated with medicine you won't hurt your baby. If you have been treated with radio-active iodine within the last week you should be using a different lavatory from your baby. If you have had radio-active iodine longer than a week ago your baby should not be affected. ...Read more

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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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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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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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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

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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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Could you tell me about an overactive thyroid?

Overactive thyroid: The most common causes are grave's disease and a multinodular goiter. The T4 and/or T3 (liothyronine) will be elevated, and the TSH decreased. You will typically have symptoms of palpitations, rapid pulse, sweating, tremor, and irritability. After all that, you can get very fatigued. This condition can be fixed with either medications, radioactive iodine or surgery. You should probably see an endocrinologist. ...Read more

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Ok i've got overactive thyroid. What should I do?

Discuss with doctor : Go over your treatment options with your doctor. Medications, radioactive iodine or surgery are the 3 available. Discuss the risks and benefits of each. ...Read more

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How do you tell if you have an overactive thyroid?

How do you tell if you have an overactive thyroid?

Thyroid: Your doctor can order thyroid function blood test to measure thyroid hormones & TSH levels. ...Read more

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Can intermitten fasting help an overactive thyroid?

Can intermitten fasting help an overactive thyroid?

No: Effective treatments for an overactive thyroid include radioactive iodine ablation, thyroid-blocking medicines, and surgery. Trying unproven therapies just delays the inevitable, and exposes the body to harmful effects of excess thyroid hormone including over-stimulation of the heart, loss of calcium from the bone, loss of muscle mass, and irritability/poor judgment affecting jobs & marriages. ...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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What are the symptoms associated with an overactive thyroid?

What are the symptoms associated with 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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If i take medicine for overactive thyroid, will i gain weight?

Not necessarily: You will return to normal physiology once you stop burning off extra calories. Once your thyroid is normalized, it will be like anyone else with a balance of what you take in and what you burn off. Many people, however, learn to eat more when their thyroid is overactive and need to "unlearn" their overeating when the thyroid is normalized. You body won't do it for you. ...Read more

Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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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