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Dr. Susan Wingo
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Hyperthyroidism (Definition)

Hypothyroidism is a medical condition that lowers the level of thyroid hormone to a point where the patient has a marked decrease in overall health. Often the patient does not notice the loss of thyroid hormone for several weeks or more. Once diagnosed with low thyroid hormone levels, the patient will be prescribed with thyroid hormone to a point where the thyroid levels are normal and ...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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How can people get an overactive thyroid?

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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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?

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

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


Dr. William Singer
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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