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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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Is there a way to tell difference between hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism without going to the doctors?

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

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What is the difference between hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism?

What is the difference between hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism?

Thyroid function: Hypothyroidism is related to burn out of the thyroid with low production of thyroid hormone. Hyperthyroidism is excess production of thyroid hormone. Both need to be investigated and treated as they are serious conditions. ...Read more

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I was hypothyroid but now have hyperthyroid, what can I do?

I was hypothyroid but now have hyperthyroid, what can I do?

See your doctor: The most common cause would be that you are getting too much medication. Rarely, a patient with hypothyroidism will convert to graves' disease or autoimmune hyperthyroidism. This will require medication radioactive iodine treatment or surgery. ...Read more

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Is it possible to be hyperthyroid with hypothyroid symptoms?

Is it possible to be hyperthyroid with hypothyroid symptoms?

Yes.: While some symptoms of hypothyroidism are the opposite of hyperthyroidism, some are the same! Both hypo and hyperthyroidism can cause fatigue, weight gain, and poor concentration. Or the symptoms could be unrelated to the thyroid. See your doctor to find out what caused the hyperthyroidism, make a plan for treating it, and then, if symptoms are still present, finding what else might be going on. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me how hypothyroid and hyperthyroid differ?

Low vs high: In hypothyroid there is too little thyroid hormone and everything slows down; in hyperthyroidism there is too much and everything speeds up. Check w/your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it true that hypothyroid and hyperthyroid are the same thing and are medicines the same ?

Opposite conditions: Hypothyroid is low thyroid levels, hyperthyroid is high thyroid levels. They are opposite conditions, so the medications to treat them are completely different. ...Read more

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Dr. Su Fairchild
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Hypothyroidism (Definition)

The thyroid gland is an endocrine organ located in the front part of the neck. Its role is to make thyroid hormones, which control the way cells use energy. Hyperthyroidism results when the thyroid gland is overactive and too much thyroid hormone is produced, which speeds up metabolism. This results in weight loss, a quick heartbeat, sweating, nervousness, ...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