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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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Is there a difference between hyperthyroidism graves and thyrotoxicosis?

Is there a difference between hyperthyroidism graves and thyrotoxicosis?

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 more

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Why could I swing back & forth from hypothyroid and hyperthyroid (thyrotoxicosis)? Neg. antibodies for Hashi's and Graves'. Have multinodular goiter.

Why could I swing back & forth from hypothyroid and hyperthyroid (thyrotoxicosis)? Neg. antibodies for Hashi's and Graves'. Have multinodular goiter.

Thyroid: It often depends on when you take your medicine. I think it best to take thyroid medicine at bedtime. Give it a bit of time and your levels should be stable. Yes, they could be stable and high or stable and low. Once you have settled on that please see your doctor. ...Read more

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What is the difference between hyperthyroidism and hyperparathyroidism?

What is the difference between hyperthyroidism and hyperparathyroidism?

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 more

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What is the difference between hyperthyroidism and thyroiditis.?

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 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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What's the difference between hyperthyroidism and graves' disease?

What's the difference between hyperthyroidism  and graves' disease?

Same but different: Hyperthyroidism has many causes, and grave's disease is one of them. Grave's disease is considered an autoimmune disorder . Eventually, many may end up with hypothyroidism. ...Read more

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Whats the difference between hypo and hyperthyroidism in simple terms?

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

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Is there a difference between thyroid storm and thyrotoxicosis?

Is there a difference between thyroid storm and thyrotoxicosis?

Yes: Thyroid storm is really an extreme of thyrotoxicosis. It is life-threatening and can cause high fever in addition to the other symptoms seen in thyrotoxicosis. ...Read more

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What's the difference between grave's disease and hyperthyroidism?

What's the difference between grave's disease and hyperthyroidism?

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 more

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What's the difference between thyroid storm and hyperthyroid?

What's the difference between thyroid storm and hyperthyroid?

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 more

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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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How can I tell the difference between an overactive thyroid and hypoglycemia are similar- ?

How can I tell the difference between an overactive thyroid and hypoglycemia are similar- ?

Check thyroid : A blood sugar will change quickly, but if you have hyperthyroidism, it's chronic, and a lab blood test will determine this. If thyroid dysfunction is ruled out, but there is diabetes, then blood sugars should be monitored at home anyway. Hyperthyroidism usually causes higher blood sugars. Please also discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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Is aspirin contraindicated in basedow disease?

Is aspirin contraindicated in basedow disease?

No: Providing you do not have a contraindication to using asa, it can be taken with graves disease. Let your doctor know as it may interfere with blood tests. Also the treatment for graves is a medication that can effect white blood cells. Asa can cause bleeding and decrease number of red blood cells. So no interaction. ...Read more

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What differs - graves disease or basedow disease ?

What differs - graves disease or basedow disease ?

Medical history: Graves and basedow were 19th century mds who wrote about hyperthyroid goiter. Most people refer to the autoimmune condition (goiter, hyperthyroid, eye findings) as graves disease, but the term "basedow disease" exists. However, there is the jod-basedow phenomenon, which refers to hyperthyroidism from too much iodine intake. This usually occurs in an iodine deficient area (not the us). ...Read more

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What do you know about graves disease or basedow disease ?

What do you know about graves disease or basedow disease ?

A lot: Graves disease is an autoimmune overactive thyroid condition. If you have it, you need treatment otherwise you risk heart attack, stroke and osteoporosis. Treatments are either radioactive iodine, surgery or anti-thyroid medications. ...Read more

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If I am a basedow disease and ischaemic heart disease, can I take baby aspirin?

If I am a basedow disease and ischaemic heart disease, can I take baby aspirin?

Yes.: Unless you have a specific contraindication to taking asa the answer is yes. Basedow disease will not prevent this. ...Read more

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Calcium in blood or its just hyperthyroid, what's he difference?

Calcium in blood or its just hyperthyroid, what's he difference?

Question not clear: Hyperthyroidism can cause mild high calcium levels in a small group of patients, because of increased extraction of calcium from the bones. Long standing untreated hyperthyroidism can cause bone thinning and increase the risk of fractures. ...Read more

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What is the difference hyperthyroidism and goiter?

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

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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

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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

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