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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 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?

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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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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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