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Which is worse: hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism?

Which is worse: hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism?

Hyperthyroidism: Hyperthyridism because of symptoms are worse and it requires treatment with drugs which has many side effects and may require radioactive iodine treatment or surgery and after that one has to be treated most of the times for hypothyroidism with Thyroid replacement therapy for life
While treatment of Hyp[othyridism is thyroid replacement therapy for life ...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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Which is worse: hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism?

Which is worse: hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism?

Hyperthyroidism: Hyperthyridism because of symptoms are worse and it requires treatment with drugs which has many side effects and may require radioactive iodine treatment or surgery and after that one has to be treated most of the times for hypothyroidism with Thyroid replacement therapy for life
While treatment of Hyp[othyridism is thyroid replacement therapy for life ...Read more

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What causes chest pain? Hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism? I want to increase my methimazole dose but im afraid my chest pain might get worse?

Hyperthyroid: Both can cause it although hyperthyroid is much more likely to cause chest pain. Don't change your medication without discussing with your doctor first. ...Read more

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Can you go from hyperthyroid to hypothyroid?

Can you go from hyperthyroid to hypothyroid?

Yes: Hashimoto thyroiditis, a common auto-immune disease that can go from hyperthyroid state in the early phase of illness to hypothyroid with progressive destruction of the gland follicles. ...Read more

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How can I have both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism?

Not at same time: Hyperthyroidism is an overactive thyroid, hypothyroidism is an underactive thyroid. You can't have both at the same time, but occasionally one can go from one to the other. The most common cause for both disorders is autoimmune thyroid disease. Depending on how the immune system is affecting your thyroid it can be over or underactive, or go from one to the other. ...Read more

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I had hypothyroidism and now I have hyperthyroidism. Whatup?

I had hypothyroidism and now I have hyperthyroidism. Whatup?

It can happen: Most people with autoimmune thyroid disease have either hypo or hyperthyroidism. Many people with hyperthyroidism may end-up with hypo as a consequence of treatment or spontaneously. The opposite is the least common variation, but it can happen. People with hypo may develop graves' disease, or "painless thyroiditis". Treatment is very different so an accurate diagnosis is critical. ...Read more

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How typical is it for hyperthyroidism to turn into hypothyroidism?

Not common: The most common cause of hyperthyroidism is graves disease, an autoimmune disorder that stimulates the thyroid to be overactive. Another autoimmune thyroid disease is hashimoto's thyroiditis, in which the immune system is attacking and destroying thyroid function. Sometimes you can start with one, and it can evolve into the other. Also, subacute thyroiditis causes initial high thyroid that goes low. ...Read more

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What's the difference between hypothyroidism & hyperthyroidism.....

What's the difference between hypothyroidism & hyperthyroidism.....

Opposite conditions: Hypothyroidism is an underactive thyroid and can cause symptoms of weight gain, swelling, fatigue, sleepiness, constipation, feeling cold, hair loss. Hyperthyroidism is an overactive thyroid and can cause weight loss, feeling hot, palpitations, diarrhea, muscle weakness, shakiness, difficulty sleeping, anxiety. ...Read more

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How to tell if I am going through hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism?

How to tell if I am going through hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism?

Blood test: There are simple blood tests to look for either hypo or hyperthyroidism. A TSH level is most sensitive for the diagnosis (low in hyperthyroidism, high in hypothyroidism). A free T4 level is helpful if the TSH is abnormal. ...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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Might someone have hypothyroidism but having hyperthyroidism symptoms?

Might someone have hypothyroidism but having hyperthyroidism symptoms?

Unlikely.: To diagnose a thyroid problem symptoms can be suggestive but blood tests are needed to make a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Does hyperthyroidism can lead to hypothyroidism when medicated improperly?

Does hyperthyroidism can lead to hypothyroidism when medicated improperly?

Thyroid: Yes, too much anti-thyroid medication can lead to hypothyroidism. Your doctor should check your thyroid levels every 3 months. If you feel unwell before that please let your doctor know. ...Read more

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Could you get hyperthyroidism if someone in your family has hypothyroidism?

Yes: The most common forms of hypo- and hyperthyroidism are both caused by the effects of antibodies interacting with the thyroid gland. These conditions often can run in the same family. ...Read more

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Would hyperthyroidism turn into hypothyroidism if you used an overdose of medicine?

Would hyperthyroidism turn into hypothyroidism if you used an overdose of medicine?

Yes: Meds such as Methimazole or ptu (propylthiouracil) in high dosage can suppress thyroid levels when overactive such as in grave's disease. Thyroid levels must be monitor whether the dosage is too much or too little. ...Read more

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What to do if I have hypothyroidism. Is it possible my daugher could have hyperthyroidism?

Yes: Most thyroid problems are caused by autoimmunity, where one's immune system misclassifies their own proteins as foreign, and makes antibodies against them. Autoimmunity can cause a variety of thyroid problems including hypothyroidism (low), hyperthyroidism (high), goiter (big thyroid), & nodules (lumps). Autoimmunity does run in families, but can cause different problems in different family members. ...Read more

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Having sypmtons of both hyperthyroidism & hypothyroidism but tests came back normal what should I do?

Having sypmtons of both hyperthyroidism & hypothyroidism but tests came back normal what should I do?

Symptoms: Only That: Better DX always combo knowledge+strategy combined with data, in that order of importance. This is why mds, in 1st yr medical school, have to learn: anatomy, biochemistry, cell biology, physiology, embryology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, & a little human behavior, before proceeding on to all subsequent focus past normality (central 96% of usual) to advanced disease in all subsequent years. ...Read more

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I'm wondering why I went from hypothyroid to hyperthyroid after being diagnosed with Guillain Barré.?

I'm wondering why I went from hypothyroid to hyperthyroid after being diagnosed with Guillain Barré.?

Endocrinologist: It would be prudent to see an endocrinologist, because what you described is very unusual, if it it real. ...Read more

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I always had hyperthyroidism and now I have hypothyroidism but I show no signs of either one? Why would this be?

I always had hyperthyroidism and now I have hypothyroidism but I show no signs of either one? Why would this be?

Thyroid: It is impossible to answer your question. What is the evidence that you were ever hyper- or hypothyroid? As you suggest, blood test results with no symptoms make one question the blood tests, or the interpretation. There are conditions, such as thyroiditis, where you go through a period of hyper, followed by hypo. You should see an endocrinologist to help you sort this out. ...Read more

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I have been treated for hyperthyroidism with carbimazole but now my results show I m hypothyroid should I stop the carbimazole?

No: See your doctor to get the dose adjusted. Depending on how hypo you are now and how big of a swing you've had, you might just need to cut down the dose. Your doctor should guide you through this. ...Read more

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I have most of the symptoms of hypothyroidism/hyperthyroidism but I don't know if this is coincidence and they may be linked to something else?

I have most of the symptoms of hypothyroidism/hyperthyroidism but I don't know if this is coincidence and they may be linked to something else?

Thyroid tests needed: It would be most unusual to have symptoms of both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. You need thyroid tests to determine if there is a thyroid problem. ...Read more

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Repeat tries at mild exercise triggers almost every symptom of hyperthyroidism but repeat tests show sub-clin hypothyroid. 'See a Dr' has no answer.

Repeat tries at mild exercise triggers almost every symptom of hyperthyroidism but repeat tests show sub-clin hypothyroid. 'See a Dr' has no answer.

Deconditioning: In the absence of a medical condition you should start an aerobic exercise conditioning program at a very low load sustainable for 20-30 mins every other day building to 5 days a week, try walking stationary bicycle., swimming;you will be pleasantly surprised at how quickly you will build endurance ...Read more

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Should chlorella be taken in hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism?

Chlorella?: Hi Celina C349 ~ this is a herbal preparation and I know of no trials that recommend its use. Its not in use by doctors who practice evidence based Western medicine and I would advise against it for anything! Thanks ...Read more

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My TSH is 29.20, is it hypothyroid or hyperthyroid?

My TSH is 29.20, is it hypothyroid or hyperthyroid?

Hypothyroidism: You have hypothyroidism. Get a free T4 and thyroid antibodies drawn to determine the cause. See your physician to start thyroid treatment. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have hypothyroidism and it feels like I have hyperthyroidism. Could I have depression?

I have hypothyroidism and it feels like I have hyperthyroidism. Could I have depression?

Possibly, but: I don't know what treatment you're now receiving, or whether you're being followed by an endocrinologist? Have you seen a psychiatrist? Often, collaborative treatment is needed to evaluate and effectively treat these conditions. You don't list any medications in your patient information. So, please work with your own physician, who can advise you better than we can from healthtap. Be well. ...Read more

Dr. Su Fairchild
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Hypothyroidism (Definition)

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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Hyperthyroidism (Definition)

A medical condition that lowers the level of thyroid hormone to a point where the patient has a marked ...Read more