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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

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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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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?

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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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

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