5 Signs of Hyperthyroidism

Thyroid disorders are pretty common, but differentiating between these disorders and other issues can be tricky. This is because many of the symptoms are vague, and could point to other problems as well. However, if you have a thyroid problem, knowing the signs and symptoms is imperative to getting the proper treatment.

At the Endocrinology and Osteoporosis Centers of Texas, our expert staff helps you decipher your symptoms to determine if you’re dealing with a thyroid problem. Dr. Ashkan Zand is our board-certified endocrinology specialist. Our doctors get you the treatment you need for many different types of endocrine system problems, like hyperthyroidism.

Causes of hyperthyroidism

Your thyroid gland is a very important part of your body. It secretes vital hormones that are needed in order for the cells in your body to function. However, sometimes your thyroid gland malfunctions and either makes too much of the hormones, or too little.

Hyperthyroidism occurs when your thyroid gland produces more of the hormones than your body needs. There are several reasons for this, most of which have to do with medical conditions. Some of the causes of hyperthyroidism include:

Graves’ disease occurs when antibodies in your immune system cause your thyroid to overproduce one of the hormones. It’s an autoimmune disorder, and is actually the most prevalent cause of hyperthyroidism.

There are also several factors that put you at risk for this disorder, including being female and a significant family history of thyroid disorders.

Symptoms of this disorder

So what happens to your body when you have too many of the hormones that are produced by your thyroid? The answer is uncontrollable symptoms that range from mild to severe, and affect many different systems in your body. 

For example, your metabolism speeds up rapidly with hyperthyroidism, which leads to rapid, unexpected weight loss. Unfortunately, many of the symptoms of this disorder mimic other health problems, which makes it hard to diagnose hyperthyroidism. However, here are five common signs:

1. Heart irregularities

Hyperthyroidism may lead to problems like an increased heart rate or an irregular heartbeat. You may also feel palpitations in your chest, usually due to both a fast heart rate and the irregular beating in your heart.

2. Enlargement of your thyroid gland

This is also known as a goiter, and it may or may not be noticeable. You could also experience swelling in your neck, which is indicative of this condition.

3. Anxiety

Because hyperthyroidism speeds up a lot of things in your body, it’s no surprise that one of the key signs is not only anxiety, but irritability as well. You might also have an uneasy, nervous feeling throughout the day.

4. Increased fatigue

This condition makes your body’s metabolism go into overdrive — meaning you feel like you’re going at hyperspeed all day long. This leads to fatigue, but it may be very difficult for you to sleep.

5. Excessive sweating

This is another hallmark sign of hyperthyroidism, because of the increase in your body’s metabolism. Sweating is very marked in this condition, and it may come on even if you aren’t active.

Although these symptoms alone aren’t the only way to diagnose your symptoms, they give Dr. Zand a better idea of what type of hyperthyroidism you’re suffering from, so you can get the best treatment for your specific condition.

What treatments can help?

The treatment for hyperthyroidism is determined by several factors. These factors include the severity of your condition, your age, and the type of hyperthyroidism that you’re suffering from. Dr. Zand analyzes your symptoms, along with blood tests, when determining your treatment options.

Medications like beta blockers and antithyroid drugs are sometimes prescribed to help decrease the symptoms of hyperthyroid disorder. Antithyroid drugs work by decreasing the amount of hormones that your thyroid gland makes. Beta blockers work by decreasing symptoms of the disorder, including a rapid heartbeat. 

Radioactive iodine is another form of treatment that our doctors recommend. For this type of treatment, you ingest a tiny amount of the iodine, and it gets absorbed into the cells in your thyroid. This then destroys the cells that are overactive, and suppresses your symptoms.

In some cases, surgery may be the best treatment for your hyperthyroidism. Surgery involves taking out all or part of your thyroid gland to relieve your symptoms. However, you may still need medication after the surgery to regulate your thyroid hormones.

If you think your symptoms could be indicative of hyperthyroidism, call one of our three conveniently located offices today at 281-784-9223, or you can book an appointment on our website. 

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