A Background on Hyperthyroidism: Symptoms and Causes

By learning more about potential endocrine health issues and their impact on your daily life, you can become more adept at identifying them when they impact you or those around you. To help guide you in learning more on one of the more common endocrinological health problems, Freeman Endocrinology is highlighting hyperthyroidism in this latest post.

What is Hyperthyroidism?

Hyperthyroidism, or overactive thyroid, is a condition caused when the thyroid gland becomes overactive and makes too much of the thyroid hormone. Several treatment options are available for those suffering from the condition, including medications that slow the production of thyroid hormone as well as surgical options to remove the thyroid gland altogether. In most cases, medical professionals only turn to surgical options as a last resort for a particularly challenging level of hyperthyroidism.

What Are the Causes of Hyperthyroidism?

There are a great many overlapping factors and causes behind the hyperthyroidism condition and these causes can include:

  • Graves’ Disease

If you have Graves’ disease, you’re more likely to experience the symptoms of hyperthyroidism

  • Thyroiditis

Thyroiditis is the inflammation of the thyroid gland, and can be a leading cause behind hyperthyroidism.

  • Hyperfunctioning thyroid nodules

In some cases, the thyroid nodules can produce too much thyroid hormone.

What are the Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism?

By gaining insights into the types of challenges that those with hyperthyroidism face every day, you can begin to assess your condition and determine whether it’s time to speak with an Endocrinologist about your particular concerns. The symptoms of hyperthyroidism include the following:

  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Nervousness
  • Increased sensitivity to heat
  • Tremors
  • Changes in bowel patterns
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle weakness

One important element to consider when reviewing these symptoms is that the symptoms of hyperthyroidism are subtle and can often mimic those of other serious health conditions. You should always ensure that you speak to an Endocrinologist, a doctor with specialized knowledge of the endocrine system, before you finalize your diagnosis and begin treatment.

Book your consultation at Freeman Endocrinology today. We can help provide more information on hyperthyroidism and your treatment options.

 

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