The symptoms of overactive thyroid share some similarities with the underactive form of the condition, but the cause is very different. Overactive thyroid is most commonly caused by Graves’ disease, a condition in which the gland itself can grow up to twice as big as is normal. As a result, your body produces too many hormones and pulls your cellular production out of sync.
What are the Symptoms Of an Overactive Thyroid
Painting an Overactive Picture
You may experience the same eye problems and mood swings that come with an underactive gland, but you will also experience:
- an increase in appetite
- loss of sex drive
- constant weight loss
- breathing problems
- heart palpitations
If left untreated, the condition can show similar visual signs like your loss and the development of the goiter as your gland begins to swell.
The most interesting thing about the symptoms of an overactive thyroid is that it affects women in their 30s and 40s more than men. The symptoms do not hit all at once. It is a progressive condition that worsens if it is not properly addressed.
Similarly, it can cause secondary conditions in the body that would lead to an emergent situation. The longer you leave your thyroid function unchecked, the more risk you take that something will go wrong.
Please take the time to review this symptom checklist:
- Frequent heart palpitations
- Abnormally high resting pulse rate
- Abnormal or sudden increase in appetite
- Continual feelings of anxiety or nervousness
- Dramatic weight loss without a change to lifestyle or activity level
- Changes in skin tone (pale) and texture (thin)
- Hair is brittle, dry, and thinning
- Puffiness around eyes and face
- Patches of red, itchy skin
- Irregular periods
- Depression and moodiness that won’t go away
- Body aches and joint pain
- Disinterest in former passions and hobbies
- Loss of concentration
- Lack of sex drive
There are more symptom markers where these came from, but if you have five or more of the symptoms, you need to schedule an appointment with a specialist and review the symptoms of hyperactive thyroid, so treatment can be selected and started immediately.
A specialist will go through a symptom checklist with you. They will also conduct a physical evaluation and take a complete medical history. Thyroid conditions are genetic, so if someone in your family has it, make sure to bring it up to both your general practitioner and specialist.
Assuming a family history is established, it will be easier to track any developments and treat these problems in their early stages; an outcome that offers the best prognosis for the patient. Take the first step. Be honest about how you are feeling and get a referral appointment.
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