Common Side Effects of an Overactive Thyroid
Thyroid conditions come with a myriad of symptoms. At first, you may tell yourself that you can just “live with it,” but this mentality isn’t only false; it’s dangerous. Your thyroid gland is responsible for too many delicate processes in your body.
- The way your body makes proteins and generates energy
- Your sensitivity to other hormones
Whether you have an overactive thyroid or an underactive one; to maintain your health, you need to seek treatment.
Is the cure worse than the disease?
Often times, when the signs and symptoms are too much to bear, a patient is prompted to seek treatment.
A common complaint with underactive thyroid is intense, persistent fatigue that disrupts the normal routine on a daily basis. Overactive thyroid comes with heart palpitations and recurrent dizzy spells. Depending on the diagnosis, your doctor will prescribe one of two types of therapy:
- Hormone suppression
- Hormone replacement
The adjustment to these drug therapies makes patients wonder if the cure is worse than the disease. It can certainly feel that way.
Once your thyroid condition has been identified, there’s no other recourse but to treat it; considering the alternative can lead to serious or fatal complications. The most common form of suppression therapy for overactive thyroid is Methimazole.
The medication comes with some pretty serious side effects, including:
- Itching with skin rash
- Gastric distress
- Abnormal sensations
- Joint and muscle pains
- Loss of taste
- Drowsiness and vomiting
- Pronounced hair loss
Be particularly aware of suffering fever accompanied by a severe sore throat. It indicates a drastic drop in your white blood cell count that can lead to a rare blood disorder.
Are there alternatives to these drug therapies that patients can use to maintain a healthy thyroid?
Yes, but even alternative therapies need to be monitored by a thyroid specialist. It’s not uncommon for patients to seek out a natural alternative for thyroid management. Radioiodine therapy has been used to treat overactive thyroid since the 1940s.
While this treatment should not be used if a patient is pregnant or breast feeding; it can help manage their condition without a lot of secondary harmful side effects. It’s important to note that many patients taking radioiodine therapy can develop an underactive thyroid; rather than an overactive one.
In the end, all roads lead back to the production of thyroid hormone. This can be a balancing act of benefits and side effects, but ultimately, it’s a balancing act that is worth figuring out. Alternatives may be put to good use in restoring the optimum level of health to your thyroid gland.
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