Common Signs You May Need Treatment For an Overactive Thyroid
Treatment for an overactive thyroid can be difficult to determine at first. The symptoms are often vague or mild, especially among the elderly.
Since thyroid conditions are progressive, as the more pronounced symptoms begin to show up, it will be increasingly difficult to ignore the warning signs that something is wrong.
This article will let you know what to look for, so that you can get treatment for an overactive thyroid sooner rather than later.
Pushing the Envelope: The effects of an Essential Hormone Imbalance
There are two extremes when it comes to thyroid malfunction:
The main risk with an underactive gland is adrenal failure, coma, and possibly death. The main risk with an overactive gland is heart disease or a sudden and fatal cardiac event.
There are emergency treatments to safeguard against these outcomes, but the best thing you can do for yourself is to know the symptoms ahead of time, so that they do not escalate to a critical point.
Not unlike the underactive version, treatment for an overactive thyroid focuses on getting basic functions realigned. These include:
- Mood changes
- Sleep patterns
- Weight fluctuations
- Cardiac function
The next section will look at these and other symptoms in more detail.
The Signs and Symptoms of Overactive Thyroid
According to WebMD, these are the mental and physical changes you should watch for if your thyroid hormone production is overactive:
- Anxiety, nervousness, and irritability
- Frequent, loose bowel movements
- Difficulty sleeping
- Double vision
- Eyes that bulge out, or “protrude” (in patients with Graves’ disease)
- Hair changes, including brittle hair, thinning hair, and hair loss from scalp
- Irregular heart beat (arrhythmia), especially in older adults
- Menstrual cycle changes, including lighter bleeding and less frequent periods
- Muscle weakness, especially in the thighs and upper arms
- Rapid fingernail growth
- Rapid heartbeat, usually over 100 beats per minute
- Shaky hands
- Thinning skin
- Weight loss despite increased appetite
Treatment for an overactive thyroid usually involves hormone suppression therapy and additional vitamin and nutritional support. It is important not to attempt to self-medicate your thyroid condition.
Although this may be tempting because these conditions are hard to diagnose, you will be better served if you continue to look for an open-minded medical professional who is willing to treat early-stage hyperthyroidism cases.
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