12 Overlooked Signs of An Overactive Thyroid – Hyperthyroidism

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By Hot Health May 17, 2017 18:06

12 Overlooked Signs of An Overactive Thyroid – Hyperthyroidism

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Overlooked Signs of a Thyroid Disorder – Over Active Thyroid – Hyperthyroidism

The thyroid gland is essential to the healthy functioning of the body. It is a butterfly-shaped gland mainly responsible for producing hormones and proteins that are needed by the body for proper functioning. More often than not, women over 35 years of age are more prone to developing a thyroid disorder—where the thyroid gland does not work properly. A number of surveys have shown that at least 30 million people in America suffer through thyroid disorders—at least half of whom suffer silently since most cases of thyroid disorders go undiagnosed. As already stated, women are more likely to develop thyroid disorders as compared to men. In this post we’ll examine common, yet overlooked symptoms of Hyperthyroidism. 


Why is the thyroid gland so important?

The thyroid gland is located near the neck and produces Thyroid Hormones which are responsible for regulating one’s body temperature, metabolism, and heartbeat among other things. When the thyroid begins to dysfunction and a reduced or no amount of hormones is produced, things can go pretty bad for the body.


What affects the functioning of the thyroid gland?

There are a number of factors that contribute to the under or over functioning of the thyroid gland. These include genetics, stress, pregnancy, auto-immune systems, nutritional deficiencies or toxins in the environment. However, the experts don’t advocate these factors with 100% surety.


How can thyroid disorder be diagnosed?

Since thyroid hormones are distributed throughout the body—from brain to the bowels—it becomes a little difficult to diagnose any thyroid disorder. However, there are certain symptoms that do point towards a thyroid disorder.


Here are 12 overlooked signs of a possible over active thyroid also known as hyperthyroidism:


  • Jitters and Anxiety: experiencing jitters and anxiety are symptoms of hyperthyroidism where in the thyroid gland produces excess of thyroid hormone. This creates the always on “fight or flight” syndrome. When you find it hard to take it easy or just relax, you may have hyperthyroidism.
  • Change in Appetite and Taste buds: Your over active thyroid increases your metabolism potentially causing an increasing in your appetite. Hyperthyroidism may make you feel hungry all the time.
  • Fuzzy Brain: Some may conclude that a foggy brain or inability to focus may be due to lack of sleep and getting older (or hormonal changes like menopause), but it might be a thyroid disorder. Cognitive functioning takes a hit when the thyroid functioning goes haywire. Hyperthyroidism leads to difficulty in concentrating and focusing.
  • Feeling Fluttery: Experiencing irregular heart palpitations or irregular heart beat may be a symptom of hyperthyroidism as higher than average thyroid hormone is circulating through your system and speeding your heart rate up.
  • Unpredictable bowels: Your thyroid also plays a role in the rate in which your body digests and breaks down food. Hyperthyroidism,  may causes diarrhea or increased bowel movements because your thyroid is over active.
  • Change in Menstrual Cycle: In the case of hyperthyroidism, increased levels of thyroid hormones cause shorter periods which are farther apart with low blood flow.
  • You always feel warm or hot: When you have an overactive thyroid, your body is doing the opposite: your cells are burning too much energy leaving you with always feeling “hot”. Some people with hyperthyroidism, find themselves sweating more than average and feeling warmer than the average person.
  • Your voice changes or your neck feels weird: If you’ve noticed your voice changed or has become hoarser than usual, you could have a thyroid problem. Also, if your throat has an unusual lump, this too could signal a thyroid problem.According to The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists you can check to see if you have a lump in your throat by doing the following:With a mirror in your hand, while drinking water, evaluate your throat. If you see any unusual bulges in the thyroid region (right above your collarbone, but lower than your adam’s apple), consider talking to your doctor or a doctor who specializes in thyroid disorders.
  • Messed up sleep schedule: Hyperthyroidism can have you up all night due to your body always in “fight or flight” mood. You might even find yourself waking up in the middle of the night.
  • Losing unaccountable weight: If you can’t seem to gain weight or have unexplained weight loss; you might have hyperthyroidism.
  • Thinning of hair: An overactive thyroid may cause thinning of your hair.
  • High Blood Pressure: High amounts of thyroid hormones floating through the body can cause an elevation in blood pressure.


Testing Your Thyroid

If you find you have many of these symptoms, experts recommend getting a full Thyroid Stimulating Hormone panel Test, Free T4, total T4, Free T3, and total T3 tests, and thyroid antibodies (TPO and anti-thyroglobulin) done. Depending on the results, the symptoms you have, and your physical exam, prescribed synthetic hormones might be recommended. Should you find yourself having fewer symptoms because of the medication, that will be just important to note as the results from the thyroid tests. You may to visit your doctor several times as treating thyroid disorders isn’t a “one size fits all” type of diagnosis. It may take numerous visits before a beneficial outcome can be determined.

Many in the medical field tell patients to be their own vigilantes when it comes to get their thyroid tested as some doctors are reluctant to test for thyroid disorders and diagnosis. 

Experts also agree it’s important to find doctors who specialize in treating thyroid problems not just diagnosing them.

But the most important part is that you push your physician for thyroid treatment.

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By Hot Health May 17, 2017 18:06
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