Hyperthyroidism is a disorder in which the thyroid gland is producing too much thyroid hormone for your body’s needs. It can have several causes including Graves disease (an autoimmune thyroid disease in which the thyroid gland is stimulated inappropriately to produce too much thyroid hormone), Thyroidiitis, Toxic Goiter, and Tumors (autonomously functioning thyroid nodules which produce too much thyroid hormone.
- Fatigue, muscle weakness
- Weight loss
- Rapid heart beat or palpitations
- Heat tolerance
- Abnormal menstrual cycle
- Changing in hair and skin
- Bulging eyes
- Tremulousness and excess nervousness
Treatment is aimed at correcting the lack of thyroid hormone. Synthetic thyroid hormone is available in many preparations, Levoxvl, Synthroid, Unithroid, and Natural thyroid extracts. These are relatively inexpensive and are generally taken daily. A thyroid specialist can adjust the dose requirement specific to your needs, based on periodic blood tests of circulating thyroid hormone and TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone or thyrotropin).