Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism
Hyperthyroidism, or overactive thyroid disease, is a disorder that causes the thyroid gland to produce more thyroid hormone than your body needs. Hormones released by the thyroid affect nearly every part of your body, playing a vital part in controlling your metabolism, which is how your body uses energy. Thyroid specialist in Orlando, Dr. Faria, explains the symptoms associated with hyperthyroidism.
An overactive thyroid can lead to discomfort, or even disability, that disrupts your day-to-day activities. Symptoms of hyperthyroidism are often vague and can mimic other conditions, making it challenging to diagnose.
An enlarged thyroid gland (goiter) occurs in many people with this condition. A goiter may appear as a swelling at the base of the neck and, while patients may see or feel a lump in the front of their neck, at times they can only be detected by a doctor. The following additional symptoms are also common:
- In those with Graves’ disease, eyes that protrude or bulge out
- Hair changes, including brittle hair, thinning hair, and hair loss
- Irregular heart beat (arrhythmia)
- Menstrual cycle changes, including lighter bleeding and less frequent periods
- Muscle weakness, particularly in the thighs and upper arms
- Rapid fingernail growth and thinning skin
- Increased appetite
- Sudden weight loss despite an increase in appetite and calorie consumption
- Rapid heartbeat (tachycardia), commonly more than 100 beats per minute
- Irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) or palpitations (pounding of your heart)
- Nervousness, anxiety, and irritability
- Tremors, commonly seen as a slight trembling in the hands and fingers
- Increased sensitivity to heat resulting in frequent perspiration
- Changes in bowel patterns, such as more frequent and loose bowel movements
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms and suspect you may have hyperthyroidism, see a health care provider prior to beginning any treatment plan to ensure a proper diagnosis. Give thyroid specialist in Orlando, Dr. Faria, a call at (407) 862-2287 or contact Cellular Health Institute online to find out the best natural treatments for managing hyperthyroidism.