Consider All Treatments for Hyperthyroid Disease
Have you ever experienced heart palpitations or a feeling of anxiety that comes and goes? It can be a scary experience. If you have noticed that it happens with any frequency, it is possible you are having a thyroid problem.
People are becoming more familiar with hypothyroidism or anxiety attacks but these symptoms are actually consistent with hyperthyroidism or thyrotoxicosis.
When people think about the thyroid gland they often think about changes in metabolism or weight. This is one of several functions of the thyroid.
In hyperthyroidism, the thyroid gland overproduces active thyroid hormone. Too much thyroid hormone can cause a person to feel tired or fatigue, nervous or anxious.
It can cause the patient to have a quickening of the heart or heart palpitations. Some patients report having several bowel movements per day or they have itchy or sweaty skin.
Some people find their hair thinning or falling out or they lose weight suddenly and in an unhealthy way. Oddly some patient may not have any symptoms at all.
The most common form of hyperthyroidism is caused by Graves disease.
Graves disease is an autoimmune condition where the immune system attacks the thyroid gland. It responds by overproducing the thyroid hormone.
In Graves disease a person may experience protruding eyes (exophthalmos), swelling in the lower legs, and a goiter (enlargement of the thyroid gland in the neck).
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