Hyperthyroidism (cont.)

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If you are concerned that you may have an excess amount of thyroid hormone, you should mention your symptoms to your doctor. A simple blood test is the first step in the diagnosis. From there, both you and your doctor can decide what the next step should be. If treatment is warranted, it is important for you to let your doctor know of any concerns or questions you have about the options available. Remember that thyroid disease is very common, and in good hands, the diseases that cause an excess of thyroid hormones can be easily diagnosed and treated.

Hyperthyroidism At A Glance

  • Hyperthyroidism is a condition in which there is an excessive amount of thyroid hormones.

  • Thyroid hormones regulate the metabolism of the cells.

  • Normally, the rate of thyroid hormone production is controlled by the brain at the pituitary gland.

  • There are many possible causes of hyperthyroidism.

  • Common symptoms of hyperthyroidism include restlessness, tremors, weight loss despite an increased appetite, sweating, rapid heart rate, intolerance to heat, and frequent bowel movements.

  • Treatments for hyperthyroidism include medications, ablation, and surgery.

Last Editorial Review: 7/22/2008

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