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What happens with thyroid disease?
Disease of the thyroid gland is extremely common. In some conditions, the thyroid may produce too much hormone. In other conditions, the thyroid may be damaged or destroyed and little, if any, thyroid hormone is produced. The main thyroid hormone is called thyroxine, or T4.
Symptoms vary depending on whether there is too much or too little T4 present in the blood. With an excess of T4 (hyperthyroidism), patients complain of feeling restless, emotionally hyper, and hot and sweaty. They may have tremors, trouble concentrating, and weight loss. Frequent bowel movements and diarrhea are common.
If T4 levels are low (hypothyroidism) as a result of decreased production by the thyroid gland, patients often
experience fatigue, lethargy, and weight gain. Constipation is common and many patients report feeling excessively cold.