Hyperthyroidism Symptoms

hyperthyroidism-symptoms

Hyperthyroidism is the term used for an over active thyroid, which speeds up your bodies metabolism. While both men and women can suffer from this disorder, women are more commonly affected. The condition is most often diagnosed with a blood test that measures the amount of TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone), T3 (active thyroid hormone) and T4 (inactive thyroid hormone) in your body. When your TSH is low and your T3 and T4 are high, you will be diagnosed with hyperthyroidism.

The symptoms of hyperthyroidism can be similar to other medical conditions such as mental disorders, heart conditions or digestive issues. Often misdiagnosed, patients can remain untreated and become quite ill. Common symptoms to watch for, include:

  • trembling hands
  • weakness
  • moodiness
  • exhaustion
  • nervousness
  • rapid heartbeat or palpitations
  • extreme heat sensations
  • red and itchy skin
  • unexplained weight loss
  • insomnia
  • high blood pressure
  • loose stools
  • changes to your menstrual cycle
  • shortness of breath
  • soft or very fine hair

Treating Hyperthyroidism

Most physicians treat the condition with radioactive iodine or anti-thyroid medications. Anti-thyroid medication can relieve symptoms by reducing the production of thyroid hormone. However, the medication does not correct the dysfunction of your thyroid gland.  On the other hand, radioactive iodine, damages or kills the cells of your thyroid so that they no longer produce hormone. Because radioactive iodine severely damages your thyroid gland it can cause hypothyroidism (under active thyroid) creating a lifelong dependence on thyroid medication.

Untreated, a hyperthyroid state can cause serious health problems weakening your heart, leaching calcium from your bones and damaging cells in your body.  Alongside holistic support, severe cases normally require one of these more aggressive treatment methods. Unfortunately, neither of these options address the root cause of your condition. In mild to moderate cases, you can control and sometimes correct your condition with diet and lifestyle changes avoiding the side effects of the more extreme treatments.

Herbal Remedies

Some people with hyperthyroidism do well with herbal medicinals. In traditional Chinese medicine, we use herbs to strengthen weaknesses, clear toxicity and support your liver. They can help nourish your endocrine glands and balance your immune system to address the root cause of your illness. It can take years to develop hyperthyroidism and months to experience the benefits of natural treatments.

Lifestyle

Both genetics and lifestyle factors play a role in the onset of hyperthyroidism.  Stress, smoking and caffeine are known triggers for hyperthyroidism and its symptoms. You can control inflammation by avoiding these as well as limiting sugar and processed foods. Environmental toxins can also weaken your hormone system. There are some easy ways to clean up the air you breath such as avoiding chemical cleaners, colognes and personal care products that contain endocrine disruptors.

Whether or not you are able to control the symptoms of hyperthyroidism without having to resort to drastic medical treatments, you will want to address lifestyle factors that will help you recover. Always have your experienced physician oversee any type of treatment you decide to try.

 


Dr. Jeda Boughton is a doctor of Chinese medicine in Vancouver BC, Canada, and the founder of the Natural Thyroid Health Program. She teaches women who suffer from thyroid disorders how to heal naturally through alternative medicine.

Jeda Boughton – who has written posts on Natural Thyroid Health.