Thyroid disease – Hyperthyroidism

We spoke about hypothyroidism, the situation where the thyroid is either under-active, totally unable to function, or has been surgically removed. This week, we will talk about Hyperthyroidism.

When your thyroid produces too much thyroid hormone, you can become hyperthyroid. This is the situation where your body just works too fast and too hard. You have increased heart rate, high blood pressure and you could lose weight because you’re burning too many calories.


The symptoms of hyperthyroidism, like hypothyroidism depend on your age and your general level of health. You may have some or all of the following symptoms. If so, perhaps it is a good idea to see your doctor about a thyroid test.

If you’re hyperthyroid:

You lose weight quickly (even if you are eating a lot)

You have a hard time falling asleep, you have insomnia.

You suffer from anxiety/ panic attacks, irritability or nervousness

You get palpitations, or your pulse and heartbeat are fast

You sweat more than usual

Your hands shake

You suffer from diarrhoea

You feel tired

Your skin is dry

Your periods are stopped, or very light, or infrequent

You have muscle weakness, especially in the upper arms and thighs

You have eye problems, such as double vision, scratchy eyes, or you notice that your eyes are bulging or more whites are showing than usual

You having trouble getting pregnant

Your hair has become fine and brittle

You are having a hard time concentrating, your attention span is short

Your behaviour is erratic

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