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