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16 Lesser-Known Hyperthyroidism Symptoms

By    |   Tuesday, 24 May 2016 07:35 PM

Hyperthyroidism speeds up the body’s metabolism, so symptoms are sometimes involved with energy. The disorder, caused by an overactive thyroid, causes the thyroid gland to produce too much thyroid hormone and accelerate processes throughout the body.

In the beginning, many hyperthyroid patients may experience a lot of energy as the thyroid increases metabolism, according to the American Thyroid Association. As hyperthyroidism continues, it breaks down the body’s normal functioning and leads to fatigue.

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Irritability, nervousness, anxiety, insomnia, hand tremors, muscle weakness, and increased heart rate may occur because of changes to the body’s energy needs.

However, not everyone with hyperthyroidism experiences the same symptoms. There are many signs that indicate an overactive thyroid and some of them can be mistakenly attributed to other conditions or factors.

These 16 lesser-known hyperthyroidism symptoms might appear when the disorder develops:

1. Appetite increase or decrease
2. Weight loss or weight gain
3. Frequent bowel movements
4. Vision changes
5. Dizziness
6. Hair thinning
7. Hives and itching
8. Heat intolerance
9. Light menstrual periods or missed periods
10. Fertility problems
11. Sudden paralysis
12. Thyroid enlargement, or goiter, at the front of the neck
13. Warm, moist skin
14. Hyperactive reflexes
15. Poor concentration
16. Bulging or the appearance of enlarged eyes from Graves’ disease

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Graves’ disease is a common cause of hyperthyroidism, the Cleveland Clinic notes. It is an autoimmune disorder that stimulates hormone function and thyroid growth.

Weight problems may differ among hyperthyroid patients because the disorder increases the appetite. They can lose or gain weight, depending on how much they eat to satisfy the appetite. But the more severe the hyperthyroidism, the more weight will be lost, says the ATA.

Other symptoms can be misleading. For example, some patients might think their nervousness or fatigue is caused by stress.

Getting an early diagnosis because of suspected symptoms helps in a treatment plan for hyperthyroidism. Left untreated, an overactive thyroid can lead to high blood pressure, heart failure, and pregnancy complications, according to the Cleveland Clinic.

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