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Thyrotoxicosis: What Is It and How Do I Know If I Have It?

By    |   Thursday, 26 May 2016 07:37 PM

Thyrotoxicosis is a medical condition that can have some troubling symptoms and affect your quality of life. If you recognize the symptoms, consult a physician to get proper treatment quickly.

According to You and Your Hormones, thyrotoxicosis is often used interchangeably with hyperthyroidism, but they are not exactly the same.

Hyperthyroidism is when the thyroid gland is overactive and produces too much thyroid hormone. It is the most common cause of thyrotoxicosis which is having too much thyroid hormone in the blood, regardless of the cause.

According to the American Thyroid Association, the most common cause of thyrotoxicosis is hyperthyroidism due to an autoimmune disorder called Graves’ disease.

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With Graves’ disease, the body produces antibodies that attack the thyroid gland causing it to enlarge and produce too much thyroid hormones. It can run in families and is more common in young women.

Other causes of thyrotoxicosis include hyperthyroidism from nodules that form on the thyroid gland.

The Thyroid Foundation of Canada describes symptoms of thyrotoxicosis, which include weight loss despite an increased appetite, anxiety, sweating and intolerance to heat, tremors, and muscle weakness.

The thyroid gland controls the body’s metabolism, and too many thyroid hormones speed up the metabolism.

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The symptoms associated with thyrotoxicosis are consistent with a metabolism that is abnormally fast. The pulse rate speeds up and can become irregular, the bowels are more active resulting in diarrhea, and the nervous system is overstimulated causing irritability.

If you suspect you have thyrotoxicosis, your physician can diagnose it based on a physical examination of the thyroid gland and assessment of your symptoms.

The condition can be confirmed with a simple blood test that measures the amounts of thyroid hormones in the blood, says the American Thyroid Association.

Once confirmed, treatment of thyrotoxicosis usually involves drugs that slow down production of thyroid hormones. In more severe cases, surgery to partially remove the thyroid or radioactive iodine treatments to destroy portions of it may be necessary.

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