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Hyperthyroidism Symptoms- What You Need to Know

Hyperthyroidism Symptoms- What You Need to Know
Hyperthyroidism Symptoms- What You Need to Know

[Last Updated: July 23rd 2013]
Thyroid problems are so common and it’s estimated that millions of Americans have thyroid issues. One of the most common thyroid problems is hyperthyroidism. Hyperthyroidism is when thyroid gland secrets hormone more than normal and it could mimic other health issues. Blood test of hormonal levels is the best tool for your doctor to diagnose hyperthyroidism. Check out this cartoon to learn more about hyperthyroidism symptoms:

Also here’s the list of hyperthyroidism symptoms, according to Mayoclinic:

  • Sudden weight loss, even when your appetite and diet remain normal or even increase
  • Rapid heartbeat (tachycardia) — commonly more than 100 beats a minute — irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) or pounding of your heart (palpitations)
  • Increased appetite
  • Nervousness, anxiety and irritability
  • Tremor — usually a fine trembling in your hands and fingers
  • Sweating
  • Changes in menstrual patterns
  • Increased sensitivity to heat
  • Changes in bowel patterns, especially more frequent bowel movements
  • An enlarged thyroid gland (goiter), which may appear as a swelling at the base of your neck
  • Fatigue, muscle weakness
  • Difficulty sleeping

Symptoms of thyroid disease are often vague or “weird.” In this video Dr. Val Jones explains how to recognize symptoms of hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism:

To learn more about thyroid activity click here.


  1. […] 10. Muscle and Joint Pains – Aches and pains in your muscles and joints, weakness in the arms and a tendency to develop carpal tunnel in the arms/hands. 9. Neck Discomfort or Enlargement – A feeling of swelling in the neck, discomfort with turtlenecks or neckties. 8. Hair and Skin Changes –Hair frequently becomes brittle, coarse and dry, while breaking off and falling out easily. Skin can become coarse, thick, dry, and scaly. 7. Bowel Problems – Severe or long-term constipation and diarrhea or irritable bowel syndrome. 6. Menstrual Irregularities and Fertility Problems – Heavier, more frequent and more painful periods or shorter, lighter and infrequent Infertility can also be associated 5. Family History – If you have a family history of thyroid problems, you are at a higher risk of having a thyroid condition yourself. 4. Cholesterol Issues – High cholesterol, especially when it is not responsive to diet, exercise or cholesterol-lowering medication 3. Depression and Anxiety – Depression or anxiety, including sudden onset of panic disorder, can be symptoms of thyroid disease. 2. Weight Changes – Unexplained weight changes and issues can be signs of both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. 1. Fatigue – Feeling exhausted when you wake up or being unable to function all day without a nap can be signs of thyroid problems. […]