Thyroid conditions can wreak havoc in your daily life. This doesn’t have to be the case forever.
We talk a lot of hypothyroidism but at the other end of the spectrum is hyperthyroidism. Sweating, palpitations, anxiety, and irritability - sounds scary, right? Unfortunately, that’s what happens when your thyroid gland goes into overdrive and produces higher levels of hormones.
Symptoms of high thyroid levels can be very distressing and affect daily life significantly. But here’s the good news - hyperthyroidism can be cured. Here’s a summary of how we do that:
Normally, the thyroid works like a well-oiled machine. Thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) by the brain carefully controls the level of thyroid hormones. In hyperthyroidism, the gland keeps releasing hormones even when the brain isn’t asking it to.
The most common reasons for developing symptoms of high thyroid levels include:
Luckily, many of these causes of hyperthyroidism can be cured with the help of hyperthyroidism specialists.
Imagine you’re typing on your keyboard and a key gets stuck. Even without any input from you, the key is pressed continuously. This is a similar situation. Your body produces antibodies that bind to the thyroid gland because of which it keeps releasing hormones even when they aren’t needed any more.
Your thyroid gland is made up of a lot of tiny follicles. Sometimes, these follicles increase in size and form nodules. These nodules can be very active and release thyroid hormones.
Medication, radiation, and even pregnancy Just about anything can cause inflammation of the thyroid gland. This inflammation means the thyroid isn’t able to stop hormones from leaking into the bloodstream.
Other causes include too much iodine in the diet or an accidental overdose of thyroid medication.
1. Rapid weight loss, which is difficult to stop or control
2. Palpitations and a raised heart rate
3. Increased appetite
4. Nervouness and irritability
7. Increased sensitivity to higher temperatures
8. Menstrual irregularities
9. Neck swelling or goiter
10. Difficulty in falling asleep
11. Skin thinning and hair loss
Hyperthyroidism can be cured. Hyperthyroidism medication is safe and effective. Depending on your age, type of disease, and severity, your doctor may opt for a medical, surgical, or combination management.
To understand hyperthyroidism treatment, let’s take an example:
The leak means your bathroom floor is always wet. So you simply put a bucket to collect the water and mop up the floor. This is what beta blockers do. They control symptoms of high thyroid levels without actually changing disease process.
You seal the leak with a cloth or sealant or shut off the main supply so the water can’t get out. This is what antithyroid medication does. It blocks the production and release of thyroid hormones from the thyroid gland.
You replace the tap. This is a more longterm solution, like the one offered by functional medicine. While the other measures are necessary for initial control, lifestyle changes are the key to better health permanently.
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