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Hyperthyroidism

AMBULATORY CARE:

Hyperthyroidism

is a condition that develops when your thyroid hormone levels are high. Thyroid hormones help control body temperature, heart rate, growth, and weight.

Thyroid and Parathyroid Glands

Common signs and symptoms include the following:

The signs and symptoms may develop slowly, sometimes over several years.

  • Weight loss, increased appetite, diarrhea, or constipation
  • Increased sweating and heat intolerance
  • Nervousness, restlessness, tremors, and difficulty sleeping
  • Fast heart rate and fast breathing, even at rest
  • Painful lump in your neck or bulging eyes
  • Fatigue and muscle weakness
  • Decreased or absent monthly periods

Call 911 for any of the following:

  • You have sudden chest pain or shortness of breath.
  • You have a seizure.
  • Your heart is beating faster than usual.
  • You feel like you are going to faint.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You have a fever.
  • You feel nervous and restless.
  • You have chills, a cough, or feel weak and achy.
  • You run out of medicine or have stopped taking it.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Treatment:

You may not need any treatment, or you may need any of the following:

  • Antithyroid medicines decrease thyroid hormone levels and your symptoms.
  • Radioactive iodine is given to damage or kill some thyroid gland cells. This may decrease the amount of thyroid hormone produced. Tell your healthcare provider if you know or think you are pregnant. This medicine can be harmful to an unborn baby.
  • Surgery may be done to remove all or part of the thyroid gland.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

You may need to return for more blood tests to check your thyroid hormone level. This will show if you are getting the right amount of medicine. Do not stop taking your medicines without talking to your healthcare provider first. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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