Overactive Thyroid Gland

Monday, May 09, 2016

When the thyroid gland is overactive the bodys processes speed up and you may experience nervousness, anxiety and rapid heartbeat, among other symptoms. Dr. Edward Hill takes a closer look at this condition in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

The thyroid gland is an organ in the lower front part of your neck. The gland makes thyroid hormones, which help control your bodys use of energy, its temperature, and how your organs work.

Sometimes, the thyroid gland makes too much thyroid hormone. This is called hyperthyroidism. It can cause nervousness, trouble sleeping, increased sweating, faster heart rate, shaking of the hands, frequent bowel movements, weak muscles, thinning hair and weight loss.

The most common cause of hyperthyroidism is Graves disease. Other causes of hyperthyroidism are nodules that grow in the thyroid and make too much thyroid hormone. Thyroiditis is a condition where the thyroid leaks hormones because it is attacked by a virus or by the immune system. People who take too much of a thyroid hormone pill may have symptoms of hyperthyroidism.

Your doctor will look for signs, such as swelling of the neck, fast heart rate, brisk reflexes, shaking of the hands, smooth and moist skin, and large or bulging eyes.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.