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Old 04-30-2006, 10:03 PM   #1
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Hyperthiroidism symptoms?

I just spent the night searching this board for symptoms of Hyperthiroidism. Maybe they are in there, but I haven't found them.

Can anyone post a list of common symptoms of a hyperthyroid condition?
What is the probability of hyper versus hypo? (ie. of the totality of thyroid conditions, only xx percent are hyper.)


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Old 05-01-2006, 04:05 AM   #2
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Re: Hyperthiroidism symptoms?

I will just tell you my symptoms when hyper.

sweating more than usual
feeling hotter then those around you in the same room

extreme nervousness

can't sleep well because of rapid heartrate

cannot tolerate caffiene

higher morning temperature over 98(using mercury thermometer as far back under tongue as possible, leaving there for 5 minutes

hair falling out more(hard to hold curl).
finger tremors(holding hands and arms out straight with paper on top of hands, the paper will wiggle)
elevated bloodpressure.

burning during urination(this is from calcium loss through the urine)
fluid retention(kidneys are altered in hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism)my ankles swelled more then my feet.

more bowel movement throughout the day

hungry all the time

eyes have a starring look

aching in shoulder area

leg pains

That is all I can think of at this time. As you can see some of the symptoms are the same as hypothyroidism.
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The 9th post on the Information Archive lists some Hyperthyroid symptoms. Readking the posts here, it is NOT all inclusive. Search for "Hyper" only on the thyroid board and you will find a lot of threads mentioning it and maybe some infomation you can use.

I haven't seen a % of Hypo/hyper. MOST are hypo, however. A couple here on this board seem to be both.

What are your symptoms? Have you had any tests?
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Old 05-01-2006, 05:01 AM   #4
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Re: Hyperthiroidism symptoms?


Symptoms lists are subjective. Just because it is on a list doesn't necessarily mean that's what you have. I say this because when I am hyperT (according to labs) I have mostly hypoT symptoms. Very confusing. Over time I am learning what "my" hyperT and hypoT symptoms are.

Have you done a search on the internet? There are some extensive lists out there.
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Re: Hyperthiroidism symptoms?

Lady named the most common symptoms.
HypOthyroidism is 8 times more common than hypERthyroidism.

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Re: Hyperthiroidism symptoms?

These are symtoms of Graves(which is the number one reason for hyperthyroid)Symptoms
Change in temperature preference
Weight loss with increased appetite
Prominence of eyes, puffiness of lids
Pain or irritation of eyes
Blurred or double vision, decreasing acuity, decreased motility
Palpitations or pounding of the heart
Ankle edema (without cardiac disease)
Less frequently, orthopnea, paroxysmal tachycardia, anginal pain, and CHF
Increased frequency of stools
Decrease in menstrual flow; menstrual irregularity or amenorrhea
Decreased fertility
Occasional bursitis
Rarely periodic paralysis
Emotional Nervousness, irritability
Emotional lability
Insomnia or decreased sleep requirement
Thinning of hair
Loss of curl in hair
Increased perspiration
Change in texture of skin and nails
Increased pigmentation
Swelling over out surface of shin
Graves' disease Physical Signs
Weight loss
Hyperkinetic behavior, thought, and speech
Lymphadenopathy and occasional splenomegaly
Prominence of eyes, lid lag, globe lag
Exophthalmos, lid edema, chemosis, extraocular muscle weakness
Decreased visual acuity, scotomata, papilledema, retinal hemorrhage, and edema
Sometimes enlarged cervical nodes
Thrill and bruit
Tachypnea on exertion
Tachycardia, overactive heart, widened pulse pressure, and bounding pulse
Occasional cardiomegaly, signs of congestive heart failure, and paroxysmal tachycardia or fibrillation
Objective muscle wasting and weakness
Quickened and hypermetric reflexes
Emotional lability
Fine, warm, moist skin
Fine and often straight hair
Oncholysis (Plummer's nails)
Pretibial myxedema
Hyperpigmentation or vitiligo
Abdominal pain and distention
Aversion to cold (Cold intolerance)

Brain Function problems which include:
Mental fog,
Memory loss - Brain fog

Carpal tunnel syndrome
Constipation – the more hypo we become, the more severe this becomes

Decreased body temperature
Depression which worse if patient moves into myxedema coma
Dry coarse skin and hair

Emotional lability
Enlarged muscle fibers with muscle weakness (Hoffman's syndrome)
Eyebrows stop growing,

Feeling of being overwhelmed


Hearing loss, deafness
Heavy menses & cramping
High cholesterol and lipid levels
Hoarse voice

Impaired blood clotting
Impaired digestion
Impaired skeletal growth

Increased capillary fragility (bruising)
Increased creatine phosphokinase (CPK) level
Increased diastolic blood pressure
Increased fertility problems
Increased menstrual cycle

Irregular heart rate (bradycardia)

Joint pain
Lack of motivation
Loss of initiative

Muscle pain
Myxedema (waterlogged appearance of skin) puffy eyes, face, hands, feet

Nails changes, nails split, break, get thickened
Nasal stuffiness, dry throat
Nocturnal paresthesia (hands or legs falling asleep)
Nutrient deficiencies


Severe hair loss
Severe weight gain even when not eating much
Sinus problems and or infections
Sleep apnea
Sleepiness, lethargy, insomnia, interupted sleep
Slow speech

Thickened, dry tongue,( dry mouth)

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Midwest - thanks for the #'s
looking4aclue -Wow! Great list -copying for my hubby!!
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Old 05-01-2006, 08:33 AM   #8
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Re: Hyperthiroidism symptoms?

I would say anytime you feel GOOFY- (just to add my 2 cents)

That is the thyroid acting up.

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Old 05-01-2006, 09:58 PM   #9
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Re: Hyperthiroidism symptoms?

Thanks everyone for so much input.

The hand/finger wiggles interest me.
Do yours have any cadence to them or are they totally random like noise?

Do they happen most when your hand is totally relaxed or slightly taught?
(I guess if you are holding your hands up they are not totally relaxed...haha)

Try this...
Pretend a milky way (fuzzy thing) is floating by and you try to pluck it out of the air with your fingers. Now hold your fingers like that (all fingers together). Now bend wrist sort if in a right angle. Ajust muscle tension (should be just slightly taught) and postition to maximize wiggles.
What do you get? Anything? Random or a cadence?

Do you ever feel wiggles/vibrations in any other parts? Other muscles, inside of you?


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