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5 Signs of an Overactive Thyroid Gland

5 Signs of an Overactive Thyroid Gland

The thyroid gland is an endocrine gland in your neck that creates two hormones, thyroxine, and triiodothyronine, that are discharged into the blood. These hormones are important because they help all the cells in your body function correctly. But when your thyroid gland becomes overactive, also known as hyperthyroidism, it produces too much thyroid hormone, which speeds up the body's metabolism.

Although it seems harmless initially, an overactive thyroid gland can lead to severe health problems. That's why it's important to notice the signs and take action. 

Talk to our team at Summit Primary Care in Colorado if you're unsure what to do or have questions regarding your thyroid gland. Here are some tips on how to notice the signs of an overactive thyroid. 

Why an overactive thyroid is problematic

Dealing with an overactive thyroid means you risk several health issues. They include:

If you suspect your thyroid is overactive, reach out to our team as soon as possible for an evaluation and treatment, as needed.

Signs of an overactive thyroid gland

There are several signs to look out for. However, these five are noticeable and, if continued, should be reasons to check in with your doctor:

1. Effortless or unintended weight loss

If you're not trying to lose weight, are not increasing your exercise habits, and not watching your calorie count but constantly seeing yourself dropping pounds, that may be a sign that you have an overactive thyroid gland. 

2. Tremors

Tremors are involuntary shaking or movement, and they can be super minor or can be more severe. Typically tremors affect the hands, legs, face, head, or vocal cords. However, you may see small tremblings in your hands and fingers specifically for an overactive thyroid gland. 

3. Bowel patterns

Have you been going to the bathroom more frequently? Specifically, have you been experiencing more bowel movements? A change in bowel patterns from your usual routine can signify an overactive thyroid gland. 

4. Enlarged thyroid gland

Your thyroid gland will also be directly affected. Sometimes called a goiter, your thyroid gland may swell up at the base of your neck, which you can feel just by touching the area. 

5. Heart irregularities 

An overactive thyroid gland means your heart can experience several different problems. These include tachycardia (a fast heartbeat), arrhythmia (an irregular heartbeat), and heart palpitations. 

Your symptoms may be harder to notice if you're an older adult. Some include unintended weight loss, irregular heartbeat, depression, and feeling weak or tired during ordinary activities.

To learn more about the signs of an overactive thyroid gland or for any concerns regarding them and the problems that may occur, call one of our offices in Denver, Pueblo, or Colorado Springs, or schedule an appointment online today.

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