Does anyone know about the abnormal conditions found in the thyroid gland pertaining to hypersecretion?


  • Carol

    In healthy people, the thyroid makes just the right amounts of two hormones, T4 and T3, which have important actions throughout the body. These hormones regulate many aspects of our metabolism, eventually affecting how many calories we burn, how warm we feel, and how much we weigh. In short, the thyroid "runs" our metabolism. These hormones also have direct effects on most organs, including the heart which beats faster and harder under the influence of thyroid hormones. Essentially all cells in the body will respond to increases in thyroid hormone with an increase in the rate at which they conduct their business. Hyperthyroidism is the medical term to describe the signs and symptoms associated with an over production of thyroid hormone.

    Hyperthyroidism is a condition caused by the effects of too much thyroid hormone on tissues of the body. Although there are several different causes of hyperthyroidism, most of the symptoms that patient experiences are the same regardless of the cause (see the list of symptoms below). Because the body’s metabolism is increased, patients often feel hotter than those around them and can slowly lose weight even though they may be eating more. The weight issue is confusing sometimes since some patients actually gain weight because of an increase in their appetite. Patients with hyperthyroidism usually experience fatigue at the end of the day, but have trouble sleeping. Trembling of the hands and a hard or irregular heartbeat (called palpitations) may develop. These individuals may become irritable and easily upset. When hyperthyroidism is severe, patients can suffer shortness of breath, chest pain, and muscle weakness. Usually the symptoms of hyperthyroidism are so gradual in their onset that patients don’t realize the symptoms until they become more severe. This means the symptoms may continue for weeks or months before patients fully realize that they are sick. In older people, some or all of the typical symptoms of hyperthyroidism may be absent, and the patient may just lose weight or become depressed.

    Common symptoms and signs of hyperthyroidism
    Heat intolerance
    Increased bowel movements
    Light or absent menstrual periods

    Fast heart rate
    Trembling hands
    Weight loss
    Muscle weakness
    Warm moist skin
    Hair loss
    Staring gaze

    Hope this helps you … 🙂

  • IMKatrina

    Oversecretion of thyroid hormones is called hyperthyroidism / Grave’s disease. Predisposing factors include thyroid-secreting tumors, overtreatment of hypothyroidism and severe stess, e.g. pregnancy.

    These manifestations may help you identify the disorder:
    hyperactivity, sensitivity to heat, rest and sleep deprivation, increases perception of stimuli, weight loss, potential for respiratory difficulty, diarrhea, tachycardia, exophthalmus (bulging eyeballs), frequent mood swings, nervous and jittery than the usual

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