Can hyperactive thyroid be life threatning?

I was diagnosed when i was pregnant with my 3rd child. How serious is this condition? I have been losing weight since i had my first child four years ago. But over the last weeks my weight has been decreasing extremely. Is there anyway to gain weight with this condition?


  • gangadharan nair

    Thyroid storm is a life-threatening condition that develops in cases of untreated thyrotoxicosis (hyperthyroidism).
    Thyrotoxic crisis (or thyroid storm) is a rare but severe complication of hyperthyroidism, which may occur when a thyrotoxic patient becomes very sick or physically stressed. Its symptoms can include: an increase in body temperature to over 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit), tachycardia, arrhythmia, vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, coma, and death. Thyroid storm requires prompt treatment and hospitalization. The main treatment is to decrease the circulating thyroid hormone levels and decrease their formation. Propylthiouracil and methimazole are two agents that decrease thyroid hormone synthesis and are usually prescribed in fairly high doses.

  • John Redcorn

    Yes it is life threatening. No you cannot gain weight. Or if you can, it will be very hard and you will only gain a little weight.

  • Steve C

    Absolutely… depending on intensity it can cause serious hypertension (high blood pressure).
    High blood pressure can kill you… eventually.

  • PattyC

    When were your last thyroid tests? They should be done at least every 6 months. Your dosage may need changing.

    Talk to your doctor about your weight loss instead of being scared by what people tell you here.

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