treatment of hyperactive thyroid disease?

im 13 years old and i’ve inherited hyperactive(not hypo) thyroid disease from my mom. i get shaking hands, loss of sleep and anxiety. what are the treatments for this for someone my age? is there a medication or any home remedies??

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  • onepoohbear

    Hi there,

    Please get medical treatment. I had thyroid symptoms over 5 years ago but was never treated. By the time I went to see a specialist, my symptoms had changed so I thought they went away, and I couldn’t afford the medical care. Now it’s 5 years later and I have been diagnosed with Graves Disease as the cause of my hyperthyroidism. I have been dealing with severe adrenal fatigue and hypoglycemia for the last 6 months since they’re common with thyroid problems, along with a LONG list of thyroid symptoms (both hypo and hyper symptoms). For a list of symptoms of both hypo and hyper, go here: http://thyroid.about.com/od/symptomsrisks/a/symptomsrisks.htm
    If you don’t get treatment, your condition will eventually worsen.

    If you’re hyper, you should get an Uptake & Scan thyroid test (it’s not scary or painful) to determine the cause and the best course of treatment. I’m on a low dose of PTU, as well as megadoses of vitamins. Please do a lot of research so you can understand your condition and what you can do to treat it. Unfortunately, not all doctors (even Endocrinologists, who specialize in thyroid disease, along with disorders like diabetes) understand thyroid disease so you must be own best advocate. There are tons of good books on Amazon about thyroid disease, adrenal fatigue and vitamins, and helpful websites like thyroid.about.com. Eating whole and organic foods, and avoiding white sugar, white flour, processed foods, caffeine, alcohol and smoking helps a lot. Don’t rush into a treatment like RAI (Radioactive Iodine Treatment) until you understand what it entails.

    I highly recommend vitamins in addition to thyroid medication. Vitamins are 2,000 times safer than drugs! And they rarely have dangerous side effects, unlike drugs. Amino acids like L-tryptophan and 5-HTP are helpful for insomnia. Minerals like selenium, magnesium and zinc will help with anxiety. It’s also important to remember that no single vitamin is a magic bullet and a good multivitamin is recommended. I’ve been taking vitamins for over two months and most of my symptoms have greatly improved and/or disappeared (I noticed a difference within a day or two with some symptoms, and some symptoms take longer to correct, depending on how long you’ve been dealing with a deficiency). These two books are very helpful for which vitamins to take:

    Feeling Fat, Fuzzy, or Frazzled?
    http://www.amazon.com/Feeling-Fat-Fuzzy-Frazzled-Reproductive/dp/0452285569/ref=pd_bbs_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1195420741&sr=1-2

    The Real Vitamin and Mineral Book
    http://www.amazon.com/Real-Vitamin-Mineral-Book-4th/dp/158333274X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1195421588&sr=1-1

    To clarify Bitsy’s comment, hyper is overactive & hypo is underactive.

    Good luck!

  • joanie

    You say your mom has it.. She must have a doctor.. Go to the doctor and let him run the blood test for the Thyroid.. It will show how high the thyroxin is and I believe there is med to lower it and regulate the thyroid.. I have the hypo (under active) and I take Levoxil to replace the thyroxin everyday and must for rest of my life.. Thyroid balance is very important to your overall body’s functions and health.. Nothing to fool with.. Get to a doc and he’ll recommend treatment.. Don’t let this continue..OK? Good Luck honey..

  • I am sure that your mom is on medication, you need to be checked for this also and maybe put on medication. Thyroid disease can be hereditary. Hypo means it is overactive, I am curious as to why your mom hasn’t taken you to a dr. yet regarding this condition. It can be found in young people.
    Best wishes.

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