Hyperthyroidism is a very common disease of the thyroid gland amongst women. Females should be aware of this disease as it can affect themselves or anyone close to them.
Any disease related to thyroid is not easily identifiable. So it is important that you have all the information regarding thyroid and its diseases. Lets us find out more about hyperthyroidism.
When the thyroid gland becomes overactive, it gives rise to the following symptoms. There is increase in metabolic rate of the body. So there is increase in appetite. But instead of gaining weight due to increased appetite, the female loses weight.
This happens due to high metabolic rate. The female experiences palpitation and breathlessness. There is increase in pulse rate. A bounding pulse can be felt on pulse examination.
The woman loses sleep without any cause. There is great restlessness and fine tremors of the hands are seen on minute examination. Muscle weakness is also present and paralysis can occur in severe hyperthyroidism. The frequency of stools is increased and the affected woman suffers from chronic diarrhoea.
In severe hyperthyroidism, the eye is involved and fat cells are deposited behind the eye giving a staring look to the eye and the eye balls become prominent. Mind you, that this change is not reversible, so hyperthyroidism should be diagnosed before this stage.
The females also suffer from short menstrual cycles or amenorrhoea which means absent menstruation. The female reproductive system is more frequently affected by hyperthyroidism.
There is swelling in the neck due to swelling of thyroid gland. Anxiety is increased at the mind level and there is complete intolerance of heat. Easy sweating and redness of palms is seen in hyperthyroidism. Itching and skin pigmentation symptoms are seen in some women.
In mild to moderate grade of hyperthyroidism, the above symptoms are present in mild intensity. As the symptoms are non – specific in nature, they are usually ignored and then when the disease becomes severe, then the woman feels the need to go to a doctor.
Now that you know all the symptoms of hyperthyroidism, do not ignore mild non specific symptoms and visit your physician to get your thyroid hormone levels checked.