Have you been staying up late at night, even if you’re trying hard not to? Most probably, your brain is troubled by something specific. However, if this sleeping problem has been occurring more than normal, and is coupled with anxiety, palpitations, hand tremors, and weight loss; it’s time to see your doctor. Under these stressful conditions, your body is at risk of hyperthyroidism which can manifest through these symptoms.
Hyperthyroidism occurs when thyroid hormones are overproduced. Since the thyroid gland is solely responsible for the body’s metabolism [how the body uses energy], an overproduction of thyroid hormones may abnormally accelerate the different processes of the body. These include, but are not limited to, breathing, body temperature, and heart rate. Specifically, large amounts of hormones such as thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3) are present in the thyroid gland of a person with hyperthyroidism.
The same excessive production happens in Graves’ disease, which is the most usual cause of hyperthyroidism. Mainly, the antibody Thyroid-Stimulating Immunoglobulin (TSI) is responsible for producing a lot of thyroid hormones in the gland. In some cases, the overproduction of thyroid hormones is caused by an excessive intake of iodine, inflammation of the thyroid, or different types of goiter.
Other Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism
Hyperthyroidism typically deprives you of sleep causes weight-loss, but there are many other symptoms worth keeping an eye out for. If you have been feeling overly tired, even during a task that does not require too much energy, then consider that a sign as well. Hyperthyroidism can also make you particularly frumpy and dry out your skin. The surest sign of hyperthyroidism is the enlargement of the thyroid. If you have been exhibiting some of these symptoms lately, you should take action immediately. Visit your doctor. Have a checkup to measure the amount of T3 and T4 in your body. Remember, too much of these hormones is not good for you or your thyroid gland.
There are also a number of treatment methods worth trying. Depending on how severe your hyperthyroidism is, medication can range from taking methimazole to undergoing a radioactive iodine therapy. Your physician may also require you to take beta-blockers that can decrease hand trembling and avoid palpitations. In the case of pregnant women—who are also really prone to hyperthyroidism—propylthiouracil is advised to be taken.
Lastly, have a positive outlook. Because many health conditions are induced or exacerbated by stress, it is always advised to stay calm and be mindful of your body. Whether the symptoms are just starting to appear, or the disease is already present in your system, hyperthyroidism is always possible to combat. All you need is the discipline to follow all the necessary medications, and the right attitude to know that you’ll triumph.