The Overactive Thyroid Gland





The thyroid gland regulates the metabolism of the body through its secretion of thyroid hormones. It regulates the activity of all bodily functions including the heart, the brain, breathing, the lungs and the bowel.

If you are leading a normal life with all systems acting normally, then your metabolism is normal. If you are tired and lifeless with a despairing approach to life, you may be suffering from low metabolism. If on the other hand you are overactive with the ability to burn energy even when sitting still, then your metabolism could be too high.

The commonest causes for such changes is an under supply or an oversupply of thyroid hormones form the thyroid gland.

Overactivity of the thyroid gland or thyrotoxicosis can be associated with the following symptoms. An increased often erratic pulse rate and you can actually feel the heart beating, enlargement of the gland itself which shows up as a swelling in the neck, known as goitre, extreme nervousness associated with trembling of the hands, warm moist skin with a hypersensitivity to heat, a loss of weight in spite of the presence of an increased appetite, increased bowel motions, eyes which are bright and can be quite starry sometimes a difficulty in focusing of the eyes, the hair becomes thin and silky and there may be skin pigmentation, painful swelling of breasts and thinning of the bones.

This all adds up to a hyped up personality which , if the condition remains unchecked, can lead on to mental changes ranging from extreme exhilaration through to exhaustion and finally severe depression.

The treatment involves cutting down the amount of the thyroid hormone secreted by the thyroid gland. It can be done surgically by removing part of the gland itself or by the use of radioactive iodine which destroys part of the gland, or by medication which slows down the amount of thyroid hormones which are being produced.

General measures can include bed rest, sedation, a diet high in calories, protein and vitamins which includes the vitamin B group until the appetite settles down and a balanced metabolism has returned.

Generally medical treatment needs to be kept up for as long as two years. Recurrences of the condition have to be treated either medically, surgically or with radioactive iodine.

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- Blood Pressure including Hypertension - Boils and Carbuncles
- Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy - Chronic Bronchitis
- Cold Sores (Herpes Simplex) - Colostomy and Ileostomy
- Constipation - Cramp
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- Diarrhoea - Earache
- Footcare - Gallstones
- Glandular Fever (Infectious Mononucleosis) - Gout
- Haemophilia - Headache
- Hepatitis - Hip Replacement
- Indigestion - Influenza
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- Poor Circulation (incl Buergers & Raynauds Disease) - Prostate Problems
- Rheumatic Fever - Shingles
- Sleeping Difficulties (Insomnia) - Slipped Disc
- Spinal Injuries - The Common Cold
- The Overactive Thyroid Gland - The Underactive Thyroid Gland
- Thrombophlebitis of Superficial Veins - Thrombosis in Veins
- Tonsillitis and Complications


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