Thyroid: When it’s Too High

Thyroid gland of a woman, medically 3D illustration on blue background, front view

The thyroid is a small gland in your neck responsible for hormones that regulate your metabolism. When it’s overactive, we call it high thyroid.

High thyroid can make the body work too hard, resulting in fast heartbeats, weight loss, and anxiety. This condition is also known as hyperthyroidism.

What Causes High Thyroid?

Graves’ disease is a common cause of high thyroid. Other possible causes include nodules, inflammation, and extra thyroid medications.

What are the specific symptoms of high thyroid?

Common symptoms include nervousness, irritability, and sleeping problems, including insomnia and difficulty in falling asleep. You might also feel heat intolerant and have frequent bowel movements.

How is High Thyroid Treated?

Treatments depend on the cause of the high thyroid. Anti-thyroid medicines such as methimazole are used to slow down the thyroid. Radioactive iodine treatment damages the thyroid gland, emitting radiation. Surgery to remove the thyroid gland is often the last resort.

High thyroid is a condition in which the thyroid gland is overactive, causing many symptoms such as heat intolerance and anxiety. Treatment varies depending on the cause and symptoms. If you are unsure if you have a high thyroid, consult your physician.