Hyperthyroid Disorders

Endocrinology Experts at Washington Township Medical Foundation

Hyperthyroidism is a term that refers to any condition that occurs when a hormone called “thyroxine” is over-produced by the thyroid. Your doctor may recommend treatments such as radioactive iodine, medications, or even surgical remedy. Hyperthyroidism may be caused by several conditions, including Graves’ disease, Plummer’s disease / toxic multinodular goiter, thyroiditis, and toxic adenoma.

Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism

While elderly patients do not typically experience symptoms, when they do occur, symptoms of hyperthyroidism are wide-ranging, and may include:

  • Sudden, unexplained weight loss
  • Increased appetite
  • Heart irregularities such as rapid heartbeat, pounding heart, or irregular heartbeat
  • Anxiety / irritability
  • Trembling hands / fingers
  • Sweating
  • Enlarged thyroid gland in the neck
  • Fatigue / exhaustion
  • Muscle weakness
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Changes in menstruation
  • Heightened sensitivity to heat
  • Brittle, fine hair
  • Thin skin
  • Disrupted sleeping patterns

Graves’ Disease

Graves’ disease is the most common type of hyperthyroidism. This condition presents several unique symptoms, including the appearance of bulging or enlarged eyes due to elevation of the upper lids. Women under the age of 40 are the most likely group to be diagnosed with this condition. Other signs of Graves’ disease include tremors, sensitivity to heat, unexplained weight loss, and an enlarged thyroid gland at the base of the neck. Our trusted endocrinology team at Washington Township Medication Foundation can provide diagnosis and treatment for Graves’ disease and other hyperthyroid disorders. Possible treatment for Graves’ disease includes medications such as anti-thyroid agents. In some cases, your doctor may recommend surgical removal of the thyroid.