Do I Have an Overactive Thyroid? What You Need to Know

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Symptoms of an Overactive Thyroid 

Symptoms can vary greatly from one patient to the next, so not experiencing any of the following symptoms does not mean that the patient has a normally functioning thyroid. A doctor should perform a complete examination and may perform other tests to diagnose hyperthyroidism. 

Some possible symptoms of hyperthyroidism include: 

  • goiter (enlarged thyroid gland);
  • nervousness or irritability;
  • hair loss;
  • thinning skin;
  • depression and anxiety;
  • shakiness or tremors;
  • rapid heartbeat;
  • insatiable hunger;
  • weight loss (even if eating more);
  • diarrhea;
  • fatigue;
  • higher body temperature;
  • rash;
  • infertility; and
  • more. 

This is far from a complete list. If you experience these symptoms or others that might indicate an overactive thyroid, speak with your doctor right away for proper evaluation and diagnosis.