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Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism: What's the Difference?

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These treatments might suppress the production of thyroid hormones to the point where there is an inefficient supply of thyroid hormones in your body, which is what hypothyroidism actually means.

Hypothyroidism can be corrected with a thyroid hormone supplement.

In addition to your treatment, your doctor may also prescribe beta blockers to slow down your heart rate, nervousness and tremors until your hormone levels get back to normal.


Hypothyroidism occurs when your thyroid gland is not making enough hormones to keep your body up and running at normal speed. Women, especially those older than 60, are more likely to experience this condition.

It may take a number of years for symptoms to emerge. Initial symptoms, such as fatigue and weight gain, can be barely noticed, or may simply be attributed to aging.

But as your metabolism continues to slow down, more serious symptoms can occur. You may experience constipation, dry skin, aches and stiffness, muscle weakness and depression. Your face can become puffy, your hair may thin, your heart rate may decrease, and your memory could become impaired.

You may suffer from an increased sensitivity to cold. Your cholesterol levels may rise. Your joints could become painful and swollen. Your menstrual periods can become heavier or irregular.

Constant stimulation of your thyroid gland to produce more hormones can also cause it to become enlarged. This condition is called a goiter.

It is important to be on the lookout for these symptoms and never underestimate them. Talk to your doctor if you are experiencing unexplained fatigue, sudden weight gain, or any of the described symptoms above.

You may be at increased risk for hypothyroidism if you have an autoimmune disorder or if you have previously been treated for hyperthyroidism.

Having thyroid surgery, where all or a large portion of your thyroid has been removed, or receiving radiation therapy to your head or upper chest can also cause hypothyroidism.

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When I read this story I realized just how similar it was to my hypothyroidism. Not too long ago, I could not even walk a few steps with my one year old grandson without losing my breath. Now, I can walk up three flights of steps holding him and play with him all day. My blood sugar used to be all over the place and I had fogginess even when I slept a full night. Then I started following an easy diet that gave me more energy than ever and cleared my head. I even lost a lot of weight and even my allergies have improved. What made the difference? I started doing my research and found out about some simple natural remedies that no one had ever told me about, not even my doctor, endocinologist, or chiropractor. In case you're interested, here is the website that helped me the most in my recovery: http://www.journalofnaturalhealth.com/hypothyroid
Hope it helps anyone reading this!

July 8, 2016 - 3:10pm
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July 18, 2015 - 10:09pm
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