How do I know if I have hyperthyroidism?

 

You may have hyperthyroidism if you notice the following symptoms:7,8

Fast heart rate (often more than 100 beats per minute)

Irregular heart rhythm, predominantly in patients over 60 years of age

Nervousness and/or irritability

Weight loss without dietary changes

Prominent, staring eyes (typical for Graves' disease)

Increased sensitivity to warm temperatures

Muscle weakness, especially of the upper arms and thighs

Increased sweating

Frequent bowel movements

Lighter or less frequent menstrual periods

Trembling hands

Rapid growing fingernails

Hair loss

Smooth and thin skin

References: 7. American Thyroid Association. Hyperthyroidism. Accessed from http://www.thyroid.org/wp-content/uploads/patients/brochures/Hyper_brochure.pdf on August 2016. 8. Bahn RS et al. Hyperthyroidism and Other Causes of Thyrotoxicosis: Management Guidelines of the American Thyroid Association and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. Endoc Prac. 2011.