Is Your Under-active Thyroid Being Over-treated?
While treating an under-active thyroid can be very helpful, there are problems related to having an underactive thyroid over-treated, too. If you or a loved one is being treated for underactive thyroid gland known as hypothyroidism, this means that your body produces too little thyroid hormone.
Usually a synthetic thyroid hormone replacement therapy is prescribed to treat the imbalance. The right balance is needed to help you feel your best and promote proper functioning, and monitoring your weight along with blood absorption levels is important to help determine the effectiveness of the therapy. In fact, one way to help your physician prevent over- treatment or under-treatment is to be sure you report any significant weight gain or loss to your physician-anything that equals 10 percent more or less of your body weight.
However, weight fluctuations alone do not determine the presence of too much treatment for hypothyroidism, and overtreatment can place you at risk of developing other medical problems such as heart arrhythmias and osteoporosis.
Below are signs that you may be over-treated for hypothyroidism:
- Excessive sweating and feeling hot or unsteady
- Heart palpitations
- Insomnia and difficulty falling or staying asleep
- Feeling anxious or panicked
- Having unexplained mood swings
- Tremors/shaky hands and/or head
- Digestive issues including diarrhea
- Weakness in thigh and shoulder muscles
- Rapid weight loss
- Inability to focus-easily distracted
- Abnormal increase in heart rate, particularly eat rest
- Short-term memory problems/forgetfulness
However, no matter what your symptoms are, do not adjust hormone doses yourself. If you suspect that you may be overtreated, call your physician and explain symptoms that may relate to overtreatment. Request that he or she check your blood levels of thyroid hormone. Once you have the correct dosage, you will likely feel much better soon.
Check out our article on 4 Tips to Help Your Thyroid.