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Hyperthyroidism
Signs and Symptoms

Initially, many patients do not experience any symptoms and therefore do not get diagnosed with hyperthyroidism until it is more advanced. In older people, some or all of the typical symptoms of hyperthyroidism may be absent, and the patient may just lose weight or become depressed. Typical symptoms of the condition include:

  • Nervousness and irritability
  • Increased resting heart rate, which causes heart palpitations
  • Heat intolerance and increased sweating
  • Tremors
  • Weight loss with increase in appetite
  • Frequent bowel movements
  • Thyroid enlargement causing a lump in the neck
  • Pretibial myxdemia, which causes a thick redness on the front of legs and typically occurs with Graves' disease
  • Thin, delicate skin and irregular fingernail and hair growth
  • Menstrual disturbance, such as decreased flow
  • Mental disturbances
  • Sleep disturbances, including insomnia
  • Changes in vision, eye irritation or exophthalmos, which is a protrusion of the eyes that typically occurs with Graves' disease

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Endocrinology

Thyroid
400 Parnassus Ave., Suite A-550
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353–2350
Fax: (415) 353–2337
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