Main Article on Hyperthyroidism Question: For hyperthyroidism, what were the symptoms and signs you experienced? Submit Your Comment Comment from: Mar, 65-74 (Patient) Published: August 18 I’ve had hypothyroidism for at least 15 years. The last 8 months or so I have had weird symptoms such as night sweats, facial redness and acne, soft skin, fatigue, lack of concentration, weak muscles in legs, arms and shoulders, itchy red eyes, frequent bowel movements, knee pain, foot pain, and carpal tunnel. I hadn’t checked my thyroid in 2 years. Now hyperthyroidism. They lowered my dose from 100 mg to 75 mg. I feel like I’m dying. I’m scared! Comment from: Jennx92, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 23 My daily hyperthyroidism symptoms are high heart rate (140 plus beats resting) and my heart always skips beats. I have intense heat intolerance (drip sweat), my hair falls out in handfuls, and my skin is incredibly dry and itchy. I have excessive hunger and thirst. I’m very underweight all the time (I’m 98 lb. at 27 years old, female, 5’6”). I am short of breath constantly, can’t sleep at all, have bad anxiety and panic attacks, excessive need to use the restroom, etc. Not enough room to list the others. Comment from: Ms. Graves, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 05 It was flu season so I thought my body aches were a sign of the flu. Then I started getting weaker and weaker to the point my legs would shake when standing up. I had hand tremors. My stomach felt like I hadn't eaten in days. I lost 30 lb. in 2 months, had vomiting and constipation. Heart would beat weird and knock the breath out of me. So much itching. I would sweat like crazy. Went on like this for 6 weeks until I finally called my doctor. Turns out I have Graves' disease which causes hyperthyroidism. Comment from: Doug, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: December 03 Trouble breathing, anxiety, fatigue and tremors were my symptoms of hyperthyroidism. This was after a heart attack so symptoms were ignored. Comment from: Charity G, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: September 05 I have trouble sleeping, and I wake up 2 to 3 times during the night. My anxiety is super bad, sometimes I get hand tremors, I sweat (especially under my feet), I can feel my heart racing, mood swings, and I am very emotional now. My TSH level was extremely low, and I have a little hair loss from my hyperthyroidism. At the beginning I was very hyperactive and now that I am lucky to get at least 3 hours of sleep it is really catching up with me. My primary care physician said he could see my goiter. I cry a lot, because I miss just being 'normal', could be worse though. Comment from: Anonymous , 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: March 31 I am just looking to see if someone has a similar experience to mine. I am young and in overall good health. However, I have odd heart palpitations that occur on and off. There are weeks where it is fine and does not bother me. However, other times when it flares I have chest pain as well. The doctor said my heart is fine, which led me to research the thyroid. I feel tired at times but keep going because I have a busy schedule. No hair loss or extreme weight loss/gain. But I am extremely hungry at times and wondering if it is hyperthyroidism. Comment from: paula, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 05 I have Graves’ disease and I am on a small dose of carbimazole. I feel great when my blood tests are in the overactive range and not so good when they are 'normal'. Wonder if anyone else with hyperthyroidism has had a similar experience. Comment from: Bluetulip, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 14 Yesterday I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. I had the following symptoms: rapid heart rate, palpitations, shortness of breath, a tremor, weight loss, large appetite, neck pain, insomnia and increased frequency of bowel movements. Comment from: Jules, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 19 I was diagnosed with Graves’ disease in April this year. My symptoms of hyperthyroidism are heat intolerance, hot flashes, night sweats, tremor, anxiety, high blood pressure, high heart rate, hair loss, and fatigue. I am always tired, and have frequent bowel movements and shortness of breath. Generally always feel unwell. Horrible disease. Comment from: Darlean , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 11 My heart was beating very fast, then I had irregular heartbeats nonstop. I went to the emergency room (ER) twice and they said I was fine. I went to two cardiologists, had echo and heart monitor, all fine. I drove to another state ER, and wasn’t leaving till they gave me some idea; it was hyperthyroidism. I’m freaking out, period. I am on medicines but I’m itchy, plus I take beta blockers. I’m lost, confused, and I just want to be fixed. I thought all of this was part of menopause; not! Don’t give up as I’m not. QUESTION Where is the thyroid gland located? See Answer Comment from: KH327, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 15 My hyperthyroidism symptoms are heart racing, itchy skin/scalp, pain all over my legs, back, arms and muscles, missed periods, tremors, vision problems, weakness, difficulty with sleep at night, headaches, scaly skin, red blotches in neck, night sweats, weight loss, thirst, lack of hunger, depression, and fearfulness. I felt like my body and mind was falling apart. I had no patience and was unable to concentrate. Lack of interest in seeing people. I went to my obstetrician/gynecologist, orthopedic surgeon, eye doctor and endocrinologist, and blood tests showed hyperthyroidism. Comment from: papillon, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 19 I don’t have a thyroid since I lost it to cancer 3 years ago and boy, do I miss it. Managing my levels with medication has been awful. My TSH has to be suppressed close to subzero but my T4 is twice higher than normal. With hyperthyroidism I have lost half my head of hair, my eyebrows are thinning, my eyes are puffy, my ankles are swollen, I have horrible knee pain, and my anxiety levels are off the charts. My heart pounds like a race horse at night, I can’t sleep, I am constipated and my entire body, inside and out is dried out. Comment from: Love Adeline, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 16 Several years ago, when I was 23 years old, I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. Some of my friends told me I am too skinny. I also experienced double vision. I was thinking it was normal, maybe because I couldn't eat my meal on time or due to lack of vitamins. Then I decided to have a blood test and I had hyperthyroidism. I only had medications for 7 months and I stopped checking with a physician. Sometimes I have taken some kind of food supplement. Now in 2018, a few months earlier, my left eye has become blurry, I have stomach weakness, and lots of symptoms like others. Comment from: Loo , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 14 I wonder if anyone with hyperthyroidism experiences puffiness/pressure around eyes/sinuses. I have rapid heartbeat, blood pressure fluctuations, stomach upset, weakness/fatigue, weight loss, anxiety, headache, and muscle tremors mainly in my legs and feet. I am a 34 year old female. Comment from: barb, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 12 Several years ago, I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. My whole body was shaking and no medications could stop the shaking. I was tested and they said I had one of the highest uptakes ever. I was given the radioactive pill and put on Armour thyroid medicine. Now that I am 67 I have started shaking again. One doctor told me I have essential tremors. Perhaps my thyroid is acting up again. The doctor who said it was essential tremors has tried me on 4 medicines and trey are not working. Comment from: Bluegreen, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 14 I was preparing for my cholesteatoma surgery (general anesthetic) and the preparations include taking blood samples. After the results were out, I was told that I had to delay my surgery because I needed to reduce my heartbeat before performing any surgeries. When I was told that I have hyperthyroidism, it didn't really sink in until my doctor told me that those symptoms I was experiencing was due to hyperthyroidism. These are my symptoms: fatigue (I was always tired and sleepy), dry skin (I thought it was because I shave my legs, but it wasn't), muscle and joint pains (especially around my shoulders and thighs), loose stools, weight gain, thinning hair, high heart rate and thus high blood pressure, heat intolerance (my body gets very warm especially during night time), shorter menstrual period (2 to 3 days), and mood swings. Comment from: tinkerbell, Female Published: April 23 I had suffered with tremors, night sweats, anxiety and almost all other symptoms for about a year and thought it was stress related. I finally had trouble breathing and a very large lump on my throat that scared me enough to send me to hospital. I have been diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and most of my symptoms have been relieved. However, I still have a large uncomfortable lump on my neck, and it is starting to affect what I can eat. Comment from: Chi, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 20 I experienced fatigue, muscle weakness, hair loss, rapid weight loss; a rapid heartbeat, intolerance for heat, nausea, vomiting and irregular periods. I could not figure out what was going on with me until I wound up in the hospital and had a blood test. My doctor was trying to deal with my many symptoms and failed to diagnose hyperthyroidism on time. Comment from: TeenGirl, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: August 08 My doctor has recently informed that she believes I have a thyroid problem. I am very skinny but close to a healthy weight. I eat normally and I have not lost a lot of weight ever, nor have I gained lot either. I have gone through the symptoms and many apply to me. I have had loss of my period or a very light one recently which should not be happening since I have had it regularly for three years. I don't sleep well. There is a constant pressure on my throat. I tire easily. I am scared that my doctors are right, and I do have this. SLIDESHOW Hyperthyroidism Symptoms and Treatment See Slideshow Comment from: dennysat, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: July 11 Looking over the symptoms for HT, I do have many of them including itching and burning eyes. Blood tests indicate low T3 and T4 but no antibodies. Comment from: [email protected], 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: March 16 I've had hyperthyroidism/Grave’s disease for a year now. I didn't know what was happening to me. I started losing a lot of weight -- at least 30 -- pounds which really didn't bother me. That’s when the racing heartbeat came, and I started having really bad panic attacks sweating all the time, so I finally had to be rushed to the ER, where I found my heart rate was up to 200! That’s when they told me I was having thyroid storm. I'm only 22 years old and I didn't know why this was happening. I now have a 10-month-old and it feels like it is starting to come back. I hope I don’t feel this way forever! Comment from: alliem, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 26 I've been hyperthyroid for quite some time. I tried to be patient while my doctor tried different medications. Nothing seemed to help. I experienced loss of body hair and loss of hair on my head. My skin was very dry. I was edgy, had chest pain, poor sleep, usually only 3-4 hours per night. My body was tired but my mind was awake and raring to go! It was difficult to sit still for too long without having something for my mind to focus on; i.e., a book, crossword puzzle, etc. I was aware of a lot of body pain due to other conditions I have (fibromyalgia & osteoarthritis). It seemed that I may have been more sensitive to the effects they have on my body, perhaps related to the hyperthyroidism; then again, perhaps not. I was extremely heat intolerant. I would have horrible hot flashes and sweats even though I was long past menopause. My sweats were so bad that I looked like someone had sprayed me with a hose. Water would just drip freely from my hair and face. Although I carried a washcloth with me, I didn't dare prepare food because of the risk of sweat droplets falling into the food...absolutely gross! Oddly, shortly before I received the radiation treatment, I developed a large amount of fluid retention in my legs. I also lost approximately 30 pounds during the last 2 months before radiation. I was a real mess! Thank God, I just received the radiation treatment yesterday. I'm praying that this will correct the problem. I'm so totally sick of all of this!!! I do not understand WHY my doctor waited so long to treat my hyperthyroidism??...I'm going to ask him. Comment from: Jill, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 07 I have lost a total of maybe ten pounds over the past two months. I noticed palpitations and chest pressure to the point that scared me enough to go to the ER. I have been losing hair noticeably in the shower. I’m awaiting a thyroid scan and follow up with endocrinologist. Simple blood work can determine if you have hyperthyroidism. Comment from: a.d., 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 05 I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism 8 years ago. I had very strong palpitations; I was very nervous and fearful. I also had hair loss, dry skin and dizziness. I had a huge appetite but kept losing weight. I have had 2 children since being diagnosed and my hyperthyroidism has always disappeared during pregnancy but a few months after the birth hyperthyroidism back and all the symptoms are back and I am forced back on medication. Comment from: 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 19 At first I thought I was having a pre-mid life crisis, I had hair loss, weight loss, excessive mood swings and irregular heart beat. I was diagnosed with Grave’s disease and hyperthyroidism. Published: October 14 I was diagnosed with Hyperthyroidism 4 weeks ago. For the last few months I have been attributing my symptoms to the menopause! Sweating, tired and emotional. It was the palpitations and chest pain that led me to consult my GP. I am now awaiting radioactive iodine treatment. Published: September 11 Low TSH in blood test. Excessive sweating, intolerance to heat, some tremors, rapid heart rate. Published: September 11 I was so sleepy I slept some days for 15 to 22 hours. I had no energy I was always angry it seemed and I was very weak in my arms and legs. My vision became very poor and was very blurry. My joints in my shoulders, wrists and knees were painful, but the tiredness was the worst by far.