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Hyperthyroidism or over active thyroid refers to conditions caused by excessive thyroid hormone produced by the thyroid gland.
Hyperthyroid is notoriously difficult to treat and it is imperative you seek the care of an experienced integrative practitioner (integrative means a practitioner that understands the importance of specific nutrient dosing – natural treatments and western medial approaches combined).
Palpitations, fast pulse and irregular heartbeat
Trembling and twitches
Hot flushes and increased sweating
Increased appetite (or loss of appetite)
Weight loss (especially if eating well)
Anxiety, nervousness and/or panic attacks
Thin, moist skin
Soft, thinning hair
Shortness of breath
Enlarged thyroid gland
Eye complaints (especially gritty or bulging eyes)
Fatigue, exhaustion and lack of energy
Menstrual cycle disturbances (intermittent and light)
Depression and mood swings
Other Symptoms May Include:
Headaches and migraines
Swelling of legs
Unexpected drastic weight loss •Tachycardia, rapid heartbeat – more than a hundred beats a minute
Increased anxiety, nervousness and moodiness
Sudden unexpected appetite increase
Trembling in hands and fingers
Increase in bowel movements
Menstrual cycle changes
Sudden sensitivity to heat
Extreme and sudden muscle fatigue
The 7 steps to treating hyperthyroidism
Get an accurate clinical diagnosis (Clinically – reflex speed, Basal Body Temperature, Blood tests (In particular Thyroid Antibodies). Have an ultrasound to see if there are nodules or inflammation present
Anti-thyroid medication used is called Methinazole and Propylthiouracil (PTU) and is prescribed by your doctor
Check your iodine levels (Urinary Iodine Test)– iodine deficiency has been known to cause hyperthyroidism and is related to nodules on the thyroid. You must have this clinically assessed for safety as hyperthyroid states are very sensitive to treatments and great care must be taken by your practitioner.
Optimize nutritional status
If the thyroid gland is not responding to treatment then you may need to have an operation to have it removed
If you have a thyroidectomy you will need to balance the hypothyroid state that will be induced due to you not having a thyroid.
Kate came to The Lucy Rose Clinic with a multi nodular goiter (lumps on her thyroid) and a hyperthyroid state. She had done the scan and blood tests to confirm this diagnosis. She did not have the graves anti bodies and her reflex speed on the thyroflex was too fast, which confirmed her other testing.
She had an excess of energy, her bowel motions were loose and frequent, she had palpitations (irregular heart beat), tachycardia (rapid heartbeat), she didn’t sleep well, she had lost a lot of weight in a short space of time, was shaky, anxious and on the go all the time.
Her specialist recommended a thyroidectomy (thyroid removal) and then hypothyroid medication to manage it for life.
We tested her iodine levels (which were low) and put her on the antiangiogenic diet (a very strict diet that is used in the treatment of growths in the body). We treated her with iodine at the specific dose she needed and other thyroid nutrients. Within 3 months she no longer had the nodules on her thyroid and her blood tests and reflexometry were back to normal.
She now enjoys a healthy life and did not have to have her thyroid removed or go onto any medication. A great result for a very happy patient!