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).

Common Symptoms:

  • Palpitations, fast pulse and irregular heartbeat
  • Trembling and twitches
  • Heat intolerance 
  • Hot flushes and increased sweating   
  • Increased appetite (or loss of appetite)          
  • Weight loss (especially if eating well)            
  • Diarrhea         
  • Anxiety, nervousness and/or panic attacks    
  • Restlessness 
  • Irritability      
  • Thin, moist skin 
  • Soft, thinning hair     
  • Shortness of breath   
  • Muscle weakness       
  • Insomnia       
  • Enlarged thyroid gland       
  • Eye complaints (especially gritty or bulging eyes)      
  • Fatigue, exhaustion and lack of energy           
  • Infertility       
  • Menstrual cycle disturbances (intermittent and light)
  • Depression and mood swings   

Other Symptoms May Include:

  • Bowel disorders         
  • Brittle nails     
  • Chest pain       
  • Cramps
  • Decreased libido 
  • Easy bruising 
  • Hair loss        
  • Headaches and migraines 
  • Sore throat       
  • 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
  • Excessive sweating
  • Trembling in hands and fingers
  • Jitteriness
  • Increase in bowel movements
  • Menstrual cycle changes
  • Sudden sensitivity to heat
  • Extreme and sudden muscle fatigue
  • Goiter
  • Issues sleeping
  • Brittle hair
  • Thin skin

The 7 steps to treating hyperthyroidism

  1. 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
  2. Anti-thyroid medication used is called Methinazole and Propylthiouracil (PTU) and is prescribed by your doctor
  3. 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.
  4. Optimize nutritional status
  5. If the thyroid gland is not responding to treatment then you may need to have an operation to have it removed
  6. If you have a thyroidectomy you will need to balance the hypothyroid state that will be induced due to you not having a thyroid.

Case study

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!