Natural Treatments for an Overactive Thyroid

Natural Treatments for an Overactive Thyroid

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I want to start off this article with my disclaimer.


Disclaimer

I am not medically trained and I am not a scientist.  I have done a lot of research over the years since I started living with a thyroid conditions and was amazed to find out that I did not need to have the radiation treatment that I had.

The radiation treatment only traded one thyroid condition for another.  I was first diagnosed with overactive thyroid and after the treatment I then had underactive thyroid condition.

Only to find out during my research that it is easier to control an underactive thyroid, medically.

So I am sharing the methods that I use to help to reduce my synthetic medication.  My goal is to totally come off this medication by getting it reduced until it cannot be reduced anymore and I am totally off them.

Then I would have reached my ultimate goal of healing my thyroid.  YAY.


Natural Treatments for an Overactive Thyroid


Symptoms of an Overactive Thyroid (Hyperthyroidism)

There are many symptoms of an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism), but it is very unlikely that you would develop all of them.

If you have an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism) you may experience some of the following symptoms:

  • Feeling tired all the time (fatigue)
  • Difficulty sleeping (insomnia)
  • Mood swings – anxiety, nervousness and irritability
  • Hyperactivity
  • Muscle weakness
  • Infrequent or light periods – periods may stop altogether
  • Infertility
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Needing to pass stools (faeces) or urinate frequently
  • Excess fats in your stools – which can make your stools greasy and difficult to flush down the toilet (steatorrhea)
  • Unexplained or unexpected weight loss – with increased appetite
  • Sensitivity to heat and excessive sweating

If you are diabetic, your diabetic symptoms can become worse by hyperthyroidism (Overactive thyroid)


Signs of Hyperthyroidism (Overactive Thyroid)

You may have some of these physical signs if you have hyperthyroidism (Overactive thyroid).

  • Warm and moist skin
  • Shaking or trembling (tremor)
  • Irregular and or unusually fast heart beats (palpitations)
  • Swelling in your neck caused by an enlarged thyroid gland (goitre)
  • Twitching in your face and limbs
  • Patchy hair loss (alopecia)
  • Hives (urticaria)
  • Loosening of your nails in their nail beds
  • Redness on the palms of your hands

When Should You Seek Medical Advice

If you can experiencing any of the above you should seek medical advice.  They may not be the result of having an overactive thyroid gland, but they will still require further investigation.

Tip

You should write down a list before attending your doctor’s appointment so that you do not forget anything and this will make diagnosis more accurate.


Natural Treatments for an Overactive Thyroid


Complications of an Overactive Thyroid

Overactive thyroid is also known as hyperthyroidism.

Did you know that around 1 in 20 people with Graves’ disease could also develop symptoms that will affect their eyes?

Conditions such as:

  1. Sensitivity to light (photophobia)
  2. Tearing (excessive production of tears from the tear duct)
  3. Double Vision

These conditions should be treated by an eye specialist (an ophthalmologist). These conditions are known as Graves’ ophthalmopathy.  This is where the immune system mistakenly starts to attack the eye tissues.  These symptoms can occur if the condition is not treated.


Symptoms of Graves’ Ophthalmopathy Include:

  1. Eyes feeling gritty and dry
  2. Excessive tearing
  3. Double vision
  4. Some loss of vision
  5. Light sensitive (photophobia)
  6. Feeling of pressure behind the eyes

One thing that I noticed was that my eyes started to bulge out and at times, when I would look in to the mirror I had the scared look. I truly hated that time.  I would cover it up by constantly wearing my glasses to tone it down.

In more severe cases, your eyes can bulge prominently from your eye socket.  This is when you will be referred to an eye specialist (ophthalmologist) for treatment.

Treatments can include:

  1. Eye drops to ease the symptoms
  2. Sunglasses to protect the eyes against bright lights
  3. Corticosteroids to reduce inflammation
  4. Radiotherapy
  5. Surgery

I use transition glasses, which I found a lot easier because they would transition to the environment that I was in without having to take my sunglasses off when I went in and out of buildings.

I also opted for radiotherapy to avoid surgery.


Immunesupport

Alternative Treatments for an Overactive Thyroid

If I knew then what I know now I would have use the natural alternatives all day long because they are life changers and a more permanent treatment rather than just masking the condition.

My aim is to build aware on the symptom and also to let you know that you can start healing your thyroid naturally.

You can take a look at these resource articles that I have listed below.

Nettle Tea and the Health Benefits (Thyroid Health)

Ashwagandha Root Tea and the Health Benefits

Arsenic in Tap Water

Herbal Tea List

Facts About Fluoride in Our tap Water

Alkaline Herbal medicine: Reverse Disease and Heal

Benefits of Bladderwrack for the Thyroid

Complications of an Overactive Thyroid

Complications of an underactive Thyroid


Who is Affected

Women are 10 times more likely than men to get an overactive thyroid gland.

In fact it is estimated that around 1 in 50 women in England currently live with an overactive thyroid gland.

In most cases symptoms can begin between the ages of 20 and 40, but in saying that symptoms can develop at any age and this includes childhood.

Research shows that overactive thyroid tends to occur more frequently in white and Asian people and less frequently in African-Caribbean People.

Not really sure how they did this research. Lol

I developed over active thyroid in my early 20’s but it took a few years to realise that I had an overactive thyroid because the doctors tested me for everything else for around 18 months.




Pregnancy and Overactive Thyroid

Research shows that some women are actually first diagnosed with an overactive thyroid gland.

Pregnancy can lead to a relapse of symptoms is the person as a history of Graves’ disease.

Pregnancy and Overactive thyroid condition can put pregnant women at an increased risked of developing complications such as, eclampsia and miscarriage.

Pregnant women are also more at risk of delivering their baby early and at a low birthweight.

Specialist treatment will be required during the pregnancy, so that the medications are managed so that the baby is not affected.


Medication information

I thought that I would share this little bit of information that I found on the British Thyroid Association website which I will leave the link here for you to take a look for yourself.

Anyway.

This information stood out to me because it is the medication that I am currently taking.

Levothyroxine is the third most prescribed drug in the UK and the most prescribed in the US.

In the UK the number of prescriptions in this country has risen from 2.8 million in 1998 to 19 million in 2007 and 29 million in 2014.

This means the cost per day has increased from less than £5,000 to more than £40,000.

Now I have written this word for word because whilst I was reading this, I thought that the focus was on cost and not on health.

Just putting it out there.




I hope that you have found this helpful.

My aim is to build aware on the symptom and also to let you know that you can start healing your thyroid naturally.

You can take a look at these resource articles that are listed below.

Nettle Tea and the Health Benefits (Thyroid Health)

Ashwagandha Root Tea and the Health Benefits

Arsenic in Tap Water

Herbal Tea List

Facts About Fluoride in Our tap Water

Alkaline Herbal medicine: Reverse Disease and Heal

Benefits of Bladderwrack for the Thyroid

Complications of an Overactive Thyroid

Complications of an underactive Thyroid


Thank you for visiting

I really hope that you found Natural Treatments for an Overactive Thyroid helpful.

If you have any questions or thoughts regarding this article or anything else, please feel free to leave me a comment below.

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Thank you

Jennifer

JADa Therapy


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