Hyperthyroidism is a common condition caused because of excessive secretion of thyroid hormone in the body. There are several causes of hyperthyroidism, however, the symptoms of all types of hyperthyroidism are the same (regardless of the cause). In many cases, hyperthyroidism can be difficult to diagnose as it mimics other health problems. As excess thyroid hormone affects all the organs and tissues in the body, signs and symptoms of hyperthyroidism vary.
Some common signs and symptoms of hyperthyroidism include:
Signs and symptoms may not be very evident in older adults. Older adults are more likely to have either no signs or symptoms that are subtle such as an increased heart rate, heat intolerance and a tendency to get tired after doing ordinary activities.
Some people with hyperthyroidism may experience a problem called Graves' ophthalmopathy. It affects the eyes and causes the eyeballs to protrude beyond their normal protective orbits (as the tissues and muscles behind the eyes become swollen). The eyeballs may be pushed so far forward that they actually bulge out of their orbits.
Signs and symptoms of Graves' ophthalmopathy are:
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