What Is Hyperthyroidism?

When the hormones secreted by the thyroid gland pathologically are higher than or above the normal thyroid hormone values, the condition is called hyperthyroidism.

The quantity of the thyroid gland (or any other gland for that matter) hormonal secretions (thyroid hormone), into the blood stream vary frequently in physiological (normal) conditions, but when the hormonal secretions are increased due to pathological conditions, then the condition of high hormonal secretions of the thyroid gland is called hyperthyroidism. ("Hyper" means above the normal values or excessive, and "ism" means a condition or disease process.) This condition is also called thyroidism.

In medical terms, when the thyroid hormonal secretions become "overactive", i.e., in higher than normal quantities required for the body to function normally, it produces the condition of hyperthyroidism.

The following are the general symptoms for hyperthyroidism:

* Irritability and nervousness -- symptoms of the mind
* Muscle weakness and tremors -- symptoms of the muscular system
* Infrequent and/or scant menstrual periods
* Weight loss even after eating more quantities of food
* Sleep disturbances
* Enlarged condition of the thyroid gland
* Eye and vision problems or irritation of eyes
* Sensitivity to heat (hot conditions become unbearable).