Hyperthyroidism - When To Call a Doctor
The most serious problem
associated with hyperthyroidism is a life-threatening condition called
Call911or other emergency services immediately if you have serious signs of thyroid
storm such as
Call your doctor immediately if you have been diagnosed with
- You feel very irritable.
- You have
unusually high or low
blood pressure compared to your normal blood pressure.
- You feel nauseated, are
throwing up, or have diarrhea.
- Your heart is beating very fast or
you have chest pain.
- You have a fever.
- You are confused
or feel sleepy.
- You cannot breathe well or you feel very tired,
which can be symptoms of
You should also call your doctor if:
- You develop symptoms of
Graves' ophthalmopathy, such as
bulging, reddened eyes .
- You feel very tired or weak.
are losing weight even though you are eating normally or more than
- Your throat is swollen or you are having trouble swallowing.
Watchful waiting is a period of time during
which you and your doctor observe your symptoms without using medical
treatment. If you think you have symptoms of hyperthyroidism, watchful waiting
is not a good idea. Call your doctor if you think you may have hyperthyroidism,
so you can be treated early and reduce your chances of having more serious
Who to see
Health professionals who are qualified to diagnose and treat
For further treatment, your primary doctor may refer you
to one of the following specialists:
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.