Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Incurable Disease..

I guess now I know how it feels to have an incurable disease.. Thanks to this hyperthyroidism I got, I have to take its medicine all my life.. First of all, let me tell you about hyperthyroidism..

Hyperthyroidism is the term for overactive tissue within the thyroid gland, resulting in overproduction and thus an excess of circulating free thyroid hormones: thyroxine (T4), triiodothyronine (T3), or both. The term is also often used more loosely to describe any syndrome of excess thyroid hormone (more properly termed hyperthyroxinemia), regardless of the source. Thyrotoxicosis is the term for symptomomatic hyperthyroxinemia. Thyroid hormone is important at a cellular level, affecting nearly every type of tissue in the body. It functions as a stimulus to metabolism, and is critical to normal function of the cell. In excess it overstimulates, causing "speeding up" of various body systems, and thus symptoms: Fast heart beat results in palpitations, a fast nervous system in tremor and anxiety symptoms, a fast digestive system in weight loss and diarrhoea..

Grave's Disease (the most common etiology with 70-80%)
Toxic Thyroid Adenoma
Toxic Multinodular Goitre
These are the main causes of hyperthyroidism.. However, females are at a higher chance to get hyperthyroidism since there are more causes that involves females.. Such as Postpartum Thyroiditis which occurs to females during the year they gave birth and Struma Ovarii (a teratoma of the ovary) can produce excess thyroid hormone..

Major clinical signs include weight loss (often accompanied by a ravenous appetite), anxiety, intolerance to heat, fatigue, hair loss, weakness, hyperactivity, irritability, apathy, depression, polyuria, polydipsia, and sweating. Additionally, patients may present with a variety of symptoms such as palpitations and arrhythmias (notably atrial fibrillation), shortness of breath (dyspnea), loss of libido, nausea, vomiting, osteoporosis and diarrhea..

Yes, this disease is INCURABLE! Although eating medicine will help slow down various body system, if I don't take the medicine, I have the risk of fainting and my eyes might bulge out.. I guess that's all for today.. Bye~