Because symptoms generally come on gradually over weeks or months, you may have hyperthyroidism for a long time before you realize it. If you are an older adult, it may be even harder to recognize that something is wrong, because your only symptoms may be weight loss and/or depression .
There are many symptoms of hyperthyroidism. They are listed below, in general, from most frequent to less frequent.
In individuals over age 65 years, hyperthyroidism may present with the following:
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Last reviewed November 2012 by Kim Carmichael, MD
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