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I have been experiencing strange symptoms for over a year.  I have frequent bowel movements (sometimes up to four a day) that are very soft but not diarrhoea.  At night when I lie down for sleep I notice that I can hear my heart pounding and it makes me very anxious and nervous. I also will sweat almost every night, not drenching sweats all the time, mostly I just have a small amount of sweat on the sheets where I was sleeping in the morning.  I seem to be easily upset and sometimes yell at my son for the strangest reasons, like him chewing to loudly or asking too many questions.  My appetite has become alarmingly voracious especially after I finish with my workout.  I know that is is normal for one to be hungry after physical exertion but I seem to be able to devour a abnormally large quantity of food.  Much more than I used too eat.   All of this has become very distressing and I would like to know if these are symptoms of hyperthyroidism and if hyperthyroidism can take years to develop.  Also, I have no means to go to a doctor as of now so if these symptoms do point to hyperthyroidism is it ok to leave them unchecked?  

Thank you very much for your support,

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I forgot to mention that I am a male, and I know that hyperthyroid is not as common among men as women.
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Sorry, I am also young, only 26 years old.  Occasional smoker (Tobacco) and social drinker.
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No one can tell you if your symptoms are a 100% thyroid related, not even doctor without test.

Thyroid symptoms are so non-specific.  In other words, a lot of other health conditions have the same symptoms as thyroid, it is very difficult to distinguish where the symptoms are coming from or which health conditions are the cause.  Doctor would have to eliminate symptoms/health conditions, through their appropriate test. This is a long a tedious process but will worth it in the end when the cause(s) are found and get properly treated.  

The only way to tell if you are thyroid is to have thyroid blood test done.

You need to be tested, especially if you are concerned.
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