The special case – High thyroid levels, but no symptoms


Fall 2012, a sports field in Essen. The 22-year-old Martin – for privacy reasons, his name is anonymized – has made an appointment to play football with friends, as he did every Saturday. He is slim, well trained and fast, precise passes are his specialty. Martin is a good player – but for some time something is wrong with him.

“I just realized that I was very upset, had a high pulse, especially when I played football, that's my big hobby, I realized that after the warm-up phase, I was actually completely exhausted physically, and I have to then I noticed that over time I lost more and more and more and more. “

The business administration student would have to go to the doctor. But he balks, shifts the appointment from week to week. Fortunately, his girlfriend is healthier. She researches the symptoms of her friend on the Internet and comes to the conclusion: There may be something wrong with his thyroid. Martin would have to become an endocrinologist.

Endocrinologists deal with hormones

“Endocrinologists simply put too much or too little on hormones.” Professor Lars Möller, senior physician at the Department of Endocrinology, Diabetology and Metabolic Diseases at the University Hospital Essen. The thyroid produces thyroxin from iodine and protein, a hormone that controls many areas of the human body: the metabolism, the cardiovascular system, the gastrointestinal tract, nerves and muscles.

“Then I went to the endocrinological center in Bochum-Wattenscheid, so I got an appointment, and then there were many times higher levels of thyroid gland, that was the Graves' disease syndrome.”

An autoimmune thyroid disorder that leads to excessive production of thyroxine, endocrinologists speak of hyperthyroidism. That's uncomfortable, but treatable. Martin got medication, gradually his weight normalized, a year later, the remission occurred, that is, the disease came to a standstill. All's well that ends well? Not quite, the story took an unexpected turn.

“My two brothers are also relatively slim, and my mother had the presumption, especially in the …

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