Oooh, my first post!I started suffering the effects of hyperthyroidism about 8 months or so after giving birth to my daughter. In hindsight, man, I should've known that excessive pooping, eating 80 meals a day, losing weight, high pulse rate, inability to sleep, wasn't normal! I've never had my tonsils removed, but my thyroid was also related to loss of pigment in parts of my skin (vitiligo) which is only currently being restored (gee, I'm sunning myself and probably getting skin cancer to help restore pigment in some of my vitiligo-ed areas). I don't have any history of it in my family....after getting diagnosed in May of 2005, I apparently had a very quick turn around and have been off meds since December of 2006. Most likely (but not positive) it has to do with the postpartum, but who knows? We'd like to get pregnant again, and I think I know what to recognize if my thyroid flares up again, but dang, its a scary scary thing!