Graves’ disease is an autoimmune disease that causes your thyroid gland to work overtime producing too much thyroid hormone in your body. This condition is also called hyperthyroidism.
If you have Graves’ disease your immune system starts to fight against healthy tissues and cells in your body. This can cause a laundry list of symptoms.
Symptoms of Graves Disease
- Pounding or irregular heartbeat
- Blurred vision, eye irritation or tearing
- Bulging eyeballs
- Chronic fatigue
- Nervousness or anxiety
- Sexual dysfunction
- Unexplained weight loss
- Irregular menstrual periods in women
- Breast enlargement in men
- Excessive sweating
- Diarrhea or frequent bowel movements
- Problems concentrating
- Hand tremors
- Red, thick skin on your shins or tops of feet
Treatment for Grave’s Disease
There are three effective treatments for Graves’ disease:
- Anti-thyroid medications are used to treat an overactive thyroid gland and block the formation of thyroid hormone.
- Radioiodine therapy is a common treatment for Graves’ disease. It requires you to take a dose of radioactive iodine-131. The iodine enters the thyroid which damages thyroid cells. The damage results in slower thyroid function which reverses hyperthyroidism. However, you will need to take replacement thyroid hormones for the rest of your life.
- Thyroid surgery is always the last resort if all other treatment has failed. Once your doctor removes your thyroid you will need to have thyroid hormone replacement therapy for the rest of your life.
Who Get’s Graves’ Disease?
Graves’ disease can happen in both men and women, but it is most common among women.
Also, people who get Graves’ disease tend to have other autoimmune disorders like diabetes, lupus, Addison’s disease – just to name a few.
If you suspect you have a Graves’ disease or you have been recently diagnosed you should find an endocrinologist, a doctor who is specialized in diagnosing and treating hormone imbalances to help you restore the normal balance of hormones in your body.
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