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A 34-year-old member asked:

What causes graves' disease to occur?

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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Autoimmune disease: Grave's is a disease in which antibodies against the thyroid stimulating receptors are formed. The initiating event is unknown. These antibodies lock on to and continuously stimulate the receptor so the thyroid kicks out thyroid hormone without regulation producing the classic symptoms of insomnia, anxiety, wt loss, increased appetite, dysthermia, hyperdefecation, bulging eyes / stare.

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A 41-year-old male asked:

Can graves' disease cause a lot of pain in your body?

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Dr. Frederick Singer
Endocrinology 59 years experience
No.: Graves' disease is not generally associated with pain.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What are the causes of graves' disease?

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Dr. Vinaya Simha
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Autoimmune disorder: Graves disease is caused by antibodies which stimulate the thyroid gland to proliferate and hypersecrete thyroid hormone. There are aother causes of hyperthyroidism such as nodules or inflamation in the thyroid gland. Rarely excess iodine ingestion can also cause hyperthyroidism.
Last updated May 6, 2013

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