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Can an acute stress impact thyroid function? i had a case of hyperthyroidism in the past. i had had no thyroid issues before. i was experiencing a stressful situation when i was diagnosed as being hyperthyroid. many thanks for your advise.

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Acute : Acute stress does not cause hyperthyroidism, but hyperthyroidism may make it very difficult to cope with a stressful situation.

Answered 10/3/2016

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Stress and Graves: Graves disease hyperthyroidism is sometimes preceded by a psychologically stressful situation. Graves is an autoimmune disease, and it is possible that the stress alters the immune system in a way that makes the onset of hyperthyroidism possible. This autoimmunity, however, may persist, and you could get hyperthyroid again.

Answered 8/12/2018

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