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What is graves disease?

What is graves disease?

Over active thyroid: Graves' disease is an autoimmune disorder, meaning it is caused by antibodies against the thyroid. These antibodies "trick" the thyroid into making more thyroid hormone than it is supposed to. That leads to symptoms such as excess sweating, palpitations, tremors, frequent bowel movements and weight loss. ...Read more

Dr. David Geffner
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Graves' Disease (Definition)

An immune system disorder of the butterfly-shaped gland ...Read more


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What is graves' disease like?

What is graves' disease like?

Way too much coffee: 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. ...Read more

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What to do about graves disease?

Several therapies: Medical therapy consists of several medications to control or block thyroid hormone. Sometimes medical therapy does not consistently control problem. Other therapies are radioactive ablation with I131 with destruction of the gland. An alternative therapy is surgery where thyroid gland is removed, ...Read more

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Best way to treat graves disease?

Best way to treat graves disease?

Various ways: In your age group, the most common recommendation would be to take antithyroid drugs (methimazole) to control the hyperthyroidism. After 6 months, one could see if you have gone into remission so that you could discontinue the med. If if hasn't gone away by up to 2 yrs of treatment, we would recommend radioiodine treatment or surgery to ablate the thyroid. ...Read more

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Can graves disease be hereditary?

Heredity and Graves: Graves' disease ruins in some families but can also present spontaneously. In the south, I have noticed is in many African American families. ...Read more

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When does one get graves disease?

Graves: Graves is an autoimmune disease where you make antibodies to the thyroid that stimulate the thyroid and you become hyperthyroid. It is more common in women then men, and tends to be in younger people, but it can be seen at any age. It tends to run in families, and can be brought on by stress, smoking, excessive iodine, amiodorone (heart failure), g-interferon (for hepatitis), . ...Read more

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How is graves' disease treated now?

I-131 > meds > surg: Many people try the anti-thyroid meds first (ptu (propylthiouracil) or methimazole), but these only work long-term for a modest number of people. If someone has tried and failed one of those meds, then they become more open-minded to the i-131 (radioactive iodine). I-131 usually works well and has a low side-effect profile. Surgery is an option, but has risks, and almost no one actually chooses it. ...Read more

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What is the cause of graves disease?

Autoimmune: Graves' disease is caused by an antibody mimicking the action of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) causing the gland to overproduce thyroid hormones. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of graves disease?

What are symptoms of graves disease?

Many: Anxiety, fast heart rate, increased appetite with weight loss, decreased and irregular menses, insomnia, tremor or shakes, nervousness, increased sweating, thin hair/skin/nails, poor recent memory are among the most common. With graves' disease you can also develop protrusion or other problems with the eyes. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of graves disease?

Weight loss, tachycar: The common symptoms of graves disese are
1rapid heart beat
2weight loss
3exopthalmos means very prominent bulging eyeballs
4 intolerance to heat
5diarrhea or loose stools
6anxiety and irritability
7tremors
8goiter that is large thyroid gland
9thick red skin usually on the shins or top of the feet
10change in menstrual cycle
11 fatigue
12difficulty sleeping
13anxiety
14erectile dysfunction libido_. ...Read more

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Will I have graves disease for life?

Yes: But you will not always be hyperthyroid. Talk to your doctor about the effect of treatment on graves'. ...Read more

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What causes graves' disease to occur?

What causes graves' disease to occur?

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. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of graves' disease?

Wt loss, palpitation: Chest pain, palpitaion, weight loss and diarrhea are common symptom of graves disease. ...Read more

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How to know if I have graves' disease?

Check out this link.: Best wishes! Http://www. M.Webmd. Com/women/understanding-graves-disease-basics.

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What can be done about graves disease?

Usually medication: Graves diease is the most common cause of hyperthyriodism, it is an autoimmune disease.The majority of patients can be treated with medications to control the amount of thyriod hormone is made or secreted and others that can control the hypermetabolic effects of the hormone on the body and heart. Some patients may require thyriod gland destruction using radioactive iodine and /or surgery. ...Read more

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What are the causes of graves' disease?

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. ...Read more

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What are the tests for graves' disease?

Several: If one is hyperthyroid, there are two ways to test for graves' disease:
1) testing for a special type of antibody that is only found in graves' disease: this is a blood test.
2) doing a thyroid uptake and scan: this involves taking a tiny amount of radioactive iodine and then analyze how your thyroid handles it.
They are both excellent tests, but the scan provides additional info. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of graves disease?

Graves disease: Some graves' symptoms are: nervousness, more sweatings, fatigue, can't stand heat, weight loss, more bowel movements, more appetite. Signs: high blood pressure, hand tremor, clammy skin, rapid pulse, flushing.. ...Read more

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How exactly is graves disease diagnosed?

Blood tests: Grave's disease, a form of hyperthyroidism, is diagnosed by measuring several types of thyroid test in the blood. ...Read more