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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

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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

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How is graves' disease typically treated?

How is graves' disease typically treated?

3 choices: The most common treatment is swallowing a pill with radioactive iodine to kill the thyroid. The least common treatment is surgery to remove the thyroid. After either of these, a person must take daily thyroid hormone forever. A third option involves taking pills to slow the thyroid down for 12-24 months and hoping that the thyroid works properly on its own afterwards. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of graves' disease?

What are the symptoms of graves' disease?

Rapid heartbeat: Typical signs and symptoms include fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, rapid resting heart rate, dysthermia - heat intolerance, hyperdefecation, increased appetite, weight loss, lid lag / stare. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of graves' disease?

The symptoms of Graves' disease include:: Goiter, Irritability, Hair loss, Pounding heartbeat, Perspiration, Rapid heart beat, Tremor, Velvety skin, Vitiligo, Bulging eyes. ...Read more

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Who is more likely to get graves' disease?

Who gets Graves: Women have a much much higher incidence then men, but frequently it cab be much more severe in men. ...Read more

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How can I help someone with graves disease?

Endocrinology!: Hi. Get the person to an endocrinologist! ...Read more

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How does graves' disease affect the system?

Increases metabolism: Thyriod hormone affects the whole body. It helps the normal processes function at optimal speeds. It functions like "sparkplugs". When you have a condition like graves disease (hyper functioning thyriod gland) your metabolism can be increased dangerously high. It can be fatal (cardiovascular effects esp). ...Read more

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Are there early symptoms of graves' disease?

Graves disease: There are no one specific symptoms of graves' that occur first. It's different for different people but in general, 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 can I find out if I have graves' disease?

See physician: The physician will examine you and get your history and symptoms from you. Blood tests for free thyroid hormone and thyroid stimulating hormone would be tested for abnormal levels. ...Read more

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What happens if graves' disease is not treated?

What happens if graves' disease is not treated?

It varies: In some cases, the hyperthyroidism will get progressively worse and cause severe damage to the heart and other organs, and can even be fatal. Fortunately this is rare. More common are subtle effects on the brain causing irritability, poor concentration, poor judgment, and poor impulse control leading to trouble at work, and in getting along with others, including spouses and family members. ...Read more

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What are some of the tests for Graves' disease?

The tests for Graves' disease include:: Free T4, CT of orbits, Radioactive iodine uptake, Skin biopsy, Thyroid scan with technetium 99m, Thyroid stimulating hormone, Ultrasound of thyroid, TSH antibody, Free T3 (liothyronine). ...Read more

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Can you tell me the symptoms of graves' disease?

There are many: Common symptoms include feeling very hot when others are comfortable, a fullness at the base of the neck, heart pounding and racing, shakiness, shortness of breath with effort, more frequent bowel movements, poor concentration, poor sleep, and irritability. While some people lose weight, others may actually gain some weight. Eye bulging and double vision may also occur. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how is graves disease diagnosed?

Graves': Hi. Graves' disease is an autoimmune disease in which the thyroid gland is stimulated by particular (measurable) antibodies. What triggers the production of these antibodies is not known. First, diagnose hyperthyroidism with TSH, free T4, & T3 (liothyronine). Clinical suspicion & exam is often all we need to know it's Graves'. Radioactive iodine thyroid scan will show hi uptake of Iodine diffusely in gland. ...Read more

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How to figure out if I may have graves' disease?

Grave's Disease: Thyroid Labs, and then usually 24 hour radioiodine uptake test, ordered by a doctor. ...Read more

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I think I have graves disease, will my baby too?

Neonatal Graves: One to 5 percent of neonates born to women with graves' disease have hyperthyroidism due to transplacental transfer of TSH receptor-stimulating antibodies. The incidence is higher in women with high titers of these antibodies. If you have graves disease your obstetrician needs to follow you and the baby carefully for the best outcome. ...Read more

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Does graves' disease simply go away if untreated?

Sometimes: In young healthy people the stress on the heart, brain and muscles can be tolerable. Older people develop af, osteoporosis, etc. We think the natural course of graves' is for it to resolve and lead to hypothyroidism - but this assumption is based on observations from the 19th century 'till before the early 1930s - when we began to interfere with the natural course of the disease by treatments. ...Read more

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What differs - graves disease or basedow disease?

Medical history: Graves and basedow were 19th century mds who wrote about hyperthyroid goiter. Most people refer to the autoimmune condition (goiter, hyperthyroid, eye findings) as graves disease, but the term "basedow disease" exists. However, there is the jod-basedow phenomenon, which refers to hyperthyroidism from too much iodine intake. This usually occurs in an iodine deficient area (not the us). ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to die from graves disease?

Hyperthyroid heart: Hyperthyroidism puts a stress on your heart. The rapid heart rate may be tolerable for a while in a young person, but this can lead to arrhythmias, stroke, heart attacks in older or susceptible people. There is a condition called thyroid storm, which is rare, but involves cardiovascular collapse from extreme hyperthyroidism. ...Read more

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Could you give me information about graves disease?

Could you give me information about graves disease?

Many symptoms: Losing weight, increased appetite, arrhytmias, palpiattions, changes in menstrual patterns, increased sensitivity to heat, changes in bowel patterns, more frequent bowel movements, enlarged thyroid gland, muscle weakness, difficulty sleeping, brittle hair are symptoms of hyperthyroidism. Hypothyroidism is opposite, different sxs, Rx can be medications, radioactive ablation of gland, or thyroidectomy ...Read more

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What are some natural ways to treat graves disease?

What are some natural ways to treat graves disease?

None: This condition requires medications and sometimes radioactive ablation/surgery depending on response to therapy. ...Read more