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What's the difference between hyperthyroidism and graves' disease?

What's the difference between hyperthyroidism  and graves' disease?

Same but different: Hyperthyroidism has many causes, and grave's disease is one of them. Grave's disease is considered an autoimmune disorder . Eventually, many may end up with hypothyroidism. ...Read more

Dr. David Geffner
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Graves' Disease (Definition)

Graves' disease is an autoimmune disorder, meaning it is caused by antibodies directed against the thyroid. These antibodies "trick" the thyroid causing it to be stimulated into making more thyroid hormone than it is supposed to. That can lead to symptoms such as excess sweating, rapid heart rate, palpitations, tremors, frequent bowel movements and weight loss. In some cases prominence of the eyes can occur and be associated with blurry vision or diplopia. Anti-thyroid drugs or radioactive iodine ...Read more


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I have been diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and graves disease as well as type 2 diabetes my ? Is I've been having panick attacks and i need to know y

I have been diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and graves disease as well as type 2 diabetes my ? Is I've been having panick attacks  and i need to know y

Hyperthyroidism!: Hyperthyroidism is likely culprit much less likely is a cause due to sugar- so unless hypoglycemic at onset of paniuc attack ( <70), focus with your md o treating the overactive thyroid state- initially with beta blocker med, and control of production of thyroid hormone. Lastly anxiety/ depression can be independent of both issues, and would need to be addressed if not better ...Read more

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Could graves disease come from having hyperthyroidism?

Could graves disease come from having hyperthyroidism?

Grave's Disease: Grave's Disease is a common cause of hyperthyroidism. It probably means that the hyperthyroidism was caused by Grave's, not the other way around. ...Read more

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How do I tell if i might have graves disease or hyperthyroidism?

How do I tell if i might have graves disease or hyperthyroidism?

Symptoms and labs: The symptoms of hyperthyroidism (sweating, palpitations, nervousness, tremor) can be caused by other things, such as anxiety. You should have an enlarged thyroid, but this can be subtle. Elevated blood ft4 and low tsh. A nuclear medicine thyroid scan that shows high uptake mostly clinches the diagnosis. This can be treated medically or surgically, but you should see an endocrinologist for this. ...Read more

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What does the diagnosis "hyperthyroidism secondary to graves' disease" mean in layman's terms?

What does the diagnosis "hyperthyroidism secondary to graves' disease" mean in layman's terms?

See below.: It means graves' disease is the cause of your hyperthyroidism. Hyperthyroidism just means you have too much thyroid hormone. There can be several reasons for that; graves' is one of the common ones. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed and undiagnosed with graves disease/hyperthyroidism since 2008 based on va, using outdated test ranges. Could i be suffering from it?

Graves' Disease: Graves' Disease can cause intermittent hyperthyroidism, and be hard to diagnose in some patients. Seeing ONE doctor who can follow you longterm is important; an Endocrinologist would be a good choice for this. Ask if tests for antibodies to the TSH Receptor have been done, or could be done. Testing thyroid labs regularly and getting educated about symptoms to get tested for off schedule may help. ...Read more

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Can hyperthyroidism turn into graves disease? Can any docs explain?

Yes: Graves' disease is a form of hyperthyroidism. This is the most common form of hyperthyroidism and it involves the entire thyroid gland. ...Read more

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Can SVT be caused by being hyperthyroid; graves disease? N can u die from svt?

Yes: Fast heart beats can be associated with hyperthyroidism, and this can be fatal in certain cases. If your heart is frail due to prior heart attacks or heart failure, a fast heart rate may be too much stress for your heart. This could potentially lead to more dangerous heart rhythms or a heart attack. See your doctor to help you control your hyperthyroidism. ...Read more

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What can be done about emotional problems associated with hyperthyroidism/graves disease?

Maybe a therapist: Could help you. Health and medical problems can always be hard to manage. Counseling or therapy or perhaps social workers can help you a little in dealing with all the complications. ...Read more

Dr. Susan Wingo
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Hyperthyroidism (Definition)

Hypothyroidism is a medical condition that lowers the level of thyroid hormone to a point where the patient has a marked decrease in overall health. Often the patient does not notice the loss of thyroid hormone for several weeks or more. Once diagnosed with low thyroid hormone levels, the patient will be prescribed with thyroid hormone to a point where the thyroid levels are normal and ...Read more


Dr. Susan Wingo
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Overactive Thyroid (Definition)

Hyperthyroidism, often called "overactive thyroid," is a condition where the thyroid secretes too much of the thyroid hormones. Common symptoms include heat intolerance, increased appetite, ...Read more