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.

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What is the cause of graves disease?

Origin Graves. Graves disease was named over 170 years ago and is associated with an abnormal thyroid status. 4-5% have no current discernible abnormality. Most who have thyroid problems will never develop graves, . Read more...

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...
Not known. Gd is an autoimmune disease of which we don't understand fully the triggers that starts the cascade of cellular reaction leading to thyroid tissue overstimulation in addition to a host of other changes such as orbital involvement. An environmental influence is believed to be a factor ( recently there was a brief paper linking orange gas used during the vietnam war and increased risk for graves'). Read more...

What are the usual causes of Graves' disease? And can Mccune Albright syndrome cause it?

Unusual hyperthyroid. One of the features of McCune Albright syndrome is overproduction of hormones from a number of glands, and hyperthyroidism is one of them. Among people with hyperthyroid, McCune Albright is a rare cause, however. Graves disease is autoimmune with elevated antibodies. I think the hyperthyroid of McCune Albright does not have these antibodies. Read more...
Yes. 30% of kids with McCune Albright can get hyperthyroidism. Main problems are with bobes, precocious puberty. Needs special lab work to diagnos Graves disease; it is treatable. Read more...

At 21 I was diagnosed with guillain barre syndrome. Now ar 29 they are testing for graves disease right now. Could that cause me to relapse again?

Unlikely. Testing for thyroid disease is not going to cause a relapse of guillain barre. Autoimmune thyroid disease is usually not associated with the syndrome either. Read more...
Posssibly. Any auto immune disease can effect tissue that had prior damage regardless if all the symptoms went away. Keep all your appointments and share your concerns with all your doctors. Read more...

Thought my condition of a high pulse caused by graves' disease was over, but I went for a jog and nearly collapsed, my pulse was 152, what should I do?

Check with doctor. This suggests that your thyroid may be overactive. On the other hand, a cardiac condition including mitral valve prolapse may also cause rapid heart rate. Read more...
Probably from Graves. At your age, if you are otherwise healthy, the most plausible explanation is that your graves' is not under control. You need to go see your doctor, preferably an endocrinologist if you have one. Read more...

If I don't have graves' disease or hot nodules on my thyroid, yet it's producing 2x what is normal, what is the cause?

Thyroid. Depending on what lab is actually 2x as normal will help point to the root of the problem, however, i believe in treating the patient and not the labs. So if your signs and symptoms point to dysfunction in thyroid supplementation with iodine and l-tyrosine will help support and normalize your thyroid numbers. These 2 are building blocks for the hormone which we normally are deficient in. Read more...
Hyperthyroidis/BT. This can be primary hyperthyriodism, hashimoto's thyroiditis or brain tumor. This needs urgent eval by gland specialist, because it can lead to hypertension or heart attack if not treated. Read more...