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.

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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...

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...

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

Graves disease. It means you have graves disease causing your thyroid to produce too much hormones. It doesn't go away on its own and will need to be treated. Read more...
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...

I have been diagnosed and undiagnosed with graves disease/hyperthyroidism since 2008 based on va, using outdated test ranges.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?

May need specialist. Outdated test ranges should not make the diagnosis so confusing. The interpretation of thyroid tests and the diagnosis of graves may be beyond the ability of some primary care practitioners. Ask your pcp to refer you to an endocrinologist or an internist who is knowledgeable in thyroid disorders. Read more...
Right now. The most important thing for you to know is what is happening with regard to your thyroid right now. What is your TSH and what are your thyroid hormone levels? Are you symptomatic in terms of hyperthyroidism (fast heart rate, palpitations, sweats, tremors, diarrhea)? If so, you will want to establish care with a good internist in consultation with an endocrinologist to control your thyroid. Read more...
See a doctor. Maybe consider seeing a different doctor or a doctor that is outside the va system. Blood work will need to be taken to help diagnose the issue (tsh, thyroid hormone levels etc.) your doctor will determine if you have any symptoms from the hyperthyroidism. Good luck. Read more...
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...

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...

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...

How can one have hyperthyroid (graves disease) if it doesn't run in the family genes? What can possible cause it?

It is autoimmune. Graves disease is thought to occur due to a combination of factors. It is not well establlished, but the hypothesis are that some people have some genes which prime for autoimmune diseases, then something in the environment triggers the immune system to recognize the thyroid as foreigner. The immune system makes proteins that bind the TSH receptor, increasing the production of thyroid hormones. Read more...

Will diet, exercise and natural remedies help hyperthyroid - graves disease?

No. Graves' disease is an autoimmune thyroid disease that needs to be treated with medication, radioactive iodine or surgery. While diet and exercise will help with other aspects of your life, it will not do much for the graves'. There is no natural remedies that will treat graves' disease. Read more...