GRAVES DISEASE: ONE WOMAN’S STORY! – The LanceScurv Show

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Graves’ disease is an autoimmune disorder that causes hyperthyroidism, or overactive thyroid. With this disease, your immune system attacks the thyroid and causes it to make more thyroid hormone than your body needs. The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland in the front of your neck. Thyroid hormones control how your body uses energy, so they affect nearly every organ in your body—even the way your heart beats.

If left untreated, hyperthyroidism can cause serious problems with the heart, bones, muscles, menstrual cycle, and fertility. During pregnancy, untreated hyperthyroidism can lead to health problems for the mother and baby. Graves’ disease also can affect your eyes and skin.
Graves’ disease is the most common cause of hyperthyroidism in the United States. The disease affects about 1 in 200 people
Graves’ disease usually affects people between ages 30 and 50, but can occur at any age.2 The disease is seven to eight times more common in women than men.3 A person’s chance of developing Graves’ disease increases if other family members have the disease.

People with other autoimmune disorders are more likely to develop Graves’ disease than people without these disorders. Conditions linked with Graves’ disease include

rheumatoid arthritis , a disorder that affects the joints and sometimes other body systems
pernicious anemia , a condition caused by a vitamin B12 deficiency
lupus , a chronic, or long-term, disorder that can affect many parts of your body
Addison’s disease, a hormonal disorder
celiac disease, a digestive disorder
vitiligo , a disorder in which some parts of the skin are not pigmented
type 1 diabetes
Without treatment, Graves’ disease can cause some serious health problems, including

an irregular heartbeat that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure, and other heart-related problems
an eye disease called Graves’ ophthalmopathy or Graves’ orbitopathy (GO), which can cause double vision, light sensitivity, and eye pain—and, rarely, can lead to vision loss
thinning bones and osteoporosis
Thyroid hormone levels that are just a little high are usually not a problem in pregnancy. However, more severe hyperthyroidism that isn’t treated can affect both the mother and the baby. If you have Graves’ disease, be sure your hyperthyroidism is under control before becoming pregnant. Learn more about causes, diagnosis, and treatment of hyperthyroidism during pregnancy.
You may have common symptoms of hyperthyroidism such as

fast and irregular heartbeat
frequent bowel movements or diarrhea
goiter
heat intolerance
nervousness or irritability
tiredness or muscle weakness
trembling hands
trouble sleeping
weight loss
Rarely, people with Graves’ disease develop a reddish thickening of the skin on the shins, a condition called pretibial myxedema or Graves’ dermopathy. This skin problem is usually painless and mild, but it can be painful for some.

GO can cause retracted eyelids, meaning the eyelids are pulled back from the eye. GO can also cause bulging eyes, double vision, and swelling around the eyes.
Researchers aren’t sure why some people develop autoimmune disorders such as Graves’ disease. These disorders probably develop from a combination of genes and an outside trigger, such as a virus.

With Graves’ disease, the immune system makes an antibody called thyroid-stimulating immunoglobulin (TSI) that attaches to thyroid cells. TSI acts like thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), a hormone made in the pituitary gland that tells the thyroid how much thyroid hormone to make. TSI causes the thyroid to make too much thyroid hormone.
Researchers aren’t sure why some people develop autoimmune disorders such as Graves’ disease. These disorders probably develop from a combination of genes and an outside trigger, such as a virus.

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