Graves disease creates an overactive thyroid that produces way too many hormones. It is technically an autoimmune disease which means that Graves disease attacks the immune system. This disease continues to cause an over excretion of thyroid hormones and that causes hyperthyroidism to take place as well as thyrotoxicosis.
Hyperthyroidism is described as overactive tissue of the thyroid. This condition will almost immediately lead to thyrotoxicosis which is the increased amount of too many thyroid hormones within the blood. So this means that a diagnosis of Graves disease will most likely end up with a positive diagnosis of hyperthyroidism and thyrotoxicosis.
Graves disease is common with both adults and children as well as females and males alike. Genetically speaking, Graves disease is definitely a candidate for genetic screening as it has been shown that hereditary factors are involved as well. Symptoms alone should be enough for a medical professional to make an accurate diagnosis.
However, since Graves disease effects a person’s life little by little, most cases are noticed but a solution isn’t found for months or even years at a time. The reason for Graves disease symptoms not being noticed is precisely that: the one suffering from Graves disease doesn’t notice therefore their doctor probably won’t notice either.
Sadly, Graves disease will eventually make its presence known and by then it has already done quite a bit of damage. There are a variety of common and rare symptoms associated with Graves disease:
- Formation of a goiter
- Eye protrusion also called Graves ophthalmopathy
- Lower legs covered in red, lumpy skin
- High blood pressure
- Irregular heart beat; changing rhythm also known as palpitations
- Increased energy
- Inability to sleep as normal
- Tremors and shaking
- Loss of weight
- Increased need for food
- Weakness within the muscles and joints
- Changes in nails; brittle, weak, easily broken
- Digestive issues including diarrhea, constipation and various others
- Repeated infections within the sinuses
- Men can develop larger breast tissue on the occasion as well
- There are many, many more related symptoms but most are slight and often go unnoticed when suffering from early Graves disease.
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