Grave's Disease Overview
What is Grave's disease?
A person with Grave's disease has a swollen thyroid gland, called a goiter. Grave's disease causes the thyroid gland to produce too much thyroid hormone. Thyroid hormones increase the activity of cells in the body, which in turn, increases mental and physical energy levels. The over-production of thyroid hormones is called hyperthyroidism. Grave's disease is one of the most common causes of hyperthyroidism. Grave's disease is an autoimmune disease. For some reason, the immune system mistakenly stimulates the thyroid gland, causing it to swell and produce high levels of thyroid hormones.
What are the symptoms of Grave's disease?
Symptoms of Grave's disease include absent menstrual periods, anxiety, nervousness, diarrhea, fatigue, heat intolerance, excessive sweating, palpitations, muscle cramps, rapid speech, rapid pulse, weight loss, and neck swelling.
How does the doctor treat Grave's disease?
The treatment for Grave's disease includes medications to control hyperthyroidism, beta-blockers, and surgery. With treatment, most people with Grave's disease live normal lives.
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