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Surviving Graves Disease

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Important to note... Not everyone will experience the same symptoms or to the same degree. Lifestyle, daily stress, family support, employment, age and how long a person suffers with Graves Disease before diagnosed are just a few things that plays a big part. Over the years, a person typically will swing from hyper to hypo with symptoms fluctuating from mild to severe.

The thyroid controls or has an effect on just about every single part of your mind and body. It regulates your hormones, metabolism, heart rate, body temperature and much more. Diagnosed early the symptoms are usually very mild; however, most people are not diagnosed until after suffering for years. 

It’s very easy to get scared and overwhelmed when reading the long list of symptoms. From personal experience and experiences shared by fellow Gravesters, the chances of developing additional symptoms are significantly reduced once diagnosed and under a doctor’s care.


Physical symptoms may include:

   •  Heart Palpitations

   •  Shortness of Breath

   •  Tremors  

   •  Weight Loss/Gain  

   •  Hot flashes 

   •  Increased appetite and thirst 

   •  Oily thin hair, Hair Loss

   •  Brittle Nails and Hair

   •  Gastrointestinal problems

   •  Oral Health/Dental problems - Enlarged tongue, Burning mouth syndrome

   •  Fluctuating blood sugar

   •  Muscle pain/weakness 

   •  Tender and/or enlarged breasts 

   •  Joint Pain 

   •  Tingling in hands and feet 

   •  Urinary incontinence/leakage - Loss of bladder control

   •  Low/high libido, Erectile dysfunction 

   •  Dry skin, Oily Skin, Unusually smooth skin 

   •  Stiff neck or neck pain for weeks 

   •  Vitiligo – loss of skin pigmentation, white spots 

   •  Edema, Fluid Retention, Swollen hands, feet and ankles  

   •  Headaches, Migraines, Sinus infections/headaches 

   •  Pretibial myxedema - skin condition commonly called "Orange Peel" because of the texture of the skin.



Neurological and emotional symptoms may include: 

  •  Fatigue  

  •  Anxiety  

  •  Impaired memory, confusion

  •  Mood swings, emotional instability

  •  Easy to cry - extremely sensitive  

  •  Depression  

  •  Diminished concentration, inattentiveness  

  •  Excessive worry 

  •  Graves Rage/Anger 

  •  Insomnia  

  •  Nervousness  

  •  Brain fog/scatter brain  

  •  Overreaction to stimuli  

  •  Impulsive 

  •  Panic Attacks

  •  Abnormal thinking, impaired judgment

  •  Can't think of simple words

  •  Mix up simple phrases