Causes, Symptoms, And Treatments

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Graves ’ disease Causes, symptoms, and treatments by Mary Smith Graves’ disease is an immune system disorder that results in the overproduction of hormones (hyperthyroidism). Many disorders may be a result in hyperthyroidism, Graves’ disease is the most common cause. Thyroid hormones affect many different body systems, signs and symptoms associated with Graves’ disease can wide ranging and can influence your over-all wellbeing. Graves’ disease may affect anyone, it 's more common among women and before the age of 40. Primary treatment goals are to inhibit the overproduction of thyroid hormones and lesson the severity of the symptoms. There are numerous signs that allude to the presence of Graves’ disease, most notably is a large protruding bulb associated with the thyroid gland (goiter), changes in the menstrual cycle, bulging eyes (Graves’ ophthalmopathy), and less common is Graves’ demopathy, or thick, red skin usually found on the shins or tops of the feet. One of the most telling symptoms of Graves’ disease presents in about 30% of those diagnosed with the condition is Graves’ ophthalmopathy. Graves’ ophthalmopathy refers to bulging of the eyes, exophthalmos, a gritty sensation in the eyes, pressure and/or pain in the eyes, puffy or retracted eye lids, reddened or inflamed eyes, sensitivity to light, double vision, or outright vision loss. While these signs are strongly associated with Graves’ disease, the symptoms do not associate solely with the condition.
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