Living With Graves Disease by Ben's Friends

Hashimotos - Thyroiditis - Hypothyroidism

Living With Graves Disease

Symptoms

Graves’ disease is an autoimmune condition, meaning that the body’s immune system mistakes healthy cells for foreign invaders and attacks them.

A number of conditions can cause hyperthyroidism, but Graves’ disease is the most common, affecting around 1 in 200 people. It most often affects women under the age of 40, but it is also found in men.

The overproduction of thyroid hormones can have a variety of effects on the body, symptoms can include:

  • increased sweating
  • weight loss (without change in diet)
  • nervousness
  • hand tremors
  • changes in menstrual cycle
  • erectile dysfunction and reduced libido
  • anxiety and irritability
  • an irregular or rapid heartbeat
  • Graves’ dermopathy - thick red skin on the shins (rare)
  • enlargement of the thyroid gland (goiter)
  • heart failure

What symptoms effect you the most. Is there anything else that seems to effect you?