The Frustrations of Being a Graves Disease Patient

Focusing on one area/system of the body is supposed to make doctors experts in their field. But are they becoming experts, or just developing a bad case of tunnel vision? My question stems from the frustrations of being a Graves Disease patient. When I was growing up we went to the doctor when we got …

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Graves Disease and Anxiety

It’s been my experience that Graves Disease and Anxiety go hand in hand. Most doctors don’t prepare us for this or even acknowledge it. It’s the old, ‘Your levels are normal so Graves can’t be causing it’ thing. That always confuses me. They tell us that even when we get our levels under control or …

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Graves Disease And Stress

Autoimmune Disease occurs when our immune system produces antibodies that attack our body’s own tissue. It’s not always clear what causes the immune system to misfire. But there seems to be a direct correlation between Graves Disease and stress. When I look back over the five or so years prior to noticing symptoms of Graves …

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How I’m Coping With Perimenopause And Graves Disease

For my fellow Gravesters that are of a certain age, do you find it hard to decipher whether what you’re feeling is related to Perimenopause or Graves Disease? I’ll be 48 this year. Overall I’ve been feeling pretty good since my thyroidectomy. Except for random spells of night sweats, insomnia, mood swings, bloating and periods …

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Things I’ve Learned About Graves Disease

One of the most frustrating things I’ve learned about Graves Disease, is that our lab results hardly ever match the way we feel. We’ve all had our doctor tell us that everything is ‘within normal range’ when, of course we’re feeling anything but normal. I think this was my first clue that Graves wasn’t only …

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