The Frustrations of Being a Graves Disease Patient

When I was growing up we went to the doctor when we got sick. And when I say the doctor, I mean that there was only one. Whatever was wrong with us, we just saw the one guy. He took care of everything because that was his job. And you know what? We always 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 does seem 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 …

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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

I think one of the most frustrating things about Graves, 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 affecting …

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