Thyroid Problems

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Graves' Disease Symptoms

There are many symptoms that may appear in a person who has Graves' disease. Of course, having a symptom such as dizziness does not mean that a person does have this particular condition. Various medical causes can be behind an issue such as that.

If you would like to try to determine whether you have Graves' disease, please talk with a doctor for a professional diagnosis. The information given here is not intended to replace such testing and assistance from a qualified individual.

With that in mind, below are some potential Graves disease symptoms:

Brittle nails
Changes in mood/emotion/behavior
Chronic sinus infections
Double vision
Energy increase
Excessive sweating
Exophthalmos (bulging eyes)
Eye pain or other sensations
Eye redness or swelling
Hair loss
Hypertension (raised/high blood pressure)
Increased appetite, yet weight loss
Increased bowel movements
Infertility or difficulty conceiving

Intolerance to heat
Itchy skin
Light sensitivity
Lowered or altered libido
Male breast enlargement
Menstrual period decrease or change (oligomenorrhea, amenorrhea, etc.)
Mental and concentration impairment
Muscle degeneration
Muscle weakness
Pretibial myxedema
Restlessness and irritability
Tachycardia (often in the range of 100-120 or greater heart rate per minute)


Diagnosis and treatment

Once a doctor has diagnosed a case of Graves' disease, then he might prescribe a specific method of treatment (or more than one form). While some actions taken attempt to treat the disease itself, some are merely focused on relieving symptoms that the patient is experiencing. As an example of the former, the thyroid might be removed in a surgical procedure. In terms of the latter, one possibility is medication that reduces a heart rate that has been increased beyond its normal level.

Return to the main Graves' disease page, or the home page of this site for information regarding various thyroid problems.