Symptoms of Graves Disease
Symptoms of Graves Disease: Introduction
The types and severity of symptoms of Graves' disease can vary between individuals. Symptoms are the result of an increased production of thyroid hormone, which leads to a stimulation or quickening of the body's metabolism.
Typical symptoms include anxiety, shaky hands, sweating, diarrhea, difficulty sleeping, increased appetite, tremors, and weight loss. Some people with Graves' disease can have an abnormal swelling of the front of the neck called a goiter.
Many symptoms of Graves' disease affect the eyes. These include bulging eyes, eye puffiness, light sensitivity, and an intense stare.
Other symptoms of Graves' disease can include increased sensitivity to heat, weakness, fatigue, confusion, extremely smooth skin and changes in the nails.
Complications and some symptoms of Grave's disease can be life-threatening and include hypertension, palpitations, cardiac arrhythmia, rapid heart rate, angina and heart failure....more about Graves Disease »
Symptoms of Graves Disease
The list of signs and symptoms mentioned in various sources
for Graves Disease includes the 60
symptoms listed below:
- No symptoms - it is possible to show no side effects of the disease
- Increased energy expenditure
- Weight loss
- Increased appetite
- Rapid heart rate
- High blood pressure
- Warm skin
- Frequent bowel movements
- Heat sensitivity
- Brittle hair
- Thinning hair
- Muscular weakness
- Weak leg muscles
- Lighter menstrual flow
- High thyroid hormone level
- Lump on front of neck
- Protruding eyes
- Eye changes
- Shin rash (pretibial myxedema) - thickened reddish skin on the shins
- Swollen shins and knees
- Conjunctival edema
- Paralysis of eye muscles
- Double vision
- Sensitivity to light
- Redness over pretibial area
- Itchy swelling over pretibial area
- Non-pitting edema of the lower extremities
- Enlarged thyroid gland
- Increased level of T3 hormone
- Increased level of T4 hormone
- Low levels of thyroid stimulating hormone
- General - Fatigue, general weakness
- Ophthalmopathy is a hallmark of Graves's disease
- Warm, moist, fine skin; sweating; fine hair; onycholysis; vitiligo; alopecia; pretibial myxedema
- Tremors, proximal muscle weakness, easy fatigabilitySkeletal - Back pain, loss of stamina, history of fractures
- Palpitations, dyspnea on exertion, chest pain, edema
- Increased bowel motility, hyperdefecation with or without diarrhea
- Tearing, gritty sensation in the eye, photophobia, eye pain, protruding eye, diplopia, visual loss
- Polyuria, polydipsia
- Easy bruising
- Heat intolerance,weight loss despite increase or similar appetite, worsening diabetes control
- Irregular menstrual periods, decreased menstrual volume, gynecomastia, impotence
- Restlessness, anxiety, irritability, insomnia
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Less Common Symptoms of Graves Disease:
Ocassionally other symptoms may also present themselves as symptoms of Graves Disease.
of the more common ones are included in the list below:
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Article Excerpts About Symptoms of Graves Disease:
Endocrine Diseases: NWHIC (Excerpt)
Weight loss due to increased energy expenditure; increased
appetite, heart rate, and blood pressure; tremors, nervousness and
sweating; frequent bowel movements.
(Source: excerpt from Endocrine Diseases: NWHIC)
Graves' Disease: NWHIC (Excerpt)
The most common symptoms of Grave’s Disease, or thyroid
over-stimulation include insomnia, irritability, weight loss without
dieting, heat sensitivity, increased perspiration, fine or brittle hair,
muscular weakness, eye changes, lighter menstrual flow, rapid heart beat,
and hand tremors. Grave’s Disease is the only kind of hyperthyroidism that
is associated with inflammation of the eyes, swelling of the tissue around
the eyes, and protrusion, or bulging, of the eyes. Some patients will
develop lumpy reddish thickening of the skin in front of the shins called
pretibial myxedema. This skin condition is usually painless. The symptoms
of this disease can occur gradually or very suddenly and are sometimes
confused with other medical problems. Women can have Grave’s Disease and
have no obvious symptoms at all. (Source: excerpt from Graves' Disease: NWHIC)
Graves Disease as a Cause of Symptoms or Medical Conditions
When considering symptoms of Graves Disease, it is also important to consider Graves Disease as a possible cause of other medical conditions.
The Disease Database lists the following medical conditions that Graves Disease may cause:
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Graves Disease as a symptom:
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Graves Disease: Onset and Incubation
Onset of Graves Disease: Graves's disease is the most common cause of hyperthyroidism. Incidence in women reports a rate of 80 cases per 100,000 women per year.
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The symptom information on this page
attempts to provide a list of some possible signs and symptoms of Graves Disease.
This signs and symptoms information for Graves Disease has been gathered from various sources,
may not be fully accurate,
and may not be the full list of Graves Disease signs or Graves Disease symptoms.
Furthermore, signs and symptoms of Graves Disease may vary on an individual basis for each patient.
Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of any signs or symptoms and whether they
are indeed Graves Disease symptoms.