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Early Symptoms of Graves' Disease

Sunday, 16 Mar 2014 01:50 AM

Graves’ disease is an autoimmune disorder. Early symptoms of Graves’ disease are noticed due to overproduction of the thyroid hormone by the thyroid gland.
 
In the 19th century, Sir Robert Graves reported a condition in which excessive thyroid hormone was being produced in the body as a result of a change in the body’s own immune response. This brought in the realization that the condition is an autoimmune disorder.

Thyroid hormone produced by the thyroid gland regulates metabolism in our body. In other words, the thyroid gland is responsible for proper utilization of food and energy production along with other factors.
 
The quantity of thyroid hormone produced by the thyroid gland is controlled by the thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) produced by the pituitary gland in the brain. The TSH sends early signals to the thyroid hormone to regulate thyroid production. However, in the case of Graves’ disease, a different type of antibody is produced by our body which mimics the thyroid stimulating hormone. These antibodies cause the autoimmune disorder in which the thyroid gland misinterprets these antibodies to be TSH and produces thyroid hormone in excess.
 
In Graves’ disease, the production of thyroid hormone is increased thus causing the early symptoms of Graves’ disease. As in the case of hyperthyroidism, the early symptoms of Graves’ disease include unusual weight loss and increased heart rate. One of the early symptoms of Graves’ disease that can be noticed by common people is increased pounding of their heart and unusual sweating and trembling. These early symptoms of Graves’ disease are caused by the increased thyroid production in the body as a result of autoimmune dysfunction.
 
In some people, one of the other early symptoms of Graves’ disease includes swollen eye muscles and tissues. As a result, protruding eyeballs (exophthalmos) is noted as one of the early symptoms of Graves’ disease in about 20 percent of the people affected by this autoimmune disorder. However, this early symptom cannot be correlated with the severity of Graves’ disease.
 
The early symptoms of Graves’ disease when noted can be treated rather easily such that the autoimmune condition and thyroid disorder are corrected almost permanently. Early symptom identification and treatment of Graves’ disease can prevent any further worsening of symptoms such as blindness, excessive weight loss, and weakness.

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Are you experiencing sudden weight loss with trembling feeling and unusual sweating? You are probably experiencing some of the early symptoms of Graves’ disease. If Graves’ disease remains untreated, the symptoms can worsen and cause serious problems, too.
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