8 Symptoms of Graves Disease

Your thyroid gland, located in the back of your neck, is responsible for producing your hormones. Graves disease, a common immune system disorder, causes an overproduction of your thyroid hormones. An overproduction of thyroid hormones is called hyperthyroidism. The cause of Graves disease is a malfunctioning of your body’s immune system. It is supposed to fight diseases by targeting foreign substances, bacteria and viruses, but it does not do that. For some reason, that many medical professionals do not understand, your body produces antibodies to part of your thyroid gland cells.

Typically, your thyroid regulates your hormones by releasing your pituitary gland located in the base of your brain. However, the antibody associated with the disease, called thyrotropin receptor antibody, acts like a pituitary hormone. It overrides your normal thyroid regulation. This is what causes your thyroid hormone to overproduce. In addition, Graves’ disease causes a buildup of specific carbohydrates in your eyes’ tissues and muscles. It is not know why this happens.

1. Anxiety

Anxiety is a disorder that causes you to frequently worry and fear events and everyday situations. The fear and worry is excessive, intense and persistent. The feeling is repeated and sudden. It also may have peaks. For instance, you may sudden fear may intensify within minutes of occurring. This is called a panic attack. The intense worrying occurs for no real reason. This means you experience this disorder for no reason at all.

Anxiety may interrupt your daily activities or prevent you from going to certain places or events. Some symptoms associated with this disorder may begin in childhood and continue into adulthood. However, the symptoms may occur because of a particular disease such as Graves’ disease. These signs include sweating, trouble sleeping, increased heart and feeling of doom. You may have trouble concentrating or experience rapid breathing.