The cause of hyperthyroidism is still a mystery to the world of medical science. They do know that one of the leading causes is Graves’ Disease. This disease actually sees the thyroid as an alien object in the body. When it fights it off with antibodies, the thyroid will actually go into overdrive with its production of thyroxin. This can also cause the metabolic rate to increase as well.
This is not a good thing for middle-aged women, children or the elderly. They are the ones that are susceptible to Graves’ Disease. The scientists feel that this is some sort of genetic thing. Unfortunately they still do not know. Other issues from a higher metabolic rate are anxiety issues and also irregular heartbeat.
Graves’ Disease has many different symptoms such as a sudden weight loss, your hair becoming dry and brittle, heat will start to bother you and sitting still will even become difficult. Even though you may be losing weight your appetite will increase, get tremors, your vision could become blurred or start seeing double, find your sex drive is changed and changes in your heartbeat as well.
There are treatments for Graves’ Disease including anti-thyroid drugs, radioactive iodine and even surgery to remove the thyroid gland. This disease is not curable. Once you have it, you will always have it. It affects everyone on a different level so the symptoms may be different for everyone.
When your symptoms get to the point where they are affecting your everyday activities such as swallowing, having surgery to remove the thyroid gland would be the best option. It is best to get this disease treated as quickly as possible to avoid further complications. The longer the disease has an opportunity to attack your body; there is a greater risk of more complications.
If you feel that you may be experiencing any of these symptoms, seek the medical advice of your doctor. With the proper diagnosis in the earlier stages, you will be able to live a healthy, happy and normal life with the right medication started early.