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  • Anonymous
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      Hi, Sleepless! Welcome to the BB! Here’s the definition that the
      National Graves’ Disease Foundation gives on their “Frequently Asked
      Questions” page:

      What is Graves’ Disease?

      The leading cause of hyperthyroidism, Graves’ disease represents a
      basic defect in the immune system, causing production of immunoglobulins
      (antibodies) which stimulate and attack the thyroid gland, causing
      growth of the gland and overproduction of thyroid hormone. Similar
      antibodies may also attack the tissues in the eye muscles and in the
      pretibial skin (the skin on the front of the lower leg).

      Check out more FAQs at http://www.ngdf.org
      Also, the NGDF has many informative links listed that are worth the
      time and effort to visit and bookmark. Best wishes in your search
      for knowledge and support.

      Wishing you health and happiness, Debby

      Anonymous
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        Hi Steve,
        I think http://www.ngdf.org or just http://www.yahoo.com: (search for : thyroid, or hyperthyroid or Thyroid Foundation of Canada)
        Hope this works,
        Moni

        Anonymous
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          Hi! I’ve had: insomnia, chills, loss of appetite, headaches and a racing heart.
          I just thought it was stress-related and didn’t think about it too much, but it’s
          getting worse. I couldn’t find any sites on Graves’ disease, but I found some homepages
          but my symptoms don’t really match (no weird eye things or lumps). Could someone direct me
          to internet info on Grave’s disease, or give a standard definition? Thanks.

          Anonymous
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            Hi Sleepless……….To find out more about Graves disease try….AOL NETFIND…..and put in graves disease….tons of sites will appear!!!!
            Good Luck!
            Darlene

            Anonymous
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              Hi, Sleepless:

              You need to get yourself to a doctor, and have your thyroid checked, along with a complete physical. What you have may or may not be Graves, but only a doctor is going to be able to make that determination. Even if it turns out to be stress related, at least you will know what to do for yourself, to bring the symptoms under control. If it turns out to be Graves, or something else distinctly physical, you will have done yourself a huge favor by getting on top of it earlier rather than later. The racing heart is a particularly troublesome symptom. I also recommend that after having the physical, you ask for copies of your lab reports and blood work, so that you can ask questions of your doctor about any numbers that prove to be out of the normal range. I was told, initially, that I had no problem with my thyroid, when the bloodwork showed that three out of the four thyroid tests were “out-of-range” in the hyper zone. Doctors sometimes make judgement calls about whether something is out-of-range enough to warrant consideration. In my case, it turned out I had Graves.

              Also, Graves patients do not necessarily have the eye problems or the skin lumps. Having thyroid problems is much more prevalent than the other symptoms. I think I read where only about 1% of Graves patients get the skin problem. The percentages on eye problems is much higher, but even then, severe problems occur in less than half of Graves patients. So don’t think that because you don’t have the gamut of symptoms that it couldn’t be Graves.

              Bobbi

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