Graves' Disease

Tuesday, September 16, 2008
I went to my doctor yesterday to get the results of my tests and found out I have Graves' Disease, which is simply an overactive thyroid, making my heart rate skyrocket and my metabolism go through the roof. It's easily treated, so it's not really that big a deal, but I kinda like saying, "I have Graves' Disease." Sounds ominous, doesn't it? Graves' Disease. Yes, very dooming. The biggest problem might be trying to have children... okay, child. I really only want one. But I want that one. If this is going to prevent me from having my one, I'm going to be super upset.


  1. Two things to remember:
    1] if you are smoker, you need to quit [smoking can aggravate eye condition];
    2] you should use plain salt [not iodized] and avoid food rich in iodine, especially if your thyroid is enlarged.
    Do you have elevated TSI antibodies?

  2. Well, I'm not a smoker, so we're good there. I do use the iodized salt, though, so oops there. I'm not sure how big my thyroid is. It's not constricting my breathing, ergo, I guess it's not too enlarged. The doctor kind of lost me when he started talking in initials, but I do think my TSI count is really high. Whenever a nurse or the doctor looked at my papers, they all just whistled and said, "Yeah, you definitely have hyperthyroidism." I'm going to an actual endocrinologist on Thursday and my husband will be with me then. He's a great question asker, so maybe I'll learn more then. Thanks for the great advice.

  3. TSI antibodies are elevated in 95 % of patients diagnosed with Grave’s disease. This is one of the key features that can differentiate it from Hasitoxicosis [hyper-] stage of autoimmune Hashinoto’s thyroiditis or multinodular toxic goiter.
    Some patients with thyroiditis, who were mistakenly diagnosed with Grave’s disease underwent unnecessary RAI ablation [the Hyper- stage of thyroiditis is short lasting, followed by normal, and/or hypothyroidism].
    Good luck and take care!