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Graves’ disease is an autoimmune disorder that causes hyperthyroidism, or overactive thyroid. With this disease, your immune system attacks the thyroid and causes it to make more thyroid hormone than your body needs. The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland in the front of your neck. Thyroid hormones control how your body uses energy, so they affect nearly every organ in your body—even the way your heart beats.

If left untreated, hyperthyroidism can cause serious problems with the heart, bones, muscles, menstrual cycle, and fertility. During pregnancy, untreated hyperthyroidism can lead to health problems for the mother and baby. Graves’ disease also can affect your eyes and skin.
Graves’ disease is the most common cause of hyperthyroidism in the United States. The disease affects about 1 in 200 people
Graves’ disease usually affects people between ages 30 and 50, but can occur at any age.2 The disease is seven to eight times more common in women than men.3 A person’s chance of developing Graves’ disease increases if other family members have the disease.

People with other autoimmune disorders are more likely to develop Graves’ disease than people without these disorders. Conditions linked with Graves’ disease include

rheumatoid arthritis , a disorder that affects the joints and sometimes other body systems
pernicious anemia , a condition caused by a vitamin B12 deficiency
lupus , a chronic, or long-term, disorder that can affect many parts of your body
Addison’s disease, a hormonal disorder
celiac disease, a digestive disorder
vitiligo , a disorder in which some parts of the skin are not pigmented
type 1 diabetes
Without treatment, Graves’ disease can cause some serious health problems, including

an irregular heartbeat that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure, and other heart-related problems
an eye disease called Graves’ ophthalmopathy or Graves’ orbitopathy (GO), which can cause double vision, light sensitivity, and eye pain—and, rarely, can lead to vision loss
thinning bones and osteoporosis
Thyroid hormone levels that are just a little high are usually not a problem in pregnancy. However, more severe hyperthyroidism that isn’t treated can affect both the mother and the baby. If you have Graves’ disease, be sure your hyperthyroidism is under control before becoming pregnant. Learn more about causes, diagnosis, and treatment of hyperthyroidism during pregnancy.
You may have common symptoms of hyperthyroidism such as

fast and irregular heartbeat
frequent bowel movements or diarrhea
heat intolerance
nervousness or irritability
tiredness or muscle weakness
trembling hands
trouble sleeping
weight loss
Rarely, people with Graves’ disease develop a reddish thickening of the skin on the shins, a condition called pretibial myxedema or Graves’ dermopathy. This skin problem is usually painless and mild, but it can be painful for some.

GO can cause retracted eyelids, meaning the eyelids are pulled back from the eye. GO can also cause bulging eyes, double vision, and swelling around the eyes.
Researchers aren’t sure why some people develop autoimmune disorders such as Graves’ disease. These disorders probably develop from a combination of genes and an outside trigger, such as a virus.

With Graves’ disease, the immune system makes an antibody called thyroid-stimulating immunoglobulin (TSI) that attaches to thyroid cells. TSI acts like thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), a hormone made in the pituitary gland that tells the thyroid how much thyroid hormone to make. TSI causes the thyroid to make too much thyroid hormone.
Researchers aren’t sure why some people develop autoimmune disorders such as Graves’ disease. These disorders probably develop from a combination of genes and an outside trigger, such as a virus.

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21 Thoughts to “GRAVES DISEASE: ONE WOMAN’S STORY! – The LanceScurv Show”

  1. I Am A Bajan. Cuthbert

    Sister don’t you ever feel embarrassed for nothing, you had no fault of your health condition. Just start to embrace your condition and fight against it, you would be ok.

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  3. I Am A Bajan. Cuthbert

    Good night Brother Lance, and audience; late to your program as usual. Brother thanks for bringing the sister to your program, so could expose her health problem, sister take it all in to the most high , He will cure you.. just believe and trust in Him. Thanks for the suggestion on what we should eat.

  4. flossie walker

    Thank you Dawn for relaying this information to us. I will pray for you. All praises to the most High

  5. flossie walker

    I have sendrome 8 which is the same as leaky gut.

  6. Affiesha G

    Lance, I had Graves disease about 10 years ago. I was breastfeeding my youngest son who had just turned 2yo at the time.. I didn’t know I had it, but I knew something was certainly not right. All I knew was, I woke up in the hospital barely able to move or open my eyes. The doctors were telling me what I had and they needed to give me a radiation pill ASAP or I won’t make it, and that I had to stop breastfeeding immediately. Tears ran down my eyes because my baby was there crying out for me in hunger and I was lactating at the same time… Long story short I took the pill. The medication they put me on, balanced me within 8 months. I haven’t been on it or had any issues since.
    I wish this young lady a full & speedy recovery

  7. Terrell Lewis

    I have thyroid disease, had the hyper, lost 108 pounds in 6 mos, then after 3 radiation treatments, it reversed n went hypo, gained all the weight back the next 6 months. My heart beat raced up to 130 beats a minute, had shakes, n the goiter in my neck. I have continued to inch up more n more gaining weight ever since over the past 12 years. I have arthritis with it, thin short hair, continuous body pain from head to the bottom of my feet, protruding red eyes that have changed from almond shape to rounder, tingling arms n legs, etc….. I had to stop working 12 yrs ago and couldn’t get disability, so I have been suffering in many ways…. I feel I haven’t gotten the help from the medical professionals I saw, so I decided to stop going to the doctor. They did nothing for me at all. The more I went to the doctor the worse I got….. I don’t trust doctors anymore n now after researching the system like I do, I know they do still experiment on black people n use us as guinea pigs, so I feel that may be what happened to me….. I was never even told about the leaky gut digestive cause from my doctors. They told me it’s genetic …. Anyway, I’m eating better n am changing my diet, but still gaining. ….. I used to be a calendar girl, but now I’m the whole calendar. LOL….. Anyway, they call the hyper thyroidism like I had it, the thyroid storm. It is indeed a storm. … I don’t trust doctors anymore cause now I know what they are about……. I ll just take my chances till I die, n eat right, but I never ever want to see another doctor again. Totally, 40 years of the experience, but didn’t know what it was till 12 years ago. All that time I received no real help at all. I stopped taking the medication 2 years ago n haven’t been back to the doctor since. I recently found out that a “doctor” or “doktor” is a “title of nobility”, so to all of you, beware……. Marsha.

  8. kelvin Watson

    People need to hear you sister because sharing is helping those who have never been sick and those who are sick we are with you my sister I’ll support you 100%. Stay sweet and get well.

  9. Chi'o Vietti

    You’re beautiful! We need You and We’re here with You

  10. Chi'o Vietti

    Thank You for sharing, I truly can relate to You. So many stories on this all around Me.

  11. Bobra Anderson

    thank you so much sister an we will beat this with you

  12. Kiara Wiggins

    I was diagnosed with it as well around 2012

  13. Especialli Navars

    My Sisters get yourselves to an Endocrinologist to treat your hyper active thyroid before this condition kills you, period. I was diagnosed 20 years ago and If I chose herbs I would not be here today, yes you change your diet, however, you are not knowledgeable enough to treat a form of cancer.

  14. lady Noble

    thank you so much for your courage May the Creator bless you 10 times fold for this as I’m listening to you I’m thinking about my mom my mom is 62 and she’s had surgery thyroid surgery and they said that they want to go in and second time I told her not to even let them attempt the first time but she really wants to even talk about it or tell the family what’s going on but I am noticing a lot of changes in similar symptoms that you are discussing a hoe just once again thank you for motivating me and encouraged me to do more research and I’ll just continue to pray for you and my mom as well God bless One Love

  15. Annie Allison

    She is the best!

  16. Gutchie Spencer

    I’m one of the thousands of Thyroid disease sufferers, Weight gain, Arrythmias, Adrenal Fatigue, you name it. I was told I had nodules on my Thyroid, and I’m soo afraid of Doctors, they are clueless. I take lots of Supplements and Prayers. May God help us all!❤️

  17. Roger Jacobs

    Love to you from London…all over the world we are with you….LANCE you on it…peace!

  18. Juliet A

    All praises to The Most High. Thank you for your courage Sister and bless you for speaking about this illness. I was diagnosed with Graves disease back in 2007 I’m on medication, which I have to take for the rest of my life, however I’m considering alternative methods of treatment. I also use prayer to help me through this illness. I’m a lot better than I was in the beginning. ALL PRAISES TO THE MOST HIGH.

  19. Zorah Rashnikov

    Yes. Everyone needs to be there for her. I have the disease and it isn’t easy. I am in remission though.

  20. General Kwaku

    Peace Love and Wellness to the LanceScurv Show and my People!

  21. Silverbimbo Johnson

    Help her Lord

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