Thyroid conditions are very common in the general population, particularly among middle-aged women. Although conditions causing the thyroid to underperform (hypothyroidism) are more common, conditions in which the thyroid is too active (hyperthyroidism) do occur. Hyperthyroidism can be caused by several different conditions, including Graves' disease. Unfortunately, any thyroid condition can be difficult because the thyroid has multiple functions in the body and therefore can cause many different rather non-specific symptoms easily attributed to other causes. However, it is important to be properly diagnosed and treated for thyroid conditions because untreated conditions can significantly impair quality of life and in some cases can even lead to serious or fatal conditions.
Here are the most common symptoms of Graves' disease.
Bulging eyes, commonly called Graves' ophthalmopathy, is a very obvious symptom present in around thirty percent of individuals with Graves' disease. Graves' disease is an autoimmune disorder where the immune system attacks the body. These attacks lead to excessive production of thyroid hormones and can also affect the muscles around the eyes, causing the eyes to bulge and protrude out of the eye sockets. The whites of the eyes appear to have enlarged due to the exposure caused by the bulging. In addition to bulging, the eyes may feel gritty, dry, and painful, and the eyelids may become puffy and red. The affected individual may experience light sensitivity and double vision. If untreated, there may be permanent vision loss.
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