10 Facts About This Autoimmune Disease That Attacks The Thyroid


Graves’ disease causes symptoms like irritability, period
abnormalities, fatigue, and a racing heartbeat.

Posted on February 24, 2018, 15:01 GMT

4. Williams fainted on her show in
November, and it may have been related to her diagnosis.

this video on YouTube

At the time, she attributed the episode to dehydration, and
some people even doubted it was real.

“A lot of people thought that was a joke — me fainting on my
set. No, that was not a joke,” she said on her show. “I’m
a tall woman and it’s a long way down. I’m also a woman of a
particular age and I’m not trying to break anything, and also
I don’t do stunts and jokes for you like that. I don’t need

The combination of symptoms, like heat sensitivity, excess
perspiration leading to a loss of fluids, plus a racing
heart, could lead to fainting, Smith said, although he hasn’t
treated Williams.

5. In 2011, Missy Elliott told People
magazine that she almost wrecked her car because
condition-related tremors made it difficult for
her to brake.

Tremors are a common symptom for people with Graves’ disease,
says Smith. “One of those things that I look for in the
physical examination is tremors,” he said.

The good news is that, since then, Missy Elliott has said she
is doing well and is managing the

7. Although it can be serious, it’s also
very treatable.

In 2010, Sia tweeted
about radiation treatment for the condition. This is one of the
most common treatments for Graves’, but there are others.

Most often people start by taking anti-thyroid medications,
“which control the thyroid overactivity, but don’t cure the
disease, in that when the medication is stopped most people
revert to hyperthyroidism,” says Smith.

The “definitive therapies,” including radioactive iodine
ablation or surgical thyroidectomy, involve removing or
shrinking overactive tissue, Smith said.

For example, in radioactive iodine therapy, patients are
treated with radiation-tagged iodine molecules, which
selectively target and kill overactive cells in the thyroid.

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