Question: What Can Be Mistaken For Graves Disease?

Does Graves disease shorten your life?

Quality of life is worse at 6-10 years after radioactive iodine therapy of Graves’ disease compared with treatment with antithyroid drugs or surgery.

Quality of life is worse at 6-10 years after radioactive iodine therapy of Graves’ disease compared with treatment with antithyroid drugs or surgery..

Can I get disability for Graves disease?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) does not have a specific disability listing for Graves’ disease, so it’s not likely that you’ll win disability benefits for Graves’ disease alone. (Though you might be able to get benefits through amedical-vocational allowance.)

Is Graves disease and hyperthyroidism the same?

Graves’ disease is an immune system disorder that results in the overproduction of thyroid hormones (hyperthyroidism). Although a number of disorders may result in hyperthyroidism, Graves’ disease is a common cause. Thyroid hormones affect many body systems, so signs and symptoms of Graves’ disease can be wide ranging.

Can Hyperthyroidism be misdiagnosed?

Thyroid conditions can easily be misdiagnosed as symptoms are similar to a range of other health conditions. If you have an overactive thyroid it’s important that you have your thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), T4 and T3 hormone levels checked regularly.

Can you have Graves disease with normal thyroid levels?

Some patients with Graves’ disease may have subclinical (mild) hyperthyroidism without symptoms but with a goiter, suppressed TSH, TSH receptor antibodies, but with normal T4 and T3.

Will I have Graves disease forever?

Guidelines state the aim of Tx or RAI in Graves’ hyperthyroidism should be permanent hypothyroidism, which requires lifelong levothyroxine medication for maintaining euthyroidism. Creating another disease in order to treat the original disease, is no cure.

What is the test for Graves disease?

To confirm a diagnosis of Graves’ disease, your doctor may do a radioactive iodine uptake test, which shows whether large quantities of iodine are collecting in the thyroid. The gland needs iodine to make thyroid hormones, so if it’s absorbing unusually large amounts of iodine, it’s obviously making too much hormone.

What is the prognosis for Graves disease?

The total average treatment time is about 12 to 18 months, but treatment can continue for many years in people who don’t want radioiodine or surgery to treat their Graves’ disease.

Can Graves disease be mistaken for something else?

Graves’ disease can be confused with other disorders causing hyperthyroidism, but it is the most common cause. The diagnosis can be established on clinical features such as diffusely enlarged thyroid, exophthalmos, elevated T4 and T3 levels, and undetectable TSH.