My Graves’ Disease Symptoms

The symptoms I experienced before being diagnosed with Grave’s disease are as follows:

  • extreme fatigue
  • weight loss
  • restlessness
  • tachycardia (rapid heart beat)
  • heat intolerance, always warm
  • heavier menses
  • muscle weakness in arms and legs
  • tremors, felt like I was vibrating
  • increased sweating
  • nervousness and irritability
  • leg cramps
  • disorientation
  • dizziness
  • graying hair which started in my early 20’s
  • severe migraine headaches
  • high blood pressure
  • intolerant of stress
  • inability to sit still
  • heart palpitations
  • restless sleep or inability to sleep
  • distracted attention span
  • loss of stamina
  • memory loss
  • carpel tunnel syndrome
  • sore throat
  • lost my voice for 2 months
  • panic
  • shaking hands and loss of dexterity
  • difficulty concentrating
  • proximal muscle weakness
  • night sweats
  • increase in temperature (fever)

On February 9, 1998 I was given a diagnosis of Hyperthyroidism and prescribed PTU.

At this point in my life I was so tired of feeling sick, that I embraced this diagnosis.   I was so relieved that there was a name and a solution for my symptoms.   I followed the doctor’s advice like a sheep to the slaughter.

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