Re: difference between hashimotos and graves
The simple explanation:
Hashimoto's is characterized by the destruction of the thyroid gland by antibodies, and over time you may experience periods of relatively mild hyperthyroidism, normal hormone levels and hypothyroidism. Eventually, when enough thyroid tissue is destroyed, you will be permanently hypothyroid.
Graves is characterized by a different kind of attack on the thyroid gland. The Graves antibodies attack the "switches" that tell your thyroid gland to turn on. This makes the gland produce thyroid hormones whether you need them or not and can cause you to become very much hyperthyroid. The antibodies may come and go so you might be normal for a while (remission) and then hyper again over and over. Graves antibodies can also attack the eyes (Graves Eye Disease) which causes a bulging of the eyes from their sockets.
I am not a doctor, nor have I ever played one on TV...
Last edited by Meep; 10-27-2004 at 06:07 PM.