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what's the difference between Grave's disease and hyperthyroidism?

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Old 03-14-2006, 07:25 PM   #1
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what's the difference between Grave's disease and hyperthyroidism?

They both seem to have the same symptoms, so what's the major difference between the two?

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Old 03-14-2006, 07:41 PM   #2
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Re: what's the difference between Grave's disease and hyperthyroidism?

Hi Vital-

Graves disease is an autoimmune disease where graves antibodies are attacking your thyroid.

Hyperthyroidism is where your thyroid is producing to much thyroid hormone with out help of an autoimmune disease. Possibly by nodules or something else gone wrong with the thyroid.

Yes they both can cause the same symptoms so the only way it can be differentiated is by the presence of antibodies. Graves disease is the leading cause of hyperthyroidism ( 80-90%).

Hope this helps.

DX. Toxic Multinodular Goiter (now growing rapidly) & Hyperthyroid from autoimmune Graves Disease

Old 03-18-2006, 11:31 PM   #3
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Re: what's the difference between Grave's disease and hyperthyroidism?

Does Graves Disease cause hyperthyroidism, if not what causes Graves Disease. Is it the autoimmune system that causes Graves or is it the thyroid that causes Graves. I'm confused now.

Old 03-19-2006, 05:31 AM   #4
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Re: what's the difference between Grave's disease and hyperthyroidism?

Hyperthyroidism is a symptom to which there can be several CAUSES.
The most common cause is Graves disease, other causes can be a hot nodule, post partum thyroiditis, etc.

With Graves, the body starts producing antibodies which overstimulate the thyroid gland, causing it to produce too much thyroid hormone (which causes the hyperthyroidism).

They don't really know what the trigger is that makes our bodies start producing TSI (the antibody that causes Graves) some think it could be an environmental trigger, others a traumatic, stressful event.
Dx Graves 4/99, tx w/Tapazole & Atenolol - Remission 7/03; Relapse 1/06, back on Tapazole, remission & off meds again 11/06.

Old 03-19-2006, 04:08 PM   #5
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Re: what's the difference between Grave's disease and hyperthyroidism?

If you want another opinion...I second the comments by K9mom.

Good question though....

Old 03-20-2006, 07:01 AM   #6
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Re: what's the difference between Grave's disease and hyperthyroidism?

Graves also has other things that come with it like it's own eye disease, and skin thing. So if you have Graves you don't just have to worry about the thyroid being overactive.

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