Graves’s disease is a disease that affects the thyroid of a human body causing it to increase by double of its size. It usually happens when the body becomes abnormally immune against tissues and substances present in the human body. Sometimes the disease can also affect other parts of the body which include the heart, skin and nervous system. The thyroid gland releases the thyroxine hormone which is responsible for controlling the weight, mood and physical energy level of the body.
When this particular hormone is released in excess, hyperthyroidism is caused and this results in Graves’ disease. Graves disease affects both men and women but it is more prevalent among women. It is most common among the age of 20.
Two percent of the female population in the world is affected by this disease and the ratio of female to male getting affected by the disease is 5:1. There are various symptoms of Graves’s disease in women which are discussed below.
Signs and Symptoms of Graves Disease in Women
The direct as well indirect effects caused due to hyperthyroidism are the factors that result in the signs and symptoms of Graves ’ disease. The general symptoms of Graves’ disease in women are as follows:
- If the thyroid gland of a woman grows twice its size resulting in compression of laryngeal nerve then there are chances that the woman is suffering from Graves’ disease.
- If the skin of the lower legs turns reddish and become lumpy, it is a symptom of Graves’ disease.
- The heart rate becoming rapid or if the woman is suffering from hypertension, then it is symptom that she may be affected by Graves’ disease.
- Rapid relaxation phase also known as hyperreflexia is another sign of Graves’ disease.
- If a woman is excessively reacting distinctly to all types of stimuli, then chances are that she is affected by Graves’ disease.
- Increased weariness or great fatigue along with hyperactivity is a sign of Graves’ disease.
- Tremor or shaking caused in outstretched fingers is a common symptom of Graves’ disease.
- If the metabolism of dopamine increases, it is a sign that the woman is affected by Graves’ disease.
- If a woman has normal appetite but still facing weight loss, she may be suffering from Graves’ disease.
- If a woman has insomnia, she may be suffering from Graves’ disease.
- Increase in sweating is another symptom of Graves’ disease.