I'm often asked how I knew there was something wrong with me medically back in 2005. Today, that's what I'm posting about.
For the entire summer, I just felt awful. So much was going on and I simply attributed my fatigue and irritability to work pressures at the time. That turned out not to be the case. By November, I had been diagnosed with Graves' Disease. During the summer, I exhibited some of the more common symptoms of this illness: irritability, the shakes, sweating, heat intolerance, frequent urination, shortness of breath, a rapid heartbeat, and an irregular and often hard pounding heartbeat.
Throughout my illness, I experienced nearly every symptom of Graves' Disease you could, save for a few.
To help you further, here's another reference article from Yahoo News called "10 Signs Your Thyroid is Out of Whack".* It features Kimberly Doris, the Executive Director of the Graves' Disease & Thyroid Foundation.
And, for a more comprehensive overview of common symptoms of Grave's Disease, click here. For common symptoms specific to the eyes in Graves Disease, click here.
Now it's your turn. What were some of your early symptoms when you knew something wasn't quite right that led you to visit your doctor? Share your experience in the comments section below.
*Written by Anna Medaris Miller