Some of the more common symptoms of Graves' disease include mood swings, fatigue, muscle anxiety, weight loss, and nervousness. However, Graves' disease can manifest itself in a number of different ways; in some cases, a person may not even have symptoms or may have very mild symptoms.
Another possible side effect of Graves' disease is called Graves' ophthalmopathy. This can cause symptoms such as:
Swelling around the eyes or within the whites of the eyes
Bulging of the eyes.
Pretibial myxedema (when the skin becomes thick, swollen, and scaly) may also occur in people with Graves' disease. This side effect occurs in no more than 5 percent of people with the condition.
(To learn about other possible side effects, click Graves' Disease Symptoms. This article provides a more detailed list of potential symptoms and explains why they affect so many different parts of the body.)
Written by/reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last reviewed by: ArthurSchoenstadt, MD
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Osman F, Franklyn JA, Holder RL, et al. Cardiovascular manifestations of hyperthyroidism before and after antithyroid therapy: a matched case-control study. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2007;49:71.
Villadolid MC, Yokoyama N, Izumi N, et al. Untreated Graves' disease patients without clinical ophthalmopathy demonstrate a high frequency of extraocular muscle (EOM) enlargement by magnetic resonance imaging. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 1995;80:2830.
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