Thryoid Question

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   Posted 5/21/2007 1:04 PM (GMT -6)   
How many of you had never knew you had a thyroid disorder until a viral infection of some sort? It is beginning to look like i have hyperthyroid and perhaps didn't know it until i came down with a viral infection back in September of 2006. Would that explain the never being able to fully recover from the infection?

Can hyperthyroid be hereditary?

Post Edited (AronMica) : 5/21/2007 12:08:38 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 5/22/2007 12:39 PM (GMT -6)   
The most common cause of hyperthyroidism in females is Graves disease, which can be "triggered" by an infection, stress, etc. and occasionally runs in families.  However, I was just diagnosed with Graves two months ago (with a TSH that was undetectable, high T4, and high thyroid antibodies - a classic trio) and no one in my family had thyroid problems that I know of.  Being hyperthyroid can cause a lot of nasty issues, most of which I experienced firsthand - rapid heart beat, palpitations, sweating, diarrhea or increased BMs, fatigue and insomnia (there's a paradox!) - ugh it was NO fun.  But now I'm being treated with anti-thyroid meds and feel much better.
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