Monday, April 18, 2011

WebMD Fail: Graves Disease

I don't mean any disrespect for those suffering from Graves disease, but what I will put forth are some of the warning signs in case you, or someone you know is quietly suffering. Here is the official rundown: 

First described by Sir Robert Graves in the early 19th century , Graves' disease is one of the most common of all thyroid problems . It is also the leading cause of hyperthyroidism , a condition in which the thyroid gland produces excessive hormones . Once the disorder has been correctly diagnosed, it is quite easy to treat . In some cases , Graves' disease goes into remission or disappears completely after several months or years . Left untreated , however , it can lead to serious complications  --  even death. Although the symptoms can cause discomfort, Graves ' disease generally has no long - term adverse health consequences if the patient receives prompt and proper medical care .

 Well that doesn't sound too terrible. What are the visible symptoms? 


 That's right, a disease that makes you seem perpetually surprised. Look, even this finger holds some secrets:

Damn - you manicure, bro?

Hell, there was even a celebrity that turned a profit:

RIP Marty Feldman (1934-1982)

Once again, if you or someone you know is quietly suffering, call the Graves Help-line at: 1-800-BOO-EYES

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