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Thyroid Diseases

Graves' Disease Symptoms

08/11/2006

Question:

Will Graves' make you feel like you have indigestion? I have hardly ever had heart burn but today it feels like every thing is stopped in my throat. My older sister was told she has Graves' Disease.

Answer:

Indigestion and heartburn would not be very typical symptoms of Graves' disease. More typical symptoms would be:

Severe Graves' disease can cause difficulty swallowing by interfering with the muscles of the throat, but I would expect this to develop gradually. Graves' disease can also be associated with a very enlarged thyroid gland that could cause you to feel like "everything is stopped in my throat," but this, too, would be expected to develop gradually rather than suddenly.

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Response by:

Thomas A Murphy, MD, FACP, FACE Thomas A Murphy, MD, FACP, FACE
Associate Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University