In the Internet age, the first thing many people do when they or a loved one are diagnosed with a disease or condition is open up Google or another search engine and start reading. It’s often difficult to cram every question a patient has into one or two doctor visits, and establishing your own database of knowledge can dramatically prove many conditions.
Graves’ disease is a form of hyperthyroidism, usually inherited, but believed by some to be the result of environmental and dietary hazards. Many people possess the genetic markers of dormant Graves’ disease and enjoy a life of non-manifestation, remission, or moderation of the disease through healthy living habits. In Graves’ thyroid gland is overactive, causing a plethora of symptoms ranging from neurological and emotional to cardiovascular and nutritional. It can often be so multifaceted that diagnoses takes years. Fortunately, the disease responds extremely well to lifestyle changes such as relieved stress, light to moderate exercise, and reduced iodine intake. Unfortunately, it can often take patients years to find out which methods are right for them, or right for mixing with their pharmaceutical Graves’ disease medications.
Here we assemble a ‘get started’ list of wholly dedicated Graves’ disease websites, as well as general health resources which offer Graves’ disease information.
Remember, especially dealing with articles written by non-doctors, to double and triple check all information! Only when you have verified information from multiple sources should you implement it into your life!
That said, lets begin!
The Graves’ Disease Foundation
The Graves’ Disease Foundation was established in 1990 and since then has intended to function as a nexus for Graves’ diseases patients, friends and family of patients, and health practitioners/health educations. It includes a discussion forum where all-of-the-above can discuss what works and what doesn’t, offer each other support, and share resources just like we’re doing here today.
Living with Graves’ Disease
Living with Graves’ Disease also maintains community discussion forums, as well as a self-help section with helpful, if basic, information about lifestyle adjustments such as stress relief and diet. They also have a Facebook group!
The Lance Armstrong Foundation
The Lance Armstrong Foundation (Internet surfers may know it as LIVESTRONG) was founded by famous cancer survivor and all-time great endurance bicyclist Lance Armstrong Although it began with a focus on cancer-related medicine, its grown into a very rich resource encompassing a library of disease treatments. It has articles devoted to Graves’ disease herbs, Graves’ disease supplements, and Graves’ disease treatment in general. Lance himself offers immense inspiration to anyone suffering from any illness, and if you haven’t read his story yet, you should.
Elaine Moore’s website offers an archive of articles on Graves’ disease and several other endocrinology disorders, for example one on the relationship between Hirata’s disease, Graves’ disease, and hypoglycemia. Although site is a tad difficult to navigate and many of the ‘full’ resources must be purchased in book form, it’s still worth a visit or two.
The American Thyroid Association
An organization encouraging research of not only Graves’ hyperthyroidism, but thyroid diseases in general, such as hypothyroidism
The Thyroid Boards are a place for people with all types of thyroid disorders to exchange knowledge, be it success stories regarding what helped them, recipes, exercise routines, or anything else thyroid-related. Although the advice of anonymous Internet users can never replace that of a doctor or formal medical resource, it can definitely be a more accessible and casual format for the little things.
Graves’ Disease Cure
Graves’ Disease Cure offers an array of free articles on the disorder. Although it makes little effort to hide the fact that it wants to sell you an E-book, it still carries some information. Remember, that with ALL of these websites, especially those operated by people who are not doctors nor established medical organizations , you should double and triple check facts and tips.
About.com maintains a Thyroid section. About hires numerous writers for numerous topics, so consistency may not be a strong point, but it does in turn point you in the direction of more elaborate resources.
Some websites specialize in the vast field of endocrinology, such as Endocrine Web. Numerous other general health and medical websites such as Mayo Clinic, Right Health, the National Library of Medicine, Web MD, Medicine net also offer summaries and general information about the disease. For example, did you know that remembering to wear sunglasses when you’re getting your precious vitamin D (which many Graves’ disease sufferers are low on), may prevent your eyes from becoming inflamed due to a common autoimmune symptom of Graves’? Little things like this can be the difference between a life of pain, and and a life of leisure with occasional responsibility.
Remember when managing your Graves’ disease that ignorance is NOT bliss! Good luck.