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swollen lymph nodes and graves disease

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 29, 2006
  • 01:48 AM

does anyone know if having swollen lymph nodes (along with a high fever of 104 degrees F) is a possible symptom of graves disease. I had been diagnosed with graves disease earlier this year after having a high fever and swollen lymph nodes (in abdominal area - mesentary). three years ago i also had the swollen lymph nodes and fever but no one ever suspected or even mentioned graves disease. so im wondering if i had graves disease back then and it just went undiagnosed or if i have some underlying or completely separate problem IN ADDITION TO graves disease. the lymph nodes and fever i have had THREE times in total, the last two of which i was in active graves disease mode. any thoughts?

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  • I too have Grave's disease, which you may already know is an autoimmune disorder. The symptoms you described don't sound like Grave's disease. Please have your doctor run blood tests to check for infections and/or other autoimmune disorders.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 2, 2007
    • 02:29 PM
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  • Graves' disease is part of a pack of auto-immune disorders linked to a certain gene structure. Although the symptoms you described are not TYPICAL of Graves', they could be related because of increased auto-immune system stress (swelling) and hyperthyroid (temperature).OR your body could be experiencing another infection that it isn't fighting off as well because your immune system is busy fighting your own body (flu, cold, resistant strep).OR there could be another auto-immune disorder going on. Do check the conditions associated with Graves' and evaluate your diet and medications for high levels of iodine (iodized salt - use sea salt instead) and estrogen (most birth control) - two chemicals linked to aggrevation of Graves'.But a temperature that high is dangerous! Anything at 104 or higher and you should seek medical treatment immediately.
    Azaral 152 Replies
    • January 2, 2007
    • 03:49 PM
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  • does anyone know if having swollen lymph nodes (along with a high fever of 104 degrees F) is a possible symptom of graves disease. I had been diagnosed with graves disease earlier this year after having a high fever and swollen lymph nodes (in abdominal area - mesentary). three years ago i also had the swollen lymph nodes and fever but no one ever suspected or even mentioned graves disease. so im wondering if i had graves disease back then and it just went undiagnosed or if i have some underlying or completely separate problem IN ADDITION TO graves disease. the lymph nodes and fever i have had THREE times in total, the last two of which i was in active graves disease mode. any thoughts? Graves disease is NOT a disease of the lymph nodes, It is actually a disease of the Thyroid gland. The thyroid is located in the front part of your neck, not your abdomen. Although I am not say you don't have graves disease, how you doctor diagnosed it from swollem lymph nodes in your abdomen is a mystery to me!! If you suspect a thyroid enlargement here is a simple test... tilt you head slightly back and extend your neck, place 2 fingers over the lump and apply slight preassure, now swallow. If the lump moved when you swallow it is a your thyroid. How do I know this?? I have suffered from graves disease for the past 6 years and initailly, before i had blood tests and the like, my doctor did this simple test to make sure. I have cut and paseted some info on it for you. What is Graves’ disease? Graves' Disease is a type of autoimmune disease that causes over-activity of the thyroid gland, causing hyperthyroidism. This over-activity is also sometimes called "toxic diffuse goiter." The thyroid gland helps set the rate of metabolism, which is the rate at which the body uses energy. When the thyroid is too active, it makes more thyroid hormones than the body needs. High levels of thyroid hormones can cause side effects such as weight loss, rapid heart rate and nervousness. This is an uncommon disease that affects 2 percent of all women at some time in their lives. Graves’ Disease also tends to affect women between the ages of 20 and 40, although it occurs in infants, children, and the elderly. What are the symptoms of Graves' Disease? These are the most common symptoms of Graves’ Disease and hyperthyroidism:trouble sleepingfatiguetrouble getting pregnantfrequent bowel movementsirritabilityweight loss without dietingheat sensitivityincreased sweatingmuscular weaknesschanges in vision or how your eyes looklighter menstrual flowrapid heart beathand tremorsI would suggest you go back to your doctor, swollen lymph nodes and fever suggest monnonucleosis (glandular fever) which can reoccur at times of stress or when you are run down.Lymph nodes often swell when you have a viral infection , graves is not a viral infection so I don't think it is the graves causing your problem , thought It can put added stress on your body making your immune system compromised. I hope this information has helped lessen your confusion.
    kitty k 31 Replies
    • January 2, 2007
    • 08:55 PM
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  • I also have Graves disease. I know that if I eat salt with iodine my lymph nodes get very swollen and sore. I have to immediately find the source of the salt and get it out of my diet or I'm miserable. I normally use sea salt and have no problems with it. However, I switched brands when my normal brand was out at the market and bought something labeled "Mediterranean Sea Salt." It does not list iodine as an added ingredient so I guess either the label is wrong or the Mediterranean Sea is naturally loaded with iodine. I assumed all sea salt was iodine free, and this just isn't the case. My lymph nodes are very swollen and sore right now. This crap is going in the trash.A few months back I also reacted to a store brand of Microwave Popcorn. Obviously the salt in the popcorn was iodized. Pay close attention to the foods you eat. If you get a reaction, start eliminating any new foods until you can trace the source.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 18, 2008
    • 01:01 AM
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