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Graves Disease and Sleep Apnea

Did you know that there is a link between Graves Disease and Sleep Apnea? 2 years ago I was diagnosed with Graves Disease. I had been living with the illness for years without knowing it and suddenly things I believed were just random started to make sense.

I had hyperthyroidism, which was first treated with medication, then with radiation. The goal was to kill my thyroid so it would stop trying to kill me. It took a few months after the radiation for me to develop hypothyroidism and I am now starting to take Synthroid medication. It takes a while for medication to work and for the right dosage to be found, but I am confident that this journey is finally coming to an end.

model-2373534_1920What I wasn’t expecting is the following: throughout these 2 years of thyroid treatments, I started snoring louder and louder, recently to the point where my husband can no longer sleep by my side. I am always exhausted and falling asleep everywhere, yet I can’t truly rest. I wake up with migraines or needing to drink because my throat is hurting. I’ve even been woken up by my own snoring. It’s really bad.

I first spoke to my general doctor about it and she wanted me to take a test for sleep apnea. I also spoke about it to my endocrinologist as I keep all my doctors updated about my health issues and she told me not to get tested for sleep apnea right away as Graves Disease and thyroid issues can cause false positive. She explained that my thyroid is more than double its regular size and that it could be crushing my airways causing temporary sleep apnea. Since I don’t have a visible bulge in my throat like many Graves Disease sufferers, it is indeed likely that my thyroid is crushing my airways.

I’ll keep you updated as I learn more about this in the following weeks. I can’t wait to have answers and find a solution. I want my husband by my side at night. I’m hoping I’ll be able to feel rested again. I’ve been exhausted for so long that I can’t remember what it was like before.

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