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Diffuse Thyrotoxic Goiter and Receiving Social Security Disability

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Diffuse thyrotoxic goiter is the most common kind of hyperthyroidism (overactivity of your thyroid gland).  In fact, diffuse thyrotoxic goiter represents about 50 to 60% of the 500,000 people who are diagnosed with hyperthyroidism each year in the United States. Diffuse thyrotoxic goiter is a disorder that may develop at any age to either women or men. However, diffuse thyrotoxic goiter is far more common in women than it is in men. This disorder usually starts after the age of 20. Diffuse thyrotoxic goiter is a kind of autoimmune disorder that causes your thyroid gland to make too much of the hormone thyroxine. An autoimmune disorder is one where for some unknown reason your body’s immune system mistakenly attacks the cells and tissues of your own body. In the case of diffuse thyrotoxic goiter, your immune system makes antibodies that stimulate your thyroid to produce too much thyroxine. As stated above, diffuse thyrotoxic goiter is believed to be an autoimmune disorder. However, researchers do not know what causes your immune system to attack your thyroid gland. They believe that several factors could be involved in causing your immune system to do this. Some of these factors include: In some cases, diffuse thyrotoxic goiter may not cause any signs or symptoms. However, there are many signs and symptoms that you may have with this disorder. The signs and symptoms that are caused by diffuse thyrotoxic goiter may develop slowly or occur suddenly. It is possible for these signs and symptoms to be confused with other medical conditions. Some of the possible signs and symptoms include: Diffuse thyrotoxic goiter is the only kind of hyperthyroidism that involves the tissue around your eyes swelling and bulging of your eyes. In rare instances, you may have a reddish lumpy thickening of the skin in front of your shins that is known as pretibial myxedema. This condition is usually painless. You or a loved one may be suffering from diffuse thyrotoxic goiter. Diffuse thyrotoxic goiter and/or complications that have been brought about by it or other conditions that you have along with this disorder may have caused you or your loved one’s disability and be the reason why you cannot work.
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