Mental Health & Chronic Illness

I often journal about my mental illness and not as much about Chronic/Autoimmune Illness.  As, I am an advocate for both as well as a patient of both. So you may wonder. What Chronic Illness That I’m diagnosed with?

To answer this question, I am diagnosed with: Rheumatoid Athritis (RA), Fibromyalgia, Thyroid disease/Graves Disease. These are the main three autoimmune illnesses that I want to focus on. Although, I have other challenges that I deal with medically.

A brief overview about the autoimmune illnesses I mentioned above.

Rheumatoid Athritis (RA): according to WebMd, “Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) happens when your body’s defenses – your immune system – targets your joint linings. RA affects joints on both sides of the body, such as both hands, both wrists, or both knees. This symmetry helps to set it apart from other types of arthritis. It can also affect the skin, eyes, lungs, heart, blood, or nerves.

Fibromyalgia: is the second most common condition affecting your bones and muscles. Yet it’s often misdiagnosed and misunderstood. Its classic symptoms are widespread muscle and joint pain and fatigue There’s no cure. But a combination of medication, exercise managing your stress and healthy habits, may ease your symptoms enough that you can live a normal, active life.

Hyperthyrodism/Graves disease: Hyperthyroidism results when the thyroid gland, located in the front of the neck, produces too much thyroid hormone. The thyroid controls metabolism, so if it is overactive, it may lead to weight loss, hair loss, a fast heartbeat, sweating, tiredness, shakiness, and moodiness.

Graves Disease- Hormones secreted by the thyroid gland control metabolism, or the speed at which the body converts food into energy. Metabolism is directly linked to the amount of hormones that circulate in the bloodstream. If, for some reason, the thyroid gland secretes an overabundance of these hormones, the body’s metabolism goes into high gear, producing the pounding heart, sweating, trembling, and weight loss typically experienced by hyperthyroid people.

About 30% of people with Graves’ disease develop a condition called Graves’ ophthalmopathy. It affects your eyes and vision, including the muscles and tissues around them.

You may experience:
Sometimes people with Graves’ disease also  a symptom called Graves’ dermopathy, but this is rarer. It involves redness and thickening of your skin, usually on the tops of your feet or your shins. Bulging of your eyes. A gritty feeling or pain/pressure in your eyes
Redness or inflammation in or around your eyes, Puffiness or retraction of your eyelids
Sensitivity to light, Double vision or loss of vision.

The relation between Thyroid disease and mental disorder. According to the “British Thyroid Foundation”. The cause is sometimes abnormal thyroid hormone levels. Hyperthyroidism can cause anxiety, irritability and mood swings, while hypothyroidism can cause mental slowing and memory problems as well as depression.

On a personal note, I can understand how the illnesses may overlap. That doesn’t minimized the fact the mental disorders doesn’t exist.

I found experiencing symptoms of  thyroid disease, have worsen the symptoms of the Of my mental disorders. Due to Thyroid disease is hormonal issue. Relatively it will certainly compromise with the already unbalanced of chemicals in the brain. For more information onthis topic. Please for low the links below for reference I’ve used:

research: WebMD


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