Graves’ Disease Hyperthyroidism Caused a Car Wreck?
Missy Eliott’s contention.
Despite this, Missy Elliott has not announced a full tour in many years and some might assume it is because of ongoing complications from what she says is a thyroid condition called Graves’ disease.
Although she may have had the issue for many years, in 2011, Missy Elliott almost wrecked her car because of symptoms related to her thyroid health problem, near-car wreck was due to complications from her 2008 diagnosis with Graves’ disease.
The reason Missy Elliott almost wrecked her car was due to a side effect of Graves’ disease that involves tremors. Other symptoms that Missy Elliott may have experienced include anxiety, sleep problems, fatigue, sensitivity to heat, brittle hair, and hand tremors.
In 2014, Missy Elliott showed that she was suffering from another symptom of Graves’ disease that involved rapid weight loss. Missy Elliott had lost 70 pounds.
Interestingly, Missy Elliott is not the only celebrity living with Graves’ disease. President George H.W. Bush, comedic writer and actor Marty Feldman, and actress Faith Ford were also diagnosed with Graves’ disease.
Comment: All these stars did not need 9 years to be symptom free.
Missy Elliott is not alone in suffering thyroid disorders. According to the American Thyroid Association, over 20 million people in the United States have some form of thyroid disorder. Women are more likely to get thyroid problems than men, and, while it is often treatable with medications, modern science is still unlocking many mysteries behind the thyroid gland.
Comment: There is no excuse for a 9 year history of symptomatic Graves’ hyperthyroidism as there are 2 definitive treatments when the pills fail to control the disease. It is obvious that she probably refused definitive treatment with radioiodine or surgery. Missy should have seen or listened to an endocrinologist. She would have been healthy in a few months instead of 9 years. Ben Crenshaw hall of fame golfer, won the Masters 6 months after he was cured with radioiodine or surgery. She could have been up and going recording and touring if she had the correct treatment plan.
Richard Guttler MD,FACE,ECNU