Missy Elliott: “I Have A Thyroid Disease”

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Hip-hop star Missy Elliott disclosed a few years ago that she has Graves disease, an incurable autoimmune disorder that affects the thyroid.

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After keeping her condition private for years, the ‘Work It’ singer confessed to the world that she was originally diagnosed with the disease in 2008, undergoing treatment after a sudden loss of muscle control.

“I was driving and trying to put my foot on the brake, but my leg was jumping. I couldn’t keep the brake down and almost crashed,” Missy says. “I couldn’t write because my nervous system was so bad — I couldn’t even use a pen.”

Elliott said she has endured several other debilitating hyperthyroid symptoms, including mood swings and hair loss, and has revealed that she turned to radiation treatment. The solution improved her condition, but cannot cure her of the disease.