“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. “I couldn’t write because my nervous system was so bad — I couldn’t even use a pen.” -Missy Elliott as told to People Magazine
Missy Elliott has Graves’ disease, an autoimmune disorder that has no cure.
Elliott has been battling the disease since 2008, but has kept it quiet through the years. Graves’ disease is not life-threatening, but it is not known what causes the disease.
“Graves’ disease is the most common form of hyperthyroidism, occurring when your immune system mistakenly attacks your thyroid gland…which may affect you in numerous ways, from your moods to your physical appearance.” –mayoclinic.com
Symptoms may include:
- Difficulty sleeping
- A rapid or irregular heartbeat
- A fine tremor of your hands or fingers
- An increase in perspiration
- Sensitivity to heat
- Weight loss, despite normal food intake
- Brittle hair
- Enlargement of your thyroid gland (goiter)
- Change in menstrual cycles
- Frequent bowel movements
Women are more likely to get the disease than men. Graves’ disease affects about 2 percent of the female population. Missy, who turns 40 on July 1, has also announced that she is working on new music with Timbaland. She’ll also be featured on the June 29 season premiere of VH1’s ‘Behind the Music,’ where reportedly she will discuss her condition more, as well as the sexual abuse she suffered as a child.