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45 yr old woman with graves disease & i swell excessively as much as 30 lbs ! i don't eat salt, heart & kidneys fine & i have trouble breathing?

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Dr. Susan Wingo
32 years experience Endocrinology
See your doctor: If the hyperthyroidism from graves' is severe, and has not yet been treated, it can cause heart failure, even in people with no heart problems otherwise. The heart failure can result in swelling and shortness of breath. Or the graves' and the swelling may be entirely unrelated. Only way to tell is a face-to-face visit with your doctor.
Answered on Dec 9, 2013

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