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Can Graves Disease Kill You
Yes: Depending on the severity of the Graves illness it can cause death. Why are you not taking the medication? ...Read more
If I have an overactive thyroid, but not graves' disease, should I have radioactive iodine in an amount to kill my thyroid or stop some of hormone?
Goiter orthyroiditis: If not graves, it could be a toxic nodular goiter, or hashitoxicosis, or thyroiditis. Most forms of thyroiditis resolve spontaneously. If the hyperthyroidism has been going on a while, you probably need definitive treatment: surgery or radioactive iodine (rai). Either is acceptable, but requires expertise. Surgery should be from an experienced thyroid surgeon. Talk to your endocrinologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have graves disease and i got it killed with the radioactive iodine treatment. It was hyper before i got treated so now do I have hypo?
Ask your doctor: They should answer all questions you have about what your thyroid condition was, is and will likely be. What you need to avoid, expect, etc. The treatment you should be on would be based on regular testing to keep you close to normal - neither hypo or hyper. This follow-up is really part of the treatment you had - please talk to them. Take care and be well. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It varies: In some cases, the hyperthyroidism will get progressively worse and cause severe damage to the heart and other organs, and can even be fatal. Fortunately this is rare. More common are subtle effects on the brain causing irritability, poor concentration, poor judgment, and poor impulse control leading to trouble at work, and in getting along with others, including spouses and family members. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Autoimmune disorder: Graves disease is caused by antibodies which stimulate the thyroid gland to proliferate and hypersecrete thyroid hormone. There are aother causes of hyperthyroidism such as nodules or inflamation in the thyroid gland. Rarely excess iodine ingestion can also cause hyperthyroidism. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Over active thyroid: Graves' disease is an autoimmune disorder, meaning it is caused by antibodies against the thyroid. These antibodies "trick" the thyroid into making more thyroid hormone than it is supposed to. That leads to symptoms such as excess sweating, palpitations, tremors, frequent bowel movements and weight loss. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I've had graves' disease for a year and a half now, how long does it take for someone to be cured from graves' disease?
It depends.: If you are taking anti-thyroid medications (commonly ptu or methimazole), the goal is usually control of the graves', not a cure. To become cured, you would need to consider removal/ablation of the thyroid, either with surgery or radioactive iodine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Several: If one is hyperthyroid, there are two ways to test for graves' disease: 1) testing for a special type of antibody that is only found in graves' disease: this is a blood test. 2) doing a thyroid uptake and scan: this involves taking a tiny amount of radioactive iodine and then analyze how your thyroid handles it. They are both excellent tests, but the scan provides additional info. ...Read more
I-131 > meds > surg: Many people try the anti-thyroid meds first (ptu or methimazole), but these only work long-term for a modest number of people. If someone has tried and failed one of those meds, then they become more open-minded to the i-131 (radioactive iodine). I-131 usually works well and has a low side-effect profile. Surgery is an option, but has risks, and almost no one actually chooses it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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