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I don't take Graves' disease medication. Can it kill me?

I don't take Graves' disease medication. Can it kill me?

Yes: Depending on the severity of the Graves illness it can cause death. Why are you not taking the medication? ...Read more

Dr. David Geffner
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Graves' Disease (Definition)

An immune system disorder of the butterfly-shaped gland ...Read more


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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?

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 more

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How is graves' disease treated now?

I-131 > meds > surg: Many people try the anti-thyroid meds first (ptu (propylthiouracil) 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 more

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What is the cause of graves disease?

Autoimmune: Graves' disease is caused by an antibody mimicking the action of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) causing the gland to overproduce thyroid hormones. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of graves disease?

What are symptoms of graves disease?

Many: Anxiety, fast heart rate, increased appetite with weight loss, decreased and irregular menses, insomnia, tremor or shakes, nervousness, increased sweating, thin hair/skin/nails, poor recent memory are among the most common. With graves' disease you can also develop protrusion or other problems with the eyes. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of graves disease?

Weight loss, tachycar: The common symptoms of graves disese are
1rapid heart beat
2weight loss
3exopthalmos means very prominent bulging eyeballs
4 intolerance to heat
5diarrhea or loose stools
6anxiety and irritability
7tremors
8goiter that is large thyroid gland
9thick red skin usually on the shins or top of the feet
10change in menstrual cycle
11 fatigue
12difficulty sleeping
13anxiety
14erectile dysfunction libido_. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of graves' disease?

Wt loss, palpitation: Chest pain, palpitaion, weight loss and diarrhea are common symptom of graves disease. ...Read more

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How to know if I have graves' disease?

Check out this link.: Best wishes! Http://www. M.Webmd. Com/women/understanding-graves-disease-basics.

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What are the tests for graves' disease?

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

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What are the symptoms of graves disease?

Graves disease: Some graves' symptoms are: nervousness, more sweatings, fatigue, can't stand heat, weight loss, more bowel movements, more appetite. Signs: high blood pressure, hand tremor, clammy skin, rapid pulse, flushing.. ...Read more

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How exactly is graves disease diagnosed?

Blood tests: Grave's disease, a form of hyperthyroidism, is diagnosed by measuring several types of thyroid test in the blood. ...Read more

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How is graves' disease typically treated?

How is graves' disease typically treated?

3 choices: The most common treatment is swallowing a pill with radioactive iodine to kill the thyroid. The least common treatment is surgery to remove the thyroid. After either of these, a person must take daily thyroid hormone forever. A third option involves taking pills to slow the thyroid down for 12-24 months and hoping that the thyroid works properly on its own afterwards. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of graves' disease?

What are the symptoms of graves' disease?

Rapid heartbeat: Typical signs and symptoms include fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, rapid resting heart rate, dysthermia - heat intolerance, hyperdefecation, increased appetite, weight loss, lid lag / stare. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of graves' disease?

The symptoms of Graves' disease include:: Goiter, Irritability, Hair loss, Pounding heartbeat, Perspiration, Rapid heart beat, Tremor, Velvety skin, Vitiligo, Bulging eyes. ...Read more

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How to figure out if I may have graves' disease?

Grave's Disease: Thyroid Labs, and then usually 24 hour radioiodine uptake test, ordered by a doctor. ...Read more

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What differs - graves disease or basedow disease?

Medical history: Graves and basedow were 19th century mds who wrote about hyperthyroid goiter. Most people refer to the autoimmune condition (goiter, hyperthyroid, eye findings) as graves disease, but the term "basedow disease" exists. However, there is the jod-basedow phenomenon, which refers to hyperthyroidism from too much iodine intake. This usually occurs in an iodine deficient area (not the us). ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to die from graves disease?

Hyperthyroid heart: Hyperthyroidism puts a stress on your heart. The rapid heart rate may be tolerable for a while in a young person, but this can lead to arrhythmias, stroke, heart attacks in older or susceptible people. There is a condition called thyroid storm, which is rare, but involves cardiovascular collapse from extreme hyperthyroidism. ...Read more

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What is considered the number one treament for graves disease?

See your doctor: The treatment should be tailored to each patient's needs. In some, medication may be sufficient, others may require radio-iodine treatment to destroy the gland. See this site for more info.
http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/graves-disease/ds00181. ...Read more

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Is there any other diease that could be mistaken for graves disease?

Graves diagnosis: Graves hyperthyroidism typically involves heat intolerance, tachycardia, palpitations, tremor, irritability, etc. Many other things can cause these symptoms, eg. Anxiety. With graves there is typically a goiter, elevated ft4 or t3, (liothyronine) low tsh, increased radioactive iodine uptake. Combine the symptoms with the labs, and there is not much else that can do this, except a very rare pituitary tsh-oma. ...Read more

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Graves disease can it be deadly?

Rarely It can be: Often graves' disease is not fatal, but it can be so because it has the potential to cause cardiac arrythmias (irregular heart beat) such as atrial fibrillation causing blood clot which can then cause strokes etc, if treated appropriately, you should be ok. Follow doc regularly because u may end up going hypothyroid eventually which also requires treatment. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can graves disease effect my unborn baby?

Can graves disease effect my unborn baby?

Yes: Possible complications of graves' disease during pregnancy include preterm birth, fetal thyroid dysfunction, poor fetal growth and preeclampsia. Preeclampsia is a maternal condition that results in high blood pressure and elevated protein in urine. ...Read more

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Why not take melatonin with graves disease?

Not indicated: Garves disease should treated to improve sleep,
melatonine only indicated for jet lags and blind without sense of light to stimulate to scm to initiate sleep. ...Read more

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Is there really diet plan for graves disease?

Is there really diet plan for graves disease?

Normal: You can maintain normal diet with graves' disease, although too much iodine will make the graves' worst so don't take extra iodine. ...Read more

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Life expectancy of people with graves disease?

Unchanged: It is no different from people without graves disease. Graves can/should be effectively treated and should have no effect on overall health. ...Read more

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Do people with graves' disease have a lot of pain?

No: Graves disease is associated with anxiety irritability difficulty sleeping fatigue a rapid or irregular heartbeat fine tremor of your hands or fingers
an increase in perspiration or warm, moist skin sensitivity to heat
weight loss, despite normal eating habits. ...Read more

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Who gets graves' disease? Heard babies can have it.

Who gets graves' disease? Heard babies can have it.

Anyone: Although the condition most often occurs in women and in middle-age, it can occur in men, or in people of any age. In infants under the age of 6 months, any thyroid problems may be due to antibodies from the mother rather than their own antibodies, and so may improve without treatment as the maternal antibodies clear. ...Read more

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How can graves' disease affect the nervous system?

Depression: Graves dz initial stages can cause hyperthyroid state and hence anxiety restlessness. Later causes hypothyroidism and case depression sx. ...Read more

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Will a uptake scan tell me if I have graves' disease?

Confirms diagnosis: In combination with blood work for free T4 and TSH thyroid uptake and scan confirm diagnosis of Graves disease. Scan shows size and configuration of gland. Localized problem versus diffuse abnormality. ...Read more