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Eyes Crossing Involuntarily And Briefly And Thyroid
I have noticed myself having puffiness around my eyes and legs swellings especially on waking up in the morning.Can this be signs of thyroidism?
Sometimes my head involuntary shakes and causes my eyes to briefly close. Could this be Tourette's syndrome?
Head: There are many causes for head shaking. You should see a neurologist to check it out as soon as possible ...Read more
Mgt: This may be a sign of a neurologic problem, please see your pediatrician today. If this has just occurred you can also go to the ED for further evaluation. ...Read more
Hyperthyroid: Exophthalmos (eyes protruding) occurs usually with uncontrolled hyperthyroidism; if u r under treatment for this condition, the eye problem should not occur. For those who have developed exophthalmos, an ophthalmologist has treatments for reducing the bulging. So make certain u r being treated for the thyroid condition. ...Read more
I can shake my eyes back and forth at a rapid pace, not like nystagmus, but sometimes it's involuntary. Is this normal?
Yes: Up to 8% of college age students (about 1 out of 10) were able to produce "voluntary nystagmus" in one study, and most of them had a relative who could do the same thing. It usually doesn't indicate any other eye problem. If it happens involuntarily, you should see your eye md for an exam. ...Read more
not likely: You don't say what kind of thyroid med you are taking. Thyroid hormone taken for underactive thyroid will not cause swelling around the eyes, but hypothyroidism can. Medications to lower overactive thyroids (methimazole, ptu) also are unlikely to cause eye swelling, but graves disease (the most common cause for hyperthyroidism) can affect the eyes. ...Read more
Is it normal to have hallucinations when on thyroid meds? I think i see things out of the cornrr of my eyes!
Check optic nerve!: Please see an eyemd to rule out any retinal condition. Thyroid eye disease does not cause hallucinations, but can cause optic nerve compression. A visual field exam and color vision test can help. If these are normal, then discuss with your family physician and consider psychology consult. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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