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Graves' Disease (Definition)

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


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I have recently been diagnosed with low grade Graves' disease . I am taking carbimazole but still feel unwell with lots of dizziness & very forgetful

I have recently been diagnosed with low grade Graves' disease . I am taking carbimazole but still feel unwell with lots of dizziness & very forgetful

Time on medication?: In thyroid disease (even if mild or "low grade") it can take up to 6-8 weeks for glandular function to fully stabilize. It can take as long just to find the right dose of your medication per laboratory criteria since blood levels need to be tested depending on your symptoms. So, just hang in there if you've just started and stay in contact with your physician. ...Read more

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I have graves disease im on 5mg of carbimazole but im still getting pulpitations i can't have beta blockers cause im asthmatic?

I have graves disease im on 5mg of carbimazole but im still getting pulpitations i can't have beta blockers cause im asthmatic?

Altrenatives: It sounds like hyperthyroidism is not being controlled medically. Other alternatives include thyroid ablation with radioactive iodine versus thyroidectomy by surgery. Should consult endocrinologist for recommendations. ...Read more

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After being on 60mg carbimazole for one year, my symptoms of graves' disease have recently come back, what should I do?

After being on 60mg carbimazole for one year, my symptoms of graves' disease have recently come back, what should I do?

Relapse hyperthyroid: Permanent relapse is seen only 30 percent recurrence requires retreatment with oral mess or radioactive treatment discuss pros and cons of each with endocrinologist. ...Read more

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I'm on carbimazole and propanolol, i suffer from graves' disease, would it be oky to donate blood?

Not recommended: As there is potential transfer of your antibodies to the recipient causing thyroid problems (an example will be a pregnant mom with graves who has a 1% chance of causing neonatal graves in her new born child). Check with your local blood donation center for further advice. Good luck and thank you for taking an initiative to donate blood even if does not take place ! ...Read more

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I have Graves Disease.Dr put me on Beta Blocker but not helping.On Carbimazole for 4 days now.Still overheated & pulpitation.When should l get relief?

I have Graves Disease.Dr put me on Beta Blocker but not helping.On Carbimazole for 4 days now.Still overheated & pulpitation.When should l get relief?

Be patient: Hi. You poor thing, and right as summer's coming on! The main thyroid hormone, l-thyroxine, has a blood half-life of 7 days, so if you totally stop making it one day, 7 days later, you'll still have half as much circulating in the blood as you had on the day you stopped making it. Carbimazole dose may need to be further adjusted also. You can increase the beta-blocker anytime. Hang in there! ...Read more

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Hey i'm 21 yo F with graves disease diagnosed 4 mnths ago. I am on carbimazole 10mg previously on 15mg. Now i have swollen face and have choking feel.

Allergy?: Hi. I would see your endocrinologist immediately. You could be having an allergic reaction to the carbimazole. If breathing becomes difficult, get to an ER posthaste! There are alternative means to treat Graves' disease. Please don't delay. ...Read more

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Not allowed to have sex because of the carbimazole, i'm on to treat graves' disease, but my boyfriend and i want a baby, can I switch treatments?

Not allowed to have sex because of the carbimazole, i'm on to treat graves' disease, but my boyfriend and i want a baby, can I switch treatments?

Yes: Talk to your doctor about radioiodine therapy. If you receive radioiodine, however, it is generally advised that you do not attempt be become pregnant until 12 mos. After treatment, although there is absolutely no scientific evidence to support waiting that long. This therapy is not associated with birth defects, cancer, leukemia etc. ...Read more

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Would it be okay to drink alcohol when you suffer from graves' disease? Particularly being on a high dose of carbimazole and propanolol

Hyperthyroid alcohol: If the thyroid functions are well controlled then using alcoholin moderation does not pose additional risk. ...Read more

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How is graves' disease treated now?

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 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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