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Graves Disease And Heat Intolerance
High metabolism: The body produces much more heat when hyperthyroid and this makes the person less tolerant of high temperatures. ...Read more
Also called Heat Intolerance, it usually signifies a need for a person to wear unusually light clothing for a given air temperature. Typically used to describe symptoms in people with an overactive thyroid gland who experience an elevation in their basal body temperature. An extreme example: The need to wear short sleeves or no socks, ...Read more
I have graves disease. The temps in the room I work in are in the 90's with little air flow. Question: could this heat cause me to go to thyroid storm?
GravesT storm: Not likely but discuss with your dr to be certain your thyroid is under control. ...Read more
Usually medication: Graves diease is the most common cause of hyperthyriodism, it is an autoimmune disease.The majority of patients can be treated with medications to control the amount of thyriod hormone is made or secreted and others that can control the hypermetabolic effects of the hormone on the body and heart. Some patients may require thyriod gland destruction using radioactive iodine and /or surgery. ...Read more
Increases metabolism: Thyriod hormone affects the whole body. It helps the normal processes function at optimal speeds. It functions like "sparkplugs". When you have a condition like graves disease (hyper functioning thyriod gland) your metabolism can be increased dangerously high. It can be fatal (cardiovascular effects esp). ...Read more
There are many: Common symptoms include feeling very hot when others are comfortable, a fullness at the base of the neck, heart pounding and racing, shakiness, shortness of breath with effort, more frequent bowel movements, poor concentration, poor sleep, and irritability. While some people lose weight, others may actually gain some weight. Eye bulging and double vision may also occur. ...Read more
Graves': Hi. Graves' disease is an autoimmune disease in which the thyroid gland is stimulated by particular (measurable) antibodies. What triggers the production of these antibodies is not known. First, diagnose hyperthyroidism with TSH, free T4, & T3 (liothyronine). Clinical suspicion & exam is often all we need to know it's Graves'. Radioactive iodine thyroid scan will show hi uptake of Iodine diffusely in gland. ...Read more
Many symptoms: Losing weight, increased appetite, arrhytmias, palpiattions, changes in menstrual patterns, increased sensitivity to heat, changes in bowel patterns, more frequent bowel movements, enlarged thyroid gland, muscle weakness, difficulty sleeping, brittle hair are symptoms of hyperthyroidism. Hypothyroidism is opposite, different sxs, Rx can be medications, radioactive ablation of gland, or thyroidectomy ...Read more
Family practice: It would if it affects your strength and mobility. ...Read more
Pancreatitis: Yes both diseases can be seen with auto-immune disorders. ...Read more
Diagnose/treat.: One can't make a DX on their own. Especially don't try if your talking about the affects on two beings. Tell your generalist and/or ob-gyn exactly what symptoms you are experiencing, it will be worked up, and diagnosed. If you have grave's disease, or any other disease found during pregnancy, you will be referred to the proper specialist and it will be treated. That is only way to protect fetus. ...Read more
Separate problems.: Separate issues there. Make sure your graves' dz is receiving appropriate therapy, or seek out i-131 ablation. Also, take care of your bronchitis. Limited bronchitis may resolve on its own. Otherwise see your physician about whether or not antibiotics would be helpful. Other medications may be added if you have any underlying lung conditions. Good luck! ...Read more
18 mos of what?:
If you mean i-131 for graves' disease that you've had for 18 mod., it would probably be very effective. What have you been doing to treat your thyroid problem for the past 18 months? Hopefully not letting it go untreated.
I-131 is effective 95-98% of the time, but can lead to hypothyroidism, although that is very easy to manage. ...Read more
No: Veganism is a moral choice, not one for health promotion. Despite all the huckstering, it cures nothing. I'm sorry someone deceived you. The most recent big studies show no benefit of vegetarianism for longevity or any category of illness when you control for the fact that these people tend to have other healthy lifestyle features. Graves' will kill you if you neglect it. Be smart and treat it. ...Read more
But the two co-exist a bit more often than "coincidence" can explain!
Hope this is helpful to you....It may also be helpful for you to know that the treatment of Graves cannot AGGRAVATE the autonomic dysfunction but may in fact help treat it!
Dr Z ...Read more
Sometimes: Graves disease is the association of thyroid hyperactivity with eye protrusion although each aspect can occur independently. The bulging of the eyes is unpredictable; some have it mild but others severe in a manner that can be a cosmetic problem, cause visual doubling, corneal surface problems from exposure and loss of vision if very severe. You should seen an oculoplastic surgeon for this. ...Read more
Depends: The CHF may be secondary to hyperthyrodism and may improve with thyroid treatment. If you have CHF and develop graves disease it can certainly make it worse. ...Read more
Depends: Depends on the severity of the goiter and treatment choice you made to treat the graves' disease. If you choose radioactive iodine, the goiter will shrink but will not go away completely. If you choose anti-thyroid drug, the goiter might shrink even slower. Surgery will obviously take care of the whole thing. Talk to your doctor about your options. ...Read more
Medications: During pregnancy, radioactive iodine is not an option, and medications such as ptu (propylthiouracil) and Methimazole can be used. Ptu (propylthiouracil) is preferred, especially during the first trimester as there is lesser risk of causing harm to the baby's development. Very mild hyperthyroidism during pregnancy can be followed without any treatment. ...Read more
You need to see a thyroidologist.
Look for one through the doctor find of the american thyroid association. ...Read more
Graves eye disease: Most patients with graves have no or only minimal eye disease. Graves eye disease runs a different course from the hyperthyroidism. It can appear years after the thyroid has been fixed. Graves eye disease has a wide range of severity, and can be difficult to treat in severe cases. Steroids and/or surgery are used. ...Read more
Symptoms and labs: The symptoms of hyperthyroidism (sweating, palpitations, nervousness, tremor) can be caused by other things, such as anxiety. You should have an enlarged thyroid, but this can be subtle. Elevated blood ft4 and low tsh. A nuclear medicine thyroid scan that shows high uptake mostly clinches the diagnosis. This can be treated medically or surgically, but you should see an endocrinologist for this. ...Read more
If your on medicine: You must be monitored! See pcp or endocrinologist. ...Read more
Not known: It is most likely somehow related to the auto-immune etiology of the graves' disease, but the exact mechanism that causes it is not known. ...Read more