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Dr. David Geffner
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Graves' Disease (Definition)

Graves' disease is an autoimmune disorder, meaning it is caused by antibodies directed against the thyroid. These antibodies "trick" the thyroid causing it to be stimulated into making more thyroid hormone than it is supposed to. That can lead to symptoms such as excess sweating, rapid heart rate, palpitations, tremors, frequent bowel movements and weight loss. In some cases prominence of the eyes can occur and be associated with blurry vision or diplopia. Anti-thyroid drugs or radioactive iodine ...Read more


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Aged 50, treated for graves' disease since august 13. No menstration since january 13. Still getting hot flushes, is this graves or menopause?

Aged 50, treated for graves' disease since august 13. No menstration since january 13. Still getting hot flushes, is this graves or menopause?

Feeling hot: Good question. Graves usually makes you feel hot all the time, whereas menopause will give you the episodic hot flashes. Are you on medications for graves? What is your free t4? If it is still high, maybe the treatment is not enough, or not working. You are ripe for menopause. A blood lh level should be high is estrogen is down (as in menopause). You may wish to see an endocrinologist. ...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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Dr. Janet Greenhut
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Menopause (Definition)

Menopause is defined as the absence of menstrual periods for 12 months. During menopause, the ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone. After the complete transition into menopause, women can no longer get pregnant. The average age for menopause is 51 years old. Symptoms include dry vaginal tissue, irregular periods, hot flashes, mood ...Read more