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Dr. Janet Greenhut
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Menopause (Definition)

Menopause occurs 1 year after the last time you had a period. However, when perimenopausal (the time leading up to your period stopping) you can have a # of sxs. Sxs may include waking up in the middle of the night sweating heavily; dryness of the vaginal tissue; irregularity of periods, hot flashes; mood swings & decreased interest in sex. In the us the ave age ...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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Havibg trouble sleeping again and sweating alot, im not sure if it's the graves' disease or something else, would sleeping pills be a good idea?

Insomnia: Ask your doctor for help uncovering the origin of your difficulty and if medically cleared consider seeing a mental health professional who can do an assessment of which emotional factors may be upsetting you. Try psychotherapy first before you begin sleeping pills as many are addictive, also the natural supplement melationin has helped many return to normal sleep but take step one first. My best. ...Read more

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How can I find out if I have graves' disease?

See physician: The physician will examine you and get your history and symptoms from you. Blood tests for free thyroid hormone and thyroid stimulating hormone would be tested for abnormal levels. ...Read more

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What happens if graves' disease is not treated?

What happens if graves' disease is not treated?

It varies: In some cases, the hyperthyroidism will get progressively worse and cause severe damage to the heart and other organs, and can even be fatal. Fortunately this is rare. More common are subtle effects on the brain causing irritability, poor concentration, poor judgment, and poor impulse control leading to trouble at work, and in getting along with others, including spouses and family members. ...Read more

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What are the causes of graves' disease?

Autoimmune disorder: Graves disease is caused by antibodies which stimulate the thyroid gland to proliferate and hypersecrete thyroid hormone. There are aother causes of hyperthyroidism such as nodules or inflamation in the thyroid gland. Rarely excess iodine ingestion can also cause hyperthyroidism. ...Read more

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What is graves disease?

Over active thyroid: Graves' disease is an autoimmune disorder, meaning it is caused by antibodies against the thyroid. These antibodies "trick" the thyroid into making more thyroid hormone than it is supposed to. That leads to symptoms such as excess sweating, palpitations, tremors, frequent bowel movements and weight loss. ...Read more

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I've had graves' disease for a year and a half now, how long does it take for someone to be cured from graves' disease?

It depends.: If you are taking anti-thyroid medications (commonly ptu or methimazole), the goal is usually control of the graves', not a cure. To become cured, you would need to consider removal/ablation of the thyroid, either with surgery or radioactive iodine. ...Read more

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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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How is graves' disease treated now?

I-131 > meds > surg: Many people try the anti-thyroid meds first (ptu 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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Dr. David Geffner
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Graves' Disease (Definition)

Grave's disease is a condition where the immune system attacks the normal thyroid cells, causing overproduction of thyroid hormones ...Read more