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Can beta blockers be taken to help relieve symptoms of grave's eye disease , with levothyroxine, and after total thyroidectomy?

Can beta blockers be taken to help relieve symptoms of grave's eye disease , with levothyroxine, and after total thyroidectomy?

No: Beta blockers are useful for the tachycardia that is present with the hyperthyroidism from graves. Total thyroidectomy will cure the hyperthyroidism but since the antibodies against the orbital tissues are still produced there is no guarantee that the eye symptoms will stabilize or improve. In fact they may get worse. Levothyroxine will have no effect on the eyes since it doesn't stop antibodies. ...Read more

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Any relief for inflammation from graves eye disease and pretibial myxedema, ? Can't wear shoes, feet swell. Eyes never comfortable.

Any relief for inflammation from  graves eye disease and pretibial myxedema, ? Can't wear shoes, feet swell. Eyes never comfortable.

Eye & skin in GD: Orbitopathy (go) of graves' disease is made worse by smoking. Quitting smoking may help. 'cure' of gd with radioiodine may help reduce the 'stare' of go. Steroids are rarely helpful except in extreme cases. Eye surgery by experienced expert is best. Or just use eye dropsand lld taping if milder case. Pretibial myxedema is disfiguring but treatment of any sort helps very little-prevent trauma. ...Read more

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Dears , what is success rate of surgery for eye graves disease? Is it safe ? Is it common surgery?

Dears , what is success rate of surgery for  eye graves disease?  Is it safe ? Is it common surgery?

Grave's Eye Disease: Graves eye disease also called thyroid related orbitopathy (tro) can be serious vision threatening in some patients. We perform surgery based on the stage of the tro. In the active stage we usually use pharmacotherapy and when the disease is stable, we consider surgical options. Surgical options include only eyelid surgery, only orbital decompression (fatty and/or bony), and/or muscle surgery. ...Read more

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Anyone see a baby that suffered from thyroid eye disease grave's disease?

Anyone see a baby that suffered from thyroid eye disease grave's disease?

Very rare: It is possible that a baby born to a mother with thyrotoxicosis and hyperthyroidism could have thyroid eye disease and graves ophthalmopathy. It is very rare and the anti thyroid antibodies would have to attack the baby's thyroid in the womb for this to happen. ...Read more

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What percentage of patients with Graves disease develop eye problems? Will there be any eye issues if the disease is treated early on?

What percentage of patients with Graves disease develop eye problems? Will there be any eye issues if the disease is treated early on?

Grave's: Grave's disease does not often result in eye problems if treatment is OK. That said, any concern you might have regarding your eyes please contact both your thyroid doctor and an eye doctor. I suspect all will be well! Please let me know what develops. ...Read more

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Is it possible for anyone to figure out why my eyes are bulging but I do not have graves' disease?

Is it possible for anyone to figure out why my eyes are bulging but I do not have graves' disease?

Bulging eyes: Could be normal for you. If you are concerned, then see an ophthalmologist or orbital specialist (oculoplastic surgeon) for a consultation. ...Read more

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Does having graves disease mean my eyes'll pop out?

No: Thyroid eye disease can make the eyes bulge forward due to inflammation of the eye muscles, but treatment usually makes them recede. If not, surgical decompression can be performed. ...Read more