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Is Graves Disease A Form Of Cancer
Increased likelihood: Yes, likelihood of thyroid CA is increased with chronic thyroid disease like yours. It does not mean though that you already have or definitively will have CA, but you MAY develop it. You must be monitored to have a chance to catch CA early. At this time the only advise I give is to be consistent with your treatments and follow ups as it is recommended by your treating MD. ...Read more
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
I've been suffering from graves' disease for a year now and the goitre on my neck is getting bigger, could I have thyroid cancer?
My Mom has Graves' disease, acute glaucoma & had 1/2 a lung removed to cancer. She is allergic to beta blockers. What else can she use for glaucoma?
Glaucoma: There are several medication classes beside beta blocker that can be used to treat glaucoma. Plus depending on the severity and how acute the symptoms your mother suffers from, treatment can vary. It is best to have you mom seen by a local Opthalmologist since untreated glaucoma can lead to blindness. ...Read more
Several therapies: Medical therapy consists of several medications to control or block thyroid hormone. Sometimes medical therapy does not consistently control problem. Other therapies are radioactive ablation with I131 with destruction of the gland. An alternative therapy is surgery where thyroid gland is removed, ...Read more
Various ways: In your age group, the most common recommendation would be to take antithyroid drugs (methimazole) to control the hyperthyroidism. After 6 months, one could see if you have gone into remission so that you could discontinue the med. If if hasn't gone away by up to 2 yrs of treatment, we would recommend radioiodine treatment or surgery to ablate the thyroid. ...Read more
Graves disease: There are no one specific symptoms of graves' that occur first. It's different for different people but in general, 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
Neonatal Graves: One to 5 percent of neonates born to women with graves' disease have hyperthyroidism due to transplacental transfer of TSH receptor-stimulating antibodies. The incidence is higher in women with high titers of these antibodies. If you have graves disease your obstetrician needs to follow you and the baby carefully for the best outcome. ...Read more
Autoimmune thyroid: Naned after dr graves it encompasses one or both bulging eyes usualyy related to an abnormal thyroid condition. It can also cause blurred vision, possible blindness, tearing, redness, abnormal eyelid positions and /or double vision. It is related to usually an abnormal condition even being on meds that might not be the correcdt dose. See an eye md/do as well as endocrinologist. ...Read more
It is developed: But some people have higher vulnerability of acquiring it. This risk is genetic. ...Read more
Anyone: Although the condition most often occurs in women and in middle-age, it can occur in men, or in people of any age. In infants under the age of 6 months, any thyroid problems may be due to antibodies from the mother rather than their own antibodies, and so may improve without treatment as the maternal antibodies clear. ...Read more
The question: Hi. Sorry, but I don't really understand your question. Have you already had a blepharotomy? Are you getting one (or two)? What is your question? You don't have to "do" anything. Your ophthalmologist will do the procedure; you just lie there. ...Read more
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Hypothyroid: You will eventually end up with low thyroid status and will require life-long thyroid replacement which is really not a big deal. If you already have bulging eyeballs from the disease, this may be partly corrected by cosmetic surgery. Do note that you are at a somewhat higher risk in developing another autoimmune disorder. ...Read more
Meds, rads, surgery: Graves disease can be treated with medications like Methimazole to control hormone levels, radio-active iodine, or surgery. Each has its risks and benefits. Consult an endocrinologist and a experienced thyroid surgeon to hear about all your options, the ones that are best for you. ...Read more
Graves' disease is a common cause of an overactive thyroid. Some symptoms include: feeling hot when nobody else does, having moist or sweaty skin, diarrhea, feeling nervous or restless, having trouble falling or staying asleep, short attention span, normal or increased growth rate but decreased weight, increased appetite, rapid heart beat,
muscle weakness or tremors,
irritability. ...Read more
But in REALITY NO!! Graves disease is NOT "simply" a thyroid disease its also an EYE disease and is SYSTEMIC (thyroid. Pituitary and effect on other glands) It requires PHARMACOLOGIC, RADIOLOGIC or SURGICAL Treatment!
Hope this helps!
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No: There are essentially three approaches to managing hyperthyroidism: surgical removal of gland, radiation therapy to the gland, medication (tapazole, propylthiouracil) to block the gland from taking up iodine and forming too much hormone. The symptoms must be treated often first with beta-blocker. Treatment options need by discussed and tailored for each person, depending on age, other probs, etc. ...Read more
Look at diet: Graves is an autoimmune disease. There are new studies that suggest that people with graves are at higher risk for developing celiac disease or gluten intolerance. First, you should be screened by your doctor for celiac but even if it is negative it might be worth considering going gluten free. You might also want to see an integrative doctor who can work with you to improve your immune system. ...Read more
Up to one year: Once your thyroid level is back to normal, it can take 6-12 months for your hair to grow out fully, depending upon the length. The hair contains defective protein that can still break off until it grows out fully. Make sure you are receiving brand name replacement and your levels are normal. ...Read more
Very carefully.: See published guidelines (endocrine society and american thyroid association). Thionamides including Propylthiouracil and Methimazole are used depending on stage of pregnancy, beta blockers added for short term control of symptoms. Surgery in rare cases. Despite this approx 1-5% of infants are born with fetal grave's. ...Read more
Many: Double vision. One or both bulging eyes, blurred vision. Cant close eyes, eye pain, loss of eyebrows, yellowing of skin, red eyes, tearing facial swelling, puffy eyelids. See an endocrinologist first for more extensive testing including antibodies. You should have an ultrasound of the thyroid. 4-6% of graves patients clinically may have neg tests. ...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
Should not lose: Graves' disease is condition in which an enlarged hyperactive thyroid gland makes too much thyroid hormone. Tapazole (methimazole) is a medication that treats graves' by lowering thyroid hormone production. Most (not all) patients with graves' or hyperthyroid conditions lose weight because extra thyroid hormone burns calories. Thus, tapazole (methimazole) usually causes weight gain unless thyroid level is still too high. ...Read more
Depends: Was your glucose fasting or random and how elevated? Was it repeated? Was a hga1c done to check your 3 month average blood sugar? You may be normal, pre diabetic or diabetic. It's hard to tell from the information given. Having graves does not necessarily predispose to diabetes but those with diabetes frequently get thyroid disease. ...Read more
My graves' disease hasn't settled yet, as a result put on weight, what physical exercise can I do to lose weight?
Most people: With graves' disease and hyperthyroidism will lose weight until their thyroid is controlled, however, since thyroid hormone stimulates food intake, some will lose weight while hyperthyroid. Mild exercise in moderation, making sure you're on beta blockers if indicated, and avoiding rapid heart rates, overheating and dehydration is still possible, but you may have some proximal muscle weakness. ...Read more