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Is it possible to fully recover from thyroid eye disease?

Is it possible to fully recover from thyroid eye disease?

Depends on severity: There are many components of graves orbitopathy. These include lidlag, lid retraction, conjunctival inflammation, extraocular muscle inflammation, proptosis, even blindness. Many of these get better following treatment of the thyroid, or after a course of steroids, or with surgery, and may resolve completely. Sometimes, a partial defect persists, but can be helped by special glasses. ...Read more

Dr. Dean Giannone
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Smoking Cessation (Definition)

Smoking any tobacco product is harmful to your baby, including "light" cigarettes, cigars (and marijuana). Like any addiction, quitting tobacco is difficult, especially if you are acting alone. Most smokers find it hard to break all the habits or ties they've built into their lives around smoking. Quitting smoking does reduce a number of ...Read more


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I have thyroid eye disease. How to reduce puffiness around the eyes?

I have thyroid eye disease. How to reduce puffiness around the eyes?

Make sure: Thyroid level is normal. Some eye doctors use steroids (cortisone) but they generally only help while you're taking them and have many potential adverse side effects. Check w/your eye doctor. ...Read more

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Can you give me suggestions on eye surgery after thyroid eye disease?

Can you give me suggestions on eye surgery after thyroid eye disease?

Whats the surgery?: There are several procedures commonly performed for thyroid eye disease- orbital decompression (to enlarge the socket), strablismus surgery (to allign the eyes), and lid surgery (to correct retraction) - usually performed in that order. Each could be a long discussion on it's own. It is often recommended to take a short course of corticosteroids after surgery to prevent reactivating the graves. ...Read more

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Could thyroid eye disease cure itself once hormone levels are balanced?

Could thyroid eye disease cure itself once hormone levels are balanced?

Graves eye disease: Graves eye disease tends to run a separate course from the hyperthyroidism. Fixing the hyperthyroidism will improve the lid lag, which gives the appearance of a "stare". But the proptosis ("bugging out"), inflammation, swelling, double vision, may not improve. You should see a specialist, starting with an endocrinologist, to see if you should be on steroids, have surgery, or other treatments. ...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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Does anyone with graves disease automatically develops thyroid eye disease?

Does anyone with graves disease automatically develops thyroid eye disease?

No: It can happen, but is relatively uncommon -- less than 1/3 of the time. If you're successfully treated, the chances of developing graves' eye disease generally decline the longer you remain normal after treatment. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of thyroid eye disease?

What are the symptoms of thyroid eye disease?

Blurred vision: Signs can include isolated or singular items to grouped ones. They include one or both bulging eyes, red swollen eyes, pain moving one or both eyes, double vision, eye pain, can't close eyes, loss of eyebrows, blurred vision and any combination(s). ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. I'm afraid i might get thyroid eye disease. Is there any way i could prevent my eyes from popping out?

I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. I'm afraid i might get thyroid eye disease. Is there any way i could prevent my eyes from popping out?

Yes: Although thyroid-related eye disease runs a separate course from the thyroid disease itself, you can reduce your risk by not smoking and getting your thyroid disease under control. I also suggest consulting with an ophthalmologist who help monitor and treat this. ...Read more

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Help! need to know if there's any effect of vitamin d deficiency on the risk of developing thyroid eye disease ?

Help! need to know if there's any effect of vitamin d deficiency on the risk of developing thyroid eye disease ?

Vitamin D: Vitamin d deficiency can affect the body's ability to convert inactive thyroid hormone to active hormone. When this occurs, then your thyroid could be sluggish. There are many other deficiencies that can affect the thyroid however. ...Read more

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I'm quitting smoking cold turkey, but my head hurts and i'm light headed, could that be from withdraws?

I'm quitting smoking cold turkey,  but my head hurts and i'm light headed, could that be from withdraws?

Thanks for asking!: Possible. Wondering if u r on any medications for the headaches or for nicotine withdrawal. These are issues to be discussed with your doctor. ...Read more

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Doctor recommendation for eyelid surgery to reduce staring/under eye bags from thyroid eye disease.Can anyone recommend an eyelid surgeon? Thanks

Doctor recommendation for eyelid surgery to reduce staring/under eye bags from thyroid eye disease.Can anyone recommend an eyelid surgeon? Thanks

Depends on location : You should seek out an oculoplastic surgeon in your general region for this type of surgery. Some ENT surgeons and plastic surgeons can also do this type of work. Hopefully your thyroid problem is under control. ...Read more

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Will quitting smoking help improve my sperm and chances of conception? Please help me docs!

Will quitting smoking help improve my sperm and chances of conception? Please help me docs!

Not sure how to: respond, since you are listed as a 46 year old woman. Smoking does impair sperm morphology, motility and does decrease chances of conception. Stopping improves all the above, plus the likelihood that you might be alive to see your child graduate high school or college, get married etc. For your sake and theirs, get help in stopping. ...Read more

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Please describe the ways to improve face skin after quitting smoking?

Congratulations: Smoking cessation is the best first step! now you can rejuvenate the skin with a facial, peel, microdermabrasion or laser resurfacing treatment to exfoliate the dried outer layer and encourage fresh new skin growth. Make sure to include a moisturizer, sun protection (spf 30 or more) and avoid both first and second hand smoke. Work with an aesthetician to develop a good skin care plan! good luck. ...Read more

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Will quitting smoking help improve my sperm count and chances of conception?

Will quitting smoking help improve my sperm count and chances of conception?

Very likely: Tipically yes, it is absolutely a good thought ! since smoking provenly is one of the most frequent (and obviously one of the most reversible) factors affecting motility, sperm count and possibly even abnormal morphology. It definitely can not hurt, and it is advisable, regardless ! ...Read more

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Quit smoking & cut caffeine 2 weeks ago. Have been fatigued, insomnia and mild night sweats (damp around head, neck, chest). Related to abandoned vices?

Quit smoking & cut caffeine 2 weeks ago. Have been fatigued, insomnia and mild night sweats (damp around head, neck, chest). Related to abandoned vices?

Withdraw - tobacco: Stopping smoking involves a process of withdrawing. Focus on things outside yourself. Use gum or mints to replace the oral part of your habit. B complex can be used to boost your nutritional needs. Congratulations! you are on your way to a safer and healthier life for you and your loved ones. Check w/your doc to be sure this is what it is. ...Read more

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6 mo. Right ear feel blocked, right neck feel swollen when turning head, phlegm in throat. Quit smoking dec 9th. Ent may 22. Any ideas?

6 mo. Right ear feel blocked, right neck feel swollen when turning head, phlegm in throat. Quit smoking dec 9th. Ent may 22. Any ideas?

Concerned: I always get concerned when someone mentions ear and throat symptoms on the same side as this may be indication of inflammation, ulcer, or tumor of throat. It is good that you have an appointment to see ENT in a couple weeks. Hope it is nothing serious. ...Read more

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When will I stop coughing / hacking after quitting smoking?

When will I stop coughing / hacking after quitting smoking?

Possibilities...: Your cough may be a sign of bronchospasm. It is possible you have COPD as a result of your smoking. Smoking cessation is necessary to decrease airway inflammation so congrats on quitting. You need to see your doctor so this cough can be diagnosed and treated. There is no cure for COPD but treatments are available to control symptoms, including the cough so see your doctor asap! ...Read more

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Thinking of quitting smoking and starting sprinting again. What tips can you offer?

Thinking of quitting smoking and starting sprinting again. What tips can you offer?

Get to starting line: If you are otherwise healthy, there is no reason you can't start exercising. Aerobic exercise can help when you quit, by working to reduce withdrawal symptoms, improve your circulation and help you get fit faster. With any exercise, you should plan to start small and work up gradually. Jogging around a track, and see how you feel. Add distance ; speed as you are able. Get enough sleep, eat healthy. ...Read more

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Can there be a point in quitting smoking, when almost everyone in your house still smokes?

Can there be a point in quitting smoking, when almost everyone in your house still smokes?

Yes you have to do: Yes you have to do it for yourself and your health.You will be healthier and happier if you do that.Do it for your good health and dont find excuses not to quit good luck. ...Read more

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Does quitting smoking give you more daily energy?

Does quitting smoking give you more daily energy?

Absolutely: You will breathe better and you will be more emotionally stable. After the withdrawal period of several days-weeks- you will feel better. ...Read more

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Dr. John Landi
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Thyroid (Definition)

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Quitting Smoking (Definition)

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