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What Does Grave Condition Mean
Condition: Grave or moribund condition is used to describe a condition where recovery is not expected. Critical condition is used when a patient is unstable and will not live without a significant amount of intervention but has a resonable chance of recovery. ...Read more
Have graves' disease, does that mean I should have a diet low in iodine?, because I love salty food and I heard that high iodine foods are bad
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
What does it mean if T4 (7.23) level is norm but ft4 (2.15) is elevated in graves disease while on mmi. If dose is increased, will T4 drop too low?
Graves medications: It can be tricky to adjust the dose of Methimazole in someone with graves disease. Too much Methimazole can make you hypothyroid. The ft4 is more reliable than the total t4. The TSH will probably stay suppressed unless your thyroid has been normal for a long time. Another factor is your symptoms. If you feel ok, the slightly elevated ft4 may be ok. ...Read more
Once you do radioactive iodine therapy, does this mean you no longer have Graves disease. Or is it just not active. Can Graves return after RAI?
Hyperthyroidism cure: Graves disease is autoimmune thyroid disease. Your body makes antibodies which stimulate your thyroid to make more hormone. RAI essentially destroys the thyroid so it cant make any excess hormone. Most patients require hormone relpacement afterwards. If RAI is effective hyperthyroidism shouldn't return. The antibodies are still there and can cause graves eye disease or affect fetuses in the womb. ...Read more
I have unsettled graves' disease and I haven't seen my period in months, does this mean I'm unlikely to get pregnant? As I'm trying for baby.
Graves disease: I recommend you try not to get pregnant untill you have the graves disease in good control. ...Read more
Just had a blood test that showed Thyroid level: T4 1.9 TSH 0.07. Have appt. With endo in 3 weeks am very worried. What does this mean? Graves disease
Hyperthyroid: It appears that your FT4 is high, and TSH low, which indicates hyperthyroidism. And it appears you have symptoms (palpitations? Sweating? tremor?). Graves disease is the most likely cause. Don't worry. This can be controlled and treated, usually starting with medications (eg. Methimazole, b-blocker) and then you should discuss radioactive iodine with your endocrinologist. ...Read more
Graves disease & take tapezole 5mg. Recent bloodwork: tsh, T4 free normal. T3 (liothyronine) total: 72 low, tsi: 265 high. What does this mean particulary high tsi?
It means: You have graves' disease, which you apparently already knew, so it's totally superfluous and doesn't ever need to be repeated. ...Read more
Reversible graves: Generally the medical profession holds that graves is not reversible. It does wax and wane. There is some integrative medicine literature to support treating the autoimmune condition with diet and lifestyle changes can have a positive impact upon Graves and Hashimoto's diseases. ...Read more
Autoimmune: Hyperthyroidism is most common feature of Graves' disease, affecting nearly all patients, and caused by autoantibodies to thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH, thyrotropin) receptor (TSHR-Ab) that activate receptor, stimulating thyroid hormone synthesis and secretion as well as thyroid gland enlargement (causing a diffuse goiter). ...Read more
Multiple prior A's.: 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
Over active thyroid: Graves' disease is an autoimmune disorder (body makes antibodies against the thyroid) that makes the thyroid make more thyroid hormone than it should. That increases heart rate and body temperature. It can cause tremors, frequent bowel movement, early osteoporosis. There are several treatment options you need to discuss with your doctor. ...Read more
Standard therapy.: Just follow standard therapy, and make sure you take your medication every day as directed. If you have had i-131, most people will eventually require thyroid hormone replacement such as synthroid (thyroxine). Others will be on anti-thyroid medication (ptu, methimazole). Take your medication regularly and have your doc monitor your blood work. It may sound basic, but it works. ...Read more
Grave vs critical: What is grave condition compared to critical condition? ANS: This will depend on the local language used by your Dr team. So discuss with them. Let us know what they mean in South Texas. ...Read more
Symptoms and tests: Graves disease is another name for hyperthyroidism with diffuse enlargement of the thyroid gland. Hyperthyroidism is confirmed by blood tests. Typical symptoms include anxiety, shaky hands, sweating, diarrhea, difficulty sleeping, increased appetite, tremors, and weight loss. Some people with graves' disease can have an abnormal swelling of the front of the neck called a goiter. ...Read more
Not at all perfect: Thyroid stimulating immunoglobulin (tsi) is theoretically the cause of graves disease, which is an autoimmune disease. These antibodies stimulate the thyroid to make excess hormone. However, the test is not perfect. Many people with graves have a negative test for tsi. Some assays are not reliable. Tsi can be measured when the diagnosis is uncertain, but a negative test does not rule out graves. ...Read more
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
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
Weight loss, tachycar:
The common symptoms of graves disese are
1rapid heart beat
3exopthalmos means very prominent bulging eyeballs
4 intolerance to heat
5diarrhea or loose stools
6anxiety and irritability
8goiter that is large thyroid gland
9thick red skin usually on the shins or top of the feet
10change in menstrual cycle
14erectile dysfunction libido_. ...Read more
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