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Dr. David Geffner
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Graves' Disease (Definition)

Graves' disease is an autoimmune disorder, meaning it is caused by antibodies directed against the thyroid. These antibodies "trick" the thyroid causing it to be stimulated into making more thyroid hormone than it is supposed to. That can lead to symptoms such as excess sweating, rapid heart rate, palpitations, tremors, frequent bowel movements and weight loss. In some cases prominence of the eyes can occur and be associated with blurry vision or diplopia. Anti-thyroid drugs or radioactive iodine ...Read more


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Saw a specialist about my graves' disease and my T4 went from 49 to 48.3 in four months and he refuses to do surgery, what option do I have left?

Ablation: Ask your doctor about getting radioactive iodine ablation of the thyroid, which is like a "chemical surgery" where the thyroid/goiter is removed using radioactive iodine. ...Read more

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I've been experiencing chest pain on the left side along with dizziness. Both come and go. Echocardiogram perfect. Have Graves' disease. Causes???

Could be graves: If your Graves' disease is not being treated, it could be the Graves' disease. Would see your doctor, and medications like propranolol may help your symptoms if your blood pressure is not too low. Good luck ...Read more

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I have Graves disease and hyperthyroidosm. I'm 9 weeks pregnant. It's still untreated and has been over a year. Is my baby gonna have brain problems?

I have Graves disease and hyperthyroidosm. I'm 9 weeks pregnant. It's still untreated and has been over a year. Is my baby gonna have brain problems?

Why untreated?: Do you not have a physician looking after you for your pregnancy? Why is your condition not treated at this time? Untreated Graves disease can affect the pregnancy but it really depends on a lot of factors and the severity of the problem. It is also as possible that your baby will be fine. However, the bottom line is you should get on to proper treatment. ...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 would happen if graves' disease is not treated?

Lots of side effects: This needs treated - it can cause issues with wt. Loss, tremors, heart disease, high blood pressure and vision problems to name a few. ...Read more

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I have graves disease. I have been without my meds for about 6 months. What are some things that can happen to me if i continue going without it?

Potntial vision loss: This is a complex question with no easy answers. It can range from nothing to blindness or many things in between including dounle vision, abnormal appearance or even heart problems. Get this evealuated. ...Read more

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I have an autoimmune disorder; Graves' disease, What happens from here?

I have an autoimmune disorder; Graves' disease, What happens from here?

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

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What happens to someone with graves disease with chf?

What happens to someone with graves disease with chf?

Depends: The CHF may be secondary to hyperthyrodism and may improve with thyroid treatment. If you have CHF and develop graves disease it can certainly make it worse. ...Read more