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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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Dr. David Geffner
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Graves' Disease (Definition)

An immune system disorder of the butterfly-shaped gland ...Read more


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What would happen if graves' disease is not treated?

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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Best way to treat graves disease?

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

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How is graves' disease treated now?

How is graves' disease treated now?

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

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How is graves' disease typically treated?

How is graves' disease typically treated?

3 choices: The most common treatment is swallowing a pill with radioactive iodine to kill the thyroid. The least common treatment is surgery to remove the thyroid. After either of these, a person must take daily thyroid hormone forever. A third option involves taking pills to slow the thyroid down for 12-24 months and hoping that the thyroid works properly on its own afterwards. ...Read more

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What are some natural ways to treat graves disease?

What are some natural ways to treat graves disease?

None: This condition requires medications and sometimes radioactive ablation/surgery depending on response to therapy. ...Read more

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How long can you live with graves disease without being treated?

That depends: Really hard to answer. But thyroid storm is a complication which can occur under stressful circumstances like other illness and when graves untreated and is life threatening. Chronic uncontrolled graves will cause osteopenia, possibly cardiac arrhythmias, maybe liver trouble, and will likely only get worse without treatment. No cure for graves except ablation or surgery. Antithyroid rx temporary. ...Read more

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How long can you survive with graves disease without being treated?

How long can you survive with graves disease without being treated?

Depends: Depends upon your physiologic reserve and how active the grave's disease is. Severe symptoms will usually drive patients to their doc before cardiovascular collapse ( thyroid storm). Young patients can tolerate a lot but if you have other underlying conditions you might not be so lucky. ...Read more

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Was told I had Graves Disease 16 yrs ago and never had it treated and was told I am hypo shortly after & am on levo for 15 yrs, How is that possible?

Autoimmune: Graves' disease is autoimmune. The natural history of Graves' disease is it goes into remission in 30-50% of patients. Some of the patients with Graves eventually become hypothyroid. Lot of people have both Graves and Hashimoto's and the net effect is the result of interplay between stimulating and blocking antibodies. ...Read more

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What natural methods can I use to cure/treat graves disease?

Standard therapy.: I have nothing against naturopathic medicine, but not for graves' dz. It should be evaluated by an endocrinologist, and then there are several standard, proven treatment methods that should be tried. Untreated graves' dz is bad for you, your heart and your bones especially, and it can make you feel tired and anxious. ...Read more

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How do you treat graves disease in a pregnant women so baby doesn't get it?

How do you treat graves disease in a pregnant women so baby doesn't get it?

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

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\question on graves disease and being treated for it with radioactive iodine/ success?

Graves dis,radioacti: Radioactive iodine treatment is very effective in treatment of graves disease.The thyroid gland is knocked out and patients will need thyroid replacement all their life. ...Read more

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Aged 50, treated for graves' disease since august 13. No menstration since january 13. Still getting hot flushes, is this graves or menopause?

Aged 50, treated for graves' disease since august 13. No menstration since january 13. Still getting hot flushes, is this graves or menopause?

Feeling hot: Good question. Graves usually makes you feel hot all the time, whereas menopause will give you the episodic hot flashes. Are you on medications for graves? What is your free t4? If it is still high, maybe the treatment is not enough, or not working. You are ripe for menopause. A blood lh level should be high is estrogen is down (as in menopause). You may wish to see an endocrinologist. ...Read more

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Is there a natural remedy used to treat graves' disease?

Grave's Disease: I am into holistic medicine - but i would strongly encourage you to stick with traditional western medicine approaches for your thyroid illness. ...Read more

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Why did my endocrinologist decrease Methimazole from 10mg to 5mg once daily to treat my mild Graves Disease?

Ask endo: Ask your endocrinologist. I assume that the doctor felt your lab results suggested that the dose could be reduced. ...Read more

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I have hashimoto's and graves disease. My endo is 2 hours away in a major city, and she is even perplexed? How rare/difficult to treat is this combo?

Difficult: Just remember that doctors are human and we, too, need help and 2nd opinions. Maybe you should look into a larger regional hospital that has a specialist who deals specifically with your condition. It never hurts to call ahead. ...Read more

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I was told I have graves disease. How do I treat the protruding eyes?

I was told I have graves disease. How do I treat the protruding eyes?

Graves eye disease: First you need to get the hyperactive thyroid fixed, as that may improve your eyes. Then a careful assessment by an ophthalmologist who works on this. Sometimes surgery is needed, sometimes not. Sometimes a course of steroids helps. Sometimes the eyes protrude, but sometimes it is the lid that is retracted, giving the appearance of protrusion. ...Read more

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I have graves disease and i got it killed with the radioactive iodine treatment. It was hyper before i got treated so now do I have hypo?

Ask your doctor: They should answer all questions you have about what your thyroid condition was, is and will likely be. What you need to avoid, expect, etc. The treatment you should be on would be based on regular testing to keep you close to normal - neither hypo or hyper. This follow-up is really part of the treatment you had - please talk to them. Take care and be well. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with graves disease in april after i had the flu &started on methamizole 5 mg i'm curious about graves & other ways to treat it?

I was diagnosed with graves disease in april after i had the flu &started on methamizole 5 mg  i'm curious  about graves & other ways to treat it?

Options: There are 3 ways to treat this: 1)antithyroid drug like methimazole, 2)radioactive iodine treatment (1 dose), 3) surgery. See your doctor or a specialist to figure out what's the best option for you. Good luck. ...Read more