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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.

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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 are symptoms of graves disease?

What are symptoms of graves disease?

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.

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What are symptoms of graves disease?

Weight loss, tachycar: The common symptoms of graves disese are 1rapid heart beat 2weight loss 3exopthalmos means very prominent bulging eyeballs 4 intolerance to heat 5diarrhea or loose stools 6anxiety and irritability 7tremors 8goiter that is large thyroid gland 9thick red skin usually on the shins or top of the feet 10change in menstrual cycle 11 fatigue 12difficulty sleeping 13anxiety 14erectile dysfunction libido_.

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What are symptoms of graves' disease?

What are symptoms of graves' disease?

Wt loss, palpitation: Chest pain, palpitaion, weight loss and diarrhea are common symptom of graves disease.

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How to know if I have graves' disease?

Check out this link.: Best wishes! Http://www. M.Webmd. Com/women/understanding-graves-disease-basics.

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What are the tests for graves' disease?

Several: 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.

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What are the symptoms of graves disease?

Graves disease: Some 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..

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How exactly is graves disease diagnosed?

Blood tests: Grave's disease, a form of hyperthyroidism, is diagnosed by measuring several types of thyroid test in the blood.

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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.

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What are the symptoms of graves' disease?

What are the symptoms of graves' disease?

Rapid heartbeat: Typical signs and symptoms include fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, rapid resting heart rate, dysthermia - heat intolerance, hyperdefecation, increased appetite, weight loss, lid lag / stare.

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How to figure out if I may have graves' disease?

Grave's Disease: Thyroid Labs, and then usually 24 hour radioiodine uptake test, ordered by a doctor.

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What differs - graves disease or basedow disease?

Medical history: Graves and basedow were 19th century mds who wrote about hyperthyroid goiter. Most people refer to the autoimmune condition (goiter, hyperthyroid, eye findings) as graves disease, but the term "basedow disease" exists. However, there is the jod-basedow phenomenon, which refers to hyperthyroidism from too much iodine intake. This usually occurs in an iodine deficient area (not the us).

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Is it possible for you to die from graves disease?

Hyperthyroid heart: Hyperthyroidism puts a stress on your heart. The rapid heart rate may be tolerable for a while in a young person, but this can lead to arrhythmias, stroke, heart attacks in older or susceptible people. There is a condition called thyroid storm, which is rare, but involves cardiovascular collapse from extreme hyperthyroidism.

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What is considered the number one treament for graves disease?

See your doctor: The treatment should be tailored to each patient's needs. In some, medication may be sufficient, others may require radio-iodine treatment to destroy the gland. See this site for more info. Http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/graves-disease/ds00181.

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Is there any other diease that could be mistaken for graves disease?

Graves diagnosis: Graves hyperthyroidism typically involves heat intolerance, tachycardia, palpitations, tremor, irritability, etc. Many other things can cause these symptoms, eg. Anxiety. With graves there is typically a goiter, elevated ft4 or t3, (liothyronine) low tsh, increased radioactive iodine uptake. Combine the symptoms with the labs, and there is not much else that can do this, except a very rare pituitary tsh-oma.

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Graves disease can it be deadly?

Rarely It can be: Often graves' disease is not fatal, but it can be so because it has the potential to cause cardiac arrythmias (irregular heart beat) such as atrial fibrillation causing blood clot which can then cause strokes etc, if treated appropriately, you should be ok. Follow doc regularly because u may end up going hypothyroid eventually which also requires treatment. Good luck.

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Can graves disease effect my unborn baby?

Can graves disease effect my unborn baby?

Yes: Possible complications of graves' disease during pregnancy include preterm birth, fetal thyroid dysfunction, poor fetal growth and preeclampsia. Preeclampsia is a maternal condition that results in high blood pressure and elevated protein in urine.