Graves disease in hypothyroidism

Common Questions and Answers about Graves disease in hypothyroidism


Avatar_f_tn My mother was diagnosed in her early 40s with gr<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>ves dise<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>se and her thyroid was removed, around the same time she was diagnosed with stage 3-4 colon an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>canan>cer. I'm aware there are connections between autoimmune diseases and thyroid and intestinal diseases/conditions. as I'm getting older I'm noticing I'm following in the same physiological footsteps my mother did before she was diagnosed. In my teenage years I could eat anything and never gain a pound, I appeared anorexic up to age 21.
Avatar_n_tn Graves' Disease is hyperthyroidism but hyperthyroidism is not necessarily Gr<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>ves' Dise<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>se. There are many varieties or subtypes of Gr<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>vesdise<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>se. In some subtypes, patients have mild symptoms and variable periods of remission while in other subtypes, symptoms are severe and generally worsen without medical intervention. While these subtypes lack formal names, they’re generally classified according to the associated thyroid autoantibodies or HLa antigens.
256220_tn?1210939062 told you not to worry about being hyper I would find a new Dr. Hyperthyroid, specifically Gr<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>ves dise<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>se needs to be treated. There are many, many symptoms that one an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>canan> have when they are hyper. I have recently been diagnosed with Graves, my only symptom was my heart racing (resting rate 110- bpm). My Dr. really scared me about not taking paying attention to the problem and put me on beta blockers immediately.
Avatar_n_tn I have recently been diagnosised with Gr<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>ves Dise<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>se, my thyroid is 3 times the normal size, i have all the symptoms of hyperthyroid, but my blood tests still show T3 &amp; T4 are within the normal range, but my antibodies test confirmed Graves. I have no symptoms with the eyes yet. I am waiting to hear back from the specialist, will they take out my thyroid?? why not just take it out, will all the symptoms not just go away if the thyroid is gone???
Avatar_f_tn Have you been tested for thyroid antibodies to make sure you do, in fact, have Gr<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>ves dise<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>se and are not simply in a hyper phase of Hashimoto's? Both Gr<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>ves and Hashimoto's are autoimmune. While Graves is always connected with hyperthyroidism, Hashimoto's is most often connected with hypothyroidism, however it's not uncommon for one to have periods of hyperthyroidism in the beginning stages. You should ask for thyroid antibody tests.
Avatar_n_tn Hello I am a 66 yr old female with a previous diagnosis of Gr<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>ves Dise<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>se in the early 1990's. I choose the iodine treatment and have had good results with that, however upon leaving the Dr's office I was told that under a period of stress a nodule could become active again. Well in March of 2012 our new home in TN.was struck by a Tornado and we were quite lucky.
Avatar_f_tn I am a 25 y/o female diagnosed with hyperthyroidism at 16 and later with Gr<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>ves Dise<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>se and Goiter. I have been on Tapazol along with atenelol (for the Tachacardia) off and on for the past 9 years with no results. Every doc I see wants to discuss nothing but RaI or surgery. My husband and I have been trying to conceive for a few years with no success. I finally found out that I was pregnant the beginning of last year and made it to 4 months and suffered a miscarriage for no apparent reason.
Avatar_m_tn also, in 2011 a study demonstrated that selenium supplementation (200 mcg per day) an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>canan> slow the progression of eye dise<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>se and improve quality of life in patients with Gr<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>ves' dise<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>se with mild ocular involvement (Graves' ophthalmopathy). In supplement form, the most bioavailable form of selenium is L selenomethionine. The easiest way to reach 200mcg of selenium daily in the diet is to eat a few brazil nuts. Each brazil nut contains 50 - 80mcg of selenium depending on the soil.
Avatar_n_tn Patients with Graves' disease who have signifian style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>canan>t enlargement of the thyroid gland or severe thyrotoxicosis with high T4 levels and increased ratios of T3 to T4 may be less likely to go into remission. In the setting of moderate to severe Gr<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>ves' dise<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>se, antithyroid drugs may be used as temporary treatment to control the production and secretion of excess amounts of thyroid hormone while plans are made to proceed with more definitive treatment.
171791_tn?1358217981 Hyperthyroidism Hashimoto's thyroiditis (early) Goiter hypothyroidism Subacute thyroiditis Iodine overload (excessive iodine ingestion) Colloid nodular goiter Gr<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>ves dise<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>se Painless (silent) thyroiditis Toxic nodular goiter Weight - ?????????
Avatar_f_tn She likely has hypERthyroidism (not hypo) due to Gr<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>ves dise<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>se with eye dise<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>se. Methimazole will help the hyperthyroidism and eventually the eyes will likely improve. Would avoid radioactive iodine until eye disease under control. In most cases it takes up to a year for the eyes to improve signifian style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>canan>tly. Would work with a neuro-ophthalmologist (eye doctor specializing in these sort of problems) to have a thorough evaluation.
Avatar_f_tn Does anyone know if tinnitus is related to <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>hypothyroidism</span>? I have developed it over last year or so, a few months after hypo symptoms started....tho still had no joy on diagnosis by GP. The more symptoms i an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>canan> show a link with thyroid dysfunction the more confident i will be of demanding further tests.
Avatar_f_tn My thyroid gland was destroyed 16 years ago due to a goiter and I also developed gr<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>ves dise<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>se, with 3 eye surgeries under my belt. I am uninsured now and go to a clinic where there is a good internist. But he increased my levoxythyroxin to .5mg, such a high dose.
Avatar_n_tn If anything looks unusual it is a good idea to then have tests done for Hashimoto's and Gr<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>ves autoimmune Thyroid dise<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>se. You need to have the free's done with the TSH in order to get a complete look at the thyroid. TSH shows pituitary function not the actual active thyroid hormone in the body as the free's do.
Avatar_m_tn Back in the 90's I was diagnosed with Gr<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>ves Dise<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>se. I was treated with radioactive iodine and placed on syntroid. I haven't had any bad side effects over the years. at the end of Dec, 2012, my Doctor lowered my Levothyroxine from .20mg to .15mg. a few weeks later I began experiencing some confusion, constipation, dry skin, aversion to the cold, overall fatigue, gaining weight while not eating much and blotting. My question is an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>canan> having too little synthroid cause hypothyroidism symtoms?
Avatar_f_tn My mother had goiters on her thyroid as a child and had them out. My sister is hypothyroid and my grandmother had Gr<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>ves dise<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>se. at this point I am tired of telling my story and getting the same response of them just trying to treat every symptom as different problems. What ahould I do?
4721809_tn?1358372412 So make sure you find a doctor that checks both antibodies. They think Gr<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>ves and Hashimoto is the same dise<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>se in one. For some reason if flip flops, back and forth in some people. Sorry if I made typos as I have very bad arthrits in my hands.
Avatar_n_tn I've recently heard that digestive problems an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>canan> be a symptom of a thyroid dise<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>se, so I searched for information and found that I have several symptoms of <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>hypothyroidism</span> (although I know that diarrhoea is not typical): fatigue, cold intolerance, difficulties concentrating and remembering things, dry skin, a hoarse voice, rather heavy periods with a cycle of about 25 days (but that has always been the case), etc.
Avatar_m_tn an Italian research team screened 909 patients with celiac disease* for other autoimmune diseases, including IDDM (Insulin-Dependent Diabetes Mellitus), DH (Dermatitis herpetiformis), Hashimoto’s thyroiditis or Gr<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>vesdise<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>se, autoimmune hepatitis, alopecia, atrophic autoimmune gastritis, connective tissue dise<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>se (rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, dermatomyositis, scleroderma, or Sjogren’s disease), psoriasis, addison’s disease, unexplained cerebellar ataxia, epilepsy wit
Avatar_f_tn In Gr<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>ves dise<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>se, that is HYPER all the time, then radioactive ablation is possible. What was the san style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>canan> you had done? There are many different ones and each have their good points and bad. It sounds to me like you are going through a hyper stage, where you have your thyroxine but your Hashimoto's has flared, so in effect you are pumping in gasoline while the engine is running. Then someone turns off the engine and you are left with a flood of gasoline all over the place.
Avatar_n_tn But my 5 years of untreated Gr<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>ves dise<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>se really affected that too. My thyroid labs are back in the normal range now &amp; have been for about 4 months. But I'm very deconditioned &amp; remain easily fatigued. I also have another health problem causing fatigue &amp; some of the same symptoms. Just be easy on yourself, if you an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>canan>. You've had 3 big surgeries in a short period of time &amp; your metabolism (every cell in your body) is in the slow crawl mode.
Avatar_n_tn was diagnosed with <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>hypothyroidism</span> approximately 8 years ago and because of it have since put on "lots" of diet helps, no exercise helps. I have been taking synthroid for last 8 years, had gone up to 175mcg's 6mos ago because tsh levels was 12....this did not seem to help me, and as of 2wks ago my tsh level was 78.542 T4-3.3(dramatic increase of the already extremely high levels of 12 over the past 6mos) and synthroid was increased to 300mcg daily.
Avatar_f_tn HI, I don't have enough experience to answer your ? but wat say, "WELCOME TO THE COMMUNITY!" You an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>canan> try the gastroenterology expert or patient forum, too. Let us know.
Avatar_n_tn Its the TSH level that is being treated with the goal of controlling or subsiding symptoms. Stress is considered the primary trigger of Gr<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>vesdise<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>se, including TED. In both Gr<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>ves’ hyperthyroidism and the Thyroid Eye Disease, stress an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>canan> induce disease development and worsen symptoms. Some people develop TED when they take animal-based extracts such as armour, because the immune system react to foreign proteins found in glandular extracts. Synthetic meds. doesn't cause this problem.
Avatar_f_tn They say that I have <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>hypothyroidism</span> (thyroid don't work) buut I also have antibodies for gr<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>ves dise<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>se ... although my thyroid jumps from hypo to hyper frequantly ... my question is will I aLWaYS have the antibodies for Graves disease? Makes it possible to get graves disease and most importantly ... is it heretitery?
Avatar_n_tn The electrical wave causes the muscles in the heart and stomach to contract. In the stomach, the pacemaker is in the upper portion. The wave sweeps down across the antrum causing it to contract, grind up food, and expel small amounts into the duodenum, the first part of the small bowel. The normal rate of contraction is about three times a minute, much slower than the heart, but quite adequate for the job.
Avatar_n_tn an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>canan> you have gr<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>ves dise<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>se so bad that it would seem like bipolar and I thought Gr<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>ves dise<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>se was an overactive thyroid, so how an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>canan> you be hypro?
Avatar_f_tn My question is (have not seen and endocrinologist) is it possible that when i had gr<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>ves dise<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>se it caused this problem. My gr<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>ves disease destroyed my thyroid which turned ino hyperthyrodism. Just curious.
Avatar_n_tn old son was diagnosed with thyroid an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>canan>cer and had his thyroid completely removed. Some short time later he was diagnosed with and is being treated for Gr<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>ves Dise<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>se. Since, as I understand it, Graves Disease develops as a result of hyperthyroidism, how does someone who is hypothyroid develop the disease? Thank you.