Graves disease in hypothyroidism

Common Questions and Answers about Graves disease in hypothyroidism


My mother was diagnosed in her early 40s with <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>graves</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>disease</span> and her thyroid was removed, around the same time she was diagnosed with stage 3-4 colon cancer. 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.
graves' disease is hyperthyroidism but hyperthyroidism is not necessarily <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>graves</span>' <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>disease</span>. There are many varieties or subtypes of <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>graves</span><span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>disease</span>. 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.
told you not to worry about being hyper I would find a new Dr. Hyperthyroid, specifically <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>graves</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>disease</span> needs to be treated. There are many, many symptoms that one can 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.
I have recently been diagnosised with <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>graves</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>disease</span>, my thyroid is 3 times the normal size, i have all the symptoms of hyperthyroid, but my blood tests still show T3 & 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???
Have you been tested for thyroid antibodies to make sure you do, in fact, have <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>graves</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>disease</span> and are not simply in a hyper phase of Hashimoto's? Both <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>graves</span> 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.
Hello I am a 66 yr old female with a previous diagnosis of <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>graves</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>disease</span> 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.
I am a 25 y/o female diagnosed with hyperthyroidism at 16 and later with <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>graves</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>disease</span> 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.
Also, in 2011 a study demonstrated that selenium supplementation (200 mcg per day) can slow the progression of eye <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>disease</span> and improve quality of life in patients with <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>graves</span>' <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>disease</span> 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.
Patients with graves' disease who have significant 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 <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>graves</span>' <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>disease</span>, 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.
Hyperthyroidism Hashimoto's thyroiditis (early) Goiter hypothyroidism Subacute thyroiditis Iodine overload (excessive iodine ingestion) Colloid nodular goiter <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>graves</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>disease</span> Painless (silent) thyroiditis Toxic nodular goiter Weight - ?????????
She likely has hypERthyroidism (not hypo) due to <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>graves</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>disease</span> with eye <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>disease</span>. 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 significantly. Would work with a neuro-ophthalmologist (eye doctor specializing in these sort of problems) to have a thorough evaluation.
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 can show a link with thyroid dysfunction the more confident i will be of demanding further tests.
My thyroid gland was destroyed 16 years ago due to a goiter and I also developed <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>graves</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>disease</span>, 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.
If anything looks unusual it is a good idea to then have tests done for Hashimoto's and <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>graves</span> Autoimmune Thyroid <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>disease</span>. 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.
Back in the 90's I was diagnosed with <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>graves</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>disease</span>. 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 can having too little synthroid cause hypothyroidism symtoms?
My mother had goiters on her thyroid as a child and had them out. My sister is hypothyroid and my grandmother had <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>graves</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>disease</span>. 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?
So make sure you find a doctor that checks both antibodies. They think <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>graves</span> and Hashimoto is the same <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>disease</span> 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.
I've recently heard that digestive problems can be a symptom of a thyroid <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>disease</span>, 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.
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 <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>graves</span><span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>disease</span>, autoimmune hepatitis, alopecia, atrophic autoimmune gastritis, connective tissue <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>disease</span> (rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, dermatomyositis, scleroderma, or Sjogren’s disease), psoriasis, Addison’s disease, unexplained cerebellar ataxia, epilepsy wit
In <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>graves</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>disease</span>, that is HYPER all the time, then radioactive ablation is possible. What was the scan 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.
But my 5 years of untreated <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>graves</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>disease</span> really affected that too. My thyroid labs are back in the normal range now & have been for about 4 months. But I'm very deconditioned & remain easily fatigued. I also have another health problem causing fatigue & some of the same symptoms. Just be easy on yourself, if you can. You've had 3 big surgeries in a short period of time & your metabolism (every cell in your body) is in the slow crawl mode.
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.
HI, I don't have enough experience to answer your ? but wat say, "WELCOME TO THE COMMUNITY!" You can try the gastroenterology expert or patient forum, too. Let us know.
Its the TSH level that is being treated with the goal of controlling or subsiding symptoms. Stress is considered the primary trigger of <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>graves</span><span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>disease</span>, including TED. In both <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>graves</span>’ hyperthyroidism and the Thyroid Eye disease, stress can 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.
They say that I have <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>hypothyroidism</span> (thyroid don't work) buut I also have antibodies for <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>graves</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>disease</span> ... 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?
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.
My question is (have not seen and endocrinologist) is it possible that when i had <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>graves</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>disease</span> it caused this problem. My <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>graves</span> disease destroyed my thyroid which turned ino hyperthyrodism. Just curious.
old son was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and had his thyroid completely removed. Some short time later he was diagnosed with and is being treated for <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>graves</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>disease</span>. Since, as I understand it, graves disease develops as a result of hyperthyroidism, how does someone who is hypothyroid develop the disease? Thank you.