AnonymousAugust 11, 1996 at 11:43 pmPost count: 93172
I am interested in any information regarding the eye disease associated with graves. I know about the surgery but I am interested in any alternative treatments. ThanksAnonymousAugust 12, 1996 at 5:16 pmPost count: 93172
Would like contact at national Graves Disease organization – address and phone no. – and also any info on support groups in the Seattle, WA area. Thanks!!AnonymousAugust 12, 1996 at 11:47 pmPost count: 93172
My sister was recently diagnosed with Graves. The most major symptom she has experienced as been a rash which includes her face. She went to more that one dermatologist before getting the thyroid diagnosis. She was even diagnosed with lymphoma and then a panel of 35 AMA doctors said “no” to that diagnosis. She has just begun the treatment for Graves. She has no eye symptoms at present and the Endocrinologist said she won’t get it since treatment has started. She also has joint pain and fluid retention in the ankles. She thinks that with the treatment it’s all going away, but from what I’m reading, she’s not out of the wood yet. Is there a cure?AnonymousAugust 13, 1996 at 12:59 amPost count: 93172
IN MUCH NEED OF A SUPPORT GROUP !!!I HAVE HAD
RADIOACTIVE IODINE.NOW FEELING QUITE SLUGISH AND
POOR. I WOULD APPRECIATE ANY FEEDBACK.AnonymousAugust 13, 1996 at 2:40 pmPost count: 93172
What have you learned about the surgery for
orbital decompression? Do you know of any
doctor or hospital that is specializing in
this? Thanks in advance for any information
you can provide.AnonymousAugust 13, 1996 at 7:58 pmPost count: 93172
The surgery for orbital decompression involves removing the bone between the eye orbit and the sinuses is removed. For more information go to: http://WWW.mayo.edu/Mayo_Ophtho/Graves_info.html
Has your disease been in remission for a while? They say the eye disease burns out after a while. Mine hasn’t. But now I am sick again after my first radioactive iodine treatment and they won’t touch my eyes until I am in remission again for at least 6 months. The procedure I am interested in is the x-ray aimed behind the eyes to reduce the swelling. Barbara Bush has had this and she looks a lot better. If you find out anything else, please let me know. Good luck and I hope the url helps some.
DeniseAnonymousAugust 13, 1996 at 8:17 pmPost count: 93172
I know just how you feel. Don’t worry, you will start to feel better. How many rads did they give you? How long ago did you get the treatment? I had mine in January and it didn’t quite stck so now I must have another one. I am not looking foward to it but I know it does work and I will eventually feel better. I am sure you will as well. Good luck and write back if you like.
DeniseAnonymousAugust 13, 1996 at 10:56 pmPost count: 93172
Hi Denise! A big THANK YOU !!!for your follow up
letter. Just having some support makes a person feel quite
better. Unfortantly, being a person of little medical
knowledge I paid no attention to the rad. rate. I
Had the treatment done last Nov. I’m sorry to
hear that you”ll have to do it again. Hopefully
this time it WILL work for you. Please keep in touch,I’ll
I’ll keep you in my prayers. P.S. How are your eyes ??
Again thanks for your support!
KatieAnonymousAugust 14, 1996 at 10:30 amPost count: 93172
Maybe you have become HYPOactive now. Have you asked your doctor? I know the chances are quite high, as a matter of fact the doctors kind of expect it. Hypothyroidism is easier to treat as well.
As far as my eyes are concerned, they were getting better but now that my levels are back up again they are worse. The doctors won’t touch them til my thyroid is under control, for a period of time. This disease sure does suck huh! Do you have the eye disease?
Thank you for your prayers. Your in mine as well.
Take care, DeniseAnonymousAugust 14, 1996 at 11:27 amPost count: 93172
I would appreciate any information about orbital decompression surgery – particulary from anyone who has had it.Also, is there an online opthamologist who specializes in this area that is willing to answer general questions.I have a good doctor at UCLA but still am a bit wary about the surgery – I’d rather have good sight than risk potential double vision for mostly vanity reasons – However, I admit if it was being done successfully I’d probably try it. Please e-mail meAnonymousAugust 14, 1996 at 11:55 amPost count: 93172
Hi Denise!Once again, thank you for your message.
Yes, I do have the “bugged”eye look,and my doctors
like yours would rather wait and try to control
my disease first.In my drivers license picture I
look like a monster !!!
Have you taken the radioactive iodine yet???
I’m on my way to the doctor this afternoon,so
I’ll let you know how it goes! Best wishes always,
KatieAnonymousAugust 15, 1996 at 6:52 pmPost count: 93172
Call Dr. Nancy Patterson at 704-877-5251 or write her at the National Graves Disease Foundation
2 Tsitsi Court, Brevard NC 28712. I told her you would be giving her a call.
She will be able to help you out and she is
interested in talking to you.
JAke GeorgeAnonymousAugust 15, 1996 at 7:06 pmPost count: 93172
Katie and Denise,
I am glad the two of you helped each other. I too
have had the bug eyed look. I have gone through
orbital decompression on both eyes. Send a self
addressed envelope to the National Graves Disease
Foundation/I at 2 Tsitsi Court, Brevard NC 28712.
You can E-Mail me or call me at 407-254-9719 and I
will try to answer your question or put you in
touch with a support group in your area
Jake GeorgeAnonymousAugust 15, 1996 at 9:04 pmPost count: 93172
Hi, I was diagnoised in March 96 with graves. It’s really
sucked since then. I have done the radioactive iodine
and I am now taking a synthetic hormone called
levothroid. I’ve been taking it since June. I feel really
tired a drug out now, and I have gained alot of weight
I contacted my doctor last month ( July) and told him
how I felt. He checked my blood and said my levels
are within normal limits.??? I am contacting another
doctor for a second opinion just so know that I’m doing
everything I can for my health. I noticed that alot of
diet pills can’t be used by us. I was also told that it
might take 12 weeks or more for this med, I’m taking
( levothroid )to work is that true? I live in Bakersfield , Ca. and
I don’t know anyone who can relate to this stuff, I am
sure glad I found this spot!!!!!!!! Thanks Gail.AnonymousAugust 16, 1996 at 10:33 pmPost count: 93172
I answered you message a while ago but it
does not seem to be in cyber space anywhere so lets
try again. There is a support Group in upstate NY.
Call Susan Salerno 315-682-5149. She runs the
National Graves Disease support group in that area.
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