Hi: My fiance (55 yrs old, male) was recently diagnosed with Graves Disease. We are now wondering whether eye problems he had a number of years ago may somehow be related. Three times over the past 6-7 years he suffered from what he thinks the doctor said was a tear in the retina or some such phenomenon that allowed fluid to seep in. Twice it was repaired by laser, once allowed to heal by itself. At the time, the doctor had no explanation but now we are wondering if if could have been the Graves.
His condition, by the way, was discovered by accident during a routine physical examination. Although he suffered from heat intolerance, reddening of the skin on his palms, frequent diarrhea, “hot” skin and constantly feeling tired, none of these were severe enough for him to go to look for any real cause. (I have also learned from reading research that the Graves might have something to do with the fact that his hair turned completely white when he was in his mid-40’s . . . anyone have any similar experience?)
He is due to have the radioactive isotope next week and is torn between apprehension and an anxiety to feel better.