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Old 11-15-2006, 12:22 AM   #31
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MY eyes are tired and feel kind of sticky. Not dry, not teary, there isn't any discharge. Just sort of like it takes extra effort to blink. Does that makes sense at all?????

I had/have annoying eye disturbances from the beginning but my symptoms have changed with treatment. At first my eyes teared al the time and felt as though I had sand in them. I also had an odd stare. I blinked less frequently than normal and felt as if my lids did not want to close or stay closed.

So, yes, the blinking makes perfect sense! Overall how have your palpitations been since the weekend? Are you feeling better? They havent prescribed medication yet right?

Some other common Graves symptoms:
Weight Loss
Increased Appetite
Nervousness
Restlessness
Heat Intolerance
Fatigue
Eye Irritation
Lessened Menstral Cycle
Smooth soft babylike skin
Hair changes
Tremors (especially when holding hands out straight in front of you)
Muscle Weakness
Increased Sweating

There are others but these are pretty common. Stay on top of your docs and get the answers you need.

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I am enjoying and learning from reading your posts! Thank you for sharing.
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Old 11-15-2006, 08:00 AM   #32
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I had/have annoying eye disturbances from the beginning but my symptoms have changed with treatment. At first my eyes teared al the time and felt as though I had sand in them. I also had an odd stare. I blinked less frequently than normal and felt as if my lids did not want to close or stay closed.

So, yes, the blinking makes perfect sense! Overall how have your palpitations been since the weekend? Are you feeling better? They havent prescribed medication yet right?

Some other common Graves symptoms:
Weight Loss
Increased Appetite
Nervousness
Restlessness
Heat Intolerance
Fatigue
Eye Irritation
Lessened Menstral Cycle
Smooth soft babylike skin
Hair changes
Tremors (especially when holding hands out straight in front of you)
Muscle Weakness
Increased Sweating

There are others but these are pretty common. Stay on top of your docs and get the answers you need.

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I am enjoying and learning from reading your posts! Thank you for sharing.

No, I haven't been given anything from the dr yet. My cycle was pretty light the last few times, and I get tired much more easily. It reminds of those days during the first trimester of being pregnant. Exhausted by 7 pm. I usually run circles around everyone else. Up at 0600 and don't fall asleep unitl 2300 or so.

My heart hasn't been too bad. I do notice that in the mornings I feel great, no problems, but around 1300, it creeps up on me. In the morning my pulse, even with my coffee, can stay around75, but in the afternoon it pushes near 100.

I do have the fine tremors, anxiety, and I do get warm pretty fast. I have noticed that my temp is always around 99, when it used to always be low.

Send some pixie dust that I hear from them today!
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Old 11-19-2006, 06:04 PM   #33
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lyeag, I was thinking about you and wondering if they contacted you about your tests. Are you feeling better? I hope so.
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Old 11-19-2006, 07:31 PM   #34
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lyeag, I was thinking about you and wondering if they contacted you about your tests. Are you feeling better? I hope so.
Arghhhh. I haven't heard yet. The labs were in on Thurs, but dr wasn't. Friday they called, but I was subbing, and I called and called and CALLED, but coudn't get through to the nurse. Gotta love those military hospitals. I left messages, tried to call to be told the nurse wasn't available, blah, blah, blah. Tomorrow I go to the cardiologist and should find out about the labs.

The really funny thing is, my heart isn't pounding so much. Maybe I am getting used to it?????????????????????? I am not as tired and that for sure is a good thing.


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Old 11-20-2006, 09:56 AM   #35
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Well, I have a little info. I spoke to the nurse, she didn't tell me anything specific about the lab results. I was told to schedule an ultrasound and have the labs run again in three weeks. I have to wait until tomorrow to schedule so they can put through the paperwork at a local hospital. So it looks like nothing will be resolved before Disney. Three weeks puts me at the 11th, and we are leaving the morning of th 16th. I guess it really doesn't matter, with the holidays, it will be difficult to be seen unless it is an emergency.

I will post this afternoon after I get home from the cardiologist. Gee, so much fun, and I am only 37.
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Old 11-20-2006, 11:03 AM   #36
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Are all you tumors malignant or benign? And if you had your entire thyroid removed, why would tumors continue to grow back? And if they did continue to grow back, wouldn't radioactive iodine treatment be the best thing for you?

Sorry for all the questions, just pondering things here...
Sorry it took so long for me to answer--i was on vacation.

My tumors were benign...APparently, the tumors can continue to grow back , but i have no clue how!!
The radioactive iodine treatment is what the doctor mentioned, but we are waiting to get the next set of tests
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Hugs to you......Keep us informed on how it goes at the cardiologist today and on all future tests....My daughter was 23 when she battle papillary carcinoma of the thyroid.....but she has been clean for almost 10 years after her thyroidectomy......

Hang in there..
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Old 11-20-2006, 12:44 PM   #38
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Sorry it took so long for me to answer--i was on vacation.

My tumors were benign...APparently, the tumors can continue to grow back , but i have no clue how!!
The radioactive iodine treatment is what the doctor mentioned, but we are waiting to get the next set of tests
That makes sense. From what I am told, surgery alone will not remove *all* of the thyroid gland or thyroid cells (even though they tell you it is a total thyroidectomy). I guess the tissue/cells that the surgeon leaves behind can continue to give you problems.
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Old 11-20-2006, 02:43 PM   #39
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Finally! Some answers/help. The cardiologist was GREAT. Turns out the appt was for EKG/consult, they will do the echo in Jan. Anyway, the cardiologist said the murmurs were benign and nothing to worry about. I specifically told him we were going to WDW, and I asked him if I could go on the rollercoasters. Turns out he has been to Disney and really is a big fan too. Anyway, he said go right ahead and ride whatever I want. YIPPPEEEE

He also looked at me and my labs and then told me, Yep, you are hyperthyroid, and prescribed some beta blockers. He gave me 50mg Toprol, and told me since my bp is good, if it makes me too lightheaded to cut them in half.

So, in all I am feeling much better about things, but a little sad as he told me to cut out my caffine. I was down to one cup of coffe in the am, but gee, now I have to go decaf????

Is this a necessity due to the beta blockers or just because of the thyroid thing?

Thanks for putting up with me and all my questions and drama.
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Old 11-21-2006, 01:04 AM   #40
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Finally! Some answers/help. The cardiologist was GREAT. Turns out the appt was for EKG/consult, they will do the echo in Jan. Anyway, the cardiologist said the murmurs were benign and nothing to worry about. I specifically told him we were going to WDW, and I asked him if I could go on the rollercoasters. Turns out he has been to Disney and really is a big fan too. Anyway, he said go right ahead and ride whatever I want. YIPPPEEEE

He also looked at me and my labs and then told me, Yep, you are hyperthyroid, and prescribed some beta blockers. He gave me 50mg Toprol, and told me since my bp is good, if it makes me too lightheaded to cut them in half.

So, in all I am feeling much better about things, but a little sad as he told me to cut out my caffine. I was down to one cup of coffe in the am, but gee, now I have to go decaf????

Is this a necessity due to the beta blockers or just because of the thyroid thing?

Thanks for putting up with me and all my questions and drama.

I'm glad you are finally starting to get some answers! The beta blocker is really just to help with symptoms it will not have any effect on lessening the hyperness of the thyroid but it WILL make you feel better and lessen palpitations. I was told to lessen my caffeine intake as well so now I just have my one cup in the AM and sometimes one in the afternoon. I dont drink any soda. You will soon learn your triggers. Mine are red wine, certain prepared chinese food dishes and a select few other prepared food items. Eating as wholesome as possible helps. Iodine (shellfish is a no no too) intake should be watched closely. You want to avoid it. Honestly I did not cut my one cup of coffee out a day but I suppose if I HAD to I would have. It is not an interaction of the coffee with the beta blocker but rather just that caffeine is a stimulant and being hyper is stimulant enough.

When will you see the endo or your primary doc? Has anyone told you how hyper you are? Since you mentioned feeling better I am guessing you arent too bad and thats a great thing. Just keep in mind this can and usually does fluctuate. You should be starting an anti thyroid medication ASAP this would be either Tapazole (Methimazole) or PTU (Propylthiouracil) since it takes some time to adjust in the blood and for you to feel the effects. Unless they may feel youarent so bad and this could be fleeting? Sometimes people can become hyper for a number of reasons and not all permanent. A virus can trigger this response and dissapate as quickly as it appeared to begin with.

Has anyone mentioned Graves? This is one of the major cause of hyperthyroidism. It takes some time to get all the answers and it can be a long journey dealing with the thyroid. Stay persistent and keep a journal of your symptoms this helps you and your docs greatly!

OK..stay well and keep us posted please and remember anything you have a question about we are here for you.
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I'm glad you are finally starting to get some answers! The beta blocker is really just to help with symptoms it will not have any effect on lessening the hyperness of the thyroid but it WILL make you feel better and lessen palpitations. I was told to lessen my caffeine intake as well so now I just have my one cup in the AM and sometimes one in the afternoon. I dont drink any soda. You will soon learn your triggers. Mine are red wine, certain prepared chinese food dishes and a select few other prepared food items. Eating as wholesome as possible helps. Iodine (shellfish is a no no too) intake should be watched closely. You want to avoid it. Honestly I did not cut my one cup of coffee out a day but I suppose if I HAD to I would have. It is not an interaction of the coffee with the beta blocker but rather just that caffeine is a stimulant and being hyper is stimulant enough.

When will you see the endo or your primary doc? Has anyone told you how hyper you are? Since you mentioned feeling better I am guessing you arent too bad and thats a great thing. Just keep in mind this can and usually does fluctuate. You should be starting an anti thyroid medication ASAP this would be either Tapazole (Methimazole) or PTU (Propylthiouracil) since it takes some time to adjust in the blood and for you to feel the effects. Unless they may feel youarent so bad and this could be fleeting? Sometimes people can become hyper for a number of reasons and not all permanent. A virus can trigger this response and dissapate as quickly as it appeared to begin with.

Has anyone mentioned Graves? This is one of the major cause of hyperthyroidism. It takes some time to get all the answers and it can be a long journey dealing with the thyroid. Stay persistent and keep a journal of your symptoms this helps you and your docs greatly!

OK..stay well and keep us posted please and remember anything you have a question about we are here for you.
O man. No lobster, shrimp, or crab legs???? Nobody has said anything yet.

I probably won't see my primary doc until after the results of the scan are in. I do get the feeling that they either they caught this very early or the serum labs didn't come back as off as they thought they were. I would think if the serum labs came back indicating Graves or anything else, they would have told me, but then again I am dealing with military health care. Unless I get very lucky and get in quickly with the thyroid scan, I might not get any real answers to the thryoid question until after the holidays. I hope not, but I am preparing myself for the possibility.

It would be great if this was just temporary. With the military health care system, the wheels move pretty slowly. I am just glad that I seem to be seeing some really on the ball docs. The cardiology group I went to was very impressive.


Thanks so much, Fan2CSkr, I really appreciate being able to come here and post and know that others have been through all this and can anwer some of my questions.
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Ok, I had the thryoid ultrasound on Tuesday. I called today to get the results and was told that it showed thyroiditis-swelling. No mention of any tumors, or nodules, so that is great news.

I am now scheduled for another scan with uptake on the 11th to find out why I am swollen. Hopefully, this is one of those types that just resolves itself over time. I am still taking the beta blockers, and with those I am feeling much better. I have not lost any more weight, (or gained), and I seem to have much more energy.

That is about it for now, but I thought I would share my good news on the scan. Have a great weekend everyone!
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Hi, CHristine, just found this board! My SIL is going for a whole body scan,but first has to stop her thyroid meds for 10 days. She had thyroid cancer about 3 years ago and now has a growth in the area again. Her current dr. is worried because he thinks her orig dr should have done radiation...he did not.
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Hi everyone-
I am going on Monday for an ultrasound to see if there are any problems with scar tissue/tumors in my neck (thyroid was removed completely when iw as 15)..so hopefully i have some good news!
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Well i have my results from the ultrasound. There are no more tumors and/or scar tissue left in my neck! im happy about that, but then again, a little upset..
Ive been having alot of neck pain and if there was a cause of it, it would get fixed..now it seems that i will just have this pain my whole life
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