Lizzie asks…

Can starting Thyroid medication for hypothyroid (Levoxyl) cause your eyes to swell or hurt?

I had Grave’s disease (hyperthyroidism) and had past eye problems. I received Radioactive iodine 6 years ago and my thyroid became normal along w ith my eyes. Now this year I became mildy hypothyroid TSH alittle over 7.40 and everything else normal. I was put on .25 mcg of Levoxyl which I stated taking almost a month ago. Now I am experiencing soreness, burning painful eyesballs. Can the medication be doing this? Its such a small dose and I dont know if the graves eye disease is coming back.

Helen answers:

HI LilJay

NOt sure about the medication, but here are some ideas on how to heal the issue.

Abnormal immune response is believed be a possible cause of hypothyroidism. The exact cause is not known, but certain antibodies from the immune system will launch an assault on the thyroid, disturbing hormone production. Lumps or tumors that form on the thyroid also disrupt hormone production. Temporary hyperthyroidism can be caused by infection or inflammation, and certain prescription drugs.

Hyperthyroidism is less common than Hypothyroidism, yet for both diseases, women appear to be more susceptible than men. Be aware that a malfunctioning thyroid may be the cause of recurring illnesses.


Natural Cures

Diet: Eat an organic, whole foods diet, emphasizing foods that naturally suppress excess thyroid hormone production. Such foods include broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, mustard greens, rutabagas, spinach, turnips, soybeans, peaches, and pears. Eliminate dairy products, over consumption of wheat products, coffee, tea, and caffeinated soft drinks.

Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment. We suggest several at-home hydrotherapy treatments.

Homeopathy: The homeopathic remedy Thyroidium is very helpful in assisting in proper thyroid regulation.

Juice Therapy: Drink carrot, celery, spinach, and parsley juice; or juice made from a combination of cabbage, watercress, and spinach.

Nutritional Supplementation: The following nutrients can help regulate thyroid function: vitamin A, vitamin B complex, vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, choline, trace minerals, iodine, kelp, and thyroid glandulars.

Alternative Professional Care
If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for treating hyperthyroidism: Acupuncture, Biofeedback Training, Homeopathy, Magnetic Field Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, Qigong, and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Best of health to you

Robert asks…

does anyone have experience with having eye problems, not graves disease associated with thyroid disease?

I have dry eye, itching, burning, eye aches and blurred side vision, and was told it is from my thyroid levels. I had my thyroid removed.

Helen answers:

Wish I could tell you that you are different from the rest of us, but you are not. I had thyroid cancer and the eyes have not behaved normally since. The doc thought I was crazy, but I know I am short sighted when at my age I should be long sighted and it is the removal of the thyroid I think that did it

Charles asks…

self help for graves eye disease?

what helps fluid filled bags under the eyes

Helen answers:

I have never heard of this but for swolen and bags under your eye’s there’s a cream called All about eyes by Clineac. (sorry cant spell this time of night). This is a fab cream, you can get it in boots. It is amazing.

Mandy asks…

i seen many doc. no one knows how to dread eyes graves diseases douple vision eny one help ?

Helen answers:

Well in general there is no treatment. But usually surgery used and its of very minimal results
graves eyes are irreversible

Linda asks…

Graves disease?

Has anyone delt with this issue? If so, how did it turn out? Did your eyes go back to normal? Thanks for any onfo.

Helen answers:

I have Grave’s disease, but not thyroid eye disease, thankfully. I’m on methimizole, and it’s not great, because I don’t have a good doctor, but it’s bearable. Better than it was a year ago anyway, when I would not sleep for 4 days in a row.

One thing to keep in mind for you. Since you have thyroid eye disease, you CAN NOT have radiation. Radiation makes thyroid eye disease worse. Don’t let anyone talk you into it.

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