Lisa asks…

When is the right time to go on temp disabilty? How does one approach their employer with…?

…that?
My dry eye symptoms have worsened lately to the point where I can’t work in the office with the fluorescent lighting and AC blowing on my eyes. Also the extensive computer work is causing excessive strain. I am seeing eye dr’s and tried all the eye drops & gels and now am being advised to get my tear ducts plugged up. I have Graves disease which is the main cause. I also have blepharitis. I can’t even drive in the sunlight at this point without tearing burning and blurring to the point of not being able to see the road. Evening driving is ok.

My question is whether I should go on temp disability now or not. I will get full pay benefits up to 26 weeks if need be. Will this hurt my job security and my career? I feel this would be best for me to get away from the computer (10-15 hours a day) and give my eyes a break while a seek out and resolve what I need for my eyes to get healed.

Helen answers:

Going on state disability will not hurt your job security. By law your employer has to take you back. However they don’t have to give you your same location back to you. Your health is more important then your job my friend. I put off going on disability for 3 years and now I have permanent damage to my legs. My advice to you , is take the time you need to be off and take care of your health problems before it gets to serious and you can’t work anymore at all. You can always get another job my friend ‘ it might not be the same job but you will get back on your feet if you want to bad enough.

Lizzie asks…

Have you been checked for Grave’s Disease?

I see a lot of questions about rapid heart beats/palpitations, and I didn’t read all the responses, but I’m wondering if the issue of Grave’s Disease (an overactive thyroid) has been discussed. I had it several years ago, and a classic symptom is rapid heart rate and palpitations, even at rest. Other symptoms can be unexplained weight loss, heat sensitivity, bulging eyes and muscle weakness, amongst other symptoms.

My doctor didn’t think I had thyroid disease, but I insisted he check my thyroid and lo and behold, I had Grave’s Disease. I was treated for it and have been fine for over 8 years now, and my heart is perfectly healthy.

It’s a simple blood test and worth checking before taking expensive and time consuming heart tests.

Helen answers:

Exophthalmic goitre is called Graves disease. It is a type of hyperthyroidism which was considered many times in almost all case of questions on palpitations, rapid pulse etc., where ever required!

Jenny asks…

I recently became ill with hyperthyroidism, and I am currently waiting for tests to be conducted?

I first went to the ER almost a month ago. I had extreme fatigue, my eyes were all swollen and puffy and I was diagnosed with a hyperthyroid. They said the cause would be determined after several tests. A week later, I went back to the ER because of chest pains due to my rapid heartbeat. They did a CT scan and injected me with iodine. I was told I had Graves Disease. Now, I am back with my primary care DR and she wants a thyroid scan done on me. Now I learned that I have to wait for 6 weeks to pass since my CT scan before I can have the thyroid scan due to the iodine levels. In the meantime, I cannot take any meds for my thyroid. Now, I am vomiting several times a day, am nauseous all day, and I feel like I am going to faint if I stand for more than 5 mins. Are these all normal symptoms of Graves or is there something else going on. Any advice on how to feel better until my meds can be started?

Helen answers:

OMG! You were just diagnosed with hyperthyroidism, and some idiot shot you up with iodine dye?? No wonder you are so sick. That is malpractice.

If you have a diagnosis, and you definitely have Grave’s disease, then the thyroid scan is pointless. It won’t tell you anything that you don’t already know. Get back to your doctor today and demand to start treatment TODAY for Grave’s disease. The treatment for Grave’s disease is methimizole. It is doubly important for you to start treatment TODAY because you were shot up with iodine. You should not wait. Cancel the uptake scan, and get on methimizole.

Ruth asks…

I think I have Grave’s Disease?

I always think I’m sick, but now I’m almost sure of it I think I have Grave’s Disease or Type 1 Diabetes.

I’ve been diagnosed with ADHD, I have sudden loss of visions that make me lose my balance, I’m always tired (I sleep 12hrs a day yet I still have heavy bags under my eyes), I’ve lost 18 pounds since September though I’ve made no changes in my diet nor effort to lose weight, I wore a heart monitor for a month but my mom’s insurance wouldn’t cover further tests but they said there might be something wrong with my thyroid, I have intense sensitivity to light but that might be from post-concussion syndrome because I was hit head on by a car a year and a half ago, I’ve been told by my chiropractor that I might be depressed, I pee 7-12 times a day (but I also drink a lot), and I always feel warm and I sweat really easy.

I know thats a mess of symptoms but hopefully by listing all of them someone can figure this out.
I talked to my doctor about the weight loss last week and he said to come back next week for a weight check, but I’m still worried. And why am I always worried?

Diabetes runs in family my father and grandfather both had it.

Helen answers:

Your doctor can do blood work to test you for diabetes, and to see if your thyroid is overactive, which is basically what Graves disease is. With Graves disease you feel shaky. If you hold your arm straight out you’ll see a tremor in your hand. It can also cause your eyes to look like they’re bulging out of your head. Diabetes causes you to pee a lot, but it also makes you extremely tired, and your mouth really dry. It sounds like you have a grand case of anxiety too, and that’s probably what’s making you so worried about your health.

Sandra asks…

Why do I always think I have a disease? (Also I think I might have Grave’s Disease or Type 1 Diabetes)?

I always think I’m sick, but now I’m almost sure of it I think I have Grave’s Disease or Type 1 Diabetes.

I’ve been diagnosed with ADHD, I have sudden loss of visions that make me lose my balance, I’m always tired (I sleep 12hrs a day yet I still have heavy bags under my eyes), I’ve lost 18 pounds since September though I’ve made no changes in my diet nor effort to lose weight, I wore a heart monitor for a month but my mom’s insurance wouldn’t cover further tests but they said there might be something wrong with my thyroid, I have intense sensitivity to light but that might be from post-concussion syndrome because I was hit head on by a car a year and a half ago, I’ve been told by my chiropractor that I might be depressed, I pee 7-12 times a day (but I also drink a lot), and I always feel warm and I sweat really easy.

I know thats a mess of symptoms but hopefully by listing all of them someone can figure this out.
I talked to my doctor about the weight loss last week and he said to come back next week for a weight check, but I’m still worried. And why am I always worried?

Helen answers:

Diagnosis of ADHD is highly suspect. See 50 conditions that mimic ADHD – they include hyperthyroidism/hypothyroidism, hypoglyemica, early onset diabetes, lack of B vitamins to name a few.

50 Conditions that Mimic ADHD >>>
http://www.incrediblehorizons.com/mimic-adhd.htm

Grave’s Disease sounds a very likely diagnosis. Due to sweating, your increased thirst and urination could just be from an overactive thyroid gland. Graves disease is associated with autoimmune pernicious anaemia, atrophic gastritis, vitiligo, diabetes mellitus type 1, autoimmune adrenal insufficiency, systemic sclerosis, celiac’s disease, myasthenia gravis, Sjögren syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, and systemic lupus erythematosus. Autoimmune pernicious anaemia and atrophic gastritis are the two most common autoimmune disorders to develop in patients with Graves’ disease.

Optic neuritis is inflammation of the optic nerve which may cause sudden, reduced vision in the affected eye and sensitivity to light (photophobia).

Causes include:

Bell’s palsy
chronic acidosis
metabolic issues
diabetes mellitus
autoimmune pernicious anaemia
Guillain-Barre syndrome
malnutrition
Vitamin B12 deficiency
bone fracture, dislocation, herniated disc
neurotoxins, poisons – insecticides, mercury, lead, arsenic, alcohol
physical trauma, penetrating injury, bad bruise, heavy pressure on a nerve
Autoimmune diseases – lupus, sarcoidosis, Behcet disease, multiple sclerosis
An infections could be a trigger for nerves to inflame as well, including
leprosy
mumps
syphilis
meningitis
chickenpox
tuberculosis
herpes zoster
Lyme disease
viral encephalitis
measles, rubella
bacterial pneumonia
upper respiratory tract infection

http://www.healthblurbs.com/nerve-inflammation-neuritis-inflamed-nerves-symptoms-neuritis-causes-nerve-treatment/

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