Donald asks…

I have Grave’s Disease/Hyperactive thyroid- freaking out!?

Okay, so I am an 18 year old female and I was diagnosed with Grave’s Disease over 9 months ago. I have been taking a hyperactive thyroid medication that is supposed to bring down my thyroid levels, but it hasn’t been working. The doctor says that I will have to get a radiation treatment in order to become HYPOactive, and then I will have to take a thyroid supplement replacement for the rest of my life. I don’t mind, but I am freaking out over my Grave’s disease. Will it go away if I become hypoactive? I am feeling pain in my thyroid and Im getting paranoid about my bug eyes….

Helen answers:

Yes, that is the purpose. That is the way that HypERthyroidism is treated. It is ‘killed off’ rendering it HypOactive, then is treated w/ the HypO meds as if it had been HypO all along.

God bless

John asks…

any advice…plz answer?

ok i am currently undergoing alor of treatment to stablize my graves disease and it means that my weight fluctuates quite often, i am currently on the heavyer side of things (and no not oblise i fit into a size 8) and i am very self concious because not only am i a teen but it really sucks. my father is always complaining about how i was too thin and i looked sick bla bla bla and now all of a sudden tonight he called me chubby. He didn’t know i am also depressed because of the graves (low endomorphens) but idk what to do. i have always been an athlete and right now i feel like never eating again…the oddest thing is that he is always the one shoving food down my throat plz help

Helen answers:

You have to have an honest chat with your dad and tell him that you would like him to not say things like “chubby” to you. And to not comment on your weight one way or the other. Tell him that you have issues with your weight due to your illness and medication and when people focus on your weight it causes you to think that your appearance is the only thing that is of value to people.

It’s a scary thing to stand up for yourself to a parent, but you need to do this for yourself. Don’t let him be dismissive and say something like “I was only kidding” or “you know I’m just joking”. Tell him those jokes are not funny to you and they make you go to a bad place in your head and cause you to focus on things that are not important in the grand scheme of things.

My grandfather used to make jokes like that. He said to all the kids, boys and girls, when they did something good “you’re a fat lady”. He didn’t mean anything by it and he didn’t mean to hurt anyone’s feelings, but when it was pointed out to him that a cousin had anorexia and him saying that just caused her to obsess over her weight, he apologized to her and he stopped saying it to everyone. (Now he says “attaboy, Dave” to everyone)

Betty asks…

I’m stumped! Does anyone know the answer to this nursing question???

The nurse is caring for a 45-year-old patient who had a thyroidectomy 12 hours ago for treatment of Graves‘s disease. The nurse would be MOST concerned if which of the following was observed?

(1) The patient supports his head and neck when turning his head to the right.

(2) The client spontaneously flexes his wrist when the blood pressure is obtained.

(3) The client is drowsy and complains of a sore throat.

Helen answers:

I would say 2. A major complication of a thyroidectomy is inadvertent removal of the parathyroid glands which are responsible for controlling calcium levels. Choice 2 describes “Trousseau’s sign” which occurs in patients with dangerously low calcium levels.

Ruth asks…

Thyroid Ablation After Effects?

im undergoing thyroid ablation therapy for graves disease and was wondering if there are any positive and/or negative after effects of the ablation. I also have bad acne and thought maybe after the treatment maybe it would get better? Also i never had to worry about weight before because i burned carbs so fast, is it going to be hard for my body to adjust after?

Helen answers:

Depending on the dose of radiation they give you it’s pretty much a given that you will become hyPOthyroid and are going to be dealing with that for the rest of your life. That means getting labs done to check thyroid hormone levels (not just TSH, a pituitary hormone) and getting thyroid hormone replacement.

While hyper you burn ALL calories fast, not just carbs. So you will likely have to learn how to eat to feed your ‘new’ body. New cuz it won’t be like the one before.

Acne has a strong link to hormone imbalances, getting your hormones at better levels should help the acne.

Set things up before you are dosed so that your quarantine after will be more comfortable. Having it all set up means less work during, and after, quarantine as far as decontaimination goes. I have a few tips here that will get you started.

Sharon asks…

Has anyone got thyroid problems?

I have an overactive thyroid, I was diagnosed with graves disease few months bk, they said they will moniter me for 18 months before deciding what to do, (I only have 3 months of monitering left) and its not looking good apparantly. They said they will either remove all/half of the thyroid or laser treatment. has anyone gone through this?
please can you explain any procedures you had to go thru ect

Helen answers:

I have had my entire Thyroid removed, and its not as scary as it sounds;) In the long run you’ll be better off, and the missing thyroid can be replaced with medication.

I had mine removed due to cancer, I was only in hospital for 3 days and back at uni in 2 weeks. I had a great surgeon and you can’t even notice my scar at all now:)
hope this helps a little..

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