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Graves’ Thyroid

in by FallenAngel801
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Why are most of the questions you receive regarding Hashimoto’s Disease and not many regarding Graves? I was just curious about that. Also After having your Thyroid removed what are the best ways to manage your health? How often should you see a physician and have blood work?


About FallenAngel801

Conditions: Grave’s Disease thyroid

Doctors seen: MD – primary care, MD – specialist

Treatment: Prescription medication/shots, Diet

Children: 2

Age: 25-34

FallenAngel801
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1 Answer

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Hashimoto's tends to be a lot more common than Graves, thus there are more people asking about it.

As for health management after thyroidectomy, personally it's actually easier for me now than when I had a thyroid. Typically, a person is put on thyroid replacement within a few days to a week or so of the surgery, depending on how hyper they were at the time. Medication levels should then be looked at every 6 to 8 weeks until the proper dosage, preferably based on how that person feels as well as their thyroid labs, is attained. Then it may be possible to lengthen the time between doctor visits to every 6 months as long as that person's labs are stabilized. An extra visit can always be scheduled if there is a change in symptoms. Vitamin D and iron/ferritin should also be looked at occasionally to make sure they are where they need to be. Replacement should be taken every day at the same time each day with a full glass of water, either 1 hour before or 2 hours after food and not within 4 hours of any calcium supplements. Otherwise, a Graves patient can pretty much return to a normal, healthy lifestyle.

StormFinch
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About Me:

Conditions:

Grave’s Disease thyroid, Hashimoto's thyroid disease

Doctors seen:

MD – primary care

Treatment:

Prescription medication/shots, Vitamins, herbs, and/or supplements

Children:

2

Age:

45-54
Answered on May 14, 2013

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