Hyperthyroidism and Graves

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I have just been diagnosed with hyperhyroidism and Graves. My resting ECG was 113bpm. My left eye is currently swollen and weeping. Not heard anything from Dr's as he isn't in this week. What happens next?

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    Who diagnosed you - your GP or an Endo? Were you put on Carbimazole or Methimazole?  Were you given any medications at all like a beta blocker like Propranolol.  If you were not started on meds, I would go to an Emerg Department to get proper treatment.
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      It was due to eye problems which highlighted Hyperthyroidism, on my request bloods were taken to test for both. Within 24 hrs my gp phoned to say both bloods came back positive. An ecg was booked 5 days later, on 14th Feb and also a letter sent to DRI to see a specialist, ... , they would only tell me that my resting heart rate was 113bpm, gp on holiday until Monday, not heard anything since.
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      So you have the choice of waiting until your doc returns or going to an Emerg Department to get immediate treatment.  To get the best results recovering from this disease, learn all you can about it.  There are several good websites which provide good information.  Always get and keep a copy of all your blood results and learn what they mean.  Most docs will give you a choice of three treatments - medication, radiation or surgery.  The latter two are permanent and if you don't like the results, they are not reversible.  Radiation also known as RAI does nothing to get rid of the eye disease and one woman reported getting the eye disease 7 years after she had RAI.  For myself, I found that doing my research and taking supplements along with my prescribed meds made my disease more manageable.  For your eye symptoms, you need to be referred to an ocular specialist who deals with Graves eye disease.  Things you can do on your own to help the eye disease is to eat 2 Brazil nuts a day or take 200 mg of Selenium, soak cotton pads in witch hazel and place over closed eyelids.

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      Thank you Linda187, I will start the self help tips tomorrow. A phone call to GP on Monday too.
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      hi Dawn 31341 - I wouldnt wait for your GP s return, a high bpm rate can be dangerous if prolonged. Why dont you just go to an ER and ask for a cardiologist to  prescribe Propanolol , showing him your blood work? 

      Have been diagnosed late w Graves and it has caused me ( minor ) heart issues.But could have been a lot worse.

      all the best

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      My GP returns to work today. My hbpm has been like this since Aug. I was told initially up to 100 bpm was OK. I'll telephone my surgery today. My worry at the moment is my muscles, walking distances is a struggle, and stairs are like a marathon, my heart rate goes crazy at times, most it's been is 209, I know this isn't good.

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