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Thyroid Graves Disease: Anyone else?

Autoimmune Diseases | Last Active: Jan 25 8:11am | Replies (30)

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Hi, I got diagnosed of Hyperthyroidism at 24. I am 26 now. I lost a lot of weight and my eyes bulged. I am taking medication after I got diagnosed and I already gained weight but my eyes remained bulging.

Is there anything I need to do to get my eyes from the way it was? I get super sad and frustrated when I see my face in the mirror.

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Hello, and welcome to Mayo Connect. The bulging eyes component of Hyperthyroidism (also known as Graves Disease) can be treated by a knowledgeable Ophthalmologist (not an Optometrist.) These are MD's who specialize in treating diseases and conditions of the eye. You can ask you PCP or Endocrinologist for a referral, or look for a local doctor and ask whether they treat Thyroid Eye Disease.
What has your doctor suggested?

I'd like to add my welcome to @sueinmn's. I'd also like to piggyback on her suggestion of seeking an ophthalmologist. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/graves-disease/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20356245. There are multiple ways to treat ophthalmopathy, but each approach is not always applicable to each patient.

@rneemrrr, I merged your discussion into another discussion titled: "Thyroid Graves Disease: Anyone Else?" https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/thyroid-graves-disease/

There are many members who have discussed their issues with hyperthyroidism and the way it effects their eyes. @rneemrrr, like Sue asked, have any treatment options been discussed with your current provider? Are experiencing any of the symptoms than can sometimes come with bulging eyes?