Q: What I am curious about is,
does the bulging go into remission like the disease? It's barely
noticeable, at this point, to others but of course I can see it - it's
really apparent in pictures. Anyway, I've read about Graves remission
but nothing about eye disease remission - does it happen?
A:Graves' eye disease seems to have a different language. There are different phases for GED: 'hot' phase, 'cold' phase, and 'burnout'. When the inflammatory phases moves from hot to cold it could flare up and become hot again. The 'burnout' is the end of the inflammatory action associated with GED, but I haven't heard it labelled a remission. If a remission is the absence of the inflammatory conditions then I guess it could be labelled thus, but if remission is the end of signs and symptoms then it would not be so. When the burnout phase occurs with GED the permanent damage effected is not reversible. I've not heard the connection with smoking and RAI, but it is true if you've got GED/TED this is not the option for you. Just the RAI/GED combination can exacerbate your eye condition. I have heard that smoking can disguise (probably not the best word, but it's early yet!) thyroid symptoms I've seen articles elude to the GED connection and surgery.. but never seen an explanation, or the facts really spelled out. Can't help you there. If you were having palpitations - or if at times you suddenly became concious of your heartbeating, or it felt 'off' to you, thats most likely the reason for the beta blocker. Toprol can also be use4d to reduce blood pressure. If you have any questions about your treatment you should discuss it with your doctor at the time he prescribes, or whenever they occur to you.
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