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puffy eyelids

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • April 12, 2006
  • 01:23 AM

Is their anyone out there that has thyroid problems, sinus problems and their eyelids are super puffy?
I need help, I have been on meds for thyroid, doc says blood ok, I have been to doc for sinus, had meds, worked some, but still having headaches and really puffy eyelids, enough so that they obstruct my eyesight, from what I usually have, If the swelling goes down, then they droop over my eyes?
Any help would be wonderful.
Do I need a new doc?

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  • I don't have the answers for you, but I do have the same conditions. If you've received any helpful input to date, I'd appreciate hearing from you. Thanks!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Yes I have Graves disease, a form of thyroid disease. I have bulging eyes. I can tell you that they will get a little better. The Doc. will tell you they wont, but mine have. I have had Graves for about 12 years. It has been stable for about 5 years. About 3 years ago I noticed my eyes didn't hurt anymore, my vision wouldn't go gray and blurry. The appearance looked better as well. I still look a bit different from what I did 10 years ago. But doesn't everyone?They say water your eyes often and that will help.It will get better.:D
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  • I also have very puffy eyes, and was diagnosed with Graves disease 6 years ago. It ususally produces protruding (bulging) eyes, as one of you mentioned. Mine are not protruding; they are puffy. I have some sinus trouble and a lump in my throat. I am wondering if I have gone hypothyroid, since I had the radio active treatment for Graves disease. Any comments?
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 19, 2007
    • 06:57 PM
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  • Most people who have radioactive iodine therapy develop a secondary hypothyroidism. You should definitely check this with your doctor.Surgical procedures can be performed if the eyes protrude signficantly, cause compression to the optic nerves or if the eyelids retract.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • I have Thyroid eyes too. I have one bulging and one drooping. I went on Steroids for 6 mths. That really helped, but ended up with too many bad side effects. When I went off of them, the eye problem came back. I ended up getting 10 low doses radiation treatments to the muscles behind the eye. It helped a lot. They still watery a bit, one lid droops a little bit but it's now managable. They say it may last 1-6 yrs on average. Some of the bulging and drooping lid may still persist. If yours is unbearable, go for the radiation treatments. I had no neg. side effects. I was like you, I couldn't stand that pressure from the eye. The pain is because your eye muscles are so engorged with cells that think your eye muscles are foreign cells that need to be destroyed. It's like one autoimmune illness goes away just for a new one to start. I have this fatigue and joint pain and stiffness that I can't tolerate now. Good luck
    rlshahan 3 Replies Flag this Response
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