Graves’ disease is an autoimmune disorder. It causes hyperthyroidism.
About 25 percent of people who develop Graves’ disease will also get Graves’ ophthalmopathy.
“How can I have Graves’ disease after treated with Radioactive Iodine and became hypothyroidism 2 years ago?” I always wondered and asked myself with doubts.
My recent visit to my eye specialist might has the answer to this. She looked at my previous blood test results and brought up the case that I might have developed the conditions wayback longer that I thought (not 6 months ago, but one to two years back ).
Damn, I have not pay enough attention to myself and my diseases. The Graves’ ophthalmopathy with bulging eyes, excessive tearing, light sensitivity and double vision must have developed long (possible even before my RAI treatment) before I get to notice and treat it March this year. The hormone, menopause, dry eyes issues could have camouflaged the real problems beneath it ? or these issues simulated and worsened the ophthalmopathy ? (I pondered again)
Good news is, my conditions are stabled n remained in status quo for quite some-times already. I still have the full vision movement and get to do the surgery to rectify this eye retraction issue middle of next year. I think I am in good hands now (I must trust my doctors).
The reason I wrote this post is not to complain but to remind myself not to neglect myself that I am a “patient” with “diseases”. I must learned how to love and take care of my body and minds, and set the life priority right.
Yes, to answer a friends’ querry, these are diseases. They are called Graves’ Disease n Dry Eyes Disease, and they are chronic :-(