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Is Methotrexate helping your Thyroid Eye Disease?
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Is Methotrexate helping your Thyroid Eye Disease?

I have severe TED(Graves Diesease) and have been on methotrexate since Jan 09. I stopped talking it in June and noticed after a few weeks my eye symptoms were getting worse. I went back on it in August and stopped again on Oct 5 and am again noticing an increase in swelling.
Is anyone else on methotrexate and do you think it is working for you?
And what are your side effects?
Thanks for any info!
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The "body" symptoms of Graves disease often are independent of the eye symptoms. Methotrexate does not usually make the eye symptoms better or worse and mostly helps the systemic symptoms. Eye treatment includes steroids by mouth and sometime orbital decompression in severe cases.

Discuss your problems with your endocrinologist. Also suggest you see an eye MD oculoplastic surgeon. Find one at www.aao.org or ask your other physicians for a referral. DO NOT SMOKE IT MAKES EVERYTHING MUCH WORSE.

JCH MD
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