How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Dr. Rick Your Own Question

Dr. Rick
Dr. Rick, Board Certified MD
Category: Eye
Satisfied Customers: 7822
Experience:  Ophthalmology since 1994 with Retina sub-specialty interest
48069651
Type Your Eye Question Here...
Dr. Rick is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

My friend suffers from Graves disease,macular digeneration,hypothyroidism

Resolved Question:

My friend suffers from Graves disease,macular digeneration,hypothyroidism and lupus.We want to know if excess exposure to radiation could be as likely as not the cause of any or all of these diseases.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 2 years ago.

Dr. Rick :

Hi. I'm online and happy to answer your question today.

Dr. Rick :

Could you tell me how it is that your friend became exposed to radiation? And, also, how much radiation, what type (Gamma, alpha, beta etc. Total body external, internal, industrial etc)

Customer:

Yes,we believe he was exposed to radioactive emmissions iodine-131 and other radio isotopes.He drove heavy equipment in the 50's and early 60's inhaling large amounts of dust and smoke from nuclear plant emmissions.His employment was for 4 years.

Dr. Rick :

OK.

Dr. Rick :

I do not believe that the exposure you discussed contributed to his macular degeneration. As far as his graves orbitopathy, that is caused by an attack on the orbital tissues by his own bodies immune system and would, also, have nothing to do with exposure to radiation in the manor you pointed out, even though it was possibly I 131.

Dr. Rick :

As an eye doctor, I must admit that I don't know all the minute details of lupus....I only deal with the ocular issues as it relates to this condition. As far as radiation and lupus I would suggest you talk to an endocrinologist.....but, just off the cuff, I don't think the lupus would be caused by your friends exposure so many years ago.

Dr. Rick :

Does this make sense to you?

Customer:

what about developement of hypothyroidism and graves disease in association with radioactive exposure only?

Customer:

no lupus

Dr. Rick :

That is a very good question. There have been no studies that show a correlation between radiation exposure and the development of graves disease/hypothryoidism. Even if there was, almost 60 years later there would be no way to figure out how much exposure you friend had or if any of that exposure would have caused these, otherwise, common conditions.

Customer:

There is a lot of litigation concerning the people that lived"down wind"of the Hanford nuclear plant.So it would seem feasible that a person in the thick of it would be affected.They are winning the class action suit.

Dr. Rick :

I don't think it is possible at this time to show any direct correlation to your friends work at the nuclear power plant 60 years ago and his health problems now.

Customer:

Much of the problems are showing up years later.

Dr. Rick :

you would have to talk to a lawyer about that. But, I really don't think medical science will be able to support your friends claim, even if a fancy lawyer can get some company to cough up some money. Unfortunately, most of the cash in these class action suits goes to the lawyers...they get ten million and each harmed person gets 800 bucks.

Dr. Rick :

But how can you correlate these problems to the exposure 60 years ago? Medicine isn't that exact.

Dr. Rick :

Especially when you are talking about diseases that are very common in every day, non-radiation exposed, folks the same age as your friend.

Dr. Rick :

Are you still there?

Customer:

yes

Dr. Rick :

ok

Dr. Rick :

Even though my answer was not quite what you were hoping for, please understand that my priority was to provide you with the most honest information. With that in consideration, I hope that you found my answer useful. Please click the green accept button so that I receive credit for my time.


 

Customer:

the key wording is as "likely as not"

Dr. Rick :

And I think that is the legal barrier your friend will have to cross to say it was his job as a youngster that is the source of his problems now. That is something that medical science can not say happened.

Dr. Rick :

Does this help?

Dr. Rick :

I suppose. But if your friend came in for medical care for his issues the first thing the doctors would not think it was caused by radiation exposure as a young man. Millions of people have all the health issues you mentioned without ever being exposed to any significant radiation.

Dr. Rick :

Why would he be different?

Dr. Rick :

I suppose. But if your friend came in for medical care for his issues the first thing the doctors would not think it was caused by radiation exposure as a young man. Millions of people have all the health issues you mentioned without ever being exposed to any significant radiation.

Dr. Rick :

Why would he be different?

Dr. Rick :

I suppose. But if your friend came in for medical care for his issues the first thing the doctors would not think it was caused by radiation exposure as a young man. Millions of people have all the health issues you mentioned without ever being exposed to any significant radiation.

Dr. Rick :

Why would he be different?

Dr. Rick :

I suppose. But if your friend came in for medical care for his issues the first thing the doctors would not think it was caused by radiation exposure as a young man. Millions of people have all the health issues you mentioned without ever being exposed to any significant radiation.

Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 2 years ago.
What Happens Now?

Your chat has ended, but you can still work with your Expert to get an answer to your question if you have not yet received one.

Come back to this page at any time to see additional information from your Expert.  You will also receive an email when your question is updated.  If you want to send a message to your Expert, use the box below.

If you have already received a satisfactory answer to your question, click the Accept button above.  Experts are credited for each accepted answer they provide.
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 2 years ago.
I see that you tried to accept my answer. The accept,for some reason didn't go through.

If you still would like to accept my answer could you please push the accept button again?

Thanks.
Dr. Rick, Board Certified MD
Category: Eye
Satisfied Customers: 7822
Experience: Ophthalmology since 1994 with Retina sub-specialty interest
Dr. Rick and other Eye Specialists are ready to help you
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 2 years ago.
I am still here if you would like to continue our discussion. It looks like the chat system locked up :(

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • I feel so much better today, and upon further investigation believe that there is a chance that the responses I got saved me from a serious, even life threatening situation. I am very grateful to the experts who answered me. Susan O. USA
< Last | Next >
  • I feel so much better today, and upon further investigation believe that there is a chance that the responses I got saved me from a serious, even life threatening situation. I am very grateful to the experts who answered me. Susan O. USA
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C. Freshfield, Liverpool, UK
  • This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!! Alex Los Angeles, CA
  • Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult. GP Hesperia, CA
  • I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion. Justin Kernersville, NC
  • Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around. Esther Woodstock, NY
  • Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know. Robin Elkton, Maryland
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Dr. Dan B.

    Board Certified Ophthalmologist

    Satisfied Customers:

    2903
    Eye surgeon experienced in cataracts, glaucoma, retina & neuro-ophthalmology
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DoctorDanB/2010-6-7_6228_just_answer_profile_picture_60_pixels.jpg Dr. Dan B.'s Avatar

    Dr. Dan B.

    Board Certified Ophthalmologist

    Satisfied Customers:

    2903
    Eye surgeon experienced in cataracts, glaucoma, retina & neuro-ophthalmology
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/anupamadesai/2010-04-13_122313_Dr._A.S.Desai_new_photo.jpg Dr. A.S. Desai's Avatar

    Dr. A.S. Desai

    Ophthalmologist

    Satisfied Customers:

    1903
    MS Ophthalmology with 11 years of surgical expereince
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/gsokoye/2009-10-28_181751_Dr._Stan.JPG Dr. Stan's Avatar

    Dr. Stan

    Ophthalmologist

    Satisfied Customers:

    895
    Johns Hopkins Fellowship Trained, Certified and Licensed Medical Physician and Surgeon
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/eyemd/2009-04-07_180315_pic.jpg Dr. Stevens's Avatar

    Dr. Stevens

    Ophthalmologist

    Satisfied Customers:

    629
    Board Certified Ophthalmologist
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/CO/CorneaDoc/2012-2-18_0390_photo6.64x64.jpg Dr. Susan's Avatar

    Dr. Susan

    Ophthalmologist

    Satisfied Customers:

    217
    Board Certified & Fellowship trained eye surgeon.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/neuph94/2009-10-11_164729_gif_pic.GIF Dr. JP's Avatar

    Dr. JP

    Ophthalmology, Oculoplastic Surgery

    Satisfied Customers:

    28
    Harvard Medical School, Massachussetts Eye and Ear
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/JA/JACUSTOMERjcufyksv/2012-3-13_44825_crop3.64x64.jpg Dr-Trace's Avatar

    Dr-Trace

    Board Certified Ophthalmologist

    Satisfied Customers:

    26
    Board Certified in General Ophthalmology