The Picture - Half Empty or Half Full?
Many of you who know me know I've been fighting a battle with Graves' Disease for about a year and a half. It was diagnosed in February of 2007. I was so very sick back then I actually thought I was going to die! One of the main symptoms was a rapid heartbeat and mine was probably 110 beats a minute. I was put on Methimazole, about 40 mg. per day to knock down the worst of the symptoms. That has gradually been reduced until now my dose is 5 mg. a day. Then I got some really bad news this week, my numbers are beginning to rise again. My Dr. called on Wednesday and told me he wanted to do the radioactive iodine treatment. I just don't feel ready for that at all. He gave me until the 7th of November, my next appointment, to "see the numbers change". He says to take the medicine every other day and in two weeks go off it all together. Yeah, the numbers will change and it won't be for the better I'm sure. So, I went on the Internet and found some alternative therapy that I'm going to try for the next couple of months. Mainly just B2 (400 mcg), selenium (200 mcg), flax seed oil 1000 mg), L-Carnitine (2000 mg)) and I MAY try Bugleweed. I don't know if it's going to make any difference but I can't just go to that final place yet. Yeah, I've been reading the pros and cons of other peoples journey having the iodine treatment and the follow-up with replacement Armour Thyroid or Synthroid. If ANY of you have stories to share, advice, want to tell me your thoughts, please feel free to comment. I would love to hear from you!