Graves disease is an auto-immune disease that affects the thyroid. It causes me to have symptoms of a hyper-active thyroid, usually the shakes, unable to sleep soundly, headaches and a few other symptoms. I also tend to have a hard time concentrating, and this time I think it has affected my eye-sight. So, tomorrow I have to go in a take a blood test and I'm sure I will be back on medication soon. There are other deciding factors, I can have my thyroid removed, or I can have it 'killed' with iodine.
So far, I have opted to take the medicine until it goes back into remission, but I am not sure if that is the way I should continue. I have to discuss the options with my doctor and decide the best way to go. I am not happy about the other options simply because I don't want to be dependent on medication the rest of my life.
I also have Fibromyalgia, which I was diagnosed with in 1993. After my last thyroid test the doctor's gave me and the diagnosis of the Graves, I happen to be looking into a Fibromyalgia center here in Colorado. I read on their site that they believe there is a connection between FB and thyroid issues. I found that rather interesting.
I plan to do more research on both, and then take my findings to the doctor before I decide anything drastic. Have any of you experienced either one of these afflictions, or any other types like these? I am curious what you decided to do and if you have heard of these two being tied to the glands in your brain?
Let me know your thoughts on the matter. I am not looking for an excuse, but I now know what has been going on with me the last couple of weeks. At least it explains a lot to me.
I hope to be back in full swing soon. I have a book to get out and several after that one and I need to be up to par, if you know what I mean.
I hope all of you have a great weekend, and if you have any thoughts on this matter, please drop me a line. I love to know what you think.