Thursday, October 11, 2012

Not Up To Par Lately

Lately I have not felt that good and the reason has finally shown it's ugly head--my Thyroid is back, and in full swing. I have fought to stay in remission, but sometimes I loose that fight. I have Graves disease and there is no controlling it.

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.

Love, Lisa


  1. I hope it turns around soon. Sorry you've not been feeling up to snuff. Let me know if you need anything.


  2. Thanks Robin, I am sure I will be fine. See you soin!

  3. Hi Lisa, Although I do not have Graves disease I do have Thyroid disease, Vitiligo and other related affects. I hope that you find relief and that you go into remission. I will follow you through your difficult time. My mother had her thyroid 'killed' with iodine, although it was a different time. Medicine has come so very far; new advances make living with disease much easier. Writing is an important vice for anyone going through crisis, try and keep focused and your spirits lifted and write, it's good for the soul. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers and look forward to your success as both a writer and in your quest to fight your disease. Michele

  4. Thanks Michele, and I hope you are okay too. Thyroid disease is horrible any way you have it. I hate the way it makes you feel. I will talk with the doc about my choices. I really don't want to be on meds the rest of my life but I might not have a choice.