Graves Disease

If you have Grave’s disease, then depending upon the severity, you are either trying to decide whether to have your thyroid destroyed or removed, or it’s already been done and now you are left to deal with the symptoms associated with an underactive thyroid gland.  If your thyroid has not been removed, then you are probably dealing with one or more of these common symptoms:

  • Protrusion of the eyeballs
  • Goiter
  • Insomnia
  • Hand tremors
  • Hyperactivity
  • Hair loss
  • Heat intolerance
  • Excess sweating
  • Weight loss
  • Increased appetite
  • Heart arrhythmias
  • Hypertension
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

If left untreated, Grave’s disease can lead to serious complications such as:  bone loss, fractures, miscarriage, stroke, eye damage, and death.  Medical treatment for Grave’s will usually be either anti-thyroid drugs, radioactive iodine to partially or completely destroy the thyroid, or surgical removal of the thyroid gland.  If the thyroid gland is removed, then you become a hypothyroid patient, which requires thyroid medication (T4 and/or T3) for the rest of your life.

Great care has to be taken to achieve proper thyroid hormone balance in the body.  Thyroid hormones need to be produced by the thyroid gland or taken in the form of a pill, and then converted by the body for proper use.  You need to understand however, that there is much more involved than taking thyroid hormones.  It can be very complicated.  You need to understand that the autoimmune response could still be affecting other areas of your body and therefore the rate of frequency of flare ups that could be affecting other parts of the body must be minimized.  Proper nutritional support, as well as an in depth understanding of the autoimmune response will allow you to live a happier, healthier life.  This type of approach usually offers more benefits than taking thyroid medications alone.  Unlike medications, this type of care does not lower your overall immunity!  Tests are available that will show what your body can do to utilize thyroid hormones in the most efficient manner.  Testing is available that will show what foods you should avoid that may trigger further autoimmune responses in the body.  Drugless types of care can often reduce many of your symptoms associated with Grave’s disease and allow you to live a much happier, healthier life.  For more information or if you would like to call for a free consultation to learn more specifically what options are available to you, call the office at (586) 726-9860.