I'm still in New Hampshire, 29 years old and I'm doing excellent. Last thyroid test was normal and I try my best to eat right and exercise.
I'm 26 now and living in Manchester NH. I've been on the block & replace treatment therapy for almost 5 years I believe... I'm currently taking 75mcg levothyroxin in the morning, and 10mg methimazole in the evening - once daily. My goiter has since disappeared and has returned to its almost normal size last time we checked.
For those who are experiencing the same issue, please read through this to see what I've gone through. This thread has been a place for me to visit for the last few years and I try to keep it as updated as possible. As always, feel free to reach out to me via PM if you have any questions or would just like to talk. I know how Graves' Disease can feel like it's going to take over your life, but you can pull through! The light IS at the end of the tunnel
Hi guys, my name is Rob, I am a 23 year old male and I have Graves' - I'm currently living in Kansas City. I've been under treatment for approximately a year by taking Methimazole (20mg) and Levothyroxin (88mcg). I used to take Beta blockers but my blood pressure kind of went down and was told I don't need to (but I could if I wanted - chose not to as it's one less pill I have to take daily). I also suffer from nearly all side effects of Graves', such as Stroke-level blood pressure, high heart rate, Graves' Dermopathy, Graves' Ophthalmopathy, Anxiety (diagnosed), Depression (not diagnosed, but I just don't ever feel like doing anything since under treatment) and bipolarity (self diagnosed, since I've been told I have frequent mood changes). Since treatment, my anxiety has pretty much gone away but I still suffer from depression and bipolar problems. I'm even scared to lose my girlfriend because of my Graves' Disease and inability to completely control my mood at times.
I do still have a goiter, which has shrunk a little since beginning of treatment, but I still suffer from the Graves' Dermopathy and Graves' Ophthalmopathy but the Graves' Ophthalmopathy is mild as I'm able to close my eyes completely. It's rare that I get dry-eye unless allergy-related. The Graves' Dermopathy is on my left shin and is embarrassing and I've had it for years, even before being diagnosed. Dermatologists didn't even know what my skin problem was. It's sad that only a year ago when I got my eyes checked, the ophthalmologist told me I had Graves' just by seeing my goiter and my eye problems. From there I immediately went to the doctor and seen a specialist. I also feel it's important to note that I used to smoke for around 5-6 years and recently quit about 8 months ago!
Anyhow, I just wanted to register and read to see how many other people share the same issues as I have. It's unfortunate that there's no cure to the autoimmune disease (any of them), but I guess we just have to live with it, right?
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. I'll try to answer asap!
PS: for users under treatment, have you noticed any sort of short term or long term memory loss? I feel that I can't remember some events without having to be reminded by my friends and it's embarrassing. Even things my girlfriend says to me I tend to forget, even though I really try to remember things she says. She should be lucky I can remember her birthday and favorite color, though!
Side note: I've done some working out and noticed I'm not really able to lose weight. I've gained about 25lbs since treatment and endocrinologist says my thyroid levels are fine while on thyroid hormone replacement therapy (levothyroxin). I can't seem to burn fat or build muscle, is this a cause for concern or am I not trying hard enough/eating the right foods?
Edited by RobW, 25 December 2016 - 04:38 AM.