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    I HAVE HAD GD FOR ABOUT 3 YRS NOW, I AM 44 YRS OLD. ORIGINALLY,THE 1ST SYMPTOM
    WAS MY EYES. THEY WERE SWOLLEN, RED, ITCHY AND VERY PAINFUL. I WENT TO 3 OPTHALMOLOGIST
    WHO MISDIAGNOSED ME AS HAVING ALLERGIES. SO OFF TO THE ALLERGY DOCTOR I WENT. I HAD NO
    OTHER ALLERGY SYMPTOMS OTHER THAN MY EYES. NEVERTHELESS, THE HMO ALLERGY DR DECIDED TO
    START ME ON A FIVE YR PLAN OF SHORTS ONCE A WEEK ALONG WITH PERSCRIPTIONS FOR MY EYES.
    AND STILL MY EYES WERE WORSE. STILL NO ONE HAD MENTIONED GD UNTIL I BECAME SO ILL THAT
    IT BECAME LIFE THREATENING AND I END UP IN THE HOSPITAL (THRYOID STORM) I SPENT A YR ON
    PTU AND AM STILL ON BETA BLOCKERS. REC’D THE “ATOMIC COCKTAIL” ABOUT 6 MONTHS AGO AND
    AM CURRENTLY STARTING 1 MG. OF SYNTHROID DAILY. AFTER RECEIVING ALLERGY SHOTS FOR THE
    LAST 2 YRS. IF I DIDN’T HAVE ALLERGIES THEN, I SURE DO NOW!! I WAS NEVER SO GLAD TO FIND
    THIS SUPPORT GROUP. IT SEEMS LIKE THE ENDOCRINOLOGIST IN THIS AREA ONLY OFFER INFO ON A
    “NEED TO KNOW” BASIS. I HAVE REPEATEDLY ASKED ABOUT MY EYES AND EVASIVE COMMENTS SUCH AS
    “I DON’T THINK YOUR EYE PROBLEMS HAVE TO DO WITH GD AND THEN REFER ME TO THE SAME EYE DR.
    IT WOULD HAVE BEEN NICE TO HAVE BEEN FOREWARNED BEFORE THE RAI TREATMENT ABOUT THINGS LIKE
    “DEPRESSION, CONSIDERABLE WEIGHT GAIN, TIREDNESS, ETC. HAS ANYONE OUT THERE HAD PROBLEMS WITH
    PAINFUL RIGHT ARMS AND SWOLLEN HANDS AND A INABILITY TO WRITE AT TIMES? SO THAT’S MY STORY
    FOR WHAT ITS WORTH, I RECENTLY DECIDED TO HAVE MORE OF A SAY IN MY OWN HEALTH CARE AND STARTED
    A PROGRAM OF HERBS AND VITAMINS AND RECENTLY BOUGHT A MONSTER OF A JUICER IN AN EFFORT TO
    CLENSE MY BODY OF TOXINS AND BUILD UP MY IMMUNE SYSTEM.I JUST STARTED TAKING A VIT. B COMPLEX
    AN ANTIOXIDANT (Q10), BILBERRY (FOR EYES), GOLDENSEAL, ZINC, GINKO (FOR MEMORY) AND ST. JOHN’S
    WORT (FOR DEPRESSION. I KNOW THE VIT. B COMPLEX HAS HELPED WITH THE TIREDNESS. AS FOR THE
    DEPRESSION, I JUST STARTED TAKING ST. JOHN’S WORT, SO I’LL LET YOU KNOW. AND I PROMISE THE NEXT
    TIME I GO ON LINE I’LL LIMIT MY COMMENTS TO 2 SHORT LINES.

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