I was diagnosed with Graves in June of 97 (hospitalized for five days with heart rate of 200 and atrial fibrillation); things have settled down with respect to my cardiac status, and my condition is more or less controlled with PTU and beta blocker, but I’m tired all the time and I think maybe I don’t need the beta blocker at all. I had bllod tests and the results haven’t come back yet, but I was curious whether everyone who is being treated with antithyroid drugs also needs beta blockers? My heart rate was really high when I was still in fibrillation, but the fibrillation stopped late last summer, and my resting heart rate is now mostly around 60-65. I’m really hoping to do without the beta blocker.
I’m sure a lot of my difficulty is the unhappiness associated with my husband’s death; he died from melanoma at the age of 59 four months ago–he had been undergoing treatment for the melanoma for a little over a year, but had chemo for more than five years before that for lymphoma/leukemia, so it’s been a long stressfull time (and yet he was able to keep on working until two weeks before his death!).