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      Hiya Ariella! I don’t know anything about the nursing and the PTU…but
      I do know about the itching! Before I started on the PTU I itched so
      bad that I would bleed. It did go away after about 2 weeks on the PTU.
      Almost all of my hyper symptoms went away after 2-3 weeks. I feel so
      much better now. I didn’t know what feeling good was like until recently.
      I still have my bad days when I hate everything and everyone, but I’m
      more in control now.
      Let me know how you make out :>

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        I have just spent the last two hours reading the link of notes. I have learned so much about Graves over the past 4 days. I’m going to be diagnosed tomorrow (Monday) with a radioactive iodine test.

        My question is about Graves and nursing. I have a 9 month old daughter who is still primarily receiving her sustenance from me. I would like to nurse for a long time, but the doctors seemed to imply over the phone that they would need to monitor my daughter with PTU. That is, that I COULD do it, but I shouldn’t. I really don’t want to stop nursing. I would appreciate your feedback.

        Finally, I am wondering whether others have had problems with ITCHINESS all over their body. This has been my biggest symptom, but I have not noticed others mentioning it. I have been on Prendisone for about 4 weeks and it is helping significantly. Does the itching go away with the PTU?

        Ariella Zeller, Ann Arbor Michigan

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          Dear Ariella,
          PTU does show up in breast milk as does the oral steroids. So doctors
          usually recommend not breast feeding while on those meds. But you should
          discuss this with your ped. They may want to monitor your baby’s thyroid
          levels to make sure the PTU is not affecting it. Also I have had alot
          of “itching” for years. My legs would itch so badly that I would make
          them bleed from all the scratching. Being out in the sun made it worse.
          I thought I was allergic to the sun. Then various lotions would break
          me out. I went to the dermatologists who told me to use only Nivea brand
          lotion and dye free soaps and detergents, etc. Now that I “hypo” on
          Synthroid, I don’t itch as much. Sometimes though I have problems with
          a rash that appears usually on my lower legs. It starts out as a red
          spot that is hot to the touch. It feels like my skin is burning from
          the inside out. After a couple of days it will scab over. Steroid creams
          help. I have come to associate this with my thyroid levels being not
          at my best for me.

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            WOW!!! I can’t believe I am reading all this….. I thought I was the only one going through all the tremors,
            fast heart beats, weight gain, eye problems etc. etc. etc. I was diagnosed with Graves Disease about a
            year ago. I just got up one morning and couldn’t cope with the idea of going to work.
            I broke into tears and my boyfriend said “That’s it, we’re going to see the doctor.” I went and after a battery of tests and scans was diagnosed with
            Graves. I was on medication for what my Doctor said was the worst case he had ever seen and now he tells me I am in remission completely.
            He took me off all medication and I am getting all the symptoms back and still he refuses to Kill this thing, I am gaining weight by leaps
            and bounds My face looks like a moon!!!!!
            I can’t cope with all these symptoms and he says NO STRESS!!! HA!
            Anyway, I’m sorry for rambling on but I was amazed to find all these writings about this awful disease. Thanks for listening….Lynn From Weston.

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