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  • Anonymous
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    Howdy Lynn

    Having your thyroid levels at normal with this disease does not necessarily mean you won’t have some of the symptoms. Wish we knew why! I’m in the same boat with no thyroid problems.

    Bruce

    Anonymous
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    Hello everyone,
    Lynn, I know exactly what you mean about the anxiety attacks. You are not going crazy. I had them too. But it was while I was Hypo. Are you having any other trouble with hormones? Did your doctor test your adrenals?(these are glands located by your kidneys).
    I’m getting a grip on my eye problems. Not convinced they are Graves related. Bruce and I had a wee chat about them, (didn’t we, Bruce) and it seems that they are allergy related. I’m going to a Doctor in Auckland (the biggest city here in New Zealand) on Friday and he specializes in allergies and toxic poisoning. My Graves (like most of yours, I’m sure) was caused by my immune system attacking my thyroid as if I it was an allergin/foreign body. I reckon (I’ll see what the Dr. has to say) that the two conditions are related. What triggers the swelling of the tissues around my eyes(not behind the eyes), then the ezxema around them once the swelling goes down, is food I’m eating and chemicals I breath in of touch my skin. Seems anything processed, coloured, or chemically altered (like wine and beer) sets it off. I told Bruce that two weeks ago when I went to the hair dressers my eyes puffed up so bad I could hardly see out of them and PAINFULL! OOOOUCH! Anyway, wondered if anyone else has had new and interesting trouble with allergies since developing GD. I seem to have a very determined immune system.
    I know I’ve gone on long enough, but some of you have been talking about taking vitamin C. Has anyone taken antioxidents that have OPC’s (Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins)? I’ve been told that they are 20 times more potent than vitamin C and 50 times more than vitamin E.
    Your friend in GD
    Carol

    Anonymous
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    yes, the anxiety is a major symptom in my bouts with this disease also. I have always had what is commonly referred to as a “Type A” personality but this disorder takes it to new heights! Your description reminds me of the same restless feeling I get from this disorder. Inability to concentrate as well, physical as well as mental restlessness, and worst of all Insomnia! Yikes. What I have found that works for me is engaging in physical activity nearly everyday. I am lucky because I have been physically active most of my life and continue taking part in dance classes at a local community college (it’s way cheaper in these exist on a budget times we live in). Additionally, many people on this message board have helped convince me that I have got to change my stressful lifestyle and begin a daily meditation session to help de-stress. Now I’m considering Yoga classes again, since they are very good exercise and also combine excellent meditation and focusing exercises. I know it’s hard to fit in physical activity in our daily lives with work, families, and friends but perhaps if you take the first step with meditation exercises its a big step. I began meditating just one week ago and have already felt some increased calmness enter my life. Hopefully as my meditation ability improves I will get more moments of calmness and clarity. I have the opposite problem with my eye, I have to add artificial tears to my eyes. It seems that the doctors only worry about the thyroid levels more than the eyes which concerns me since I already have double vision in one eye. At times like this this message board is more comforting than the doctors, knowing that others can relate to the same problems. Anyway, sorry to be so wordy, hope your “attacks” calm down. Meditation, it really works. Take care,
    Michele

    Anonymous
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    STEVE FROM OTTAWA

    ANXIETY ATTACKS 1 YEAR OF THESE THINGS WHEN DO THEY
    STOP RAI GO FOR IT.THAT WOULD BE MY DREAM ITS BEEN
    1 MONTH SINCE RAI. ATTACKS ARE STILL THERE THEY SAY 6 MONTHS
    I WILL BE BACK TO NORMAL WILL SEE LYNN , HANG IN THERE
    WE ALL HAVE TO GET BETTER.

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