AnonymousSeptember 24, 1996 at 2:18 amPost count: 93172
Dear Debbie, I was diagnosed Wednesday. I’m on the roller coaster of what to do. I have been meditating 2 times a day at least 20 minutes a day. This has lowered my heart rate from 100 down to 90 or 80 for short periods after the meditation. I am convinced that stress is the major factor in my Graves disease. No matter what I will do to treat it, meditation to defuse the stress will be part of it. I’ve only been doing this about 10 days, but have noticed the heart change. Often I don’t tremble, but can’t tell if that’s a change or not
Does any one else out there meditate? If so, please let me know
KarenAnonymousOctober 20, 1996 at 11:49 amPost count: 93172
I was just diagnosed with Graves disease. My doctor tells me that the problem
is mild at this point. My doctor is a homeopath and MD. At this point
he is trying a homeopathic remedy for me. I go see him again in a couple
of weeks. I have confidence that if he thinks that my condition warrants
it, he will use some allopathic (Rx) drugs.AnonymousOctober 21, 1996 at 2:52 amPost count: 93172
I wish you luck in your search for alternative methods, ie, homeopath treatments to this disease. I have been researching this myself for some 8 months now due to a recent diagnosis. Let us know if you have success since the traditional methods are quite drastic and scary. I don’t know about you but I really don’t have too much faith in doctors that tell me there is nothing I can do to prevent this disease from getting worse, it has to run its course. Nor do I look forward to radiation treatments that would destroy my thyroid and force me to take synthetic thyroid medication for the rest of my life! Additionally these same doctors tell me they don’t know what causes this disease or how to prevent it from getting worse; hence their “wait and see how bad it gets” attitude before they will operate. They also can not support the notion that this disease is brought out by STRESS. In short, if you learn about any valuable alternative methods please pass them on. Desperatey searching for answers. Thanks,
MicheleAnonymousNovember 3, 1996 at 3:01 amPost count: 93172
I’m glad to get responses from others like yourself that are interested in exploring alternative methods. I think I mentioned this before but the traditional methods sound scary! Additionally the traditional doctors I have been to; an opthamologist, an endocrinologist, and three other eye specialists have all told me there is nothing they can do for me right now since I am euthyroid. This means I have eye symptoms (terrible swelling, eye sensitivity, and double vision in one eye) but my thyroid readings are still in the normal range. Therefore there isn’t any medication they can give me, nor will they recommend any eye surgeries since they tell me it get worse. From what I understand most doctors recommend waiting two years after diagnosis to see how bad the eye condition will get before operating. Yes this makes sense but in the meantime my eye condition gets worse and I am now fearing that it will lead to full fledged hyperthyroidism. This is the main reason I am searching for alternative methods. I really want to take some preventative and proactive steps. I am just beginning to locate alternative doctors in my area. I’ll let you and others know how it goes. In the meantime I visit this site frequently to learn as much as possible from others like yourself that are experiencing similar conditions. Yes I have also learned through research and doctors that this is a disease with genetic factors. My mother suffers from some sort of chronic arthritic condition that also appears to be some sort of autoimmune disorder. I have especially found the postings discussing the endocrine system interesting. I have also read on this board and elsewhere that hormonal imbalances are part of this disease. Another interesting factors seems to be the connection to an overproduction of the fight or flight body response. One eye doctor told me that this disease has been linked to an overproduction of epinephrine caused by thyroid imbalance. This explains the anxiety that is a one of symtoms; for me along with the eye swelling it has been a major symptom. Your comment about radishes was interesting; dietary changes seem to be the first and easiest step to take along with better stress management; i.e., meditation, lifestyle changes. It’s hard to do but when our stressful lives start taking their toll on our health it must be done. Anyway I truly believe that all illnesses are caused by different stresses in our lives; environmental and lifestyle, and certainly hereditary factors. Anyway, so sorry to ramble but I wanted to answer your post and let you know I’ll pass on any helpful info I learn. Frankly, I had to take a break from it also and try to focus on positive sides of my life. Thanks for your words of advice.
MicheleAnonymousNovember 3, 1996 at 9:06 amPost count: 93172AnonymousNovember 7, 1996 at 12:47 amPost count: 93172
Hi Michelle. A kind doctor at a hospital where I worked noticed my
eye protrusion in 1989. Like you I have not been treated because my labs
are normal. My doctor said my eyes and enlarged thyroid were cosmetic
problems. I went to an acupunturist on my own. He had not treated this
condition before but I am convinced that the treatment made my eyes retract.
I used deep breathing relaxation and visualized healing energy being sent
through my body to cope with acupunture needles around my eyes. I was
symptom free for about 5 years. Right now my life is very stressful and the
symptoms are back so I am thinking of trying acupunture again.
My internist does not take my story serious because it is not
proven. For me it worked and that is what is important.
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