Hi Margaret –
I’m sure there are others who can give you lots of advice on graves’
better than I can. I was diagnosed about a month ago. I insisted on
seeing an endocrynologist, see if you can do the same. It sounds like you
have been prescribed ptu; this will suppress your overactive thyroid.
After awhile, you may go into remission using the drug therapy. Sometimes
remission is temporary. I chose RAI or radioactive iodine treatment.
I will be treated in two weeks. It’s a small dose of tagged iodine that
attacks the overactive thyroid, usually making it eventually hypo or
underactive. Then there are replacement hormones, either synthetic or
natural. I would read the last 30 days worth of messages, it’s certainly
been helpful to me. Also check all the links here. Try and see a specialist, get and uptake and scan
to confirm the diagnosis. What are your symptoms? I went in originally
for heart palpitations, so I’m taking a beta blocker, it helps somewhat.
If you are in childbearing years there are other ramifications for taking
ptu. If you want you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
good luck, and keep searching, there’s lots of good info out there!