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1  Have you ever had any thyroidal illness? If yes, please select all that apply.
1 Graves' Disease 9 of 197 5%
 
 
 
2535  Became hypo after treatment for being hyper    15 year ago  
 
2623  I was in full blown, late stages of a thyroid storm when my Grave's disease was diagnosed. I had muscle weakness, my adrenal glands would not operate and I became almost paralyzed under duress (a barn fire, a falling log, a stampeding horse). I had heart palpitations and rapid heartbeat so long that my heart was bruised and painful as it beat against my ribcage. I had exopthalmia so bad that people would be angry with me and curse me for 'staring' at them. The doctor I had been going to said my symptoms were from menopause (I stopped menstruating and lost wads of hair), hysteria (I gained weight around my middle without changing my diet), mental problems (hypochondriasis) and the flu.
I finally walked into a weekend clinic clinging to the walls for support and forcing my lungs to pull in air and was seen by an old country doctor that diagnosed me immediately. He asked how long I'd had the butterfly goiter on my neck. It was huge and very plainly visable. I was put on medication, but the medicine was starting to cause pernicious anemia and other organ dysfunctions so I had a series of radioactive thyroid at the University of Utah.
I wieghed 118 pounds all of my 39 years. After I contracted Graves, my weight eventually bloomed to 241 pounds which is next to impossible to lose and keep off.
I was put on Synthroid and felt no energy and very little reserves on it. After reading about thyroid illnesses, the issues with manufacturing and dosage mishaps of Synthroid, I demanded to be put on plain, old fashioned Armour Thyroid complete. I take 180 mg 2 X day during the week and 120 mg 2 X day on the weekends which ended the palpitations and occaisional flutters I have.
I have mitral valve heart damage from going so long into the Thyroid Storm, have since contracted fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, metabolic collapse, symptoms of Cushings Syndrome, and motor tremors. My face is swollen, especially around my eyes and I've developed thyroid related skin issues on my face, head and legs. I also have issues with vision due to the exopthalmia and recently had a torn retina repaired with laser surgery.
I am now on a regimen of supplements Mary Ann Uranowski, DC tested me for and they are helping to reverse the metabolic breakdown. I am down to 218 pounds with her help and am losing more, getting more nutrition from my food and am almost ready to begin to exercise again - I lifted weights, sky dived, handled horses daily, swam as a life guard, ran, belly danced and taught dance, and was the picture of fitness and health until I contracted Graves.
My gall bladder was removed two years ago because I didn't recognize the symptoms in time to do a liver cleanse. One month ago, a cat scan showed an enlarged appendix. I was put on Cipro and Flagyl. Neither worked to stop the pain, fever, or the enlargement. Dr. Uranowski started me on supplements that have allowed me to fight off the infection,the fevers have subsided and my appendix is returning to normal size.    15 year ago
 
 
4570  Had the worst case of Graves Disease that my doctor ever saw. He wanted to radiate immediately. I would not. Ended up hooking up with a biochemist/physiologist who pumped me up on all kinds of diet and supplements now I am graves free!    12 year ago  
 
4779  I have a 3.5cm cold nodule and graves disease causing hyperthyroidism.    12 year ago  

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