Hi, I too was diagnosed with Graves 5 years ago. I had never heard of it and before I could do my research I got so sick over the next few weeks that my doctors rushed me into taking the RAI. I seriously asked them if it was the only way to cure it and they said yes, and because being so sick (weak, in pain and loosing 1 lb a day) I was scared and let them talk me into it.
Fast forward to 5 years later. All hell broke loose with my health over the last 5 years after RAI, but I have done a lot of research and now realize that giving RAI is what the idiots in the medical field do to almost EVERYONE who gets Graves. I really think my thyroid was just out of sync because of parasite infections and candida/fungi overgrowth that I had been suffering with that seems like forever.
All of the Endo doctors (3) treated me like I was crazy and would not respect ANY of the symptoms I claimed before or after RAI. The list is too long to type, but I do know that they refuse to do holistic treatments and they are NOT in the business to cure you.
Soon they put me on Synthroid and months later I developed wrist, hip, and knee joint pain and issues that led to me having repair surgeries in both knees. I researched and found out that Synthroid had settled in a class action lawsuit for it causing degenerative joint disease and other health issues. BUT it is grandfathered in with the FDA so they get to sell it no matter what issues it causes. Money talks! Big Pharma is evil! It took firing all Endo doctors and me begging (for 4yrs) my regular primary care dr for natural thyroid hormone meds because now I HAVE TO take some everyday for the rest of my life.
I gained over 40 lbs during this drama and am working hard to get it off and feel normal again.
I now realize that I should have rid myself of parasites and candida/fungi first. So, now I have been on a cleanse and it has been rough but is getting better. I changed my diet last year to eliminate processed foods and sugar, Genetically-Modified-Organisms gluten, soy, meat, processed drinks, chemicals, preservatives and ANY thing that is not fresh or organic.
Juicing is great, The Master Cleanse is tuff but does wonders, Healthforce Vitamineral Greens is the BEST green food powder to add to smoothies that money can buy. Organic coconut oil should become your new best friend.
For smoothies you may want to try coconut water but buy the fresh young coconuts (full of electrolytes and much healthier than that bottled craze stuff) at an Asian grocery store by the case and save serious money...crack the top open and pour the juice into a blender, add two bananas, some fresh fruit, ice, and one heaping tbsp of Vitamineral Greens, Chia seeds or Hemp seeds and enjoy!
Be careful with Maca, soy, raw Kale and all cruciferous veggies because they can cause goiters FOR REAL! Steam those veggies. Cut out cow cheese and milk to reduce inflammation. I do sometimes eat plain goat yogurt mixed with fresh fruit and have no problems but that is a trail and error taste choice. Organic Vegetarian or Vegan diet is far better than a heavy meat and starch for autoimmune diseases.
I wish you the very best and please keep researching and looking for answers to resolve the issue. Please learn that the medical industry is there to keep you slightly sick and help maintain your disease just enough to keep you living long enough for profits...NOT to cure you. But most of all research parasites! They are the real problem starters!