Hi, I'm Adam. 28 and diagnosed with Graves disease with the lovely Hyperthyroidism back in around 2010 though I'd had the symptoms for probably 12 months prior.
I was advised to join this community yesterday after having a really bad day mentally and suffering with the depression aspect for the last few months and needing to do something positive about it.
This site looks like a great mix of those just diagnosed, those who have been having treatment and those who are on the mend and living their lives better than ever so it's great to read all these views.
Unfortunately Graves doesn't seem to be well understood by the public, the name itself scares people when I tell them I have it, so people don't really know what it does and the effects it has on a person. I'm unrecognisable from the person I was before both in appearance and personality.
After taking carbimazole for 18 months and regular blood tests my levels seems to go back to normal. Though I still didn't feel quite myself I was taken off all medication but still with regular blood tests. In what was supposed to be my last one my levels changed and a future tests showed I'd gone back and was put on medication once again. Bloody gutted. The weight loss comments are nice though.
I'm soon either getting an operation to remove that troublesome thyroid or taking radioactive iodine, neither of which I'm looking forward to but if it fixes me, or starts to, then great. That's what we will discuss in my next trip to the hospital.
I just hope I can get advice from everyone and similarly give my advice.