Hi tiredlady There is light at the end of the tunnel. The Consultant wanted to know what symptoms I had experienced and family medical history. I was diagnosed with Graves Disease in May this year. Symptoms included tremors of my hands, uncontrollable body temperature, heart palpitations, incredible tiredness inability to think or multi task -thought I was going mad. I also had a case of thrush which didn't respond to treatment. A blood test by GP indicated abnormal antibodies, T3, T4 and TSH levels. Once referred to endocrinologist Graves Disease diagnosed and a block and replace therapy was begun. Now it's November just had a blood test and Thyroid being suppressed. Feeling almost back to normal, tremors stopped, heart normal, BP normal able to think again!! I have regular blood tests, block and replace is not an exact science!
I eat a very healthy diet and try not to have too many carbohydrates plus take a 30 min walk each day, I have made a conscious effort to lose weight and take more exercise.
I asked lots of questions and have kept asking because it is quite complicated to get your head around all of the variables. I needed to understand why we treated symptoms rather than cause, what T3, T4 and TSH were. What would happen if I did nothing- not an option! After blocking what was the percentage of normal recovery? How I could best help myself. My advice establish a good relationship with GP and endocrine specialist - I have an endocrine nurse who takes bloods and says no question is stupid so if I need clarity I keep asking. Wishing you lots of luck on 5th. P.S. I took a notebook to jot down information.