I was diagnosed with Graves nearly 3 years ago. At that point I thought I was losing my mind. Between my very lovely GP and OCDEM at the Churchill hospital Oxford I learned to cope and understand just how many areas of the body the thyroid actually governed. Self medicating outside of what is prescribed is dangerous. Don't believe me.... google thyroid storm.
So I digress... I was controlled with 5mg per day of carbi but at 56 years of age I knew it was destroying my bones. I had the usual six monthly appointments. My weight went up but I did quit smoking and go through the menopause at the same time so triple wammy. I joined slimming world six months ago and currently I have lost 26 pounds, I did put 6lbs back on over the last month. Not only was it christmas but for me it came early as I underwent a total thyroidectomy on the 7th December and I can honestly say I feel fabulous. My only downside is a seroma which is going to be drained on Monday. The surgical team were and are bloody marvelous the support first class.
I took calcium tablets for 10 days, I've just had my first blood test so that should come back ok. No cramps or tingles so I think my parathyroids have bounced back.
I'm currently taking 125mcg levothyroxine which I understand will be adjusted over time. I would add I have discovered afternoon naps!