Donald asks…

Hyperthyroidism and Graves disease cure?

I have hyperthyroidism and am being monitored to find out whether it’s Graves disease or not.

I understand a lot about hyperthyroidism but I was wondering this:

WHY can’t there be a cure? So TSH tells the thyroid there isn’t enough thyroid hormone. If you change your diet, shouldn’t it go back to normal? If there is too much, couldn’t you reduce the amount and it goes back to normal?
I understand that with an autoimmune disease like Graves disease, it’s not about your diet but about your antibodies. But why can’t you ever get to the point where your life becomes normal again and you thyroid functions the way it should? Do people have this for the rest of their life or do the antibodies stop being produced at some point?

Also, I heard it’s possible for the hyperthyroidism to be treated and cured but you still have Graves disease…. HOW?
none of you seem to be reading the question. i don’t want treatment ideas. I want to understand WHY it can’t be cured and HOW it’s possible to still have Graves disease when the hyperthyroidism is resolved? can you still get the popping eye thing?

Helen answers:

Well this video is of a natural doctor who was diagnosed with Grave’s Disease and has “restored his health back to normal” I don’t know about you but that sounds suspiciously like a cure to me but the word cure seems to freak out modern medicine (let’s face it a cure means loss of profit) so let us say remission :) >>> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0vSXOpfzOc

“…researchers found that…organ-specific autoantibodies (i.e., thyroid antibodies) — will disappear after 3 to 6 months of a gluten-free diet.” >>> http://thyroid.about.com/cs/latestresearch/a/celiac.htm

“Deficiencies of the mineral selenium are associated with the production of TPO antibodies and are a known cause of autoimmune thyroid disease. Several studies also show that selenium supplements effectively lower TPO antibody titers and help resolve autoimmune thyroiditis.” >>> http://www.suite101.com/blog/daisyelaine/reducing_thyroid_antibody_titers

Joseph asks…

Any diet plans for someone with a thyroid condition?

I have a thyroid condition that messes with my weight and hormones a lot. I have been trying to find some sort of diet plan that goes well with someone that has graves disease. Any suggestions?

Helen answers:

After extensive research, I have learned the right nutritition, proper exercise and life balance are very important for those of us with these conditions. I have found that if you eat a high fiber diet, limit dairy and carbs that my body seems to work better.

Also a mental and physical tune-up are imperative. Try to relax, meditate, try yoga or tai chi-whatever works for you to coordinate your mindset with your body.

I wanted to share with you a weightloss/nutritional lifestyle a girfriend of mine recently uncovered. A good friend of mine was recently diagnosed with hashimoto thyroitism. My girlfriend also wanted to lose weight and simply feel better. About three months ago, she implemented a customized nutritional support system that is personalized for each persons individual body. My girlfriend reports great results. She was really excited when she initially dropped a ton of weight initially, I believe somewhere around 20 pounds, before evening out to a weekly weight loss average of 3-5 pounds that is still continuing. Her goal was to loose somewhere around 60 pounds total.
The “puffiness” and “bloating” appearance she had experienced throughout her body but especially in her face, neck, arms and belly is finally gone! I don’t recognize her anymore, she looks fabulous and years younger!

Another report coming from her that really intrigued me was the fact that she had boundless energy throughout the day without those “dips” in energy levels (she would crash mid day and that tired feeling would leave her craving caffeine). No more sleepless nights for her! I don’t know about you, but I am one of those who can’t rest well at night.
Her TSH levels are incredibly low! She reported that witihn a month of her new regimen her T3 and T4 levels lowered and remain steadily low. Her own endocrinologist was amazed at her rapid healing and the fact that she is getting better on a daily basis, her body is starting to repair itself. She has not relapsed once!

After learning of her quick results (she has only been on her exercise and nutritional support program less than three months), I will be trying this program as I have almost all of her symptoms, plus some!

PLEASE NOTE: To lose weight you must exercise and eat properly. Having a nutritional program will enhance your results but will not be a free pass to eat the foods that are not healthy or beneficial to your body–whether or not you have a thyroid condition! I highly reccomend seeking a comprehensive wellness lifestyle plan (mind, body and soul).

Sorry about my long post but I am so excited to meet others who may be having the same challenges and I feel so blessed to maybe have an answer that might work for you.

Let me know if any of this information helps as I know the symptoms with Graves can also be found with those that have Hashimoto.

Sharon asks…

what is the best diet for peson who is hypothyroid?

I have had radiation for Graves Disease and now I’m hypo. I have just packed onthe weight.. and very frustrated… I need help finding a diet or food plan to help.

Helen answers:

Balanced iodine intake is better. Low-glycemic, high-fiber, lower-calorie diet, optimal timing of meals for maximum hormonal impact, thyroid-damaging foods to avoid, helpful herbs and supplements,

other than this all diets are good. But for hypothyroid , tablets like electrocyin is must to be taken daily.

Michael asks…

Graves disease? Hyperthyroid…WEIGHT GAIN!?

So after many months of procrastinating of going to the doctor I finally went today! I was scared I would have diabetes or that my hyperthyroidism would turn into hypothyroidism due to my sudden weight gain over the last few months and it wont stop! ( I have not changed my diet or exercise ) I found out that my T3 and T4 levels are in normal range..which I have no clue what the normal range is and I was hoping someone would know?
Because if they are ‘normal’ according to my doctor then that means my metabolism levels(t4) should be fine too…… but why am I gaining so much weight? Why do I have to join the frustration train of seeing what my doc can do about my weight issue and all she says is im not on a healthy diet and I dont exercise enough. I should have mentioned that it hasnt changed but of course (and what ive heard from similar patients) is that they’ll shrug it off and blame the weight gain on my own ‘indulges’ .

“the only hormone that isnt normal and what makes me still ‘hyperthyroid” is the TSH hormone.”

this is the info I got from someone else

“High T4 low TSH = Hyperthyroid
Normal T4 low TSH = mild hyperthyroid
Normal T4 normal TSH = normal
Normal T4 high TSH = mild hypothyroid
High T4 High TSH = Hypothyroid

TSH is Thyroid Stimulating Hormone so if your TSH is low it means your thyroid is producing T4 without being stimulated to do so.”””

I cant find any answers on the internet OR from ym own doctor, im gonna get a refferral but its such a pain in the @ss!! Arrg…what is normal t3 and t4 levels for hyperthyroid and graves disease that wont make my metabolism super slow..can anyone relate to this issue?? I just dont understand, I dont wanna keep gaining weight!! Arrg! thanks

Helen answers:

You did not give TSH. You should have been given a copy of labs. This sounds like Hashimoto’s.

You need testing for thyroid ANTIBODIES as well as TSH. TSH ‘norm’ should be .3 – 3 (w/ most feeling best at < 2) but, for diagnosis, may not mean much if ANTIBODIES are present which is indicative of Hashimoto’s Autoimmune Thyroiditis (cycles between HYPER & HYPO at start)…it is the main cause of eventual HypOthyroidism but worse (…OR Graves Disease – HypERthyroid).

WARNING: Doctors seem not to want to find/treat thyroid disease. You may have to go to more than one doctor before you get the right tests, interpretation, and treatment. Best wishes.

Ck these:
http://thyroid.about.com/bio/Mary-Shomon-350.htm
http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/
http://www.thyrophoenix.com/index.html
http://thyroid.about.com/cs/newsinfo/l/blguidelines.htm

God bless you

Helen asks…

The Fear of turning hyperthyroid(graves disease) to Hypothyroid? :/?

I was diagnosed with graves disease in 2005(im 22 almost 23) and I was getting treated with it for a good few years until sh*t hit the fan and I didnt have time to deal with doctors who didnt listen to what I wanted(NOT CONSTANT WEIGHT GAIN WITH PTU!) and then those blood tests to try and keep my levels ‘regulated’. Although they were never regulated, what was the point of increasing and reducing my dosage all the time when they could never find a happy medium? So I went back and forth on the medication for a good few years until i completely stopped for a year. Back in the past my weight fluctuated(of course) but once I stopped I lost a considerable amount that I was happy with. It wasnt until few months ago I started feeling my other hyperthyroid symptoms come back and I procrastinated with dealing with doctors again. I know I should have a long time ago, its a serious condition and blah blah blah..health is first. Recently Ive started gaining weight, my diet hasnt changed and Im going to fast tomorrow for bunch of blood work. I went and saw the doc today and the first step is….blood work. The doctor said I might be turning Hypothyroid and I believe it because I red that if you leave your hyper active thyroid untreated it could spin into overdrive and stop producing the hormone that makes you hyper…not hypo. so now that means I might be hypothyroid…can anyone relate or share what they know.?
my one concern is that now that Im hypo, do I have to dramatically change my diet & lifestyle in order to maintain a healthy weight..and be really strict about it? :S Could i possibly fall back into hyper mode and lose my weight I gained? Or have a completely shot my metabolism and it will never be high again?(or the same) I dont wanna be like those bigger people who have a thyroid as their excuse to be fat…but one: I dont wanna be fat! and two: i dont want people thinking I made up that excuse :@

I really am into getting my health in check but I hate it when doctors dont listen to you and only care about certain levels on your thyroids and they dont pay attention to the hormones that are making your metabolism slow as well. I seriously believe that there is way to maintain your thyroid levels but also keep your weight to a happy medium as well. Anyone know more?

I would appreciate NO comments like “Go see a doctor and get your health in line first..stop worrying about your weight more” because answers like that DONT HELP AT ALL! Learned from past experience when i asked a question similar to this

thanks!

Thanks in advanced
May I also add the frustration back when I was in hypermode and being treated on PTU they never listened that I didnt want to keep on gaining more and more weight while I was being treated! It sucks having thyroid problems! ARRGG!!
Thank you for your answers lydia and ashley! =) gonna choose the best eventually, your answered made me feel better! Just hoping for more feedback

Helen answers:

“those bigger people who have a thyroid as their excuse to be fat” I am one of those ‘bigger people’ though I do not eat excessively … Granted I do not exercise enough because I have SEVERE fatigue & body aches (& a bad knee now) … And I do not use it as an excuse…IT IS A FACT!!!

This sounds to me like you have Hashimoto’s Autoimmune Thyroiditis. Staying HypER intentionally to keep weight down is like playing with FIRE!

Here is some info that might help:
You need testing for thyroid ANTIBODIES as well as TSH. TSH ‘norm’ should be .3 – 3 (w/ most feeling best at < 2) but, for diagnosis, would not matter if ANTIBODIES are present. Indicative of Hashimoto’s Autoimmune Thyroiditis (cycles between hyper & hypo at start)…main cause of eventual HypOthyroidism & is worse (…OR Graves Disease – HypERthyroid).

WARNING: Doctors seem not to want to find/treat thyroid disease. You may have to go to more than one doctor before you get the right tests, interpretation, and treatment. Best wishes.

Ck these:
http://thyroid.about.com/bio/Mary-Shomon-350.htm
http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/
http://www.thyrophoenix.com/index.html
http://thyroid.about.com/cs/newsinfo/l/blguidelines.htm

God bless

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