hi folks. just wanted to introduce myself. i'm a newly diagnosed member with Graves Disease who spent a long time pretty concerned about my symptoms and was diagnosed on monday of this week.
Lemme tell you, 5 years of being hot and uncomfortable, but living in a warm climate and thinking that was the problem, is definitely something i look forward to putting behind me. The leg shakes pushing in the clutch, the arm shakes picking up anything, the temper, the fatigue after any decent exercise, and my resting pulse of 90 are all the symptoms I hope the 30mg of Tapazole I'm on will eradicate. I'm 33 today, and so this came on in my late 20's. Course, didn't go to the doc cuz docs just have bad news. I waited till the shortness of breath really got in the way of my boxing, cycling, jogging, etc. Last winter, I started riding my bike again, and did a 30 mile loop around my city at over a 19 mph average speed. I was wiped out afterwards, but thought "how sick can i be if i can pull that off relatively out of shape?"
My lab results were:
TSH: Not sure, but he said it was nearly undetectable
FT4: 2.67 (.8-1.8)
RAIU 24h: 66% (30%)
The good news: my brand new PCP, which I saw for the first time, included thyroid blood tests with the CBC and a couple other tests on the first visit. I think the clammy hands and rapid pulse were tip offs, but still. Sounds like I have an adept PCP for looking there right away. He sent me to an endo who agreed with my guestinosis of GD. He sort of leaned toward RAI, but when i said I wasn't comfortable with that he was more than happy to give me Tapazole. The man answers all my questions and i feel comfortable with him. He knows I've done my homework, and those doc/patient relationships work best, imo. He has me in at 1 mo. for blood work. No significant eye symptoms yet, and quit smoking almost 4 years ago so hope to be spared that.
I've read alot on here and it has helped make sense of this disease. Glad to be on board.