I am lactose intolerant and also can not have yogurt. What food groups should i eat from instead of the dairy.Also i have irratable bowel syndrom and have to go very easy on veggies and fruit, and also high fiber foods. do you have any suggestions for that. Thank you very much. Read the entire post…
Once testing has been performed, ask your physician to go over your blood tests with you so you can get some idea of whether your thyroid is mildly or more severely overactive. Also, ask if your physician is sure you have Graves’ disease, or could you have some other form of hyperthyroidism.
Some forms of hyperthyroidism last only a few weeks, and then they get better by themselves. These do not require treatment with antithyroid drugs, radioactive iodine, or surgery, though beta-blockers are often helpful.
Remember that you have the final say about your treatment. If you are considering medications and your physician recommends PTU, ask about taking methimazole. It is just as effective as PTU, and you can usually take half the number of pills every day.
For example, taking three tablets (10 milligrams each) of methimazole each morning is equivalent to taking two tablets (50 milligrams each) of PTU three times each day. Neither medication is very expensive.
If you are considering surgery, be sure that you are referred to a surgeon who is experienced in performing thyroidectomies and who continues to do them frequently. When you talk to the surgeon, ask whether many of his or her patients have had problems after surgery with hoarseness or low calcium levels. It is also important that the anesthesiologist who puts you to sleep for surgery has had experience working with hyperthyroid patients.
Many primary care physicians do a good job of caring for patients with Graves’ disease. However, if your questions are not being answered to your satisfaction, or if you feel as though you are not making progress with your therapy, then ask for a second opinion from a physician who specializes in treating thyroid problems and other hormonal conditions.
If you have severe eye disease that may require surgery, then you will need to see an ophthalmologist who specializes in the treatment of Graves’ eye disease. Most ophthalmologists do not have experience with this type of surgery.
On rare occasions when a patient’s vision is threatened, such a referral needs to be made on an urgent basis.