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Do you think you might have thyroid disease but aren't sure? Here is a description of the symptoms of hypothyroidism (Hashimoto's Thyroiditis), hyperthyroidism (Graves' Disease), and Ophthalmopathy or Thyroid Eye Disease (TED). If you're still not sure, get to a doctor and have a thyroid panel done. If the thyroid panel doesn't show elevated or depressed hormone levels, consider other options such as hypertension or Pheochromocytoma.
GRAVES' DISEASE/HYPERTHYROIDISM SYMPTOMS
Hyperthyroidism is a very serious situation and life threatening. People die every day of it. If you are having thyroid storms, you need to get to a doctor as soon as possible. You are in real trouble and could die of a heart attack. If it is an emergency and you cannot get to a doctor or secure proper medication, take calcium and magnesium in a 1:1 ratio (take extra magnesium if necessary), or take only magnesium if no calcium is available. You may need to take 6-12 capsules to control a thyroid storm. Also read the foods not to take as these can precipitate a thyroid storm.
The antithyroid medications are not dangerous for most people. They carry some risk for long-term use, but many people have been taking them for over 20 years. Once on the antithyroid drugs (ATDs) you can begin a supplement program. I believe that by supplementing with copper and the other nutrients in the Supplement List that you should gradually recover and be 80-95% recovered in three months. If you have had hyperthyroidism for a long time, recovery will probably take longer.
If you have any of the above symptoms, you should get to a doctor and get a blood sample taken to determine thyroid hormone levels. Many people, especially women, are misdiagnosed and told that they are depressed, or that "it's all in your head." Demand a thyroid test so that you will know.
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