Living Well with Graves Disease and Hyperthyroidism: What Your Doctor Doesnt Tell You...That You Need to Know by Mary J. ShomonFrom patient advocate and author of Living Well with Hypothyroidism Mary J. Shomon, here is a holistic roadmap for diagnosis, treatment and recovery for the millions of people suffering from Graves disease and hyperthyroidism.
There are an estimated 3 million-plus Americans suffering from Graves disease and hyperthyroidism, and patient advocate Mary J. Shomon will guide them through the diagnosis and the wide-ranging treatments available. Graves disease and hyperthyroidism are the result of the thyroid gland being overactive. This gland controls the bodys metabolism, so people afflicted with the disorder can suffer from symptoms such as significant weight loss, fatigue, muscular weakness, and rapid heartbeat, among others. In addition to conventional treatments, this resource uniquely highlights holistic treatments, and through case studies and testimonials from patients and doctors, presents an honest look at the lifestyles and choices of people living with these conditions.
Shomon presents the reader with a comprehensive resource that spans from diagnosis to treatment to life after treatment. She goes beyond the conventional advice of other books, utilizing patient anecdotes and, as a fellow thyroid disease patient, her own experience. Her extensive network of experts—from conventional physicians to alternative practitioners—allows for a wide range of treatment options. In addition, a comprehensive Appendix serves as a fantastic resource for patients seeking treatment and additional advice.
The first edition of Living Well With Hypothyroidism (2/2000) started with a first printing of 7,500 copies and has now sold over 100,000 in the US. Shomons The Thyroid Diet hit the New York Times extended bestseller list.
Mary Shomon has been praised by doctors around the country for her medical knowledge and sensitivity to patients needs.
Barbara Bush brought attention to the plight of Graves disease patients, announcing that she was suffering from it when she was First Lady.
Surgical Options for Thyroid Diseases
NCBI Bookshelf. Binod Pokhrel ; Kamal Bhusal. Authors Binod Pokhrel 1 ; Kamal Bhusal 2. Graves' disease is an autoimmune disease which primarily affects the thyroid gland. It may also affect multiple other organs including eyes and skin. It is the most common cause of hyperthyroidism. Like all autoimmune diseases, it occurs more commonly in patients with a positive family history.
Blood sample. Your doctor will order blood tests to determine your levels of thyroid-stimulating hormone TSH , the pituitary hormone that normally stimulates the thyroid gland, as well as levels of thyroid hormones. People with Graves' disease usually have lower than normal levels of TSH and higher levels of thyroid hormones. Another laboratory test measures the levels of the antibody known to cause Graves' disease. This test usually isn't necessary to make a diagnosis, but a negative result might indicate another cause for hyperthyroidism. The treatment goals for Graves' disease are to inhibit the production of thyroid hormones and to block the effect of the hormones on the body.
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The thyroid gland , located at the front of your neck, makes hormones that control your metabolism—the way your body uses energy. Hyperthyroidism, also called overactive thyroid, occurs when your thyroid gland makes too much thyroid hormone. If untreated, an overactive thyroid can lead to other health concerns, such as heart problems. Less often, hyperthyroidism occurs when the thyroid has one or more nodules lumps that make too much thyroid hormone. The goal of treatment is to lower the amount of thyroid hormones in the body. Treatment options include:.
I do not want to have my thyroid removed. Is it safe? What are the risks? It is not the best choice for everyone, however. Talk to your doctor about the pros and cons of all the available treatment options. Your thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland at the base of your neck. This gland produces hormones that affect every cell in your body.
February 16, Graves' disease, also called hyperthyroidism , occurs when the thyroid gland at the base of the neck produces excessive hormones and speeds up the metabolism. Graves' is one of the most common autoimmune diseases. Women are seven times more likely to develop Graves', which affects about 13 million people in the United States. Patients with Graves' disease can experience weight loss, bulging eyes, and increases in appetite, heart rate , blood pressure, trembling and perspiration.