Dear Robin: “I was just diagnosed with Graves Disease or hyperthyroidism. Is there anyway I can reverse it and get back to normal thyroid hormone levels? And why am I still gaining weight (despite increased exercise) if one of the symptoms is rapid weight loss?” ~ Michaela
Dear Michaela: Yes – your thyroid hormone levels can get back to normal but I am curious about this diagnosis just as you are. Many women with PCOS have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis that can look like hypothyroidism at times, and hyperthyroidism at times. I am curious to see your lab work.
- Do you have any of these symptoms?
- Fast and irregular heartbeat
- Frequent bowel movements or diarrhea
- Abnormal enlargement of your thyroid gland
- Nervousness or irritability
- Tiredness or muscle weakness
- Trembling hands
- Trouble sleeping
- Weight loss
- Heat intolerance
- Eyes might be bulging – this happens in one third of people
You want to make sure that your doctor ran the following tests: TSI (thyroid stimulating immunoglobulin) TSH, Free T4, Free T3 and TPO (thyroid peroxidase) and TAA (thyroid antiglobulin antibodies). For true Graves’ confirmation, your doctor will run a Radioactive Iodine Uptake Test.
In the meantime while you’re figuring this out, radically reduce the stress in your life, and begin to identify what your hormone deal-breakers are. You can grab my Top 10 here and you’ll also receive my checklist when you join the Natural Solutions for PCOS Online Conference at no charge right here. This strategy will help you heal no matter what your thyroid condition truly is. With both Graves’ and Hashimoto’s you need to heal your digestion because they are autoimmune conditions that usually begin in the gut.
Let me know what you figure out Michaela. ~ Robin
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