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Something triggered my autoimmune system

From: Cheyenne - 4 years 1 week ago

And I'm fighting back! Not settling for "well, take this pill or kill your thyroid! I have Graves disease. I am currently taking 10mg of methimazole and my endocrinologist is talking about some European method of injecting my thyroid with mega dose of methimazole and than restarting it with lower dosage after seeing the results! ARE YOU SERIOUS!!!? I want no I need to know what happened to my autoimmune system to turn on me! One, I was taking a diet supplement called Garcinia to curb my appetite and after an extended period of time I also did a body kidney liver and a parasite detox cleanses (4 cleanses). BOOM! Next thing I know I've developed all the symptoms of Graves disease and went from #170 to #119 within a 3 month's that for a weight loss diet!? Think I know what happened now don't you? Mess with the dynamics of the human body and ya usually get an end result positive or negative.
I've also incorporated a Naturopathic doctor into my treatment protocol. But! Before I did that I decided to take the heal your gut approach and I have seen some considerable improvements. I threw Gluten out of my diet, I lowered my sugar intake to fruits tho I have been making these super healthy cookies using a Truvia blend only with coconut flour....finally got the recipe down pat, now I'm gonna try honey just to get completely away from anything white sugary! And no cow's milk or dairy! Lots of veggies, hardly any meats and have incorporated Organic Bone broth powder into my daily regiment. I'm a walking supplement too I swear, but not over kill. The Naturopath was amazed because that very diet change was what she was going to suggest....basically a Paleo diet. She also put me on 2 different items 1is homeopathic and the other is an additional supplement. My T3 T4 levels are coming down significantly, will do another blood draw next Monday.
The Bone broth. Since starting to use it daily my hair quit falling out and has thickened up also my fingernails are strengthening back up!! I'm a believer in the stuff! Anyhoot, this is my journey I will keep on it because I know for a fact this didn't just happen overnight so my recovery isn't going to be either! And recover is my goal, whether I do 100% or 85% it's what I'm choosing to do now for me. And I have also begun meditating and some not so cardio exercise because after all I have an over active thyroid that makes my heart beat over I walk and do low key core stuff for now.
This is my story so for today....I'm sticking to it!


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Graves' disease is an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. The thyroid is a small gland in the front of the neck. It makes hormones called T3 and T4 that regulate how the body uses energy. Thyroid hormone levels are controlled by the pituitary, which is a pea-sized gland in the brain. It makes thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), which triggers the thyroid to make thyroid hormone.
With Graves' disease, the immune system makes antibodies that act like TSH, causing the thyroid to make more thyroid hormone than your body needs. This is called an overactive thyroid or hyperthyroidism. An overactive thyroid causes every function of the body to speed up, such as heart rate and the rate your body turns food into energy. Graves' disease is one cause of overactive thyroid. It is closely related to Hashimoto's disease, another autoimmune disease affecting the thyroid.

Many factors are thought to play a role in getting Graves' disease. These might include:
Genes. Some people are prone to Graves' disease because of their genes.
Researchers are working to find the gene or genes involved.
Gender. Sex hormones might play a role, and might explain why Graves'
disease affects more women than men.
Stress. Severe emotional stress or trauma might trigger the onset of
Graves' disease in people who are prone to getting it.
Pregnancy. Pregnancy affects the thyroid. As many as 30 percent of young
women who get Graves' disease have been pregnant in the 12
months prior to the onset of symptoms. This suggests that
pregnancy might trigger Graves' disease in some women.
Infection. Infection might play a role in the onset of Graves' disease, but no
studies have shown infection to directly cause Graves' disease.

I hope this helps!
(I only know this because I'm in a health science class so I can hopefully be in the medical field.)