#1: If you don’t do anything, Graves’ Disease will go away.
Wrong: If you don’t do anything you may face a thyroid storm, which is a very dangerous, life threatening condition. Symptoms could be, but are not limited to: high fever, severe palpitations, vomiting, delirium etc. – all of them are very serious complications that can lead even to a heart failure. Do not play with the fire!
#2: There is a miracle pill, which if I take it I can get cured overnight from hyperthyroidism.
Wrong: There isn’t such a thing as a magical pill, that can cure any disease, not only Hyperthyroidism overnight. Usually it takes the same amount of time for healing as for the physical manifestation of the disease. You disease didn’t show up overnight, it can’t go way overnight!
#3: RAI (Radioactive Iodine Treatment) is a safe and fast way to resolve my hyperthyroidism issues.
Wrong: If you believe that swallowing radioactive iodine is that safe, what’s the big fuss about the earthquake in Japan? People wouldn’t be going around with masks and moving to different parts of the world, wouldn’t they? Hyperthyroid cats treated with that same pill wouldn’t be locked in metal containers for 2 weeks straight, right? But you believe that it is safe for people, especially for you?
#4: Proper diet for hyperthyroidism is the only therapy that can fix my health problems.
Wrong: No matter what you eat, no matter how much broccoli and cabbage you consume overnight- that still will not cure you from Graves’ Disease. So said- keeping up with a good diet will definitely help, but it’s’ not the only pre-requisite remedial factor for this particular thyroid disease.There are foods that definitely need to be avoided- like sea food, or any foods with high iodine content. Aspartame is also considered very dangerous. Other foods, called goitrogenous and cruciferous can be very helpful.
#5: I have to rely my endocrinologist 100% on treating my thyroid problem and do whatever they say I should do, no questions asked.
Wrong: Doctors, at least most of them, do their best to treat properly their patients, to the best they have been taught. However, all humans are different and sometimes same medications and treatment options may have a completely dissimilar impact on different people. Do your own judgment, watch carefully how you feel and what reactions do you have, trust your intuition. In order to get cured you have to actively participate in the healing process and if your doctor is preventing you from doing so- don’t be afraid to fire him and get another one.