I spent five days in the hospital. The doctor on my case was absolutely clueless. He consulted with an Endocrinologist. She came to my room and said, “You have Grave’s Disease” but all I heard was the word “disease.” Up to this point in all my adult life my only injuries were superficial caused by the contact sports I engaged in such as volleyball, fencing and rugby. I didn’t know what thyroid glands were all about, but I soon would.
I read every book, looked at every website and educated myself on Grave’s Disease. Symptoms I experienced: insomnia, palpitations (heart rate at 135bpm), fatigue, irritability, uncontrollable tremors, weight loss, eye soreness and shortness of breath.
What I couldn’t control was my nervous jitters, that’s because the thyroid controls the central nervous system and it felt as though I was “wired” all the time. I needed medication for the symptoms, however my Endocrinologist would only treat the disease, not the symptoms. She told me to go see a doctor.
How Doctors Got It Wrong
Not one Physician (I went to five) had a good grasp of how to treat the symptoms of my thyroid condition. They assumed my inability to calm my nerves was due to panic or anxiety attacks. They were wrong.
Doctors Who Got It Right
I went to see a Neurologist and he knew exactly what was happening to the central nervous system and “why” I couldn’t calm down, but with credit cards maxed and no savings left I turned to the Venice Family Health Clinic for help. The doctors and physiatrist there knew exactly how to treat Grave’s. I was floored. How could private practice doctors get it wrong and these volunteer doctors get it right? I now have little faith in private practice doctors as a whole.
If you have a thyroid disorder you need to treat the disease plus the symptoms. I recommend you see a Neurologist who will understand why you have unexplained nervous jitters. You may not have panic or anxiety attacks as your central nervous system is wired and won’t calm down.