Having Graves Disease/Hyperthyroidism Really Sucks!

I have the disease known as Graves, which causes hyperthyroidism. I couldn’t have gotten the symptoms that include rapid or sudden weight loss … oh no. I had to get it so that I don’t drop a pound, but somehow everything else is on overdrive … like I am exhausted to the point of feeling like I have to peel myself off the bed in the mornings. And, yay, lucky me … when I do … finally get to that point, my clothing, the sheets, any bedding I used … all of it is soaked like the towel I use right after my shower and smells like I peed the bed all night. That makes for a lot of laundry!

I’m not in the best of relationships, and I’m quite sure it’s going to be hard to get into one with this issue. Now I understand why some couples sleep in separate bedrooms! I’m thinking it will either come to that, or some kind of embarrassing rubber sheets for the rest of my life.

The worst thing about being 42 and having this disease is that I won’t know when I hit menopause. I’ll be having hot flashes and it will all be rolled into one as one big nuisance of existence in my life — the thyroid issue AND the hot flashes and all.

I take the drug methimazole for this condition, and yet it doesn’t seem to do a damned thing.

5 thoughts on “Having Graves Disease/Hyperthyroidism Really Sucks!

  1. Dennis Hong says:

    [Yikes, I’m really sorry to hear about your condition. I wish there were some easy magical help I could offer here. For what it’s worth, if you’re concerned how this will affect your relationships, maybe you just delay taking your relationships to the “sleeping over” stage. Be upfront about your condition. And… you know, play around if you’re ready. 🙂 But then, explain that you’re not comfortable staying the night (or having someone else stay the night) for the time being.

    I think as long as you’re honest about it, if you meet a guy who’s worth the time, he’ll understand. Spending the night together can be kind of a big step, so I don’t see why you can’t just work around it.

    Good luck either way, though.

    • Ecrivaine32 says:

      [It’s as good a time as any to have a concrete excuse to let the “get-to-know-one-another” stage take its time. So often, I have just jumped into things before even knowing if the guy was totally the right person or not. Most of the time, he wasn’t 😦

  2. avd11 says:

    [Have you spoken to your endocrinologist about other treatment modalities or checked recently to make sure your TFTs are appropriate? I would also review other meds with your doctor as they can contribute to sweating.

    I agree with Dennis that you might want to be open with any potential new suitors.

    Also if you google sheets for sweating, there seem to be a lot of wicking bed sheets that might make the issue a little easier to deal.

    • Ecrivaine32 says:

      [What are TFTs? I was thinking of checking with my doc, as it’s gotten worse. Thanks! Looks like I have the right idea.

      I didn’t know about the sheets. Thanks for that too.

    • avd11 says:

      [TFT= thyroid function test, the markers if your thyroid is over or under active

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