Being told I had Thyroid Disease was bitter sweet. I was relieved somewhat to know that there wasn’t something “deadly” wrong with me. However–frightened and unsure–I wanted an alternative to the surgery I ended up having. Nonetheless, I learned of alternative methods after the surgery and applied some of them.
I was diagnosed with Hyperthyroidism and a Goiter that prompted the surgery. My symptoms were:
- Weight loss
- Heat sensitivity
- Excessive sweating
- Growth in throat area
After surgery, my doctor answered questions I had about what to do going forward. One suggestion was: take Tums every day for the rest of my life, as a calcium alternative. The body absorbs calcium faster from Tums, and doesn’t need the aid of vitamin D.
I kept to the regimen … for a while. With Thyroid Disease, you have to be consistent–especially when using alternative treatment methods. If you’re feeling good, that means you’re doing the right thing. It doesn’t mean you should stop the treatment and relapse. A Lesson learned.
I started feeling well and was soon back to my old “socializing” self– not a good idea for my Thyroid. A glass of wine with dinner or a few beers while tail gating with friends–all with a cigarette between my fingers–were activities needing redress. I had to make some adjustments and adopt a new, healthier, and monitored way of life.
Changes that work for me:
- Monitor physical signs
- Follow prescribed regimen
- Quit smoking cigarettes
- Practice Yoga and meditation
- Get monthly deep tissue massages
- Consume little or no alcohol
- Include foods needed for Thyroid balance
The main ingredient for managing Thyroid Disease–when using alternative treatment methods–is dedication to changing the lifestyle elements that hinder Thyroid function. No one set of rules apply to all. However, effective management of Thyroid function requires discipline–despite methods used. You have to resolve to live differently. And when you do, the benefits you receive will compensate for any inconvenience. I’m happy to say that it’s possible to live a full and satisfying life, while successfully managing thyroid disease. I’m learning to be constant.