My girlfriend was diagnosed with Graves disease about 1 year ago after complaining to her doctor about not being able to lose weight despite a low calorie intake and exercising along with me commenting that her heart rate seemed fast all the time.
After a referral to a consultant he diagnosed her and put her on a course of Carbimazole. Her blood test results were up and down, always showing too much or too little of the hormone, but as of late (1 year on) has settled and now he is saying to take her off the Carbimazole and monitor it with blood tests. If required they will go down the iodine route.
Now, everything I have read makes me wonder if she actually even has Graves disease! Reasons being:
She is slowly losing weight, but struggling to do so - not the rapid weight loss people describe. Her appetite is normal, sometimes sub-normal i.e she doesn't get hungry despite only eating small amounts.
She doesn't sweat very much.
She has a slight hand tremor but nothing major.
Her heart rate is raised all the time.
She feels the cold - I believe graves disease sufferers feel the heat more and prefer cooler temperatures. She will bask in the sun all day long if she could, and feels cold when I am perfectly fine with the temperature.
She sleeps like a log.
Her eyes are not popping out!
She occasionally has bouts of hyperactivity and nervousness / anxiety but has been like this since a child.
Her hair is thick and shiny and strong.
I appreciate not everyone has the same symptoms, but it seems that she gets almost the opposite of graves disease symptoms. Does anyone have any thoughts?
Thanks and sorry for the long post