My daughter was diagnosed about 3 years ago with Graves. ( 13) It has been really hard since then, as so many facets of the disease are hard to know if it is Graves related, or teen issues. She went from being a very active ( and promising ) athlete to having to push herself out of bed every day. Has constant headaches, weight gain and high anxiety. She is on methimazole 10mg. She is still active, and plays well…but she is not the athlete she once was,( mainly because she needs to conserve her energy) and this upsets her.
She also recently has become very depressed and sad. My question is. Will removal of the thyroid alleviate any of these symptoms? If so…which ones? I realize she will need to be on synthroid, but we are hoping being hypo will be easier to handle.
I know every case is different, but if anyone has any advice we could consider…we would appreciate it. Thank you!