Good afternoon everyone, greetings from Brisbane, Australia. I so wish I had found this forum sooner in my Graves journey. Alas.
My disease is being managed with Carbamazole (which would be the Aussie equivalent of the methasomething referred to in the posts). Levels are improving, near or within normal, but still on 10mg per day. I managed to drop down to 5mg, but due to stressors and a surgery, progress did not hold.
I am still struggling with panic and anxiety. I was offered SSRIs in the beginning of the journey, but opted to not pursue at the time. I don't know if that was the right choice. I am a counsellor, so thought I could perhaps use my toolkit, I added trauma counselling sessions, I added yoga, I changed jobs (remove stress), I removed toxic people (for lack of a better description) and am now trying the AutoImmune Diet (anyone with feedback on this?). But after 20 months, I am exhausted with the constant managing of the anxiety and the panic that seeps through despite my best efforts, knowledge and skill.
Finally the questions: 1) anyone still have anxiety-related debilitating symptoms even when levels are recovering/ recovered? 2) Anyone opt for SSRIs this late in the game with good results? I would appreciate any advice - my GP is wonderful, but because I look and speak well, I think I appear better than I feel. My endo is wonderful but again, with things improving, I don't make a compelling case.