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Hyperthyroid medicine sucks! As far as I know, I have never had an allergic reaction to any kind of medicine- until now.

Three weeks into taking methimazole and I broke out in huge, itchy, red hives all over my body. Here’s a leg photo:

My endocrinologist prescribed the medicine to me when my thyroid uptake results came back inconclusive and I wasn’t a candidate for RAI/thyroid oblation.

When my rash broke out, she had me stop taking the medicine immediately. Which I did happily. And I’m still breaking out and itchy five days later hoping the end is in sight.

Apparently, there are only two types of medicine available for hyperthyroidism- methimazole and PTU- and if I’m allergic to one, she said I’d be allergic to the other, so no more medicine for me.

And the next steps are to redo my blood tests and thyroid uptake test again in 6 weeks to see if I’m then a candidate for the RAI. Though I don’t know why I would be if I wasn’t before?

In the meantime, I don’t want to sit around and do nothing, so I googled about hyperthyroidism, and I found all sorts of advice on natural ways to help treat hyperthyroidism.

So here’s my crash “life diet” that I’ve implemented starting this week:

  • More water
  • More exercise
  • More sleep
  • Less stress (to be attempted with daily meditation)
  • Gluten free
  • Low carb
  • More fruits and vegetables
  • Vegan Shakeology

So, the usual suspects for living a healthier lifestyle.

Here’s hoping that I’ll see a change in my blood work come February!