Curing Graves Disease and Tinnitus: Eliminating Alcohol Reduces Hyper-Thyroid and Ringing in the Ears

In February 2004, I was diagnosed with Graves’ Disease, a hyper-thyroid condition in which your body runs too fast. It can bring on hyper-tension (high blood pressure) and tinnitus (ringing in the ears).

While on the one hand, it was fun to have so much energy I felt like doing back flips, on the other hand, it was no fun lying in bed at night, unable to sleep, with my heart beating away like a hummingbird’s.

Graves’ Disease puts thyroid gland in danger.

Graves’ Disease comes with a dire warning that your thyroid will work itself to death and you’ll turn into a slug. Can’t have that!

What to do? My diagnosing physician said that in 30% of cases it goes away on its own. (Let that be me!) But if I felt that I needed to do something to go back for another blood test and start from there with my regular doctor.

My regular doctor tried to send me to an endocrinologist, but I wasn’t having any of it.

Standard thyroid treatment just doesn’t seem logical.

I researched the current solutions for a hyper-active thyroid and they didn’t sound good to me! The primary treatment seems to be to kill off part of it with radiation. No, thank you! I’ll need that thyroid in full function later in my life.

It’s just not logical to warn you that your thyroid will run itself to death but the treatment is to kill some of it now. How does that make sense?

Instead of treating a symptomatic thyroid, why not treat the cause?

I was already out-of-pocket more than $2,000 getting the diagnosis and I didn’t want to pay someone to tell me I needed a treatment I didn’t want! So instead of visiting the endocrinologist, I looked for what makes the thyroid hyper-active to begin with.

I didn’t find much, except that there is a complicated and not fully understood interaction of other glands and hormones that tell the thyroid what to do.

Cut out the stimulants.

How could I tell my thyroid to take a chill pill? The only thing I came up with was to reduce my intake of exciting chemicals—caffeine (obviously) and alcohol (because of alcohol’s effects on the endocrine system); and reduce my general excitement level—I started going to a meditation/yoga class on a regular basis. (Reducing my excitement level is a story unto itself, which I shall explore at a later date.)

So I cut back on my caffeine and stopped drinking alcohol altogether—this was in the spring of 2004—and I got much better. My heart calmed down and my eyeball stopped feeling like it might pop out of my head. Cured!

Urk, NOT. By the following February, I was worse again. (Well, OK, I had added back a few beers.)

A drink a day may be too much!

I don’t buy the standard advice to have a glass of wine a day. The statistical samples of drinkers and non-drinkers in a long-term study could not possibly be populated without the participants self-selecting. Statistical analyses in which people self-select are simply not valid: The drinkers may have fewer heart attacks because they’re more easy-going—they have personalities that are not as rigid as the non-drinkers.

Guess I’ll have to quit again. Altogether. It’s something I need to do to cure my tinnitus. I must say that in the summer of 2004, when my thyroid was less hyper, that ringing in my ears was much better.

3 smashing comments for this post.

  1. Reducing Alcohol Ameliorates Tinnitus (Ringing in the Ears) and Graves’ Disease (hyper-thyroid) : tinnitus-free.com Said:

    […] really think that alcohol contributes to tinnitus and Graves’ Disease. It affects the hormones that control your metabolism—these are, if you will, core hormones […]

  2. Mike Said:

    I don’t even know where to start. I was a viral person that skiied, ran 20 miles a week, worked out to complete exhaustion and actually slept well at night until I was 40. As a favor to my wife I went in for a physical at 40 and the diagnoised me with acute Hyperthrodism. Since this time they have turned me in to a suicidal house plant. MAN now the doctors just think I’m crazy! I sleep all of the time and have no energy at all. Damn I’ve tried everything and just don’t know where to go.

  3. Rosalie Ross Said:

    Mike: Read my post from April 29, 2007 Vitamin D cures hyper-thyroid. I read about it in Parade Magazine and it really really worked for me. Most of us are not getting the Vitamin D we need. By far the best way to get it is with sun exposure–no sun screen. Supplements don’t do it for me. I now ignore the dermatologists’ advice (well, not completely). It takes a while after you start “sun therapy” for it to begin working. I rather suspect that only the real sun works. If you live up north, take a vacation to the south. See my post from December 6, 2007. You can use the search bar (right now it’s under the vitamin bottle in the right hand column). Another thing you can do is bio-feedback to lower your heart rate. You can learn to do this in yoga class. I’m going to work more on that.

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