Patient Diary Helps Doctor Diagnose Graves Disease (hyper-thyroid)

I can report to you, dear reader, that I am much better!

No nosebleeds for four months!

I haven’t had a nosebleed since January 9 (2007)—I’d even forgotten all about having them. (Nosebleeds can be a symptom of Graves Disease, that is hyper-thyroid.)
I was just paging through my diary and came across my note of the incident, my last nosebleed.*

Reviewing my diary, I remember that I was having nosebleeds right and left! I even took to wearing a bandana around my neck in order to preserve my clothing. Everytime I felt a drip I would dab cautiously—clear or red?—and fear I’d be out of action again.

The incidents can be embarassing. One time, as I was getting out of the water at the beach in Maui, another beach-goer rushed to my rescue. Gosh, why is he being so nice? I wondered. I looked down and saw the drips of blood in the sand and I knew—there must be blood all over my face, which I hadn’t even felt because of the salt water.

A diary helps you present a complete list of symptoms to your doctor.

It’s funny how, when something like this just goes away, you forget it ever happened.

It’s important for you to be able to tell your doctor all of your symptoms so that she can put together a complete picture in order to direct you to the most appropriate treatments and to monitor your improvements.

*My self-treatment for nosebleeds involves lying down for a while, until I think there’s no more danger of dripping blood all over. To pass the time, that January 9, I picked up a book, Life of Pi. After a while, I felt like I was wasting time reading a novel when I should be working and my head began to ring. Uh, oh! a negative thought!

Life of Pi is a novel by Yann Martel about a boy who, along with a tiger, survives a shipwreck. It’s a favorite. I’ve read it twice.

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Health Tip
People with tinnitus are found to have lower levels of zinc and B-12. Get yours in a B-Complex plus Zinc and Vitamin C
Health Tip
Hyper-thyroid can cause tinnitus, even before a hormone imbalance is detected. Vitamin D helps your body regulate thyroid. Get it naturally from
Cod Liver Oil

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