Posted 4/17/2015 7:23 AM (GMT -6)
Welcome to the Thyroid forum, Travisco.
Graves disease is an autoimmune disease, which means your immune system for some reason is "seeing" your thyroid gland as foreign tissue and attacking it. There are a host of autoimmune diseases known, so you've joined a large club.
I was diagnosed with Graves in 1993, a long time ago. My heart rate was above 120 when my normal, pre-Graves resting rate was around 60. I was sleeping about 4 hours a night, having palpitations and shortness of breath. I constantly chewed on ice chips because my core temperature was so high.
I was treated with radioactive iodine. This destroys all or a large part of the thyroid, so you would then become hypothyroid and take supplementation in the form of daily tablets.
Yes, this is a condition that requires patience. After any treatment or medication change, you can expect to wait at least six to twelve weeks for any changes to be noticible. For this reason, you will have blood tests to monitor your progress at two to three month intervals. Even once you seem stable, you should have tests at least every six months. Last fall I had to have a dosage tweak, the first in over ten years.
Good luck, let us know how you do, and good luck to you.