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   Posted 3/11/2009 3:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I have a very dear friend who has always been extremely healthy, productive, active, financially sound, and motivated.  He recently found out he has an over-active thyroid and has been a completely different person since.  He's undergoing radioactive iodine treatments and praying it works so he doesn't have to resort to surgery.  Always being healthy your entire life, it makes it easy to understand how you could take it for granted...and I think he's being hit with that hard reality.  He's dealing with a lot of stresses related to the actaul health issues, the radioactive idodine medication, the financial burdens, the petrified feelings about going through the treatment and god-forbid, surgery.  I met up with him today, and it was the worst I'd seen.  He was jittery, breathing heavily, completely pre-occupied and looked like he was on the verge of tears.  Everyone handles everything differently, so I'm doing my best to be supportive where I can.  Does anyone have any suggestions as to what he could to do calm his nerves and just make him feel better all round?  Medication doesn't seem to be working...if there are any home remedies you know of, I'd LOVE to hear them.  He's not the type of person that would meditate or mix up concoctions...I wish he were.  So if you can think of anything else, please let me know!

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   Posted 3/11/2009 3:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome you are a true friend
I am so sorry for what your friend is going  thru
it will or can cause anxiety for sure IMHO

Would he see a therapist
There are also self help books listed in our Resources if you would like to look there
PLZ do keep us posted and just keep doing what you are doing being the great friend you are


Medications are hard to find that work for you in some cases so I am hoping that he might try something else that WILL work

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   Posted 3/11/2009 3:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Jaycee thyroid problems can cause alot of anxiety type of symptoms. I remember when I was hyperthyroid I thought at times I was going to jump out of my skin. I think he should talk to his Endocrinologist (Thyroid doc) about some meds to help with the side effects. I know I had to take Atenolol because I had problems with a rapid heart beat, which led to alot of anxiety. Hope that helps some.
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   Posted 3/11/2009 4:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello and Welcome.
As your friend was already very active etc suggesting  exercise is most likely not going to help but it would be good if he would continue to do as much as he was doing prior to the new dx.
Also just being there for him makes you a great friend and I am sure he needs his friends right now.
Take care and know you are  always welcome to post here. We are family.

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   Posted 3/11/2009 7:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jaycee!

I wonder if your friend's hospital has any kind of support or peer groups for patients dealing with various illnesses. Maybe he'd feel less uncertainty if he could hear first-hand what others with the same or similar conditions are experiencing or how they have handled things.



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   Posted 3/11/2009 8:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Jaycee - I love the idea that you are here to help a friend. I personally have no one I can turn too which makes my anxiety issues difficult. I dread night - being alone - and the fear something will happen and being by myself. On a postive side, breathing really helps relax me. Deep breathing from the stomach. Simply breath in through nose 5-6 seconds, and release through mouth. Do this for 5 minutes. I went to Barns and Nobble and got a book "Natural Relief for Anxiety" with many excersises for breathing and muscle relaxation. Also, I heard St John's Wort is a natural substance that works great for depression/anxiety. I never took it but know of others that have. Good luck and god bless you for supporting a friend in need.

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   Posted 3/12/2009 10:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for all of your responses! Hopefully something will get him back to where he should be. I appreciate all your help :)
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