Afraid to be treated for Graves disease

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My girlfriend was diagnosed with graves disease 8 yrs ago. From what i know she started out taking pills but stopped taking them after couple weeks. I have noticed alot of changes mentally anxiety etc. I think she assume the worst meaning surgery. How can I explain to her properly that treatment is necessary without scaring her I'm afraid I'm going to lose her if something isn't done asap. Help me help her please!

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    Graves disease serious ilness you can not stop your antithyroid medication ! I was diagnosed Graves' disease 2008 ...

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    Hi todd81825, I am a bit confused regarding the timeline. You say your girlfriend was diagnosed with Graves' disease 8 years ago. Was it then that she discontinued treatment or did she have a relapse and was supposed to take her medication recently? 

    I think it would be good to find out why she is reluctant to continue with her treatment. Do you happen to know if she is taking anti-thyroid drugs at the moment (and the daily dose)?

    I don't want to alarm you but untreated Graves' disease may lead to severe thyrotoxicosis and in the worst case a dangerous condition called thyroid crisis (which requires urgent medical attention). 

    https://patient.info/doctor/hyperthyroid-crisis-thyrotoxic-storm ;

     

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    Hello. I also stopped my meds for 2 years. I became very weak. Didn't have the strength to lift things. My kids had to lift things for me. I couldn't walk very far either. I was outta breath. My whole body shook. Nausea, abdominal pain. I thought I was going to die. I started my methimazole on the 1st and I did a 100 percent turn around. If you don't take your meds you will get bad over time. It happened to me. I was so sick. Hope all goes well!

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