I recently received some good news. I had a yearly eye exam and a 6 month follow-up with my endocrinologist. Both of those visits were positive. My labs are stable. My eyes are stable. I do not have to see either doctor for a year. It only took me 5 years to get here.

The journey to now

The years it took to stabilize felt really long and sluggish. If I am being totally honest, there were many days when I wondered if I would even get to where I am now. Time dragged on. The moments when my symptoms were really bad, I questioned if I would ever get over it.

The double vision was the most frustrating one of all. It could be unpredictable and I never knew how long it would last. I would be trying to read, write, or do anything, and the double vision would stop me in my tracks.

Over time, I learned what to do when it would come on. It would not stop the symptoms but it would make dealing with them a little bit easier. I learned how to accept it, mentally anyway.

Symptoms fade away

About 2 years into the disease, in the summer/fall of 2020, my symptoms began to let up. My double vision faded away over the summer. By fall, I could take off my prism on my glasses. I have not had to put it back on since.

My depth perception issues were the most persistent symptom I dealt with. Three years into the disease and I was still running into things I knew were there but did not see. But by the start of 2022, this symptom was gone too.

This or That

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Thyroid stabilization

Around the time my symptoms were improving, I began to take a lower dosage of Synthroid. The dose I was on when I was diagnosed with thyroid eye disease (TED) was too much for me so my endocrinologist took me off to allow my body to chill out.

I was off it for a few months then it was slowly introduced back into my system, this time at a lower dose. I have been back and forth for the last 4 years or so, trying to find the right amount that would work with my thyroid.

Finally, after many trials and errors, my endocrinologist and I found a dosage that my body responds well to. The every 3 month visits slowly got pushed out to 6 months. Then 6 months finally got pushed to a year.

I teared up when my endocrinologist told me she felt comfortable not seeing me for a year. I never thought this day would come.

Off the roller coaster

The years of hits and misses with my thyroid have been a journey. My TED made my journey even more complicated. Not wanting to upset my eyes even more, my endocrinologist, TED doctor, and I had to tread carefully through weeks and months of unstable eyes and inconsistent symptoms.

That turned into years of this disease. But finally, I can proudly and confidently step off the roller coaster this disease can put you through, knowing I have made it to the other side.

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