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Old 09-24-2004, 01:43 PM   #1
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Test Results?

Hi All, I posted once before with my blood work test results. A little on the high side. My DR orderd a Nuclear (sp) test done? Im not sure that is the correct name for it or not. Anyway, took a pill, made me come back in 3 hours or so and x-ray / filmed my thyroid. Then 24 hours later they repeted the x-ray / film thing.
How accurate is this type of test? My DR called last night with the results and said i was very Hyperthyroid! He thinks i should have my thyroid gland (cant remember the word he used) killed off. Or the long term suppressing meds. I dont what the pro's and cons are for each procedure? I know i have felt really bad the last 4-5 weeks. With symptoms of Hypo and Hyper?? Is that possible? Can anyone who has had this procedure shed some light on this for me? Also, how long after the procedure was done did it take
to start feeling better?
Thanks for any info.
John

 
Old 09-24-2004, 02:15 PM   #2
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Re: Test Results?

John,
Your thyroid is a very vital little organ that plays a BIG part in your feeling of well being...both mental and physical. Before you "kill it off" please do some research and make sure you fully understand what you could be in for.

Killing the thyroid will make you HYPOthyroid. You will trade HYPERthyroidism in for HYPOthyroidism and life-long thyroid hormone replacement medications. You will be told that it is easy....just take a pill a day and you will be fine. Unfortunately it is NOT that easy for many people. You can read posts right here from HYPOthyroid people and see that finding the right balance of replacement hormone is not easy.

I highly recommend the book "Thyroid for Dummies" by Dr. Alan Rubin. Read the chapters on HYPERthyroidism and Graves disease. He explains it all very well and he also gives his reasons for his treatment preference...which is treatment with anti-thyroid medication.

I chose anti-thyroid medication to treat my Graves disease and I have now been in total remission since July of last year. Anti-thyroid meds are the only treatment options that even gives you a chance at remission...the other 2 options merely kill off the gland and force you into life long thyroid hormone replacement.

Do your homework on this one. Think long and hard about which treatment you want and make sure you know what to expect with each of the treatments before you agree to it.

Good luck!
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Dx Graves 4/99, tx w/Tapazole & Atenolol - Remission 7/03; Relapse 1/06, back on Tapazole, remission & off meds again 11/06.

 
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