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Old 05-17-2005, 02:57 PM   #1
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Question throat pain and enlarged thyroid post Radioactive Iodine

Greetings All.

It has been a while. I had my radioactive iodine treament in January and aside from a few ups and downs (Synthroid was lowered from 100 to 88), I have been pretty good. I do get the occassional hot flash, though. Well, anyway, my doctor told me that after the iodine treatment that my thryroid would shrink. Didn't happen! In fact, I think mine has grown. My collars seem so much tighter, feels like the skin around my throat is being over-stretched when I drink from a cup without a straw and I can't stand wearing short necklaces. I keep asking everyone about my throat some people say it looks fine and others say it looks like an Adam's apple. Has anyone else experience anything like this? HELP!!!

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Old 05-17-2005, 03:14 PM   #2
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Re: throat pain and enlarged thyroid post Radioactive Iodine

I had radioactive treatment for my graves. Mine swelled when I went hypo from the radioactive iodine.

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Re: throat pain and enlarged thyroid post Radioactive Iodine

Hey, Lady

Now that you are hypo has it remained swollen. Is there anything they can do to make it go down?

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Re: throat pain and enlarged thyroid post Radioactive Iodine

If your thyroid levels are in the right place in your lab ranges, your goiter should shrink. When my Ft3 and Ft4 are in the upper part of the range, my goiter disappears and I don't feel like there is a lump in my throat when I swallow.

I was doing great until I decided to use this estrogen patch, without raising my Armour dose. That was a big mistake, because I went hypo again, because you need more thyroid replacement while taking estrogen. My estrogen patches are now in the trash. I should know better.

When I am not hypo, my thyroid is not swollen, but when I was hyper, my thyroid was swollen too. So, any irritation to the thyroid, will make it swell.

Your goiter will not shrink until your Ft3 and Ft4 are in the ranges where you feel your best.

I am a little bit hypo right now and it makes my arthritis feel worse in my shoulder, more nasal stuffiness,little depressed, there is a feeling of a lump in my throat. My bottom front teeth ususally have a little pain in them.

It does take time for the goiter to shrink. I went hypo 5 months after the RAI while taking an antithyroid drug.

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