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Old 08-31-2008, 10:36 PM   #1
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surgery??

does everyone with hyperthyroidism need surgury? i thought treatment was medicine? im new to this so im confused and scared

 
Old 09-01-2008, 05:55 AM   #2
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Cool Re: surgury??

I am hypo (low) thyroid, so I'm only going from what I've read & learned here

There are cases when the hyper is so intense that a Doctor has the choice to radiate (kill off) or remove the over active thyroid gland all together. And from what posters here say, most prefer surgery to radiation.

I had one enlarged, non-cancerous Thy lobe removed Oct 05. Of course you need a skilled surgeon & proper care afterwards. Mine was pretty easy, but getting stabilized on meds has been an on-going battle

 
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Re: surgury??

Actually doctors tend to push for RAI, radiation to destroy the thyroid gland, but then afterward, you become "hypothyroid" and it seems some have a very hard time regulating their hormones afterward (although I know some people that have had it done many years ago without problems).

There is also medication (called methamizol, or something like that) to put it to remission. It's a very challenging medication to regulate, doctors don't love its side effects, there's a post below that says "treating hyperthyroid" and you might want to check that out. That should be what you do first to try to regulate yourself.

If that failed, you would consider surgery.....hopefully, those with hyper will be along to help you better.

 
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Re: surgury??

I would buy the latest edition of "Thyroid for Dummies". I just got a copy and it is quite informative. Wishing I had bought it before now.

 
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