Re: Info needed on radioactive iodine treatment
Welcome, Steve. I've had radioactive iodine (RAI) treatment as a post-surgery treatment for thyroid cancer, but I believe that they may give a higher dose for hyperthyroidism as there is more tissue to impact if you've not had the thyroidectomy.
If the antithyroid meds aren't working for you, doctors typically present a choice of surgery or RAI. I've posted what you can expect for each on Page 2 of our Information Archive thread (3/15/02 regarding surgery, and 5/1/02 regarding RAI):
<A HREF="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/Forum118/HTML/000005-2.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/Forum118/HTML/000005-2.html</A>
You can also read about hyperthyroidism and treatment options here:
<A HREF="http://www.endocrineweb.com/hyper1.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.endocrineweb.com/hyper1.html</A>
and at a website that doesn't post on this Board because it is too close to a bad word: Just type the words "thyroid" and "uk" (no space between them) and add a ".org" to get there. They explain the antithyroid drugs quite well and give synopses of other options.
But there are a lot of hyperthyroid folks who frequent this Board and can probably answer more directly with their personal experiences.<p>[This message has been edited by ArtfulD (edited 05-02-2002).]