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Old 02-14-2005, 01:24 PM   #1
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Question Radiation Iodine

Hi I posted here a while ago about my DH going for tests well it turns out it is Hyperthyroidism. He went to the specialist today and he has put him on Beta Blockers to slow down his heart rate and wants to do a thyroid scan and then probabley the radiation Iodine.

My question is has anyone here had it done? What can he expect with this? (during treatment and after?) He was told he may have to fly to Vancouver to have it done as we dont have anyone here who does this. Will he be feeling all right to fly right home and go to work. (just got a new job) We are hoping his new boss will be understanding about this. I am really worried about him as he has not felt well for about six months and I know that if he looses this job it will devastate (sp) he has been off work for a year after he was let go because the company he was with was downsizing(after 31 years) I know the stress will not help him right now so any info anyone can give us would be really apprciated.

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Old 02-14-2005, 03:45 PM   #2
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Re: Radiation Iodine

Please do your homework on all 3 treatment options. There are 3 for hyperthyroidism, which are:

anti-thyroid medication
surgery to remove a portion or the whole thyroid gland
radioactive iodine ablation of the thyroid gland (also called RAI)

What is the CAUSE of your husbands hyperthyroidism? Have they tested him for the antibodies that cause Graves disease? Graves is the number one cause of hyperthyroidism, and TSI (thyroid stimulating immunoglobulins) are the antibodies that cause Graves. A simple blood test can check this out for him.

Personally, I feel that RAI for hyperthyroidism is barbaric, but that is just my opinion.

If your husband has the RAI ablation of the gland, then he will be emitting radioactivity for several days. I would think that he would be exposing the other people on the plane next to him.

I highly recommend the book "Thyroid for Dummies" by Dr. Alan Rubin. You can skip directly to the chapters on is an education on what is wrong with your husband and explains the treatment options too.
Dx Graves 4/99, tx w/Tapazole & Atenolol - Remission 7/03; Relapse 1/06, back on Tapazole, remission & off meds again 11/06.

Old 02-14-2005, 04:43 PM   #3
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Re: Radiation Iodine

K9Mom's advice is great. The big question is indeed what is causing the hyperthyroid. Most likely it is an immune disease (Graves') if they're already talking about RAI treatment.

Personally, I would talk to the doc about thyroid meds and monitoring for at least a couple years prior to undergoing the Radioactive Iodine procedure. The rate of remission for Graves' Disease after 2 years of medication is fairly good. In fact my Aunt had Graves' and has now been in remission and off meds for 5 years without undergoing any thyroid procedure at all...


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