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Old 05-01-2002, 12:38 AM   #1
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Info needed on radioactive iodine treatment

I've been on meds (Carbimozole and Thyroxine) for the past 12 months to control an overactive thyroid and recently my doctor has suggested that I should now consider having radioactive iodine treatment.
The advantage being that this would make my thyroid underactive and therefore I would then only need the Thyroxine to keep my thyroid level correct - Thyroxine having only very minor side effects compared with Carbimozole.

I'd be very interested to hear from anyone with any advise or information on this subject, especially from anyone who has actually had this treatment.

Best regards, Steve.

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Old 05-01-2002, 05:44 PM   #2
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Re: Info needed on radioactive iodine treatment

Hi steve00001 and welcome!
You would probably benefit from reading some of opur stories.
I will find the thread and bump it back to the top of the list.

Old 05-01-2002, 06:49 PM   #3
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Re: Info needed on radioactive iodine treatment

I had this treatment in January. I had no reaction and had to stay away from my family for 3 days. I could not work, cook or wash my clothes or dishes with the rest of the familys. I just relaxed. It was good. After that was done I had to wait and get another blood test to see where my levels were and they were perfect. The next blood test showed I was hypo. Now I am on Levoxyl, 100 mgs. or whatever it is once a day. I go back in June and 2 weeks before get a blood test to see where my levels are then. I may need adjustments. All in all it was no big deal.

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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):
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You can also read about hyperthyroidism and treatment options here:
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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).]

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