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What to if I am having radioactive iodine 131 treatment in two weeks, does anyone have any tips for me?

What to if I am having radioactive iodine 131 treatment in two weeks, does anyone have any tips for me?

Follow instruction: Just follow the instructions from your doctor, and from the nuclear medicine docs. You may have been given written instructions. Read them. Avoid dietary iodine. Follow instructions on medications, esp thyroid-related drugs (methimazole, levothyroxine, etc). If this is for graves disease, you may want to take/resume a b-blocker after the treatment since T4 and T3 (liothyronine) may increase transiently. ...Read more

Radioactive (Definition)

Radioactivity refers to the particles which are emitted from nuclei as a result of nuclear instability. Because the nucleus experiences the intense conflict between the two strongest forces in nature, it should not be surprising that there are many nuclear isotopes which are unstable and emit some kind of radiation. The most common types of radiation are called alpha, ...Read more


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Are there any natural alternatives to having radioactive iodine treatment for grave's disease?

No: Graves' is a treatable but potentially serious disease. There is no natural alternative to treat this. ...Read more

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What do I need to know about radioactive iodine treatment in australia?

What do I need to know about radioactive iodine treatment in australia?

The same as in USA: Rai can be used to treat hyperthyroidism and thyroid cancer. Are you contemplating emigrating to australia? Talk to an american nuclear technologist first to find out if he/she knows someone in the society of nuclear medicine in australia. ...Read more

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Can you tell me some exercise after radioactive iodine treatment, i-131?

Can you tell me some exercise after radioactive iodine treatment, i-131?

RAI : Hi. Was the 131-I for hyperthyroidism or for thyroid cancer? Once your hypothyroidism is treated and you stably have normal thyroid function (or slightly hyper if thyroid cancer), you're good to get back to your pre-illness workout routine. Be patient...you've been thru a lot. But go for it. You'll get back in your groove. To your health! ...Read more

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I am having radioactive iodine 131 treatment in two weeks, do you have any tips for me?

Radioactive iodine: Eat low i foods and avoid high i products (kelp, certain vitamins, certain cold/cough remedies). Is this for hyperthryroidism or cancer? If for hyperthyroidism, you need to wait 3-4 days, and then you can resume your (other) treatments, eg methimazole. But discuss this with your doctor. It may take 3-4 months for the rai to ablate the thyroid. Watch for symptoms of hypo. ...Read more

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Will radioactive iodine treatment hurt my child in the long run?

Will radioactive iodine treatment hurt my child in the long run?

Simple answer is no: Although long term data is lacking, the current guidelines recommend rai as first choice for treatment of hyperthyroidism/Grave's (in the US) if child's age is above 7yrs of age. Medication and surgery are other options and each choice has it's pros and cons. I personally tend to opt for pharmacologic treatment if presentation is mild.Talk with your endocrinologist. ...Read more

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Do you have to do a low iodine diet prior to radioactive iodine treatment for thyroud cancer and if so for how long?

Do you have to do a low iodine diet prior to radioactive iodine treatment for thyroud cancer and if so for how long?

Yes.: One has to starve the thyroid gland of iodine; it's the one tissue in the body which takes it up, so one wants to maximize iodide uptake when treating thyroid cancer with radioactive iodine. The major source of iodine in the diet is iodized salt. Avoid eating out for 2 weeks prior to radio-active iodine treatment and google "low-iodine diet" for the rules of the diet. ...Read more

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Are there natural therapies after having radioactive iodine treatment for graves disease?

Are there natural therapies after having radioactive iodine treatment for graves disease?

No: If you become hypothyroid after rai you need to take thyroid hormone to replace your bod's thyroid hormone. ...Read more

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After radioactive iodine 131 treatment how long should you wait to have small children back in your care if you recover at home not hospitalized?

To treat what?: If hyperthyroidism ok in one day - but not to have them in your lap. If for thyroid cancer wait a few days - the nuclear facility will want to do a post rai scan in about 3 days - so ask them based on any uptake when it would be safe. ...Read more

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Weight Gain (Definition)

Weight gain is an increase in body weight. This can be a result of increases to muscle mass, increases in body fat, or increases in body fluids like water. Occasionally, weight gain can be a symptom of ...Read more