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Is Weight Gain Related To Radioactive Iodine Treatment
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
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
No: Graves' is a treatable but potentially serious disease. There is no natural alternative to treat this. ...Read more
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had full thyroid taken out they have talked about a scan and radioactive iodine treatment it has been 14 weeks i think this is a long ?
Not too long: 14 weeks out is not too long but you should be able to get the treatment now. Call your doctor to reevaluate the treatment options. ...Read more
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