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Natural Treatment After Thyroidectomy
Should i consider radioactive iodine therapy for regrowth of tissue after -partial, then total thyroidectomy?
It depends : That would depend on the original diagnosis and reason for thyroidectomy. If it was for benign modular disease or goiter then it shouldn't be necessary. If it was treatment of cancer then it is probably advisable but there are other factors that would need to be explored with your doctor. ...Read more
Safe: Treatment with radioactive iodine is common after thyroidectomy for thyroid cancer. It decreases the chance of recurrent disease significantly. It is generally well tolerated. The most common side effect is a dry mouth due to less saliva production. Radiation exposure to your body is relatively low. The chance of radiation side effects is related to the dose. ...Read more
Do doctors know of natural alternatives after having radioactive iodine treatment for graves disease?
No: This is one not to play around with. Untreated graves' will kill you. Your options include thyroid suppressors (which are based on stuff that occurs in vegetables, if that appeals to your sense of the natural, which is reasonable) and surgery as well as radioactive iodine. I'm simply glad you have the luxury of asking -- in the old days, graves' promised an especially miserable death. ...Read more
Yes: Hormone replacement (hrt) should be given to all women unless they have significant contraindications. Unfortunately the medical sentiment has changed against hrt over the last decade. It is coming back but physicians are still very reluctant. Many benefits and few risks if done in non-oral fashion. Especially very important if the hysterectomy was done before age 50. Don't wait seek hrt. ...Read more
Any natural remedies to help kill any possible cancereous cells remaining after total thyroidectomy if rai is not necessary?
Hmm: Not that i know of. Certainly after thyroidectomy there is a goal of suppressing the TSH in thyroid cancer. There may be natural therapies along this line that don't include what your doctor is prescribing to manage your thyroid levels. If rai is not required for you, than you must have a low risk cancer and i wouldn't worry about other therapies too much. Talk with your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What can I expect after having a thyroidectomy and radioiodine treatment for ptu (propylthiouracil)?
Hi how much time is appropriate for physical therapy for trismus after radical neck surgery for buccal cancer ?
Sensitivity of germ: Well the doc should have a 'profile' of what the bacteria is and is not sensitive to. That, depending also on you (presence or absence of allergies, kidney function etc) would help determine the best treatment. I would guess your doctors picked Vancomycin, which is one of the best medications for that. I'm also a fan of daptomycin but it's extremely expensive. With a joint infection, treat longer. ...Read more
No max dose: There is no max dose of i131. I assume you are talking about treatment after having thyroid cancer. To ablate remaining thyroid tissue following total thyroidectomy, the dose range is 30 to 150 mci, depending on the risk of recurrent disease.Higher doses can be used to treat metastatic disease, but it is rare to go above 200 for any one treatment. Secondary cancer can occur with high total doses. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is the best hormone treatment for mild endometriosis after surgery (2nd cyst/surgery. Surgeon recognized endo. ) and first time treatments?
Birth Control Pills: The best actual "treatment" for endometriosis is laparoscopic excision (cutting out) of all endometriosis - remembering that endometriosis can have many different looks other than the "classic dark spots". If it is all excised then there is no need for further treatment. If however there is endometriosis still present, the easy first line treatment is birth control pills. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
After radioactive iodine treatment is it common to need an increase in Synthroid (thyroxine) dose after all remaining thyroid tissue has been abblated?
1 week or so: Most of my patients are back to work in ~1 week, using narcotic pain meds for only 3-4 days on average. Full activity can be resumed in 2 weeks. Roughly 15% of people will require thyroid supplementation after partial thyroidectomy. Although there is plenty of debate, i recommend thyroid lobectomy over subtotal thyroidectomy for reasons i don't have room to discuss. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why thyroidectomy?: Hi. Was it thyroid cancer? Most likely reason for total thyroidectomy. Best diet: healthy one! Whole grains, nuts, legumes, fruits & veggies, healthy oils (canola & olive), lean meats, nonfat dairy; little or no white flour, white rice, simple sugar, high fructose corn syrup. Best of luck with your thyroid cancer! ...Read more
Graves disease, mixedema and exopthalmos , scheduled for compete thyroidectomy bc not responding to treatment. Will these 2 resolve after surgery?
Exopthalmos maybe: Graves disease (hyperthyroidism) is much easier treated by radioactive ablation with i131 than surgery.Complications of surgery do not occur. The radioactive iodine destroys the gland making patient hypo or nothyroid. While exophthalmos generally improves with correction of hyperthyroidism, not always the case.Myxedema is not related to hyperthyroidism but is the same as severe hypothyroidism. ...Read more
Need site of mucous: The intestinal system normally secretes mucous. It can be thought of as a self lubricating process. It usually is not connected to gall bladder removal. ...Read more
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