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Radio Active Treatment For Thyroid
Need more info: Why do you think you have an overactive pituitary? The pituitary gland makes various hormones that are essential for correct function of adrenals, thyroid, testicles, growth, there are particular rare disorders that can occur because of a tumor in the pituitary making excess hormone, but symptoms will depend on which hormone is being made. You need to see an endocrinologist to evaluate. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Several options: The treatments come down to antithyroid drugs (eg. Methimazole), radioactive iodine (rai), or surgery. Each has advantages and disadvantages, and you should discuss with your endocrinologist. If you opt for surgery, make sure the surgeon is an experienced thyroid surgeon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Used as treatment: Your thyroid gland uses iodine to produce thyroid hormone. If you have an over-active thyroid gland, one option is to remove/destroy part of the gland. if radioacive iodine is given, the gland will take it up and will be damaged by the radiation, thus reducing the amount of hormone produced. after this occurs, some patients then have too little thyroid and need to take thyroid pills. ...Read more
Can you stay on antithyroid medication indefinitely rather than definitive treatment for Graves' disease ?
Meds for Grave's: 52F from UK asks if one can take antithyroid meds indefinitely rather than definitive treatment for Graves' Disease. ANS: Yes and sometimes one can even stop after a period of time but need to weigh side effects of meds vs radiation and your other circumstances that are best assessed by your thyroid Dr. ...Read more
How do doctors know if thyroid cells(cancerous and non) take up the radioactive iodine after rai treatment for papillary thyroid cancer?
What determines the dose of radioactive iodine that one receives for remnant ablation and treatment for papillary thyroid cancer? I received 100millic
Probability to recur: The dose of rai is typically based on the predicted probability of thyroid cancer recurrence. People with stage 1 or 2 disease are typically given lower dosages (30-100 mci). Stage 3 or 4 would receive higher (100-150). Recent studies are looking more at 30 mci to ablate most lower risk patients. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Avoid surgery: Rai is designed to "kill" the thyroid without the need for surgery and surgical complications. The side effects of rai are few and manageable if done properly. Once your thyroid is dead, then you will need to take synthroid, (thyroxine) but that is easy... Much easier than taking antithyroid drugs like methimazole. You need an endocrinologist to guide you through this. ...Read more
Mymumreceivedexternalradiation therapy and radiation iodine therapy for her thyroid papillary carcinoma.What are the sideeffects of these treatments?
Discuss with your MD: External radiation and radioiodine therapy for thyroid cancer are relatively safe but they have different possible side effects. Radiation therapy may affect nearby structures like nerves affecting vocal cords causing hoarseness. The effects of radioiodine therapy may be: neck tenderness and swellin, nausea and vomiting, swelling and tenderness of the salivary glands, dry mouth and taste changes. ...Read more
No: Graves' is a treatable but potentially serious disease. There is no natural alternative to treat this. ...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
What is the best treatment for hyperthyroidism, particularly for autoimmune thyroiditis unresponsive to drug therapy?
Furhter eval: Hashi and most autoimmune illnesses stem from undiagnosed food allergens or environmental toxins stored in the body. Go to a4m.Com and use doctor locator function to find a local functional medicine doc to help you order specialized testing for gut like genova cdsa as well as metametrix igg food allergen testing to discover real cause. If not "fixed" other autoimmune illnesses will be in upcoming! ...Read more
Options: Depends on the size of the nodule, you can either do an ultrasound guided biopsy to rule out cancer or follow it with yearly ultrasound to make sure that it's not growing or do the biopsy if it grows. If it's causing swallowing/breathing problem or if it's producing extra hormone, surgical removal is also an option. If biopsy showed cancer, you will need surgery. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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