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I am a 21 year old male with hyperthyroidism (Graves disease) they want me to do radioactive iodine treatment. What if I don't take medicine after. ?

I am a 21 year old male with hyperthyroidism (Graves disease) they want me to do radioactive iodine treatment. What if I don't take medicine after. ?

Graves: Radioactive treatment for Grave's may be appropriate and after that you will be prescribed an appropriate dose of thyroxine to take exactly as prescribed. Your thyroid levels will be monitored fora month or two but return to a once a year study to check all is OK. If you can, please keep me posted. ...Read more

Dr. Susan Wingo
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Hyperthyroidism (Definition)

Hypothyroidism is a medical condition that lowers the level of thyroid hormone to a point where the patient has a marked decrease in overall health. Often the patient does not notice the loss of thyroid hormone for several weeks or more. Once diagnosed with low thyroid hormone levels, the patient will be prescribed with thyroid hormone to a point where the thyroid levels are normal and ...Read more


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I Had radioactive iodine treatment 6 months ago for hyperthyroidism. Felt ok for months after but now have loss of muscle strength.Is this expected?

I Had radioactive iodine treatment 6 months ago for hyperthyroidism. Felt ok for months after but now have loss of muscle strength.Is this expected?

NO!: Get some thyroid tests as soon as practicable...Muscle weakness can be due to persistent hyper-thyroidism AND due as well to HYPO-thyroidism EITHER are possible in patients after RAI treatment! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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I'm 60 yrs old Female with hyperthyroidism uncontrolled with Neomercazole & went for Radioactive Iodine Ablation treatment now . Shall I take Shiljit.

I'm 60 yrs old Female with hyperthyroidism uncontrolled with Neomercazole & went for Radioactive Iodine Ablation treatment now . Shall I take Shiljit.

Hyperthyroid: No to shiljit (shilajit)!! Your thyroid ablation will cut down your thyroid production but you will be treated with thyroid replacement and, once controlled, you should be OK. Won't take long. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of radioactive iodine therapy for hyperthyroidism?

What are the benefits of radioactive iodine therapy for hyperthyroidism?

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

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What is the percentage that you will acquire hypothyroidism using radioactive iodine therapy for patient with hyperthyroidism?

What is the percentage that you will acquire hypothyroidism using radioactive iodine therapy for patient with hyperthyroidism?

Common: Many of my patients who received rai therapy for hyperthyroidism developed hypothyroidism within months or years after their treatment and had to take thyroid replacement therapy. Up to 50% of treated patients develop hypothyroidism within 1 year. The good news is that most patients do well on replacement therapy. ...Read more

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Could the wrong treatment of hyperthyroidism cause any serious health damage? I have been following my own treatment but don't feel very well lately

Need endocrinologist: Treatment of hyperthyroidism should not be taken lightly. Working with a good endocrinologist is the best way to get this under control. Left untreated hyperthyroidism can result in "thyroid storm" which can be fatal. ...Read more

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What's the best treatment to get rid of hyperthyroidism?

What's the best treatment to get rid of hyperthyroidism?

Radioactive iodine : To "get rid of" hyperthyroidism, radioactive iodine is a good option because with the correct dose, the hyperthyroidism can be permanently treated. Medication like Methimazole is effective management too, but is not a "cure". ...Read more

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If I have hyperthyroidism, should I go through with rai treatment?

If I have hyperthyroidism, should I go through with rai treatment?

Depends: Hyperthyroidism can be treated medically but treatment not always keeping patient at even level of thyroid gland hormone production. Two alternatives are surgery and radioactive ablation. The ablation does not involve anesthesia or risk of bleeding. Radiation treatment makes patient either hypo or athyroid. Everyday thyroid hormone supplements keep patient well controlled. ...Read more

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What treatment to use for hyperthyroid and how did it work?

Depends: The treatment for hyperthyroidism depends on the cause. If you have grave's disease (the most common cause), your treatment options are: antithyroid drugs (methimazole, ptu), a single treatment dose of radioactive iodine, or surgical removal of your thyroid. There are pros and cons with each type of treatment that you need to discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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What is a good treatment for hyperthyroidism?

What is a good treatment for hyperthyroidism?

Radioactive IODINE: Hperthyroidism is treated with Beta blocker like proparanol to slow down the heart rate and tremors Antithyroid Medications like Propylthiouracil and Mithimazole.are used in patients with sustained form of Hyperthyroidism like Graves Disease or Toxic Nodular Goiter.These dugs can have side effects like rash,itching,fever &liver problems Radiactive Iodine is most widely used and permanent therapy ...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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Overactive Thyroid (Definition)

Hyperthyroidism, often called "overactive thyroid," is a condition where the thyroid secretes too much of the thyroid hormones. Common symptoms include heat intolerance, increased appetite, ...Read more