RAI Update: Day 5

Photo: Sanibel, Florida.

Up until two days ago, this whole RAI thing was completely uneventful, with the exception of a very minor sore throat and a weird sensation on my tongue. I was questioning whether or not it was going to work on me. Then two days ago, I noticed the following kick in. I’m not sure if it’s related to the RAI or if it’s related to the Prednisone I’m taking to avoid eye complications (although I’m taking a minimal dose of only 20 mg a day for the next six weeks.) Continue reading

I am not a doctor and the content on this blog is not medical advice. This is simply my experience with Graves Disease, and all thoughts expressed on this blog are my opinions. Please consult a doctor if you think you have Graves Disease or prior to taking any action that may affect your outcome with Graves Disease. You should never delay seeking medical advice, disregard medical advice, or discontinue medical treatment because of information on this website.

Radioactive Iodine Thyroid Ablation

Photo: Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina.

After a few months of treatment on Methimazole, yesterday I finally moved forward with the radioactive iodine ablation. To be honest, it was very uneventful and so far I feel ok – a bit of a sore throat and my tongue feels a little funny. Other than that, nothing major to report. . . other than being very bored since I took this week off from work.

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I am not a doctor and the content on this blog is not medical advice. This is simply my experience with Graves Disease, and all thoughts expressed on this blog are my opinions. Please consult a doctor if you think you have Graves Disease or prior to taking any action that may affect your outcome with Graves Disease. You should never delay seeking medical advice, disregard medical advice, or discontinue medical treatment because of information on this website.

Life on Methimazole

Photo: This is me probably a week before starting Methimazole and probably at my worst.

So, there are three ways to treat hyperthyroidism caused by Graves’ disease, and that’s either by taking an anti-thyroid medication, thyroid ablation through radioactive iodine (RAI – which I’m getting done tomorrow) or by a thyroidectomy. My case of hyperthyroidism was very severe, so my doctor wanted me to start antithyroid medication right away before considering the other options.

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I am not a doctor and the content on this blog is not medical advice. This is simply my experience with Graves Disease, and all thoughts expressed on this blog are my opinions. Please consult a doctor if you think you have Graves Disease or prior to taking any action that may affect your outcome with Graves Disease. You should never delay seeking medical advice, disregard medical advice, or discontinue medical treatment because of information on this website.

What is Graves’ Disease?

According to Mayo Clinic, Graves’ disease is an autoimmune disease that results in hyperthyroidism – overproduction of thyroid hormones.

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I am not a doctor and the content on this blog is not medical advice. This is simply my experience with Graves Disease, and all thoughts expressed on this blog are my opinions. Please consult a doctor if you think you have Graves Disease or prior to taking any action that may affect your outcome with Graves Disease. You should never delay seeking medical advice, disregard medical advice, or discontinue medical treatment because of information on this website.

Graves’ Disease. Now what?

Photo: Boka Grandi in Curaçao.

So, you just found out you have Graves’ Disease. Now what? If you’re like me and like countless others, you probably turned to the Internet to try to make sense of all this. You did a Google search, which likely led you to this blog post, and countless other sites, forums and support groups.  You’re scared, shocked, upset and tired of keeping up with the symptoms – let’s give it up for #TeamNoSleep. Continue reading

I am not a doctor and the content on this blog is not medical advice. This is simply my experience with Graves Disease, and all thoughts expressed on this blog are my opinions. Please consult a doctor if you think you have Graves Disease or prior to taking any action that may affect your outcome with Graves Disease. You should never delay seeking medical advice, disregard medical advice, or discontinue medical treatment because of information on this website.