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30 Jan 2008

Graves disease and weight
Hi, I am not sure what to do anymore. Lately I've been feeling very sick. I was dizzy, felt like fainting, my eye sight is a bit worse, my heartbeat is 125 when relaxing, my hair is falling out, I don't feel strong enough to hold my baby (5 months old) longer than 5min's, I itch allot at night, I am out of breath when walking only 10metres. I am very tired and lost allot of weight (but bear in mind - I am back to my normal weight before I got pregnant. They tested my Thyroid and said I have Basedow Graves disease and gave medicine to drink and on the 11th of Feb I have to do blood tests again, then they are going to perform Radio active Iodine treatment. Isn't that dangers, shouldn't I rather go for the Op? They said it could make you sterile, and I want two more kids - at least. I was always skinny, but the doctor says this is something new, and I haven't had it my whole life. How do I know that? Am I not going to get fat now? I need help; I don't know what to do. They say my "pertegnetaat opname" is 4%. My TSH is 0.01 and my Free T4 is 68.3. Is it really necessary to go for the treatment? Isn't their something I can do to bring it back to normal? And will it really make me sterile. What is the best option: to take it out with Operation or to go for Radio Active Iodine? And which one will not make me fat or sterile? We wanted to start with a family in April, but they say if you go for radio active iodine then you have to wait six months before trying to conceive, is that true?
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Lol
I can understand that you feel frantic - the prospect of having the radioactive iodine treatment is not pleasant esp if it can potentially make you sterile. However, you must discuss these factors with a physician, preferably an Endocrinologist. Ask the dr who diagnosed you to send you to an Endocrinologist for a second opinion. Then make sure you have a list of all the questions you want answered when you see the Endocrinologist. The problem is that Graves Disease is a serious condition and you need to have some form of treatment - you can't go on feeling so ill - but you as a patient have the right to know all the options and make your decision based on correct information.
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