Hi all, new on here so be gentle! I have had hyperthyroidism on and off since 2011. I have had two episodes of illness, both remedied by Carmibazole. Apart from being really ill pre-diagnosis, the drugs have worked for me and I have no symptoms, am happy and healthy.
Recently, my routine blood test found that the disease is back and my consultant tells me that I have no choice but to have radioactive treatment to deal with my hyperactive thyroid. This is my second relapse and she says that it is obviously not going to get better itself. She doesn't want to keep me on Carmibazole because it has harmful side effects (although she has not mentioned this to me before).
I have not been keen to do this in the past. I wanted to see if the drugs would work long-term. I don't feel ill at all and don't relish the thought of stopping my thyroid functioning at all and taking drugs for the rest of my life. Nor do I want to make myself unwell working out what dosage of thyroxine is right for me in the meantime.
I am pretty fed up because I thought I was pretty good at spotting the signs of hyperthyroidism and had just skipped into the appointment, after a year of appointments being cancelled and moved, to be told everything was fine.
I've just turned 50, started a great but demanding new job, my kids are at crucial stages in their school life with exam results pending and I have elderly parents who need me too. I feel great and was taking everything in my stride. But the thought of a year or two of medical treatment, even when I don't feel ill, has really bought me down.
This is the third consultant I have seen. She seems very nice but I feel like I am being told off every time I go. She is bored and dismissive when I ask if there are any alternatives and a bit impatient that I don't relish the treatment she is offering.
I wanted to ask if any of you had experience of any alternatives? Obviously, if I have to have the treatment, I will. But I would be interested in others' experience. Thanks. x