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Had Radioiodine in January. What now?


I have had Graves for about seven years. Initially prescribed Carbimazole which worked well for a period then relapsed and back on to the meds. Last year, following another relapse which was so much worse than before, I took the decision to have radioiodine therapy and this happened in January. My first blood test in Feb (six weeks after the therapy} were:

T4-24.6 & TSH-0.01

Five weeks later:

T4 13.8 & TSH 5.7

Have just had another lot done and awaiting results and I suspect will be Hypo.

I am now feeling like death warmed up, some symptoms seem similar to Hyper but have gained 12lb in a month! No change in diet and have been trying to be upbeat, joined my local gym and go swimming twice a week but frankly it's a struggle.

I am due to see my Endo next week and I guess he is going to put me on Thyroxine which is fine but having done a little reading on the subject, should I be considering T3? I know it is a problem getting it on the NHS but I now want to start feeling well because I just feel the last few years have a roller coaster. I also am wondering if I should be taking vitamin supplements, I have been taking B complex and Selenium. Vitamins and diet have never been mentioned at any of my appointments and I am now very keen to explore any avenue that will improve how I feel. Any advice or questions I should be asking would be so very helpful.

2 Replies

When you see your endo insist that FT3 and vitamins are tested. Vitamin D, folate, ferritin and B12 need testing

If you are taking vitamin B complex, or any supplements containing biotin, remember to stop these 3-5 days before any blood tests, as biotin can falsely affect test results



Todd in reply to SlowDragon

Thank you. Will take you advice and ask for the tests.

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