I am looking for some advice as I just don't know if I should go for RAI treatment. I was first diagnosed with Graves Disease in 2010, after a very stressful time at work. I was put on Carbimazole & my levels came under control. I was taken off the pills & was ok for a while, then after another stressful period, I relapsed again. My levels came under control & after a while of being off the pills again, I relapsed for a third time. I've been to the local thyroid clinic regularly & unfortunately I've never seen the same doctor more than once. There have been a few that have been helpful, have listened & have given me actual advice. Most of them, have been more into pushing the RAI & not interested in what I had to say. I am now on 5mg every other day, they wanted to take me off the pills again, but again, work is very stressful & I know the levels won't stay down.
3 years ago, I had large cysts on an ovary, had keyhole surgery to remove them & the ovary. I was off work for a couple of weeks & explained to the docs that I was trying to focus on recovering from that & try & have a baby. That stalled the RAI chat for 6 months. I then discovered that I had larger cysts on my other ovary, this resulted in a full hysterectomy. Again, I explained that I wasn't interested in RAI until I recovered from that & that after having another long period of time off work, I wasn't going to take any more time off work.
So after all that, I thought I'd book myself in for RAI, so that I could be on something that I believed was more natural that carbimazole. I want to come off the carbimazole, as I keep getting blood shot eyes, when my went to the optician, they said that it's a side affect. my eyes seem fine other than that, and the bleeding doesn't seem to have caused any damage, but it looks awful.
I've now been looking into RAI & am wondering if it's the right thing to do. is there a way to control my thyroid levels, if I don't get RAI or carry on with Carbimazole?
With having this for past 8 years & then now being on HRT patches, my weight is way out of control, which is another reason I don't really want to go hypo.
I know that I have to make up my own mind, but any advice, or suggestions would be great.