September 6, 2019 at 12:37 pm
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Sorry, haven’t logged on in a few years. Just in case this may help someone in the tough decisions associated with Graves…
My wife had RAI in 2008. After a few years, she developed GO (Graves’ Ophthalmopathy). After several years of dealing with GO symptoms, she elected to go through with OD (Orbital Decompression). Not fun, but in the end, she was glad she had the OD, primarily because it relieved the constant pain.
In hindsight (always 20/10), we sorta wished the Dr. would have had us consider a thyroidectomy instead of RAI. I believe there is data now showing a higher occurrence rate of GO for RAI. Not sure if they had that data back in 2008, but sure wished we’d known then.