AnonymousDecember 9, 1996 at 4:45 pmPost count: 93172
I understand from my endo that the stats in Canada are a one in three
chance in being cured with drug therapy. However, the bad news
is that, like you said, you can relapse within two years. I am still
undecided re: treatment so appreciate your comments. Initially, I thought
I would try the drug therapy and if that did not work try the
RAI if necessary. My husband and I are anxious to start a family though
so have to really weigh the best alternative for my health and plans for a
family. I will have to decide soon.
Thanks for the feedback, DianeAnonymousDecember 9, 1996 at 6:15 pmPost count: 93172
Here in the UK the treatment of choice seems to be drug therapy and I have
to say that after the initial adjustments to sort out the dosage I’ve been
fine. Just to add that recent research suggests that antithyroid drugs
may have some effect on the underlying cause of Graves, the autoantibodies,
which seem to decrease in response to the drug therapy. I don’t think this
happens with RAI. Disadvantage though is the possibility of relapse especially
if you don’t take the drug therapy for long enough (usually about 18 months).
Good luck with your decision.
RamoneAnonymousDecember 10, 1996 at 2:13 amPost count: 93172
Dear Diane, In other countries, Europe and Japan for example,
they do drug tx alot and the over all success rates of remission are 55%
which is much better than 1 in 3. My endo says that there are different
ways of doing the drugs too. If you want article refs. e-mail me and
I’ll look them up. Don’t want to bug you, But I can identify with your dilemma. JeannetteAnonymousDecember 10, 1996 at 4:45 amPost count: 93172
There are drugs which you can take during pregnancy which don’t cross the
placenta so don’t affect the baby. PTU is the one I think – there are
some messages about it around the middle of november, I think, if you look
back a bit on this BB. Only thing is drug treatment needs to be taken for
at least 18 months to protect against relapse, and pregnancy can trigger another
episode so I guess you’re better off not waiting for remission (that’s only
my opinion so ignore it if you want!).
Treatment itself worked pretty fast for me – within 2 weeks of starting
carbimazole I went underactive (which I thought was worse!)and it took a few
more months with added thyroxine to feel really well but I was functioning
better than I had been after a couple of months and was getting on OK at
work, going to aerobics etc.which was impossible before.
I can’t comment on the RAI, except to say that they don’t offer it here
if you’re not post-menopausal – I think surgery is more common but maybe that’s a
difference in the medical culture here.
Sorry if this is a bit long!
RamoneAnonymousDecember 10, 1996 at 10:28 pmPost count: 93172
There IS a difference in the treatment options from country to country.
USA gives much more RAI than any other country. Japan almost never.AnonymousDecember 12, 1996 at 5:54 pmPost count: 93172
Sorry for the delay in my response. I have been away from the office for
a couple of days. I am leaning more and more towards drug therapy and
thank you for your advice. I know one person who did the RAI and it
destroyed her thyroid so is stuck having to take a replacement for the
rest of her life.
I’m also worried about the affects of RAI if I were to get pregnant. Most of
the research I have done suggests that there is no worries, however, there
is still that doubt. I would love to get a list of reference materials
from you. I am not seeing my endo until Tuesday now so will find out
more from him I’m sure. In the meantime, I continue to gather information.
Thanks so much for your help Jeanette! Talk to you soon, Diane
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