I am going to ask if anyonehere hashad a nuclear imaging scan done on their
Elissa had radioactive iodine treatment (RAI) in December of 1997, after two frustrating, unsuccessful years of trying to treat her hyperthyroidism with medication.
If I remember correctly, the initial dose of RAI & scan is to determine the size of the thyroid gland & estimate as closely as possible the correct dose to administer. The goal is to have some remaining functioning thyroid tisssue left so as not to end up hypothyroid. This is a "guestimate"at best.
I'malsowondering if any of you could tell me when I could expect results fromit.
I'm looking forward to getting it taken care of so I can feel like my
In Elissa's case, we began to see some results 2-3 months later; however, it can take up to a year or more to achieve a complete effect. Elissa has ended up hypothyroid & is now taking Synthyroid as a supplement. However, she feels much better now. She was really miserable when she had all her hyperthyroid symptoms.
I can't remember the reason for fasting, unless it's because they want the radioactive capsule to absorb from the stomach as quickly as possible. Perhaps you could omit your AM intermediate-acting insulin, check your bg's every 1-2 hours, & give injections of H or R. I would certainly suggest you find someone to drive you.
Judy Premerlani (Mom of Elissa, age 18, pumping 15 years)