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Old 08-09-2012, 10:18 PM   #8
Riddy
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Yes, radioactive iodine is usually dosed to make the patient hypothyroid. They would rather do the treatment only once, and then manage the hypothyroidism with thyroid hormone replacement. I was given an even larger dose than average, because I had multiple "hot" nodules. I was on 175mcg of Synthroid for years, then bumped up to 200mcg. Last summer when I had lost about 40 pounds my dose was dropped back to 175mcg, and it was just reduced again to 150mcg.

I was OK with going straight to radioactive iodine - I was so miserable, I just wanted it over. Plus my mom and grandmother had had the radioactive iodine, so I kinda knew what to expect. Little did I know how much MORE miserable being hypothyroid is.

In hindsight I probably should have done a little more research, but I was only in my 20's and didn't think to question the doctor.
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