First, I'd like to introduce myself: My name is Lilian, and I'm 22 years old and, for this last year, single (I have a wonderful boyfriend who loves me and we'll marry soon)
Three years ago (late 2002-early 2003), I started losing weight without explanation. I had always been on the thin side and unconcerned about my weight so I can't recall what my weight was, but then I was down to 110 pounds (and being 6' didn't help at all) all of sudden. It took some time for doctors to notice I was hyperthyroid (Grave's Disease), until my goitier was extremely gross (2004). Before that, they would all say I was anorexic, even if I told them I ate two or three times what a normal person would.
I was put on treatment, which implied taking a lot of tapazole pills, and gaining a lot of weight back. Then, by late 2004 I was severely hypothyroid and weighing 219 pounds. Now I was struggling to lose weight but I couldn't, no matter how hard I tried. My thyroid levels were stabilized by summer, 2005 and I was able to return to a more normal weight, not as skinny as I was before, but not as fat as I got during the course of my treatment. I weighed 135 pounds in August.
In september, the doctor took me off tapazole, and I was doing okay for the first month. In november, I had blood tests taken and my thyroid gland was out of control (hyperthyroid again). He said the treatment didn't work for me, and I underwent RA-I treatment.
I was prescribed 70 mCi (Dec. 20th), and It was a terrible experience. I had terrible nausea, fever, rash and spells the first week. From then on, the reaction has been milder, but I still feel weak, I don't know if it's because of RA-I itself, or because I'm becoming hypothyroid. How long does it take for RA-I to hit fully? Will I be able to lose some weight before I become hypothyroid and can't lose any? I'm finding it difficult to lose some pounds already.