Thomas asks…

Can I take a shower after someone who has graves disease?

My roommate told me today that he was treated for Graves disease, in that they had to admninister a radioiodine to his thyroid. When I came home he suggested that I spend the night elsewhere to use the restroom and shower because of his radioactive urine and saliva. Should this be an issue? if so would shower slippers suffice, and as long as I am not dipping my penis in the toliet I shodl be fine right?

Helen answers:

NO…I have an overactive thyroid and was given the radioactive iodine treatment, they do not suggest that you sleep in the same bed, since you could end up in each others face. The radiation is spread through his urine and saliva, so he should flush the toilet at least two or three times, and clean the tub after each shower, it is recommended that the two of you not share utinsels or drink after one another. My doctor told me that I really didn’t even need to clean the shower since it was not likely that anyone would have there face in the bottom of the tub.
What it will do if you are exposed to it, the radioactive iodine medicine will go to you thyroid, this medicine is designed to kill your thyroid, so it could potentially cause you to have an under active thyroid, no big deal you won’t get cancer or anything, just be safe no one wants to take medicine for the rest of their life

Linda asks…

Is there other options besides taking synthroid that can help my hypothyroidism?

I was diagnosed with Graves disease when I was 17 and had my thyroid removed my radiation. I went through many thyroid perscriptions for about 4 years and had a hard time finding a balanced level. I haven’t taken my synthroid medication for over 2 years. Over the past couple months, I’ve been experiencing sympthoms of hypothyrodism. Is there other options other than going back to the synthroid that I can take?

Helen answers:

You could try ARmour. It contains both T4 and T3, where Synthroid is only T4. Many people don’t convert enough of the T4 to T3, so they still have some of the hypothyroid symptoms. Armour is a natural thyroid medication that has been around for over 100 years. Many who switch to it, feel so much better. Me included. Link below

William asks…

How can I make my hair grow stronger faster?

I am recovering from Graves disease and one of the side effect of thyroid disorders is losing some hair. I used to have full healthy long hair (African) and now it’s thinning. I used to take natural vitamins that greatly helped thicken my hair but now that I am becoming healthy again, I need tips on what to do to restore my hair to its natural beautiful state? I perm it a couple of times a year but mostly wear braids.

Helen answers:

Trim it regularly, to keep the ends from splitting and breaking the hair shorter. Go to your local salon and get a “scalp treatment”, which is sometimes also called a “Deep conditioning treatment” don’t get it done more than once a week. It helps to repair your hair, some salons actually sell the products for the deep conditioning, so you could always ask them as well.

Donald asks…

Has anyone out there had the radioactive pill and body scan to destroy thyroid?

I have been diagnosed with graves disease related to my thyroid. My endocrynologist wants me to take a radioactive pill and body scan to destroy my thyroid next week. He will then have me on thyroid medicine the rest of my life with periodic blood tests. Has anyone out there experienced this procedure? If so, please discuss it with me.

Helen answers:

Yes- I’ve had radioactive iodine (RAI) done. It was the most stressful time in my life. Overall, I do feel so much better, I’ve gained 40 pounds of lean muscle mass and my overactive symptoms are not as bad. But I still have good and bad days (symptom wise). And, yes, it will take some time for you to get your hormone levels right. Also, do some research on your own, and be sure to ask your endo plenty of questions until you are comfortable with your treatment. Best Wishes.
Josh

Michael asks…

Has anyone out there had the radioactive pill and body scan to destroy thyroid?

I have been diagnosed with graves disease related to my thyroid. My endocrynologist wants me to take a radioactive pill and body scan to destroy my thyroid next week. He will then have me on thyroid medicine the rest of my life with periodic blood tests. Has anyone out there experienced this procedure? If so, please discuss it with me.

Helen answers:

Hi. I am going through the same thing right now and go to the endo on Monday. I am also in another yahoo group called thyroidless. Check it out. All of the people there have begged me not to remove my thyroid. They have all had problems for many years following the RAI treatment. Get some more answers before you have it removed. I am hoping that I can just regulate myself with pills for the rest of my life. Do you sleep at all? I don’t anymore. Diana

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