Thyroid Cancer Question
September 28, 2012 2:54 PM Subscribe
Thyroid Cancer Question! Seeking advice about TSH (thyrogen) injections instead of witchdrawl/LID before RAI.
posted by mrs.pants to Health & Fitness (7 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Hi! I was diagnosed with papillary Thyroid Cancer earlier this year. My thyroidectomy went wrong and a nerve was paralyzed so I have only had the left side of my thyroid (and a bunch of lymphs it had spread to) removed so far. I was put on thyroid medication and set about waiting to see if the nerve would recover. After the surgery I felt like shit for about 2 months. I was tired all the time, couldn't focus or remember anything, and basically was barely functioning. I was not myself at all. They did tests and my thyroid levels were good so I'm not sure why I was so crappy for so long. Now that my nerve is recovering they're about to go back in to remove the rest of my thyroid and get me to RAI.
My question is about the alternative to the withdrawal/LID method of injecting you with loads of TSH. I know its newer and seems effective but I would really like to hear first hand accounts. I'm considering it because I really need to be working. I lost way more time than I anticipated due to my slow recovery from my 1st surgery and I've been playing catch up. Also my Doctor told me that the TSH injection method also somehow exposes you to less radiation in the end.
Any information and first hand accounts would be so very appreciated!