I am hyperthyroid and on carbimazole for 2 years.I appear to be losing the strength of my voice .

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I asked my specialist if it could have anything to do with pressure from the thyroid .She appeared to think I was talking rubbish and tried to pressurise me into having RAI.Has anyone else had this problem?

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    Sorry to hear about the way you have been treated.Did the dr give a reason for advising you to have RAI?

    Have you got any nodules on your thyroid?Have you had an ulra sound scan of your thyroid?

    Do ypu know what your thyroid hormones levels are by any chance?


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    Hello Nonita:

    I am a nurse and I live in the USA.  I have hypothyroidism.

    RAI will kill the thyroid gland off.  You will then be on replacement hormone for life. It is not usually done unless they see no other way.   I would ask for an Ultrasound of the thyroid to see if a nodule is pressing. You could also see a doctor who is called an ENT (Ears, Nose, Throat), and he could put a scope down and see if the vocal chords are okay and if there is a growth there.

    I hope this helps,


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    I belong to another Patient Board of people who want to keep their thyroids.  Nearly all of them have been urged to have RAI or TT by their Endos and have stood up to them.  That's because most Endos are not knowledgeable enough about the best way to treat the disease.  They overprescribe antithyroid meds, do not address vitamin deficiency problems because that is not in their training and don't address the cause of hyperthyroidism, namely autoimmune disease but rather just treat symptoms.  Sad.
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    Dear Nonita, I used to have a great singing voice which disappeared after treatment for Graves disease not sure if it was caused by the Carbimozole or the Radiation treatment after which I developed nodules my voice now is very husky and I have some difficulty in swallowing. I was in my late forties when my thyroid decided to play up and I went down to 5stone seven lbs. with heart problems so at the time was glad of the treatment. I am now in my early seventies and have a weight problem I have gone from my usual weight of 8stone to 12 stone. I dont think the doctors know all of the problems associated with thryroid treatments, and  my voice problems and weight gain were never discusssed with me. I have one healthy meal a day with fruit for snacks. My doctor said I have to live with the weight gain as not to tip the balance. I am sure carrying all this extra weight about is not doing my heart any any favours.

    regards Jacky       

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