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I was diagnosed with post natal depression soon after my son was born 2 years ago. While getting the right medication for that they also found out I had an overactive thyroid. Initially they thought it was a result of the pregnancy and when my results came down to within the "normal" range they took me off the medication. I then had a thyroid storm and was eventually put on PTU and diagnosed with Graves' disease. I have been on the ptu for 17months and my consultant weaned me off the tablets saying my results were stable. In the past 5 weeks the symptoms have started to come back and I can feel myself heading for another storm. I luckily got a cancelled appointment with my consultant yesterday who thinks I am having a relapse but did a blood test to confirm. I should get the results in the next week he said. He gave me the options of radioactive medication (but that would mean not being able to be near my son for 3 weeks), going back on another 12 months of medication or have surgery. My initial reaction is "get this thing out of me" but am I rushing in? Should I try more medication, perhaps a different one before going under the knife? Has anyone had the surgery? How long is the recovery? What happens afterwards?
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