Hello - I went the antithyroid meds route, so hopefully, others who have had RAI will chime in.
It can take 6-18 weeks for the RAI to do its work - and regular monitoring is needed - so you might need to get your insurance company to authorize some additional visits.
After treatment, you'll want to contact your endo’s office ASAP for new labs if you feel hypO symptoms coming on. Every patient is different, but symptoms of hypOthyroidism can include fatigue, joint pain, unexplained weight gain, constipation, dry skin, cold intolerance, and slow pulse.
It’s really critical to catch hypothyroidism early post-RAI, so hopefully, the insurance company can cut you some slack. In a pinch, your primary care provider could fill in, but it's good to have the additional expertise.
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