I saw my GYN last year who thought my thyroid looked & felt enlarged. I didn't get an ultrasound because my health ins carrier screwed up the referral & wanted me to jump & cut through the red tape on my own.
I saw her again last week & she said the same thing, though this time my carrier got the referral correct & I had the ultrasound yesterday.
My doc's nurse called saying they got the results & want me to have a Radioactive Thyroid Uptake Study done due to multiple nodules found.
Now when I hear that I think "radiation" & think of my cousin, who had hypothyroidism. She said to refuse irradiation, though I swear she said irradication. And I can't remember why she said to refuse it. Obviously it was bad because she had it done. Her brother has hyperthyroidism. I just wrote his wife asking about his treatment. And my late grandma was on synthroid though my aunt couldn't say why.
I guess I'm wanting to know:
- if anyone's heard of or had the irradiation & what might be wrong with it
- is the irradiation the same as the radioactive uptake study
- is there any personal information you can provide me with