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Bad reaction to radioactive iodine
Posted by: Cheryl
Date: March 22, 2002 2:54 PM

I recently had my thyroid removed due to thyroid cancer. Six weeks after surgery, I was treated with radioactive iodine (low dose) to destroy what was left of my thyroid. I was told I would have no reaction. On the contrary, I had an upset stomach, headache and neck pain, especially around the incision for about 10 days. I then began to experience sharp pain in my right jaw. This lasted about 8 days. 21 days after the treatment, I still have a dull ache in my jaw and tenderness and discomfort (internal swelling) on my neck. My doctors are perplexed (not very comforting) and have told me to take large doses of ibuprofen until the discomfort subsides. Do you have any ideas about what might be going on?



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at December 19, 2008 12:26 AM by Dr. Kennedy.

RE: Bad Reaction to radioactive iodine
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: March 22, 2002 3:44 PM

Of course we all develop from embryos and nature does not always put all the cells in their exact proper places. Sometimes there is what is known as "ectopic" tissue here and there. If this were the case with your thyroid and the radioactive iodine caused them to necrose (die), those ectopic locations might be painful if they were innervated with somatic afferent nerves, which is also a possiblility in ectopic endocrine tissue.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at December 19, 2008 12:31 AM by Dr. Kennedy.

RE: Bad Reaction to radioactive iodine
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: March 22, 2002 11:07 PM

I can't tell you that, or even that my explantion is correct. It simply makes sense to me.



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