I am 36 years old and was recently diagnosed with Graves' disease, which I believe is hereditary with my mother's family. I tried Methimazole but after 3 weeks, I had an allergic reaction involving hives and severe joint pain. Because of this, my doctor advised against PTU.
Radioactive Iodine (RAI) is the next step for me but I'm worried about the after effects. My questions:
- What are the RAI after effects?
- Will the RAI treament prevent the Graves' Disease symptoms, including irritability, hand/leg tremors and Graves' ophthalmopathy?
Any input is appreciated.