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I am a 54 year old female with a family history of autoimmune disorders. At my last physical my primary sent me to an Endo because my levels were high.  At that point the Endo retested me and because my bone density showed osteopenia prescribed Methimazole 10 MG a day. He also mentioned that I may need RAI down the road. My 23 yr old daughter has had MCTD since she was 5 and is now in a remission. My blood work shows T3 220,TSH  0.01, and FREE THYROXINE 1.25.

Really my question is----Should I take the meds- have RAI or seek a second opinion? I have been very healthy up until this point.I have thought of alternative medicine.  What are your thoughts
Thank you so much,
Butterfly54
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You have hyperthyroidism -- but it is mild at this point and based on what you have written is most likely due to Graves (autoimmune), but the exact etiology has not been proven.  with mild hyperthyroidism would try the methimazole first before destroying the thyroid with RAI.  Also ask the endo what the cause of the hyperthyroidism is.
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