Fluffy has hyperthyroidism and Inflammatory Bowel Disease. He takes Methimazole and Tylan, and eats Iams Low-Residue prescription diet food. He's 14 years old.
He wakes me up throughout the night, meows constantly, and always wants to eat. Last night he wouldn't stop meowing until 2 am, and then we both slept through his morning feeding and medication time.
I have spent thousands of dollars on tests, and he's in fairly good health, considering he now weighs 17 pounds. He lost one of his back legs when he was born, so he has a hard time hefting himself up the stairs, and yowls til I carry him. So far no sign of diabetes, his blood pressure, liver, kidney, and all that are good.
I took him to a new vet, partially for financial reasons, and partially because my old vet had run out of ideas. The new vet doubled his methimazole dosage to 5 mg. twice a day, saying that his thyroid was a little off, his metabolism was too high, so he always felt hungry, and that was why he was demanding food all the time and gaining weight.
I have health issues of my own, and can't withhold his food so he'll lose weight, or I'll never get any sleep, and that causes even more health issues with me. I have tried to cut down on how much dry food I put out.
The new dosage of medicine seemed to help for a couple days, then he was itching badly for a couple days, and now he's the same as before, meowing all the time, wants fresh food all the time, doesn't want me to sleep. If I lock him in another room, he gets so upset that his diarhea gets really bad, even with the Tylan.
The vet suggested I try "The Cure", aka radioactive iodine treatment. It costs $900, Fluffy will be kept for 4 days, then I'll spend two weeks collecting his urine and feces while wearing gloves, keeping it in a special container, and taking it in for hazardous waste disposal. With a missing back leg, he often gets urine or sometimes feces on his back-side, and I'm concerned about radioactive exposure; he'll drag it around, and then try to clean himself...
I'm at my wit's end. I really can't afford it, and I'm not sure that his thyroid is what's causing his behaviour problems. I love my little guy, and would scrape together the money if I thought it would make him more comfortable and be able to lose weight. I'm just concerned about going through all that with my own health issues, and the possibility that he's got something else going on, like a form of feline dementia.
Does anyone have any insight on this matter? Has anyone tried the "Cure"? Help!