Hyperthyroidism >^..^

Max WeissMax Weiss Maryland/D.C.Member Posts: 109
edited 4 July, 2013 in Senior Cats
Mom said my vet says I have hyperthyroidism. I am 14 years old. I was losing weight and had no other symptoms (except that I was hungry ALL the time). I went from 7.3 pds to 5.1 The vet gave me T-Tapazole (2.5 @ 2 times a day). I think the generic version is Methimazole. Mom's really worried. Anyone else here have Hyperthyroidism?:( How long have you had it and how are you doing? Thanks

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  • Lisa ProvostLisa Provost Member Posts: 4,486
    edited 22 July, 2011
    I was borderline and the vet never gave me medicine but that's because I developed IBD, pancreatitis and fatty liver. My liver couldn't even handle medicine for the illnesses I had. Diet is a big factor. What are you feeding her? If you like, you can look at my website, www.ibdkitties.net. So many of the symptoms for what you have is similar to IBD and the treatments, other than the medicine being different, is the same (meaning diet changes, etc). I'm sure someone else will come on and talk about it, I know other kitties here who have it. :-k
  • Max WeissMax Weiss Maryland/D.C.Member Posts: 109
    edited 23 July, 2011
    The vet ran a Geriatric Blood Test and she said it was 100% Hyperthyroidism. Mom is worried about the meds and the amount as someone else said they did fine on half this dose.
  • Teresa ConcannonTeresa Concannon Member Posts: 7,378
    edited 23 July, 2011
    Skye, I was the one who posted in the cat health forum. Pocahontas (in loving memory) also posted a message in the cat health forums that she started out at the higher dose of methimazole and within two weeks she got sick and was hospitalized. Her kidneys crashed. They stopped the medication but a few weeks later she started the methimazole again but at the lower dose of 1.25 mg twice a day and it worked just fine. If you mom is worried about the dose you\'re taking, she should talk to your vet about it. Purring for you!
  • Leanne FroebelLeanne Froebel Member Posts: 1,730
    edited 24 July, 2011
    Hi Skye, M.J. had a hyperthyroid. He was diagnosed at 11 years old and lived to be 16. This is a very common problem with older kitties. You actually have three treatment options you can research and talk to your vet about. 1) medication management for life 2) surgery to remove part of the thyroid 3) radioactive iodine treatment Radioactive iodine treatment is the preferred treatment for hyperthyroid. In most cases - it is a CURE. Unfortunately it is expensive and will likely cost over $1,000. You would also have to travel to a referral center or teaching hospital specially equiped for this treatment. Kitties are often hospitalized for about a week or two for monitoring. In M.J.\'s case - I could not afford the cost of radioactive iodine and traveling. At that time, I was a college student. He had surgery, which was not unsuccessful. He was successfully maintained for the rest of his life on methamazole and his thyroid levels monitored by blood work. If I ever have this come up in another kitty, I would definitely opt to be referred for radioactive iodine. I also now have pet insurance. If you can afford it, I would highly recommend radioactive iodine.
  • Julie O'ConnellJulie O'Connell Shell Beach, CAMember Posts: 39
    edited 25 July, 2011
    Hi there! I have Hyperthyroidism and have been on 5mg in the mornings and 2.5 in the evenings every day for ... well, since mommy adopted me! With Hyperthyroidism, ya gotta go get a check up (blood work) every 6 months to see how it's working so it doesn't become toxic to your system. I like to take my medicine because I like Pill Pockets! hee! I used to be on only 5mg 1 time a day, but the last check-up - the vet said I need to try an additional 1/2 at night and check it out again in 6 months. I think once they are doing well for a couple years on the amount given, unless you see a change in behavior, or sudden weight gain/weight loss, you could probably do the test once a year. I wish I could lose weight. Mommy free-feeds us, so we can munch any time we like. 2.5mg 2x/day sounds like a good start! Keep in touch with me if you'd like to. I'm about due for my 6 month since the change in amount, but right now mommy is using CareCredit and only gets $500. After the check she just sent out clears, she has to have my brother, Fuzz (he's top-cat) his yearly dental from chronic gingivitis. (He had Bartonella and this is a symptom that stays.) So from my feline point of view, and mom being Red Cross Certified in Dog and Cat first aid, 2.5mg 2x/day sounds like a really reasonable start. Just don't forget those 6-month blood-work check-ups to see where your T-4 is at! Love and care, Graciela
  • Julie O'ConnellJulie O'Connell Shell Beach, CAMember Posts: 39
    edited 25 July, 2011
    Hmmm, my long response didn't post. Odd! Very quickly ('cause mommy has to sleep), I have hyperthyroid and take Methimazole, and have since mommy adopted me. 2.5mg 2x/day is a good start if the vet recommended it. There are other treatments like radiation (of the entire body) which costs around $1,000- $1,500 that is a possible cure (nothing is certain). The most inexpensive is the medicine for life. I have 6 special needs cats, lots of meds, but all are doing well. Remember to get blood check-ups every 6 months (for sure) because it's the kind of drug that needs to have the blood levels (T-4 count) monitored. I take 5mg in the a.m. and 2.5mg. in the p.m. I like my medicine time because mommy puts them in Pill Pockets! Yummmmm!
  • Julie O'ConnellJulie O'Connell Shell Beach, CAMember Posts: 39
    edited 25 July, 2011
    Oops, sorry. Didn't know there were posts beneath the huge space in between messages. ~ Graciela
  • Bettye WilsonBettye Wilson Member Posts: 2
    edited 26 July, 2011
    Hi, My cat, Pogo, was just diagnosed with Hyperthyroidism. He is not doing well it seems due to side effects of the meds. I am so worried. I have already spent $1000 at the vet and one to the emergency room. Do any of you have any suggestions?
  • Teresa ConcannonTeresa Concannon Member Posts: 7,378
    edited 27 July, 2011
    Pogo, if you\'re experiencing side effects from your thyroid medication, please tell your vet. Maybe your dosage can be lowered and/or you can try the transdermal ear gel, which is less likely to cause side effects. Purrs! Hope all turns out well!
  • Lily CopelandLily Copeland Member Posts: 11
    edited 2 August, 2011
    I had a hyperthyroid and was taken methemazole chews for 2 years - 10 mg twice a day. My T4 numbers were not getting any better so my mom and dad decided to send me to do the radioactive iodine treatment. That was in February '11. I unfortunately had to go back for a second treatment since the first one treatment was not enough. Today I am about 4 pounds heavier. My momma calls me 'chunky' now. It was an expensive treatment but it would be cheaper in the end if I continued with the chews.
  • BambergcatBambergcat Member Posts: 838 ✭✭✭
    edited 21 August, 2011
    My Ben had hyperthyroidism when he was eleven. My vet recommended the radiation treatment. I went directly to our Angell Memorial Hospital where they do it and placed him on the waiting list. Ben was difficult to pill. He was a large Maine Coon. I pilled him for about a month when he got the treatment which is about 96.8% curable. They had to keep him for two weeks more to take care of his radiated litter. The treatment wa fast and painless. This occurred about ten years ago. The treatment was $1000 and the pills were about a one dollar a day. I figured that he lived more than three years that it was worth it. He did. He did get diabetes when he was thirteen but that is another story and not related to the hyperthryoid. Cancer finally claimed him when he was sixteen but it was located near his kidneys....I would to the radiation treatment because it meant no pills and Ben could lead a normal life. The pills restricted a lot. By the way, I got it early since he got senior blood tests. He had lost only five ounces. It was a total surprise....He felt so much better after the treatment.......
  • Max WeissMax Weiss Maryland/D.C.Member Posts: 109
    edited 21 August, 2011
    I have been on 2.5 (5mg a day) for almost a month. My numbers have gone down. Still waiting for one more test to come in on Monday. I used to weigh about 7 pounds 3 OZ. When I went in and was diagnosed I was down to 5 LB & 11 OZ. I have gained back 1/2 a pound YAY! The first thyroid test went from 24 down to 3.3 The vet said 4 is normal but a cat on medication should show a lower number on the test than the normal. My other test was 397 in the beginning and is now down to 105. The vet said 100 is high normal. Mom is really scared because the vet is talking about maybe having to increase the medication. The 5mg a day scares her because that seems high and if the Dr. increases it Mom is worried my kidneys will crash or something. Advice? Mom is really upset, confused and sad.
  • Bettye WilsonBettye Wilson Member Posts: 2
    edited 4 July, 2013
    My sweet Pogo had hyperthyroidism (very common in cats) I treated him for almost a year. Unfortunately, he passed over the rainbow bridge in October. I still grieve for him. I hate to be the barer of bad news, but there is never a happy ending, although you can prolong his life somewhat with the medicine you mentioned. My son's cat lived a year and my Pogo lived a year. I am so sorry I can't give any good news. There is another method, although very expensive and that is the radioactive iodine treatment that destroys the thyroid and then the cat lives on meds forever. This is not available in all cities, but I did consider it for Pogo. However, my vet said he would not be a good candidate. I wish you well for your kitty.
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