|Purred: Fri Feb 2, '07 1:46am PST |
I was diagnosed with Hyperthyroidism at age 11.5. Just for the record, one of the first things our Vet told Mom, is that Thyroid glands are almost never malignant, not to say it can't happen, but, it's extremely rare.
I was an easy (very) Cat to give medication to, and my Mom just couldn't afford the radioactive Iodine, plus, I think I would have hated being away from home that long, I would have been so stressed. I did well on medication for about 3 years, and had a wonderful quality of life. Hyperthyroidism is manageable, and treatable. The radio iodine, is the treatment of choice for many, but not all Cats, and is actually a cure, rather than a control.
Your Mom will work with your Vet and he'll help her choose the best options for both of you.
Cat's with Hyperthyroidism can show symptoms of heart problems, because of the overactive Thyroid glands. Once that is brought under control, these symptoms may disappear, mine did.
As for the kidneys, one thing at a time, again, your Vet will check your kidney function and let your Mom know how that looks. I don't think Hyperthyroidism and Kidney failure go hand in hand, it's just that they are both problems most often seen in Senior Cats, so, yes, you can have both. My kidneys were just find, until the very end.
My Mom says to tell your Mom to educate herself about the condition. That's one of the first things that my Vet suggested that Mom do. It will not only reassure her that this condition is treatable, it will help her to be a more informed and proactive partner in your care!
Best of Luck and many Huggs and Prayers
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