Do you have Graves'?
I had (have) Graves' and was on methimazole. I don't remember the dosage, though, but it wasn't very high, since it was caught pretty early. At the time, I did lots of online searching and I found a couple of message boards specifically for people with Graves'... sorry, but unfortunately I don't remember the site. But one woman on there had been on methimazole for close to 20 years. It gave me hope, you know, that I wouldn't have to take the drastic measure of removing or destroying my thyroid.
However, that was not the case. I was found to have cancer, and so I had a total thyroidectomy. And then when they found thyroid tissue on a nearby lymph node, I then had RAI (as a last resort, AFTER surgery) to make sure there was no thyroid tissue left.
I am glad that you are thinking now about your options and figuring out which is the best solution for you.
Finally. as to your comment about the surgery - from my research, whether or not surgery is a first or last thought depends on where you are. From what people said, in the USA, the doctors tend to push RAI as an immediate solution, whereas in Europe and Canada (where I live) RAI is a last resort, and even surgery is performed before doing RAI.
Good luck, and if you have any specific questions about any of those procedures, please don't hesitate to ask!
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