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Old 12-20-2011, 04:42 AM   #1
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Anyone with a total thyroidectomy?

I had a TT in Feb 2006 due to papillary cancer and have been on synthroid 175 mcg since. I have been fine. I am 48. The last year I feel like I am losing my mind....I teach school- I can't remember my students names, I am forever misplacing papers, teachers manuals, my reading glasses. I totally forget about nearly anything that I don't write down. I also have an insatiable urge for sweets-. I have always enjoyed sweets, but I could eat them in limited amounts. I have piled on 20 pounds in 6 months because of these sweet binges I go on.
I fall asleep easily, but wake up several times a night and can't sleep past 3:30 AM ( I don't need to get up intil 5 am). I feel depressed most of the time ( just upped prozac to 60mg). I am obsessed with my changing body shape. I have always been about 20 overweight and these extra pounds have given me a shape I don't even recoginze. I hate to even look in the mirror.
I had my hormones tested and am working w/ a women's care clinic to start on some bioedentical hormones. ( Not sure yet what ones I need)
So at last - here is my question-
Does menopause mess w/ the way my body uses the synthroid? Is there a chance I may need more now than before? Ever since the surgery my levels have stayed very stable on 175.
What has been your experience?
Also- is there any hope for getting past this sweets addicition and weight gain? I can't seem to stick to ANY eating plan or exercise regime.
I can't stand feeling like this!!!
Help?

 
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Old 12-21-2011, 05:39 PM   #2
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Re: Anyone with a total thyroidectomy?

My wife had her Thyroid removed 26 years ago. She was diagnosed with a Hyperthyroid gland that was to become cancerous at any time. She suffered all kinds of pains and mental problems. She does her regular blood tests of twice yearly. She takes Synthroid 125. It's imperative she stays with her brand name because generics do not stay in her system. Check with a specialist that understands your dilemma.

 
Old 12-28-2011, 07:33 PM   #3
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Re: Anyone with a total thyroidectomy?

Hello I had a Total Thyroidectomy in November 2006 and I haven't been really well since. I am 50 years old and not into menopause yet. It sounds like you may need your thyroid levels checked as you may need a higher dose of thyroid hormone. I am finding I am more tired and anxious and my periods are becoming heavier and a bit irregular. My ferritin is low.
I am not enjoying this stage of my life much lol. I would sugggest trying to replace the sweets with fruit when you want to snack. It is hard I know!
Take care
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Old 01-02-2012, 03:39 AM   #4
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Re: Anyone with a total thyroidectomy?

Hello..

I feel your pain...I too am always craving sweets..my energy is low and I forget everyting..constantly making lists to remind myself. One thing I do for my chocolate urges is instead of buying candy bars..to get the urge satisfied..I'll eat just a tiny piece of it..if I see a lot around I'll eat it. And I won't eat past a certain point at night..and if I do it will be greek yogurt with cereal..so it's like a dessert but much better for you. This is a stressful time..I think it's why I have just been keeping to myself..it's hard to be around others who are happy and energetic. I just can't relate. Misery loves company that's why these boards are so helpful..but we will get through this!! My mother did..my sister did (even if she barely went through anything so I'm not gonna count her)..but other women have...that's the one thing I keep telling myself..this too shall pass.

Hang in there!

 
Old 01-11-2012, 12:37 PM   #5
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Re: Anyone with a total thyroidectomy?

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I had a TT in Feb 2006 due to papillary cancer and have been on synthroid 175 mcg since. I have been fine. I am 48. The last year I feel like I am losing my mind....I teach school- I can't remember my students names, I am forever misplacing papers, teachers manuals, my reading glasses. I totally forget about nearly anything that I don't write down. I also have an insatiable urge for sweets-. I have always enjoyed sweets, but I could eat them in limited amounts. I have piled on 20 pounds in 6 months because of these sweet binges I go on.
I fall asleep easily, but wake up several times a night and can't sleep past 3:30 AM ( I don't need to get up intil 5 am). I feel depressed most of the time ( just upped prozac to 60mg). I am obsessed with my changing body shape. I have always been about 20 overweight and these extra pounds have given me a shape I don't even recoginze. I hate to even look in the mirror.
I had my hormones tested and am working w/ a women's care clinic to start on some bioedentical hormones. ( Not sure yet what ones I need)
So at last - here is my question-
Does menopause mess w/ the way my body uses the synthroid? Is there a chance I may need more now than before? Ever since the surgery my levels have stayed very stable on 175.
What has been your experience?
Also- is there any hope for getting past this sweets addicition and weight gain? I can't seem to stick to ANY eating plan or exercise regime.
I can't stand feeling like this!!!
Help?
Hi - my name is MaryAnn. I had a my entire thyroid removed in 2007 due to huge cysts which they were not sure about being cancer after a biopsy. After removal was done, and biopsy, they were negative. I am on 137mcg. Synthroid daily - brand name only. I had 3 doctors tell me not to take generic. I am now going thru menopause and have been for 2 years. I feel like I am going insane. I had a hysterectomy 15 years ago but because I was so young, they kept one ovary - there was a cyst around the other one. I have had IBS for 25 years but since menopause started, my stomach is a wreck. I have been diagnosed with bacterial overgrowth of my small intestines and have gerd now too. I crave sweets constantly. I lost 30lbs on Jenny Craig 4 years ago and kept it all off for 2 years until MENOPAUSE. Have gained 18lbs back. I keep getting my levels checked because I feel like I need more Synthroid. I am in normal range but LOWER part of normal. Wish I could give you more info, but ?????????

 
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