I had a right thyroid lobectomy on July 30th. I am so thankful that it was benign. The surgeon called me with the final path report. Turns out my 2.7cm nodule was a cyst filled with blood that burst as he was removing it. I am feeling quite good but have a bit of a stiff neck and a lump like sensation in the throat when I swallow. My incision is about 4" long, red and bruised. All in all it wasn't too bad. The worse thing I have found is coughing or sneezing! If anyone reading this has had this done, I have a question: did you experience hyper symptoms afterwards? I notice my heart will race at times and I feel like I have had too much caffeine. These are symptoms I never had before. My Dr said that anytime the thyroid is manipulated it produces extra hormone. I hope that quiets down a bit. They won't check my levels for 6 wks after surgery as it would be falsely elevated. Has anyone else been told this?
Thanks so much to everyone that supported me and answered my questions. I was a nervous wreck prior to surgery and am glad it's behind me now.
I'm so glad it was benign and your surgery went well!
I have had a rapid heartrate through all of this and it got worse after my first surgery (lobectomy). Too much hormone can cause this. I know what you mean with the coughing and sneezing. It's been almost 2 weeks since my 2nd surgery and it still hurts a little when I cough. My incision is also about 4". It didn't look too bad after my first surgery, but now it doesn't look too great. It's still very bruised and swollen.
Anyway, I'm glad everything turned out well for you. I bet you're relieved!
Great for you!!... I am so happy that it was benign. I had a total thyroidectomy on 7/23. My incision is still pretty raised and red. Funny though cause couging doesn't really hurt. I do however have to look down when I am swallowing food because it is still real tight feeling...
I am getting a right hemi thyroidectemy on Tuesday...and all you guys that have responded to this message already (yeah, the whole two of you!!) I am SO thankful I have found this site to read about what you guys have been through- it totally has prepared me for the best. I actually look foward to sharing my pain with you- as opposed to reading it. Thank you for reassuring this first timer...
I am glad that you two are also on the road to recovery. Even though I don't have to deal with the cancer follow-up, this experience has truly changed me. I will never again dismiss the fears others have prior to such a procedure. You just never know what path you may be on. And to you, bluesnowflake, the very best. Just remember to baby yourself and take all the help you can get! Ask for cold drinks in the hospital and as someone advised me, tuck your chin down when you swallow at first as it really helps alleviate the discomfort. You'll be in my prayers!