just want to know what to expect after surgery. pain, pain management, weight problems, restrictions, how do you feel right after the surgery and anestesia wears off, add any thing I may have forgotten.
pain- minimal. especially if there are no complications. Sore throat biggest pain I had. I honestly did not need any pain meds.
pain management- didn't need it. Couldn't sleep on my side or my stomach since I couldn't turn my neck for a bit. Before a week was up I slept on my stomach- head turned to the side.
weight problems- I have not gained any weight so far. (5 months post surgery)
restrictions- no heavy lifting. No driving for about a week. Start activites when you feel comfortable. I played volleyball less than a month post surgery.
how do you feel right after the surgery and anestesia wears off- sleepy. Not too bad. Again, sore throat. I didn't feel like eating much. I just had some juice and italian ice. You can eat as much as you feel comfortable swallowing. You will have some tugging at incision when you swallow, which is a strange feeling.
I just had this done on the 9th. Doing good actually. As soon as I got into recovery I was eating crushed ice. For me it wasn't like a normal sore throat it was more the muscles moving when I swallowed or talked. Eating is what you can swallow pretty much. For me the cold stuff felt really good going down. I was sleeping on my side the night of surgery just had to prop my head good. I was tired of laying on my back and had to figure something out I am now 4 days post op and hardly have any pain not even in my throat. Just like April said alot of pulling and tugging right now. The synthroid makes me feel like I took some speed but I figure it'll be fine when I get regulated. If you have anything else I can help you with just let me know. It's not as bad as we think it to be, I was scared to death too. You will be just fine.
Pain management - not too bad. Pain shot in the hospital, then just tylenol etc. Went home after 2 days and didn't use my pain pills they sent home. Restrictions: no heavy lifting, no driving until I felt like it and wasn't taking pain pills. Weight gain - a little. Hoping it comes off as my meds become adjusted. Desipite the lack of very serious pain, I didn't feel healthy and strong for 2 weeks. Hope this helps!
One of the side effects are tremors..its a weird feeling. I was told that once I am regulated everything will be fine. I went to having to much hormone to nothing. I had the surgery on june 9th and came home the next morning, my calcium level was fine right out of surgery guess I was lucky on that part.
tremors? how do they make you feel and does it cause breathing problems , like your throat is closing up, I have so many medicine allergies, I can not take any antihistmines, pain meds. only darvocet and Floxin as a antibiotic,everything else makes my tongue swell up or my throat close. antihistimines cause me to stop breathing, now I am really scared and thinking twice
Last edited by jrzgirl1; 06-14-2005 at 05:37 AM.
Went back to the ENDO today and ask about the feeling I am having. He said that when you have surgery and the thyroid is being pulled and tugged it releases more hormones and with the synthroid I probably have to much hormone in my system. He took blood and said I might have to stop taking for awhile until my level has dropped. Thought that was intersting
Dont think twice its not that bad. Actually I drove myself to the dr today. The tremors arent what you think...I feel like my body is moving but it really isnt and its not all the time. I was scared like you but now thats its over I don't regret it at all. I do feel better. It takes time to get regulated. I know there are better things to come. Just be patient and you will be fine.
good luck with your surgery. i had a tt on dec 04, like i said before make sure the surgeon is experienced mine wasnt and he damaged my vocal cords for 2 months i could not talk, cough,swallow liquids,and it was hard to breath and always felt like someone was squeezing my neck. now 6 months later all is well i lost 20 lbs without trying, i gained a lot of weight in the last 8 years do to my thyroid problems. i am not fatigued my levels are normal and my scar is fading it is 8 inches he put in 15 staples. when i had my surgery the pain wasn't that bad i took tylenol and no pain pills i also slept on my back or side using a squishy neck roll pillow.
why is your scar so long and why the staples? my surgeon said the scar I will have will be about 1- 1/2 long and the stitches will be inside, he is also a plastic surgeon for patients that need reconstructive not cosmetic, he is an ENT. hope you are feeling better
Last edited by jrzgirl1; 06-17-2005 at 02:04 PM.
jrzgirl because i didnt have an ent doin my surgery, i had a hick in the woods do it it seems that way anyway lol, i had a lot of nodules that were real big but y ai am feeling good now thyroid wise.at least you r going to an experianced surgeon that is so important in all aspects of thyroid surgery, i obviously didn't do my homework like you all did. you will do fine and won't have any problems it is usually a simple surgery good luck