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Old 12-05-2005, 09:15 PM   #1
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Right side of thyroid removed

Hello!! I am so new to this. I read your stories and they made me feel better about my up coming surgery. I am a little worried about numbness in hands and face, that I had read in some of the stories. Is this normal? Is it possible not to take thyroid meds. after? In the pasrt 2 years the growth on my right side keeps growing. It causes some numbness under my chin. I am starting to have a little trouble sleeping at night because my neck feels tight. Were you aware of how large your growth was in your neck? Is there much bleeding afterwards? Are you able to talk or does it take a bit? Please share more thought with me. I am a nervous wreak!! Thanks... seijaandsue

 
Old 12-06-2005, 07:32 AM   #2
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I had my entire thyroid removed in August. I was aware of the nodule because it caused me several problems but nobody how any idea of how large it was until surgery. My left lobe had grown down under my collar bone and it also wrapped itself in my neck muscle and around my vocal chord on the left. I feel fabulous since the surgery!

I was up and doing very well right away but I had a very knowledgeable surgeon and I really think if it weren't for him I would be about 100 steps back from where I am already. He was very skilled with meds.

Keep us posted, ok? The surgery is not a painful one at all......................Mine was pretty invasive with all the untangling they had to do, but I was up doing laps around the hospital that evening..........I was also talking much better than before the surgery since my vocal had been cut off.

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Old 12-06-2005, 01:26 PM   #3
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Re: Right side of thyroid removed

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Hello!! I am so new to this. I read your stories and they made me feel better about my up coming surgery. I am a little worried about numbness in hands and face, that I had read in some of the stories. Is this normal? Is it possible not to take thyroid meds. after? In the pasrt 2 years the growth on my right side keeps growing. It causes some numbness under my chin. I am starting to have a little trouble sleeping at night because my neck feels tight. Were you aware of how large your growth was in your neck? Is there much bleeding afterwards? Are you able to talk or does it take a bit? Please share more thought with me. I am a nervous wreak!! Thanks... seijaandsue
I had half my thyroid gland removed 8 weeks ago so it's still fairly recent so I thought I'd share my experience with you so you know what to expect. Although I'm in Australia, so the procedure may be slightly different here. I had a large nodule on my right side and some tiny ones on my left but the surgeon only wanted to removed the right side because he said the left side looked "fairly normal" and since I don't have hashimoto's because my antibody test came up negative he didn't think I'd have any further problems. I had to fast the morning of my surgery and I didn't get any pre-op meds so got wheeled on a wheelchair into the operating theatre and climbed onto the operating table. I felt the drip go in but it wasn't too painful and then they put a mask over my face and the next thing I knew I was waking up in recovery. I wasn't in any pain but the morphine was causing me to be in some kind of twilight zone where I wasn't awake but wasn't asleep. My surgeon put metal clips in the incision (which is about 3 inches long) but I've read that some surgeons don't do that. I was pretty woozy for several hours and had to sleep in a half-seated position. They only kept me in one night and I was able to go home the following afternoon (they took the metal clips out first and replaced them with steristrips). I could have gone home earlier but my surgeon had asked for the pathology report to be put through quicker because my thyroid gland was "stuck to everything" and he wanted to rule out cancer. He also had to take out two of my lymph nodes and I lost a parathyroid gland. The first few nights I had trouble sleeping, I guess because I don't sleep well on my back but after that I lay on my side and slept well. I had visitors arrive from Germany a few days later but they were very helpful. I guess I looked like I needed help with the steristrips on my neck. I made sure I rested and didn't lift anything heavy and tried to have a nap each afternoon. I was given panadol to take for any pain but there wasn't really pain as such although my incision is still very swollen and dark red but I've been told that will improve over the next few months. I didn't drive for a week but had no problems once I started again. My surgeon didn't want me to start on any thyroid medication until I had a blood test six weeks after surgery. He was hoping my half a thyroid gland would produce enough (he said there was a 50% chance of it being able to). Although my blood results were borderline hypo before the surgery and I'd been suffering from hypo symptoms since my last baby was born 7 years ago. After the first two weeks I started feeling exhausted and had tingling in my lips so my family doctor tested my calcium levels but they were normal. The numbness in my hands I've experienced for the last 7 years has gotten a lot worse and my feet get pins and needles too even when I'm just sitting with no weight on them. I made the six weeks but not without gaining several kilos and then had the blood test which showed up borderline hypo again so the surgeon gave me a choice to start on meds or not and I chose to. He said it could take up to 6 weeks for them to have an effect so I'm hoping this symptoms will lessen sometime soon (I've been on them two weeks now). Anyway, that's my experience so far. Feel free to ask any questions. I'll be praying for you with your upcoming surgery.
Julie

 
Old 12-08-2005, 10:57 AM   #4
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Re: Right side of thyroid removed

Hello thanks for your info......... I was curious the numbness started before the surgery? Are you feeling better now that you are on med.? I also have a noticable growth on my right side of my thyroid. How does your scar look now? Is your energy level better? I have so many questions, and I am sure I'll have more after, Thank you so much for you insight........ I think I'm scared about the waking up and having a drain tube in my neck.......................I know this might sound silly, but the last time I had minor surgery and was put to sleep.......... I had got sick everywhere.......It was awful......................I am curious did you get sick after your neck surgery? I have this fear that it's dangerous getting sick after having a surgery like that? or I am I just worried for nothing? How long did it take for your voice to come back? Thanks again for sharing your story...................seijaansue

 
Old 12-08-2005, 11:28 AM   #5
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seijaansue,

Listen you ask as many questions as you need to. Surgery is a big deal and I asked a ton before I had mine! That is what we are here for.

Are you in the U.S.? If so, find a surgeon who does not do the old drain method! The surgeon I used was a deep vascular specialist. He was wonderful and I asked him about the drains because my neighbor had that and it worried me too. He told me that any surgeon who still does that is not the top skilled so keep that in mind. Mine didn't even use stitches, he used a dissolving internal stitch and tape and my scar is 6" long but is barely visible already at only 4 months! It is just a flat, smooth line. Do your homework on the surgeon for the optimal results.

Getting sick after surgery is something that does happen to people because it is a reaction to anesthesia. It seems that if you have that problem it is one you have each time you have anesthesia. When the anesthesiologist talked to me before surgery he asked me if I had ever gotten sick from surgery and I told him no and he said he was giving me anti-nausea meds in my I.V. as a precaution. See if you can have something like that and tell someone you have a history of getting sick from anesthesia.

The surgery is pretty painless. There is some discomfort of course, but not pain per say.'

Keep us up to date.
Karen

 
Old 12-08-2005, 11:45 AM   #6
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Re: Right side of thyroid removed

Thanks for the info! I am not from the U.S.A., but thanks on the that. I had no idea there was another way then using a drain tube. Thanks I'll have to see what the doctor says, and thanks again............Seijaansue

 
Old 12-08-2005, 12:38 PM   #7
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Hello thanks for your info......... I was curious the numbness started before the surgery? Are you feeling better now that you are on med.? I also have a noticable growth on my right side of my thyroid. How does your scar look now? Is your energy level better? I have so many questions, and I am sure I'll have more after, Thank you so much for you insight........ I think I'm scared about the waking up and having a drain tube in my neck.......................I know this might sound silly, but the last time I had minor surgery and was put to sleep.......... I had got sick everywhere.......It was awful......................I am curious did you get sick after your neck surgery? I have this fear that it's dangerous getting sick after having a surgery like that? or I am I just worried for nothing? How long did it take for your voice to come back? Thanks again for sharing your story...................seijaansue
Hello again,
I'm guessing the numbness may be from my thyroid being underactive, you may not have that problem. I know two other ladies who had a nodule on their thyroid and had it removed and didn't need medication because their other half produced plenty. My scar is still red and about 3 inches long but it's not that long ago I had the surgery. My surgeon said it should be barely noticeable after 12 months. I've only been on the medication just over two weeks and I'm noticing a slight improvement in my energy levels. Although we're in the middle of a heatwave and it's extremely humid too so that drains anyone's energy. I didn't have a drain after my surgery and I didn't get sick from the anaesthetic but my anaesthetist told me that it's rare for anyone to get sick nowadays so you should be okay. Like Kant said, speak to the anaesthetist and ask him about putting anti-nausea medication into your drip. I know my doctor put morphine into my drip to make sure I wasn't in any pain and apparently that's what gave me the "twilight zone" feeling. My voice was fine straight after surgery, I haven't had any problems in that area. You'll be fine, just keep asking questions until you feel more at peace about it.
Julie

 
Old 12-12-2005, 06:56 PM   #8
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Re: Right side of thyroid removed

I had my surgery less then a week ago so its fresh in my memory beforehand I talked to the anthesia person about giving me something for nausea ahead of time I also told him I had problems with morphin and vicadin ( I told him this cause I didn't want to be a sombie after surgery) so he jsut gave me the strong form of tylenol dar****rt or something like that I like to talk so that is what I have been doing ever since. It feels like strep throat like you have a really bad sore throat. and your voice may sound funny for a few days mine still does at times. I am already using mederma on my scar the pharmcist at walgreens said it should be fine I have no stitches or staples just had steri strips which I removed already cause they were itching me. Eat softer foods and drink through a straw at first.(The bendable kind) i only had my left side removed. I don't have my path report. Make sure your doctor does laryngael nerve monitoring during your surgery that will help make sure your nerves to your voice box are ok. I am in Illinois and found a great surgeon here named Dr. James Malone if anyone is interested. also its cold here and going outside it helps to have a scarf around your neck to protect the scar the other day I went out without one and when that cold air hit it oh boy. I hope all goes well with you when is your surgery.Maryellen

 
Old 01-23-2006, 10:30 AM   #9
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Re: Right side of thyroid removed

Hello there. I had my surgery on Jan.12.06, it has been 11 days. I had my right side of my thyroid removed. I thank everyone who talked about their surgery. SO far my calcium count is good, I haven't had any problems with numbness, I'll find out in a few weeks if meds will be needed for my thyroid, and I'll have my results on my nodule on Wed. Take care

 
Old 01-26-2006, 12:44 PM   #10
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Re: Right side of thyroid removed

Hello. It has been 2 weeks today since my thyroid surgery.(right side removed). I am not doing to bad. I do have this awful tightness when i swallow. Is this normal? I swear I feel this lump and it so not cool, at times I need to hold my throat and then swallow, it seems to ease the pressure. Is this part of the healing process? I tried calling my doctor, but he is not in until tomorrow................please let me know if you also felt this???

 
Old 01-26-2006, 02:34 PM   #11
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I never had anything like that so be sure to all and ask. It might just be post surgery swelling as everything heals. There was about a 2 or 3 week period where you do get a little more soar as your scar heals.

Karen

 
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