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Old 08-03-2006, 02:41 PM   #1
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First, my sincere thanks to all who answered my post the other day regarding my TT surgery last Tuesday. To answer a question posted, I had the TT because I had a large goiter (8.8 & 8.6 cm). Biopsy was negative, thank God and my calcium levels are almost normal already, another great thing.

I saw my surgeon yesterday and he pushed a tube up my nose and down into my throat to view my vocal cords. Evidently my right vocal cord is frozen shut and that's why I'm wheezing and having such problems talking. He's sending me to a vocal cord specialist, but hopes the problem will resolve in a month or two. That's difficult to handle, because I feel absolutely claustrophobic about not being able to breathe at times and, even worse, I use my voice constantly in my profession and can't return to work until my voice returns to normal. So, I would appreciate your prayers that the cord releases soon! Anyone else suffer through something like this?

Secondly, the surgeon started me on synthroid yesterday, but the dosage is only 0.1.....not 1.0, but 0.1. Does that seem very low to anyone? Is the dosage normally started out that low and then increased? I see him again in one month and have my TSH levels checked the day before I see him. Insights on the dosage level, anyone?

Thanks in advance for any information shared....you all are the greatest!

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Old 08-03-2006, 02:48 PM   #2
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Hi There
I had the same type of surgery years ago, cyst was benign, and as you say Thank God. I am on synthroid and as a matter of fact over the years they have had to reduce my dosage, weird, started getting overactive, I am on 0.1 the same as you I Tablet 3 times a week. Hope you are feeling better soon, keep me posted and whenever you want to talk I am here.

 
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Re: Paralyzed Vocal Cord after TT and Synthroid Dosage Question

Glad your surgery is over with, and you're starting meds!

Surgeons don't necessarily know the ideal doses, and in your case that sounds like a normal starting dose. I had no thyroid and was hypo for 6 weeks and they started me on less than that.

They often start low and increase so you don't go hyper and miss the ideal dose. You'll now have to tweak and go up until you get it right with either a good endo. or even a good reg. pcp can help with that.

Hope you get it right real soon. They sometimes test 6-8 weeks later because it takes time for it to show up in your bloodwork.

My friend had vocal chord paralysis when she had a tt last year, and a few months later it got better by itself.

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Old 08-03-2006, 03:08 PM   #4
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RELAX!!!!!!!! Don't panic, i had a tt dec 04 they did cameras up my nose and down my throat, both my vocal cords were parylized, they said it was permanent but it wasn't it lasted 3 months, eats popsicles and do not overdue it because u don't want to have muscle spasms in your neck that was tough. try not to talk too much but you will find in time your cords should go back to normal, mine seemed like a hopeless case it was so bad that they wanted to put in a trach but i refused,the spasm make it hard to breathe it feels like you r hyperventalating your neck will feel like it is being squezzed,or a choking feeling but it will pass. good luck

 
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Re: Paralyzed Vocal Cord after TT and Synthroid Dosage Question

Wow, thank you all SO much! This is exactly what I needed to hear and today has been an easier day, just knowing others have trod this path before me and came out just fine at the other end. Thank you!!

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Old 12-29-2006, 12:45 PM   #6
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How are you doing now? I had cervical spine fusion in oct, and i have 1 vocal cord not working....just had gel foam inplant (temporary) are you OK now ? I understand the breathiness the throat pain the swallowing problems
no volume in voice.....

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Old 01-21-2007, 08:48 PM   #7
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After reading your post, I have a couple of questions. Were you intubated (a tube put down your throat) during surgery? If general anesthesia was used, a tube would have been put down your throat and that tube would have been used to help you breathe during surgery. Anyway, there is an inflatable "cuff" on that tube that keeps air from leaking around the tube. If the cuff is over inflated, it can cause too much pressure on the vocal chords. This continued pressure cuts off the blood supply. Over the course of several hours, the vocal chords can be damaged. It sounds to me like this could have happened to you. Often, the damage does eventually heal, but sometimes, it never does. I really don't know much about possible treatments. There are some doctors who work with this problem. Julie Andrews (the singer/actress) had surgery several years ago and this happened to her. She still cannot sing-and she was a wonderful singer. Unfortunately, this is a possible side effect of general anesthesia. So, could the problem be mechanical rather than chemical?

 
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I had my TT Dec 4, 2006. Today it's Jan 22, 2007 and I still haven't gotten my voice back normal, although in the last week, it has improved. I have problems breathing, especially in humid weather which somehow seems to affect this and my my voice hoarse and it's as if I lose the strength to talk . My doctor doesn't really understand this because I'm rested when I speak with him and usually the first few sentences I get out are okay. Then after I talk a bit I lose it.

Anyway, it's not as terrible as it was, and I hope it gets better. I'm uninsured and just can't afford to go from specialist to specialist trying to solve this, yet I need a voice to work and speak to people as needed on a job !


Some good news though.. the swelling in my neck is going away and I'm starting to walk a bit everyday. As I've said in earlier posts, I would keep others updated in hopes it would help someone else. Please, if you are going to have this surgery, hope for the best, but prepare in case you are one of the few that doesn't bounce backk immediately. Make sure you don't commit to going right back to work or other things till you see how it all goes and take care of yourself. Drink plenty of fluids, get plenty of rest and of course, eat right and don't smoke if at all possible. I quit smoking a long while back and honestly, there is no way I could have breathed and smoked thru this.


God Bless and Good luck to anyone with this issue! Keep a good mental attitude, that seems to help me also . It's a whole mind/body thing and I have to keep reminding myself of that factor also. :-)

 
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Hi Just wanted you to know its been 3 months with my right vocal cord paralysed...and i had the surgical proceedure done in dec to "fluff it up" and go to speech therapy. I am much better but still not 100%.

I was strobed last week to see vocal cord and it's starting to come back a little! I am relentless about doing my therapy....
Please go see a good ENT the quality of life does get better!

 
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Ok my 2 surgeries (temp) have worn off and my vocal cord is still paralyzed after 9 months. Air hunger, choking, voice cracking and weak is way of life now. Elimanated all hot and cold foods spicey any caffeine, or mints or menthol. Religiously did speech therapy for 7 months....its looking permanent and so depressing. My company depends on my voice for commercials and as sales mgr and IT REALLY ISNT GOING WELL!

 
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First of all congratulations on being so brave.........that tube up the nose down the throat is not easy for anyone especially with clausterphobia.... I myself could not tolerate it when attempted on me.......

Try to stay quiet......... I have a friend having nodules off their voice box on Monday and he told me he was told not to talk for 12 days after his sugery..... .. NO TALKING AT ALL........

I know things will work out for you............. you are in our hearts and thoughts............. Oleander

 
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