Re: TSH levels after thyroidectomy for cancer
So sorry for your diagnosis.
I had pappillary 5 years ago, and just so you know, I'm fine with no lasting problems from the ordeal.
Are you sure you want to go off synthroid for your RAI treatment? I did years ago, but now thyrogen is a medication that raises your TSH for RAI treatment so you don't need to go off meds. It's just as effective and a lot more comfortable. If you can't go on thyrogen for some reason, another alternative is to go on cytomel up until 2 weeks prior to your treatment, then go on low iodine diet, and it's not too bad to go off for just 2 weeks---I was off for 5-6 weeks after my surgery, and it was kind of hard those last few weeks, but I got through it. It's the typical hypothyroid symptoms, severe fatigue, achey muscles, dryness, etc.
You will work with your doctor after RAI to keep your TSH suppressed---mine is kept at .05 range, and I feel pretty good.
Definitely talk to either your endo. or nuclear med place about thyrogen, because they have been using it in Europe for years with no problems, some american doctors don't trust it, but the statistics are good, and there's no reason to suffer for nothing.
Let us know how it all goes!