Well my surgery went well on Monday. I came home Tuesday with the drain still in of course. I just got home from the docs office. He took out the drain and gave me my results.
I have Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma Stage 3 as it spread a little into the surrounding muscle tissues.
I will go in for RAI in a few weeks. Just have to wait now for Nuclear Medicine to call me for a consult and all the details.
For now I'm on 100 mcg of Levothyroxine once per day. I'm feeling much better today. Not much pain at all. I did have a lot of the pain the first night but I had a nice morphine pump to help with that!
So I'm a bit blown away. I had an intuition that something was not right with my body. I also have a lump on my left breast. Mammo and ultrasound a week from Monday. ugh
Feeliing kind of numb. I know I will be fine, just hoping it was going to be benign.
Sorry about your diagnosis, but please know, this will be okay in terms of the thyroid. I had an invasion into the muscle in front of it, and I was fine. I took an RAI pill, I stayed with my parents, away from my husband and kids, for about a week and any hairloss or anything was because I wasn't on any meds, and was hypo as a prep for treatment. Other than some salivary gland swelling, and temporary loss of taste a few weeks later, the RAI itself didn't really have any side effects.
Make sure they can get you thyrogen for your treatment (there are some shortages), if not, tell them you will wait until they get it, it's horrible to go hypo for treatment. If you must, then have them give you cytomel until 2 weeks before so you won't feel horrid.
Hope all goes well with the ultrasound--terrible to be worrying about so many things at once, but know that in terms of the thyroid cancer, that won't get you down, you have already treated it, once you have the rai it is usually over with.
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