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Old 09-06-2004, 06:58 PM   #1
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Has anyone had thyroid removed?

My mother is facing an operation for removal of her thyroid because of a cancerous nodule. Has anyone been thru this? Is there a lot of pain afterwards? How long does it take to get your thyroid hormones stableized?

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Old 09-07-2004, 05:17 AM   #2
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I had my thyroid removed in June this year. I wasn't in any pain in the 2 days that followed, but then some discomfort set in and it felt like a sore throat and muscle pain in my neck. It only lasted a few days. I didn't even need the pain killers that were prescribed for me. The cancer was so small, and in the right lobe only (which had actually been removed 2 years ago.) so I didn't need radiation or chemo of any kind. I was put on 100 mcg of Levoxyl.But in the 2 weeks that followed I gained 6 pounds. I got the med upped to 125 mcg, but in the following 2 weeks I gained another 5 pounds for a total of 11 pounds. My blood work showed that I was on the high end of "normal." So I asked to switch to Armour Thyroid. I switched about 2 weeks ago, (to 75 mg) and haven't gained any weight. I am trying to lose the weight now. I haven't had any depression or any other symptoms, except I am tired all the time and hot(?) I also went through a trying time since my Mom just passed away, which many of you know out there. So,. I am depressed and feeling blah, but I think that has more to do with my life than my meds. I am waiting another 2 weeks or so to get my blood checked, and hopefully I can get it all straightened out. From what I know, it takes a good 4-6 weeks to get stabilized, but I think you can talk to your doctor and let him/her know what you are feeling, so that adjustments could be made without waiting. Every doctor is different. I am lucky, my doctor listenened more to me than to the bloodtests. Good luck to your Mom.

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Old 09-07-2004, 06:55 AM   #4
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I had my thryroid removed in March. I would say I was uncomfortable for a few days following my surgery. I did take pain medication that the doctor prescribed, as the position that I remained in during surgery caused a severe migraine for me...and that lasted a few days. The pain from the actual surgery was minimal for me. The only time the discomfort increased is if I slept in a way that put pressure on my I just propped up the pillows so I couldn't move my head as much. As far as getting the hormones stabalized....I had to have RAI after the surgery, so I was off hormones for few weeks to get my TSH low enough. Soon as the RAI was done I was put on Synthroid. Unfortunately I did have an allergic reaction to the fillers and dyes...severe muscle cramps and terrible edema. I did gain about 15lbs while I was taking this as well.(on this one for 2 months) Doc switched me to Unithroid, another allergic reaction for me as my upper body was covered in hives...also another 4 lb weight gain (on this one for 1 month). Finally Doc put me on Armour and Lasix(to get rid of the water weight from the Synthroid) and now I am finally feeling well, actually extrememly well!! So it took me about 5 months from my date of surgery to feel like a real person again.
I count myself as very lucky....many of the stories I have read here have shown people who have struggled much more than I when it came to getting the right thryroid hormone for them.
Best of luck to your mom.
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