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Old 04-27-2006, 09:18 AM   #1
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Post sugery question/advice please

I had surgery last Friday - all thyroid removed except for one sliver that was surrounded by nerves that the surgeon felt it was better to leave. I started Synthroid the following morning - a very low dose (25 mcg.) which I've been worried is not high enough. I was told to follow up with my doctor in 2-3 weeks. I also experienced a drop in calcium and stayed an extra night in the hospital. Calcium seemed to level off and I was able to come home.

My recovery has been going well so expected. But, last night I began to have leg pain, crampy feeling in my thighs and calves. I have experienced leg pain in the past I chalked up to hypoT symptoms. These pains feel similar. Today my legs still hurt and also feel like they're twitching a bit.

Is it the beginning of more hypo symptoms because my meds are too low? Could it be low calcium levels? In the hospital, when my calcium levels dropped, I had tingling in my face, lips, nose. I don't have any tingling now. My hands are a bit achy too.

I put a call into the dr. too - just curious what you all think.

Thanks, this board's been a big help so far.....

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Old 04-27-2006, 03:43 PM   #2
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Re: Post sugery question/advice please

I didn't have any of these symptoms after my TT, but it is best to check with your Dr. I saw my Dr. every day for 2 weeks after my surgery to check my calcium levels. I started at 50 mcg of Levothyroid, now I'm up to 150 which may still need adjusting, since I still feel so tired.

I would check with My Dr. on this one.

Old 04-27-2006, 04:01 PM   #3
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Yes, I definitely checked with the dr. I went in for bloodwork, I should hear something back this evening. Also, my one calf seems to be measuring a bit larger than the other, so the dr. is concerned about blood clot so I have to go in for a dopplar on my leg too. Both legs are aching, so I don't think that's it, but better safe than sorry.

I guess I was just wondering whether it's too soon to feel hypo aches and pains or 6 days post op is around when you start feeling them. I'll know whether it's calcium or not tonight I guess.

Again, thanks for your response. Interesting that you were sent for calcium follow up daily - mine was low when I was discharged, and I wasn't even told to follow up on it unless I had what the dr. called "horrible" cramps.

Good News though! The surgeon just called - and my follicular adenoma (despite showing atypical cells during surgery) is BENIGN! Yippee!

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