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Old 04-24-2008, 03:43 PM   #1
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emotional highs and lows after surgery? is this normal?

Hi all,

I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism in 2004, goitre + two hot nodules in my left lobe, but an atrophied and inactive right lobe. I was treated with neo-mercazole for about a year but was unable to continue treatment due to financial issues... late last year I mentioned to my GP that I had hyperthyroidism but wasn't receiving treatment and she found me a free specialist (yay).

I was then put on PTU, had my doses adjusted several times because it would just stop working and my levels would creep back up again... I also ended up with dizziness, nausea, skin rash and stomach cramps from the PTU.

Last week I had a left-hemithyroidectomy, leaving just the right lobe (which presumably, is still not producing any thyroid hormones - although my specialist is hoping it will start working now) I am not on any medication at the moment, though in about a month the specialist will be testing again to see whether my right lobe is actually functioning normally or whether I am going hypothyroid.

Anyway my question is since the surgery I have been feeling so odd.... I burst into tears all the time, I feel so paranoid and insecure (particularly with my partner - even though we do have a happy relationship and I am feeling paranoid over nothing) and grumpy constantly, at night I feel randomly dizzy, I swing between not wanting ANYONE to touch me ever, and desperately wanting to be hugged all the time. I'm either wildly active or feeling lazy as a sloth... and the weirdest symptom of all, I feel as though my skin is a prickly shirt that doesn't fit right....

I'm wondering whether this is to do with my hormones being a bit out of balance after the surgery or whether it is perhaps something else.

Can anyone else share their experiences of how they felt emotionally after surgery? Does it sound like it could be just my hormones re-setting themselves?...

thanks heaps all


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Old 04-24-2008, 05:24 PM   #2
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Re: emotional highs and lows after surgery? is this normal?

I hope you feel better soon.While I do not have exp. with your situation, I just wanted to let you know that I feel for you! Hopefully someone with similar experience will respond soon. Hang in there!

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Re: emotional highs and lows after surgery? is this normal?

I believe many people get depression symptoms after surgery, but in your case, you probably have your hormones raging up and down from the surgery.

Hope everything regulates and you feel better soon!

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