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Old 09-21-2008, 03:40 PM   #1
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breathing difficulties post second thyroidectomy

I had a second thyroidectomy in feb 2008. My right vocal cord is paralysed and the left cord is only partially working. When I turn my head to the right I feel my breath is short and I have to turn my head to ease the uncomfortable feeling. Can this problem be solved?

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Old 09-21-2008, 04:47 PM   #2
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Re: breathing difficulties post second thyroidectomy

What does your Surgeon say about this? I am so sorry you are having this problem...... That has been 7 months since your surgery....Oleander

Old 09-22-2008, 07:30 AM   #3
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Re: breathing difficulties post second thyroidectomy

I would revisit the surgeon, and if this surgeon doesn't help, see another one, there are injections that can help the vocal chords, but I think you've given this more than enough "wait and see" time.

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Re: breathing difficulties post second thyroidectomy

Hi Mac from a fellow vocal cord paralysis, post TT gal Have you seen an otolaryngologist? Otherwise known as an "ear, nose & throat" doctor? That is the specialist you need to see to follow up with vocal cord issues.

I had bi-lateral vocal cord paralysis after my TT in April 08. My right laryngeal nerve was sacrificed as it was encased in cancer, so my right vocal cord won't move again, but my left vocal cord has just started to move as of the end of July.

Vocal cords can take up to a year to recover. Mine were paralyzed in what is called a "mid-line" position. So, my airway was restricted, and it was difficult to speak. Now that my left vocal cord is moving, my voice has gotten better (I'm probably 75% of what I was before the TT), and my airway is less restricted since the left cord is now moving somewhat in and out.

Do you know if both of your laryngeal nerves are intact? Did they have to take one during the surgery? If they are both intact, you still have a good chance of them waking up and beginning to function normally again.

Hope that helps Let us know how you're doing. I ***soooo*** feel for what you're experiencing

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