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Old 06-21-2012, 05:54 PM   #1
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Question can i avoid weight gain after my thyroid operation

Hi guys....

Is it normal to gain weight after partial thyroid surgery?
I can't help myself to feel hungry always but my metabolism is so slow.
Please help me to know why I'm feeling this and are there any suggested diet plans for someone like us.

Thanks so much..


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Old 06-22-2012, 04:54 AM   #2
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Re: can i avoid weight gain after my thyroid operation

A partial might not effect your levels too much over time, but it can initially, or it can permanently, you just don't know--the truth is your levels can be off now before surgery, and then later too.

When I had my thyroid total surgery for cancer, I didn't use thyrogen afterward (nowdays you can) for my RAI, so I was on no meds at all after surgery for about 6 weeks, and was concerned about weight gain. I had absolutely no thyroid hormone in my body in the last few weeks.

Although I had water retention, I just forced myself onto my treadmill, and I ate a good diet for that time (except for ice cream after surgery) mostly salads and proteins, very little junk.

I didn't gain weight, maybe a pound or so of water---but I had to work hard, it wasn't fun or easy. My surgeon had warned me I would gain, but I worked not to.

You might want to focus first after a few weeks of surgery on getting to a good hormone level, so weight maintenance will be much easier. But it's certainly not written in stone that you will gain weight after a partial or a total.

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