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Thyroid Disorders board

Don't be alarmed by the thryoidectomy. I had surgery to remove an annoying goiter (I had complained to many doctors over the years of hypo symptoms, but my TSH levels were always within the too-generous "normal" range) and thank God I did, because it was discovered AFTER the surgery that I had numerous, very tiny, cancerous nodules. I had a great surgeon, the scar is itchy but not bad, and I regained my voice fully after several weeks. I have done the radioactive iodine treatment, also no big problems. Some people aren't so lucky, but it's better to deal with these things as soon as possible, because they DON'T get better on their own. But since the surgery (4 months now) my fingernails are growing strong and healthy, which they haven't done in 30 years!

I felt really awful just after the surgery - every pill they gave me made me dizzy and nauseous. I slept a lot, and would get weird rushes of energy - fine at 1pm, when you can get lots of housework done, not fine at 1am, when you're lying in bed. Very important to take the synthroid BY ITSELF, not with food - then it becomes a digestive enzyme. Get up in the middle of the night to pee and take it then, so you can have breakfast like a normal person. We're still increasing my synthroid dose - gradually, so my body can adjust.

Granted, you've had some bad experiences with medical docs over the years, who hasn't? Unfortunately, the standard medical training encourages doctors to dismiss anything they don't understand as "all in your head". If we can't identify it (yet), it can't be real, and therefore can't really be causing any symptoms, right? I wish the human body was that simple. I believe medicine still has a lot to learn - after all, Chinese medicine has been treating people holistically for centuries, and there are 1.3 billion of them! However, surgery is still necessary in this world.

For years, doctors didn't know what to do with me. I had environmental allergies, but this was nothing compared to people with severe peanut or shellfish allergies. I was sick (flu-like symptoms) more than anybody else I know, but I'm stubborn and was able to work - it's impossible to get disability anyways, and I've always had to earn a living. It was only at my insistence a few years ago that my doctor continued searching for what was really wrong with me, and we discovered I have Celiac disease! Now on the gluten-free diet, I don't need allergy pills 24/7 to be functional! So now I have to take synthetic thyroid hormone for the rest of my life? No problem! At least now, I will get to have one![url]http://www.healthboards.com/boards/images/smilies/wave.gif[/url]