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It will be a week tomorrow that I had my TT. The surgery went very well - no complications, no damage to parathyroids or vocal chords, no surprises. It took exactly 2 hours, the incision was only 5 cm instead of the expected 6 cm (due to the extremely SMALL size of the thyroid gland). The doc told me later that no one in the entire surgery room had ever seen a smaller thyroid gland - it was almost completely gone, due to over 20 years of antibody attacks. The left lobe was absent, and the right lobe was shriveled, hard and filled with lumps - it was sent, naturally, for biopsy. It was a simply surgery for him, due to the fact that the gland was so small and shriveled - it was easily separated from the parathyroids.

I began throwing up almost as soon as I left recovery - and continued to throw up for over 45 minutes before a close friend, who was visiting (she's also a nurse), literally MADE them give me something for nausea. I stayed only 24 hours in the hospital, but it was a terrible stay. The poor nurses were so overly busy that I had to keep asking for my meds, and ended up 9 times out of 10, taking the meds I brought with me b/c the nurse told me to - she said they hadn't gotten my meds up from the pharmacy. I brought my own meds with me b/c the last time I was in hospital, my meds were generally 5 - 6 hours late, if I got them at all. (Mostly my Armour - if I was on Synthroid, it wouldn't be half the problem!). Other than that, I felt fine. My throat was very sore, and I had a lot of pain - but I have had 17 years of constant pain, and so my physical tolerance for pain is low. (my mental tolerance is very high - or I could not have stood being in pain for so long!).

The next morning, the doc came to see me - he said they put too many bandages over the incision, and so he had to spend some time yanking all that tape off my very sore neck. Then, he pulled the drainage tube, and took out one stitch - he said the rest of the stitches were internal and would dissolve on their own. He kept saying how amazed he was at the tiny size of the thyroid gland. He said he didn't know how long it would take for the antibodies to dissappear from my blood, but was sure that I would feel much better when they were gone. (I have a Microbiologist friend who told me that the antibodies have a half-life of around 2 months).

For the past week, I have just been doing a lot of sleeping. I do not feel ANY better - not even a little bit. Of course, I am not sure if my thyroid hormone level is where it is supposed to be for me - my free's are "in range" but what is normal for me? As I type this, I am having a lot of ear pain and throat pain. I pulled the rest of the bandages off the other day (they were getting dirty) and cleaned the area with H2O2 and rubbed the area with antibacterial cream. The wound looks really good - a little swelling, but not much at all. I have only a very tiny bit of numbness right over the incision - not as bad as I expected (I am still semi-numb up to my naval from my hysterectomy 17 months ago).

So, for any of you anticipating or comtemplating thyroid surgery, it was by far the easiest surgery I have ever had. Compared to child-birth, hysterectomy, and a C-section, it was a piece of cake! I know now, just as the doctor said, it is no wonder I was so sick for so many years. 20 years ago, my thyroid was enlarged and pressing on my vocal chords, which explains why I could not shout. Had I been properly diagnosed then, I may have gotten better. It remains to be seen now if I get any better - my symptoms have been so chronic. I am not going to get discouraged yet - it's been only a week. But I pray I feel better in a month - or I fear I may begin to despair.

Thank you all so much for your kindness and help in getting me through this. It helped me greatly to have this board, and all of you great people on it!

Love and Prayers,:angel:
Ora
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It will be a week tomorrow that I had my TT. The surgery went very well - no complications, no damage to parathyroids or vocal chords, no surprises. It took exactly 2 hours, the incision was only 5 cm instead of the expected 6 cm (due to the extremely SMALL size of the thyroid gland). The doc told me later that no one in the entire surgery room had ever seen a smaller thyroid gland - it was almost completely gone, due to over 20 years of antibody attacks. The left lobe was absent, and the right lobe was shriveled, hard and filled with lumps - it was sent, naturally, for biopsy. It was a simply surgery for him, due to the fact that the gland was so small and shriveled - it was easily separated from the parathyroids.

I began throwing up almost as soon as I left recovery - and continued to throw up for over 45 minutes before a close friend, who was visiting (she's also a nurse), literally MADE them give me something for nausea. I stayed only 24 hours in the hospital, but it was a terrible stay. The poor nurses were so overly busy that I had to keep asking for my meds, and ended up 9 times out of 10, taking the meds I brought with me b/c the nurse told me to - she said they hadn't gotten my meds up from the pharmacy. I brought my own meds with me b/c the last time I was in hospital, my meds were generally 5 - 6 hours late, if I got them at all. (Mostly my Armour - if I was on Synthroid, it wouldn't be half the problem!). Other than that, I felt fine. My throat was very sore, and I had a lot of pain - but I have had 17 years of constant pain, and so my physical tolerance for pain is low. (my mental tolerance is very high - or I could not have stood being in pain for so long!).

The next morning, the doc came to see me - he said they put too many bandages over the incision, and so he had to spend some time yanking all that tape off my very sore neck. Then, he pulled the drainage tube, and took out one stitch - he said the rest of the stitches were internal and would dissolve on their own. He kept saying how amazed he was at the tiny size of the thyroid gland. He said he didn't know how long it would take for the antibodies to dissappear from my blood, but was sure that I would feel much better when they were gone. (I have a Microbiologist friend who told me that the antibodies have a half-life of around 2 months).

For the past week, I have just been doing a lot of sleeping. I do not feel ANY better - not even a little bit. Of course, I am not sure if my thyroid hormone level is where it is supposed to be for me - my free's are "in range" but what is normal for me? As I type this, I am having a lot of ear pain and throat pain. I pulled the rest of the bandages off the other day (they were getting dirty) and cleaned the area with H2O2 and rubbed the area with antibacterial cream. The wound looks really good - a little swelling, but not much at all. I have only a very tiny bit of numbness right over the incision - not as bad as I expected (I am still semi-numb up to my naval from my hysterectomy 17 months ago).

So, for any of you anticipating or comtemplating thyroid surgery, it was by far the easiest surgery I have ever had. Compared to child-birth, hysterectomy, and a C-section, it was a piece of cake! I know now, just as the doctor said, it is no wonder I was so sick for so many years. 20 years ago, my thyroid was enlarged and pressing on my vocal chords, which explains why I could not shout. Had I been properly diagnosed then, I may have gotten better. It remains to be seen now if I get any better - my symptoms have been so chronic. I am not going to get discouraged yet - it's been only a week. But I pray I feel better in a month - or I fear I may begin to despair.

Thank you all so much for your kindness and help in getting me through this. It helped me greatly to have this board, and all of you great people on it!

Love and Prayers,:angel:
Ora

Hi Ora, been waiting to hear from you, i'm so happy for you everything turned out ok & the surgery was a success, that's reassurance for me, my ultrasound/fnab is next month & i dont know what my dr's decision will be, but just in case it happens to be surgery now i know what to expect. That is unbelievable what the antibodies did in that your thyroid had shrunk,:D i would expect it to be just the opposite...amazing. And it sounds like your already starting to feel better! Again congratulations and best wishes for a speedy recovery....you sure deserve it, girl!