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Thank you all of you.

To address Shmily's questions:

The doctor was great. Very personable, easy to approach with any questions or concerns. I have ALWAYS gotten nauseated and then vomited after any surgery, no matter how preventative they tried to be. This time, not an ounce of nausea, no vomiting! The surgery itself was 1 hour 40 minutes, to unwrap things from what they were shrunk to. I had 3 good parathyroids out of the way, and one imbedded. He took that one, split it into quarters, and put them in my neck muscle to rebuild blood vessels and work again. My calcium before surgery was 9.2. I have never had muscle aches as one of my main concerns, just one off/on shoulder muscle related to too much magnesium(weird me!). About 24 hours after surgery my hands and feet were tingly, and my body felt like it was buzzing, so I started popping Tums, and the tinling went away. I played that game for a few days, and now no problem--except big time CONSTIPATION. All my prescr. constipation meds aren't even working. I put in a call to my g.i. doctor yesterday, and he never called back. And today is Mardi Gras--being in Louisiana, nothing is open today. I am taking Synthroid 50 mgs. which is making me feel somewhat hyper, but my heart is not pounding like it used to in the old days. Today I took Synthroid 25 mgs. and a very small bite of any older
Armour 60 mcgs(real precise, I know!). I'm thinking that the t3 might stimulate my bowels. At least it did not "hit" me with the heart pounding. That must at least show that, without my thyroid anymore, I don't have that competition that used to make me overreact to even the slightest dose of any thyroid med. I will definitely take it day by day, and have fully expected this to be a journey, not a quick solution. If anyone has any more questions, please ask.
Yay!! Things are moving. Now I can say I'm really doing well 9 days after my surgery. Still holding at Synthroid 50 mgs. until Sunday when I bump up to
75 mgs. Think I'm about ready for that bump.
Well, Marilyn, thanks for sharing your name! Yea, I don't know if that's fast or not when the thyroid literally is taken out of the picture! I know before I couldn't even take 12.5 without the jitters, and last Sunday I started the 50 and I felt ok for the first couple of days, cold for the last two, and SLIGHT increased heart rate yesterday and today. I don't know if an increase would make me more hyper, or tone me down like some people have said on here. I just couldn't believe I was actually cold the other day! I'm never cold! I was thinking that I will definitely be ready to up to 75 mgs. by Sunday. But the increased heart rate confused me. I knew this was not going to be easy.

The doctor just had samples of Synthroid that he gave me. I don't think he would have prescribed Armour, but I didn't want it anyway. I have always been sooo sensitive to t3 that I wanted to give a t4-only med a try first. I can always switch to Armour down the road if I feel these criteria:
1. COLD
2. LOWER HEART RATE
3. SLEEPY
For the last few years I have been miserable being hot, palpitations, and never sleepy, but always fatigued. So I would have to see those opposites before I'll commit to a t3 product.
I understand your reasoning.......you have to be the judge because you know how you feel. If you convert well, you may do fine on synthroid. Your FT3 test will answer that question.

When my hormones were really low, I had anxiety attacks, bp spikes, and faster hr., but it was a different feeling than being hyper. It was more of a scary feeling........the hr and high bp scared me, like I was not in control. I would wake up in the middle of the night with that feeling. I had never had an anxiety attack in my entire life and haven't had one in the last yr.

The feeling an increase in meds gave me was a little different. They do increase my bp by about 10 pts and hr by 5 or 10 pts, but not as much as the anxiety did.

My gp that I am seeing now until I can find a good thyroid specialist, will let me increase by 30 mcg before I have to get labs, but I can only increase by 1/4 of a 1/4 grain at a time and I never increase until the hyper feeling goes away so it takes me about 6 wks for each 15 mcg increase. I think my TSI antibodies are the reason for my problem. Since you have had a complete TT I guess all your TSI antibodies are gone. But haven't I read on here that sometimes it takes a few weeks for them all to be gone even after a TT. Someone correct me on this if I am wrong. If this is correct, this may be what you are experiencing now.

Keep us posted about your progress. Don't disapear like Kant when you get to feeling wonderful! ha ......Stick around and encourage us.
Thank you Brillig...

Marilyn-I had some palpitations yesterday and throughout the night, so, I just took the day off from meds!!! I feel better today with the med rest, but will pick back up tomorrow and take my 50 mg. I think you're right on that fine line of my own hormone levels winding down and the Synthroid going up, so I think I'll hold it at 50 a while longer. I'll wait until the heart racing slows. I kind of understand what you mean about the incr. b/p, hr with hypo being an anxiety issue, kind of, because I think this is hyper and I don't have the anxiety. Normally I would. I'm glad your miniscule Armour increments are what works for you. It's about time something did!

I will not leave like Kant did. I wish she would have at least told us she was leaving or whatever. I saw she posted on one of the other healthboard topics for a few months after she quit the thyroid board, but she was under another name. So I don't know what that was all about. When, not if, I get in the "well" category, I hope to be here inspiring and telling newbies what worked for me. I'd like to be able to tell what all disappeared symptom-wise without having a hashi gland in me anymore.
Just updating...

Been all week without posting. I am at 88 mcg. Synthroid and doing fine. In the past, 12.5 mcg. was too much for me, even with a TSH of 6.0! Now, I was at 50 for a week, then went to 75. A few days into that I felt really cold and sleepy off/on during the day. And that is definitely not ME! So I upped it to around 88 and holding steady. I don't feel any hyper effects in general, just one morning my heart rate went up a little for a few hours, but nothing in the last couple of days. I feel I'll be ready for the jump to 100 mcgs. in about a week, or when I get cold, whichever comes first. I haven't been cold for about 8 years! This is a little welcome to enjoy not being hot all the time, but I am aiming for that "comfortable" level.

For any new Texas members, Dr. Rosendahl in Austin did my surgery. I researched him well, and decided on him as that is ALL he does--thyroid. He's done over 4000 thyroid surgeries. I had no voice problems whatsoever. In fact I could talk as loud as I wanted after surgery. I didn't realize how my voice pitch was limited before surgery. When I sang(in private only!) I could not hit any pitches that were above a medium level. In my teens I could sing all those high notes. Now, without the thyroid, yesterday I started singing along to one of the oldies that Bread sang, and I realized I COULD reach those high notes again! Apparently that ol' hashi thyroid was really grabbing onto things in my neck!
[QUOTE=sue1234;3444433]Just updating...

Been all week without posting. I am at 88 mcg. Synthroid and doing fine. In the past, 12.5 mcg. was too much for me, even with a TSH of 6.0! Now, I was at 50 for a week, then went to 75. A few days into that I felt really cold and sleepy off/on during the day. And that is definitely not ME! So I upped it to around 88 and holding steady. I don't feel any hyper effects in general, just one morning my heart rate went up a little for a few hours, but nothing in the last couple of days. I feel I'll be ready for the jump to 100 mcgs. in about a week, or when I get cold, whichever comes first. I haven't been cold for about 8 years! This is a little welcome to enjoy not being hot all the time, but I am aiming for that "comfortable" level.

For any new Texas members, Dr. Rosendahl in Austin did my surgery. I researched him well, and decided on him as that is ALL he does--thyroid. He's done over 4000 thyroid surgeries. I had no voice problems whatsoever. In fact I could talk as loud as I wanted after surgery. I didn't realize how my voice pitch was limited before surgery. When I sang(in private only!) I could not hit any pitches that were above a medium level. In my teens I could sing all those high notes. Now, without the thyroid, yesterday I started singing along to one of the oldies that Bread sang, and I realized I COULD reach those high notes again! Apparently that ol' hashi thyroid was really grabbing onto things in my neck!

Sue,

I've been reading a LOT about him. I wish he was in Houston instead of Austin. Looking for someone equally good here. How long did you stay in Austin?
O.K.---I did 3 days of 100 mcg. of Synthroid and felt anxiety and heart racing. After those 3 days, I backed down to 88 mcg. and feel better. I guess I'll sit at 88 as my "stabilizing" dose until labs in a week or two. I would have thought with no thyroid left I would be able to get up to 100 or 125 by close to week 4. But, live and learn.