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Had total thyroidectomy. Haven't taken meds in a year. Extremely tired, dizzy, numb and occasional blurry vision. No insurance. Should I go to the ER?

Had total thyroidectomy. Haven't taken meds in a year. Extremely tired, dizzy, numb and occasional blurry vision. No insurance. Should I go to the ER?

Why to ER: If you have NO insurance, you would be responsible for ER visit which could be extremely expensive. Your most likely answer is HYPOTHYROIDISM, and a simple blood test can confirm. Thyroid meds can reverse all your issues if this is the case. There are many clinics which take cash patients at very low cost. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Vision (Definition)

Vision is a feature of a person's brain that allows him to see. He must have normal eyes, optic nerves (that stretch from the eyes to the back of his brain), and visual cortex (the vision center in the brain), in order to see properly. An ophthalmologist is a ...Read more


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How long does a total thyroidectomy take?

How long does a total thyroidectomy take?

Thyroidectomy: Total thyroidectomy time varies drpending on how is it done, size of the thyroid and body habitus. Minimally invasive technique in experienced hands takes less than 30 min. ...Read more

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I just had a total thyroidectomy, will I lose weight?

I just had a total thyroidectomy, will I lose weight?

You shouldn't: Your doctor will supplement you with just enough thyroid hormone to keep your metabolic rate normal for you. ...Read more

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I am losing weight after partial thyroidectomy, is this ok?

I am losing weight after partial thyroidectomy, is this ok?

Variable: I think it would depend on other health issues. Are you already underweight? Are there other symptoms? Are you on thyroid hormone supplementation? What is your TSH level? ...Read more

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Had a total thyroidectomy need to know what improvements to lose weight?

Had a total thyroidectomy need to know what improvements to lose weight?

Total Thyroidectomy: The most important consideration here is that you are on a hormone replacement for your thyroid and that it is being monitored to assure that you are in a good range. This can take several weeks to optimize in many circumstances. Your endocrinologist or internist will guide you here. Once you are normalized, then you are just like anyone else trying to lose weight... Diet, exercise, etc. ...Read more

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Should a partial thyroidectomy end the unwanted symptoms of thyroid issues?0

Not necessarily: If your hemithyroidectomy was done to remove a thyroid nodule, the other side will still need to be monitored by an endocrinologist, particularly if it also contains nodules. Thyroid function will likely also be followed. ...Read more

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Please help! what is the difference between prostatectomy and thyroidectomy?

Please help! what is the difference between prostatectomy and thyroidectomy?

2 different glands!!: Prostate near urethra behind pubic bone; thyroid just above sternal notch in neck; ..Ectomy means 'removal of'. ...Read more

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I'm having a thyroidectomy and i'm worried about side effects. What are common ones?

I'm having a thyroidectomy and i'm worried about side effects. What are common ones?

The common ones: Besides the usual bleeding, infection, and excess scarring (less than 1%) that can happen anytime you have an incision through the skin, the most common side effects of thyroid surgery are voice changes(5-10%) and low calcium (10% for total thyroidectomies). These are usually transient - they go away. Getting your thyroid hormone balanced after surgery can be tricky in some patients. ...Read more

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Is it possible to perform total thyroidectomy without touching laryngopharengeal nerve?

Sort of: The surgeon generally looks for the nerve so he/she can safely remove the thyroid without injuring it. So it will likely be touched but not harmed. ...Read more

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Dr. William Culviner
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Thyroidectomy (Definition)

This is the removal of all or part of the thyroid gland. It is generally performed for rumors of the gland, occasionally for enlarged and hyper functioning glands that do ...Read more


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Irritated Eyes (Definition)

Dry, irritated eyes is a symptom in which one or both of a person's eyes have a sensation of being too dry. Causes include ...Read more