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Will I gain weight after thyroidectomy?

Will I gain weight after thyroidectomy?

Thyroid and weight: Appropriate treatment soon after thyroidectomy (surgical removal of the thyroid) should include thyroid hormone replacement. This should provide adequate amount of thyroid hormone so that there should be no impact on weight. ...Read more

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I have gained over 10lbs since my total thyroidectomy 4 months ago and I eat a lot. Is this normal to gain the weight?

I have gained over 10lbs since my total thyroidectomy 4 months ago and I eat a lot. Is this normal to gain the weight?

Not usually: First of all, it is important to return to your endocrinologist or internist to have your thyroid levels checked. It is possible that you are not taking enough thyroid medication. It would also depend on the reason for having the total thyroidectomy. If is was for an overactive thyroid, your metabolism might have been "revved up" before surgery and now, if normal, you could gain weight easily. ...Read more

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I had a partial thyroidectomy in 03, I had my 2nd child in 05, my levels have been off an I've gained a lot of weight. How can I correct this problem?

I had a partial thyroidectomy in 03, I had my 2nd child in 05, my levels have been off an I've gained a lot of weight. How can I correct this problem?

Hypothyroidism: See you primary care doctor for blood test to confirm your under active thyroid condition. Prescription of thyroid replacement hormone pill will correct the problem! ...Read more

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Why am I gaining weight after my total thyroidectomy?

Why am I gaining weight after my total thyroidectomy?

Metabolism: After the thyroid is removed, the body still needs thyroxin to help in metabolic processes. Perhaps the amount of synthetic or natural thyroxin replacement needs to be adjusted. ...Read more

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I have had a full thyroidectomy, my blood is normal 2 06. I can't understand why since the operation 10 months ago I'm gaining weight?

I have had a full thyroidectomy, my blood is normal 2 06. I can't understand why since the operation 10 months ago I'm gaining weight?

Difficult to know: As a surgeon, I have heard this complaint on occasion. There are many causes of weight gain, and thyroid levels are only one. Have you discussed this with your doctor or endocrinologist? ...Read more

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Anorexia relapse…how do I cope with weight gain after a thyroidectomy? Starvation and excessive exercise isn't what I want anymore. Recovery main goal

Anorexia relapse…how do I cope with weight gain after a thyroidectomy? Starvation and excessive exercise isn't what I want anymore. Recovery main goal

So glad to: Hear that you are free of the desire for starving yourself or doing excessive exercise. See your doc for monitoring and then a mental health professional who specializes in eating disorders. Your doc will help you to regulate your thyroid meds for you to feel better, including your mood. Peace and good health. Balance in all things. ...Read more

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What to do if I have had a total thyroidectomy and have such a bad taste in my mouth, weight gain, anybody else?

What to do if I have had a total thyroidectomy and have such a bad taste in my mouth, weight gain, anybody else?

Burning mouth Syndro: Moderate to severe burning in the mouth is the main symptom of BMS and can persist for months or years.
Other symptoms of BMS include: tingling or numbness on the tip of the tongue or in the mouth. Bitter or metallic changes in taste. Or dry or sore mouth.

Could be due to thyroid hormone level. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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Been very skinny all my life, diagnosed with graves disease and had total thyroidectomy last week, I really hope I can gain weight, do I have a chance?

Been very skinny all my life, diagnosed with graves disease and had total thyroidectomy last week, I really hope I can gain weight, do I have a chance?

Better chance: The presence of an overactive thyroid often leads to weight loss. Thus having a normal thyroid function through replacement gives you a better chance to gain weight. Don't worry, you will likely wish you have the same problem 30 years from now. (PS: If you are genetically lean-look at your parents' body type, then huge weight gain may not be on the horizon). ...Read more

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Have 3.4 nodule in thyroid. If thyroidectomy, I'm afraid of weight gain. I am reading stories people gain weight and hormone hard to regulate help?

Not to worry: If you have a thyroidectomy, they will give you thyroid replacement, and when adjusted properly, your thyroid level will be normal, and it will have no impact on weight. It is not hard to regulate. Has the thyroid nodule been biopsied? You may want to see an endocrinologist. ...Read more

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High TSH of 28 after complete thyroidectomy four months ago, but I don't feel any hypothyroid symptoms beyond a little weight gain. What is going on?

High TSH of 28 after complete thyroidectomy four months ago, but I don't feel any hypothyroid symptoms beyond a little weight gain. What is going on?

TSH 28: You can be surprisingly asymtomatic with hypothyroidism but on a cellular level the body is not at optimal performance and over a long time it will take its toll. Please f/u w/ you endocrinologist and take your thyroid medicine. ...Read more

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Total thyroidectomy 8 yrs ago. Nowadays I am gaining weight. Recent labs low TSH 0.362 T3 =90, T4=6.9 Synthroid decreased 125 mcg to 112 mcg.?

Total thyroidectomy 8 yrs ago. Nowadays I am gaining weight. Recent labs low TSH 0.362 T3 =90, T4=6.9 Synthroid decreased 125 mcg to 112 mcg.?

Aging: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, The weight gain may be due to general slowing of metabolism with aging. Your thyroid function test results seem okay. You may need to reduce your intake of food and exercise more. ...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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After a thyroidectomy, my weight is going up even though my blood results are normal. I eat very healthily and go to the gym 4 days a week?

After a thyroidectomy, my weight is going up even though my blood results are normal. I eat very healthily and go to the gym 4 days a week?

Hard problem: Metabolism slows down with increasing age and you will gain weight even if you eat only as much as you did before. It is easier said than done, but you need to reduce your caloric intake. It may help to have a support group of your peers to facilitate sticking to a regimen. ...Read more

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Ihad thyroidectomy last year becauseof hurtheladenoma. After surgy my weight was64 I in eltroxen200 my weight is drop to 60now is it due to large dose?

Ihad thyroidectomy last year becauseof hurtheladenoma. After surgy my weight was64 I in eltroxen200 my weight is drop to 60now is it due to large dose?

Thyroidectomy: Difficult to fully understand your question. But, I think you are wondering why your weight dropped after surgery for hurthle cell adenoma. You suspect it might be the dose of the thyroid hormone and it is quite possibly the case. Make sure your endocrinologist is following your TSH level and making adjustments to rx (levothyroxine is typically used in usa). ...Read more

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What are the side effects of complete thyroidectomy? Any alteration in body weight?

What are the side effects of complete thyroidectomy? Any alteration in body weight?

Hypothyroidism: Patients who had total thyroidectomy might develop hypothyroidism. Symptoms are usually associated with slower metabolism which include slow heart rate, fatigue, weakness, constipation, anemia/low blood counts. Patients are kept on a daily thyroid medication to prevent this. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Had thyroidectomy 30 years ago, gained 40 lbs at that time, now obese; levels were never stabilized. Any suggestions?

Had thyroidectomy 30 years ago, gained 40 lbs at that time, now obese; levels were never stabilized. Any suggestions?

Endocrinologist: With the proper dose of thyroid replacement your levels and symptoms should be allright. An endocrinologist or thyroidologist is best qualified to treat you and follow you. ...Read more