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Do People Gain Weight After A Thyroidectomy
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
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?
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
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?
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
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
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
My breasts have tripled in size since total thyroidectomy 3yrs ago and 20lb weight gain. How can I drastically reduce breast size w/o surgery?
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
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?
What is the risk of weight gain post one lobe thyroidectomy followed by Synthroid (thyroxine) in an obese subclinical hyperthyroid (not hypo) person?
Thyroid: Very low since you still have half the thyroid and are on medication. Have your thyroid levels checked ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
How long will I have to weight to sing after my thyroidectomy? Surgery is Jan 28th, band is playing a benefit Feb 7th. I do backups only.
Should be OK: Hi. We must assume the thyroidectomy is being done for thyroid cancer. In the hands of a good surgeon, recurrent laryngeal nerve (the nerves that drive the vocal cords) damage is extremely unlikely, and the surgical wound heals quite quickly. So if you're comfortable, go ahead and sing! And good luck with your thyroid disease process! And it's how long you have to wait, not "weight". ...Read more
Thyroidectomy: After thyroidectomy you will likely require thyroid replacement. It may take a few weeks to determine the most correct dose for you. Then you should have enough energy to start keeping your weight down. Taking too much thyroid hormone may speed up weight loss but it is not a smart thing to do. ...Read more
Is it more difficult to lose weight after thyroidectomy for pap thy CA? What r the best foodsfor me to eat?
Possible: If you have had your thyroid removed, it is possible that you are thyroid replacement pills. If your levels are too low it could put you in a hypothroid state which would make it difficult to lose weight. As far as diet, there is no post-thyroid diet, although with thyroid cancer they will sometimes rec'd a low iodine diet if you are going to receive radioactive Iodine. ...Read more
Is it true after thyroidectomy it will be harder to lose weight and tge only way you can is by cutting carbs?
Regaining lost wt?: The answer depends on why you had your thyroidectomy. If it was for hyperthyroidism then you probably lost a lot of weight before the surgery and now you are regaining what you lost which is natural. Some people regain more weight than they lost and if so, cutting your caloric intake (not just carbs) and getting more exercise should help. ...Read more
I have Hashimoto's w/ thyroidectomy 4 yrs ago gained 60 lbs & cant lose! Pain is starting again. What can I do?
Is it harder to lose weight after thyroidectomy? How should I change my diet in order to lose weight. Had thyroidectomy due to pap thy CA...
No: As long as you are on the correct dose of thyroid hormone, so that your TSH is in the lower range of normal (or mildly low), it should not affect your ability to lose weight. If you had a weight problem before surgery, you will have the same weight problem afterwards. To lose weight you need to decrease calore intake and increase your level of exercise. ...Read more
I had total thyroidectomy. I'm taking 0.175 of sinthroid. Recently I have been experiencing racing heartbeat symptoms. Is the dose to high? Weight 98kg
Need to have tests: The only way to know if you are on too much thyroid hormone is to get someone to order a T4 and TSH. Your dose is on the high side but you are a big person so it may be the right dose. My only concern is that if you were not taking it regularly the last time you were tested and your dose was raised but now you are taking it all the time, your level could be high and cause rapid heart rate ...Read more
Ihad thyroidectomy last year becauseof hurtheladenoma. After surgy my weight was64 I in eltroxen200 my weight is drop to 60now what cause it? Tsh is.03
Please see doctor: Weight loss and low TSH suggest increased thyroid activity and you should see your doctor for an evaluation. Additional lab tests may be needed. ...Read more
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I've had a total thyroidectomy 2yeaes ago and have lost a lot of weight, along with my appetite. I'm constantly complaining to my family doctor and En?
Thyroid levels: This may be a rather obvious answer to the question, but if you have lost too much weight, certainly one must consider keeping close tabs on your thyroid levels to see if maybe you were taking too much replacement. You should talk with your endocrinologist about this again. Good luck. ...Read more