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Extreme fatigue two and a half weeks post thyroidectomy. I have normal labs. Is this normal?

Extreme fatigue two and a half weeks post thyroidectomy. I have normal labs. Is this normal?

Yes, can be: There are many reasons to have these feelings after surgery and I tell my patients that you may take several weeks to physically and psychologically recover. It may be too early to check your tsh. They may be lagging behind your true thyroid hormone levels. You should be rechecked after 4-5 weeks after surgery. ...Read more

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Total thyroidectomy and fatigue: is it normal to feel so fatigued? Taking levithyroxin 125. Levels normal.

Total thyroidectomy and fatigue: is it normal to feel so fatigued? Taking levithyroxin 125. Levels normal.

Fatigue: Yes. Although you are on levothyroxine and your tests are "normal" this does not mean you are normal. If so you would not be seeking further care. Talk to your doctor there are other thyroid preparations and sometimes you can get a better response to those. ...Read more

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How would pregnancy symptoms differ after a total thyroidectomy? Will I be more sick, fatigued, etc.

How would pregnancy symptoms differ after a total thyroidectomy? Will I be more sick, fatigued, etc.

Not much: Tsh, fsh, and lh all share a common "arm" as hormones produced by the pituitary gland. However, while there is some cross reactivity, pregnancy is much more complex than just a thyroid hormone alteration. You will still need to be on replacement (synthyroid) therapy, but it will not affect your pregnancy per se. ...Read more

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^d-dimer270 so CT scan was done- clear. Lately having palp, low energy, fatigued, feeling like I'm not getting enough air in. Thyroidectomy 5/31. Cause?

^d-dimer270 so CT scan was done- clear. Lately having palp, low energy, fatigued, feeling like I'm not getting enough air in. Thyroidectomy 5/31. Cause?

Many possibilities: Your symptoms of palpitation, low energy though not specific can be associated with thyroid dysfunction. With your other medical issues, it would be wise to consult with your doctor sooner rather than later. If not recently checked, you may need to check a tsh, but also ekg to make certain that your heart rhythm is normal. As for not enough air, again nonspecific, but indicates need for a checkup. ...Read more

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Thyroidectomy almost year ago. Blood work came back TSH 99. 175 mcg. Extreme fatigue and noticed a lump where the incision is? Should I be concerned?

Thyroidectomy almost year ago. Blood work came back TSH 99. 175 mcg. Extreme fatigue and noticed a lump where the incision is? Should I be concerned?

Yes: Have you been taking replacement medication? Your thyroid function is very low. Please consult your doctor to adjust the does of your medication. You symptoms are consistent with hypothyroidism. ...Read more

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Total thyroidectomy in 1/2015. My first blood work. 065 TSH. Levitroid 125. Mg. Doctor said take it M-F. I'm having bad fatigue, Sleepy why?

Total thyroidectomy in 1/2015. My first blood work. 065 TSH. Levitroid 125. Mg. Doctor said take it M-F. I'm having bad fatigue, Sleepy why?

Adjustment: You are going through an adjustment to new hormonal balance. Do follow your doctor's advise regarding dose of thyroid medication. Start exercising with gradually increasing intensity. Start with walking half hour a day. ...Read more

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Thyroidectomy 2 months back&I131 therapy 1week back 2 inactivate remnant tissue. Hav dizziness, tiredness, sleepy. Hear moaning while sleeping, reason?

Thyroidectomy 2 months back&I131 therapy 1week back 2 inactivate remnant tissue. Hav dizziness, tiredness, sleepy. Hear moaning while sleeping, reason?

Call your doc: Would definitely recommend that you call 1 of the docs involved in your care and have a thorough physical, including labs.
While some of the symptoms you describe are common following I131, some others I do not recognize as side effects.
Electrolyte abnormalities are notorious in the recovery period.
Did you already start taking thyroid replacement pills? ...Read more

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Some sinus post nasal drip dailyTotal thyroidectomy in January 2015 taking B12 and last blood TSH. 065. Get very fatigue at noon. Adj. Med. Why tired?

Some sinus post nasal drip dailyTotal thyroidectomy in January 2015 taking B12 and last blood TSH. 065. Get very fatigue at noon. Adj. Med. Why tired?

See doctor: There are many potential answers. TSH value suggests that your thyroid replacement dose may be too high which can make you exhausted after a period of hyperactivity (as well as osteoporosis). Sinus infection can also lead to fatigue. Thus you need to see your doctor to sort this out. ...Read more

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Thyroidectomy 2011. Fatigue, fullness/noise in ears, anxiety, depression, achy joints. Tsh is 20.76. When will I feel better? Levo inc. 3 days ago

Thyroidectomy 2011. Fatigue, fullness/noise in ears, anxiety, depression, achy joints. Tsh is 20.76. When will I feel better? Levo inc. 3 days ago

Hypothyroidism: Your TSH level is quite high and should be brought down to below 5. Many of your symptoms may be related to your lack of adequate thyroid hormone replacement. You also have a new born which adds to the stress and fatigue. Are you dealing with postpartum depression? You may a tleast temporarily need an antidepressant while your thyroid hormone is normallized levels which may take several months. ...Read more

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I have a 1.3 nodule on left adrenal gland, I have sporadically rapid pulse, high blood pressure, fatigue, feeling unwell, visual disturbances, extreme pain all over. Had thyroidectomy and parathyroidectomy,?

I have a 1.3 nodule on left adrenal gland, I have sporadically rapid pulse, high blood pressure, fatigue, feeling unwell, visual disturbances, extreme pain all over. Had thyroidectomy and parathyroidectomy,?

Endocrine consult: This finding and your symptoms could represent a Pheochromoctroma which should be removed if present. There are blood test that would suggest the likelihood of this problem. It is important that this be worked up. Seek endocrinology consultation. ...Read more

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Papillary thyroid cancer with thyroidectomy in '08. Nausea all day low appetite headaches fatigue TSH. 007 not pregnant are my symptoms from low tsh?

Possibly: Unfortunately, your symptoms are non-specific. Meaning that many different things could be causing them. It is possible that your TSH suppression could be contributing to your symptoms.. ...Read more

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What are good diets after thyroidectomy?

What are good diets after thyroidectomy?

Why thyroidectomy?: Hi. Was it thyroid cancer? Most likely reason for total thyroidectomy. Best diet: healthy one! Whole grains, nuts, legumes, fruits & veggies, healthy oils (canola & olive), lean meats, nonfat dairy; little or no white flour, white rice, simple sugar, high fructose corn syrup. Best of luck with your thyroid cancer! ...Read more

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What's the recovery time from a thyroidectomy?

What's the recovery time from a thyroidectomy?

Normally a few days: For routine thyroid surgery, such as for graves disease or a benign nodule, surgery can be done on an outpatient basis and recovery is fairly fast. Hormone replacement begins immediately. For cancer surgery, the procedure may be more extensive and recovery may be longer. If there are complications, such as low blood calcium, or a hoarse voice, then other outpatient treatments will be needed. ...Read more

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My question is should I undergo thyroidectomy?

My question is should I undergo thyroidectomy?

What for?: There are many reasons to have a thyroidectomy: cancer, suspicious nodules, goiter or nodule with compressive symptoms, uncontrolled hyperthyroidism, genetic syndromes with high likelihood of cancer. You should be seen by a surgeon who does a lot of thyroid procedures and have a full discussion about your reasons. If you are having trouble deciding get a second opinion. ...Read more

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What are the common complications of thyroidectomy?

What are the common complications of thyroidectomy?

Depends: In experienced surgeon's hands the complications are minimal. For example my patients have a less than 1% incidence of hoarseness, infection or hematoma. The risk of permanent hypoparathyroidism is less than 1:1000 also in my hands. ...Read more

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How common is it for someone to need a thyroidectomy?

How common is it for someone to need a thyroidectomy?

Common: In this day & age where people are getting imaging studies more frequently, "incidental" thyroid nodules are found more easily, leading to more biopsy and more surgery. Approx 50, 000 new thyroid cancer cases are expected in 2011 resulting in approx 2000 deaths. The decision to proceed with surgery depends on discussion between you and your treating physicians (surgeon, pcp & endocrinologist). ...Read more

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Can you get a goitre after a thyroidectomy?

Yes: I have patients that have had half of the gland removed. The other half can then continue to grow and need to be removed. This is rare and may take many years to develop. Most have no problem. It would be even rarer if the remnant were very small. ...Read more

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