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Couses of having headaches after thyroidectomy I did surgery last 3 months ago, best treatment pls.

Consider another T4: Not sure if headaches are directly related to thyroidectomy. My experience is that rarely some patients do have headaches with synthroid (thyroxine). Changing that to tirosint or other thyroid hormone preparations can help. If not, see a neurologist. ...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?

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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Can you tell me diets after thyroidectomy?

Can you tell me diets after thyroidectomy?

Anything fine: After a thyroidectomy there is generally restriction on what you can and cannot eat. Generally you may have some neck soreness immediately post-op which may be better to eat soft foods or liquids, but this should resolve in a day or two. ...Read more

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What foods to avoid after a total thyroidectomy?

What foods to avoid after a total thyroidectomy?

Thyroidectomy diet: "there are no uniform general dietary restrictions for patients who have had thyroid surgery, however your surgeon may ask you to temporarily institute a low iodine diet if you need to receive radio-iodine treatment for cancer after thyroidectomy." http://www. Utsouthwestern. Edu/utsw/cda/dept48055/files/317737.Html. ...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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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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Will my singing voice return after total thyroidectomy?

Will my singing voice return after total thyroidectomy?

It can: The risk of nerve injury with surgery should be about 1%. If it happens, 50% can recover. The recurrent laryngeal nerve controls the voice and damage can cause severe hoarseness and weak voice. Superior laryngeal nerve damage can cause loss of pitch. The overwhelming majority of people have no problem, some have mild weakness that returns, and very few have permanent damage. Chances are good. ...Read more

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Side effects of thyroidectomy - any possible bad things?

Side effects of thyroidectomy - any possible bad things?

Thyroidectomy: This would not be done unless absolutely necessary. Any surgery can have complications such as infection swelling etc. Later complications can come from scarring and the need for thyroid medication for the rest of your life - you could not be without it ever! Review with the surgeon or at least get a second opinion if you are not sure! ...Read more

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Can thyroidectomy (sub-total) affect fertility in women?

Can thyroidectomy (sub-total) affect fertility in women?

Only if...: Thyroid levels are not normal. Prolactin should also always be checked in thyroid conditions. ...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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What foods should a post-subtotal thyroidectomy patient eat?

What foods should a post-subtotal thyroidectomy patient eat?

Advance diet: You may have a sore throat for a few days due to intubation (a tube was in your throat during surgery). Your sore throat will resolve in a few days. Advance from a soft diet. ...Read more

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Do I have to see a specialist to get a thyroidectomy ordered?

Do I have to see a specialist to get a thyroidectomy ordered?

It'd be a good idea: To speak with an endocrinologist to help you sort out whether or not you need a thyroidectomy. If endocrinologist thinks its reasonable to get surgery, they can refer you to an endocrine or ENT surgeon. The surgeon will evaluate you and also decide if they think surgery is indicated. Choosing surgery is a big choice so getting good opinions is important. ...Read more

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Why don't you get a calcitonin insufficiency after thyroidectomy?

Why don't you get a calcitonin insufficiency after thyroidectomy?

You do: But it is not essential for life so you don't need to replace it. ...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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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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Can I increase my metabolic rate through exercise even after a total thyroidectomy?

Can I increase my metabolic rate through exercise even after a total thyroidectomy?

Yes: Hi. Yes, you can. Most thyroidectomies are done for thyroid cancer. You will need to take thyroid hormone replacement for life, but doing so, your thyroid hormone-influenced metabolic rate will be normal. Increasing your metabolic rate through exercise is a different mechanism than the basal set point that thyroid hormone helps regulate. Take your thyroid hormone, eat healthily, and exercise. ...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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How long is the recovery for a subtotal thyroidectomy? Will I need replacement medication?

How long is the recovery for a subtotal thyroidectomy? Will I need replacement medication?

1 week or so: Most of my patients are back to work in ~1 week, using narcotic pain meds for only 3-4 days on average. Full activity can be resumed in 2 weeks. Roughly 15% of people will require thyroid supplementation after partial thyroidectomy. Although there is plenty of debate, I recommend thyroid lobectomy over subtotal thyroidectomy for reasons I don't have room to discuss. Good luck! ...Read more

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How many days after total thyroidectomy can I expect to be able to care for my 9mo daughter by myself?

Extremely variable: But some people are able to resume normal activities the next day. Check w/your doctor about your specific situation. ...Read more

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I am booked in for a total thyroidectomy on Tuesday and I have my pre op on Monday. What should I expect for them?

I am booked in for a total thyroidectomy on Tuesday and I have my pre op on Monday. What should I expect for them?

Thyroidectomy: The thyroidectomy will cause some pain and discomfort but will be fine before long.
After the surgery you will be carefully prescribed with appropriate thyroid dose.
Wish you well and please keep me informed.
PS: Endocrinology (includes thyroid) is a major part of my work. ...Read more

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My son had a partial thyroidectomy done two days ago. How would he find out of the nodule removed was hot or cold?

My son had a partial thyroidectomy done two days ago. How would he find out of the nodule removed was hot or cold?

Not important now: During the study phase, knowing if a nodule is hot or cold helps to better characterize possible etiologies of the nodule in search of a diagnosis. A thyroid uptake & scan is noninvasive and used for this purpose. However, after a partial thyroidectomy, the tissue specimen is sent for direct visualization (histopathology) for a final diagnosis obviating the need of a thyroid scan. ...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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I had a hemi thyroidectomy (right side) because I had a tumor. Shouldn't I be on medication if now the left one is enlarged and overcompensating? I

I had a hemi thyroidectomy (right side) because I had a tumor. Shouldn't I be on medication if now the left one is enlarged and overcompensating? I

Need Blood Test/ultr: You need a ultrasound and tsh, freet4, T3 (liothyronine) levels and you may or may not need a boipsy of the left lobe of thyroid to find the proper treatment
consult your endocrinologist if you have not done so. ...Read more

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Had to have a total thyroidectomy in 2012. Taking armour, but unable to afford to continue to pay for meds. How long will I live without meds? Thanks

Had to have a total thyroidectomy in 2012. Taking armour, but unable to afford to continue to pay for meds. How long will I live without meds? Thanks

Thyroid: You need to contact your doctor and have her/him seek out a way to get your thyroid meds regularly at a price you can afford. Not only is it possible, it must be done! ...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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Could absorbable sutures be used in a hemi-thyroidectomy?

Could absorbable sutures be used in a hemi-thyroidectomy?

Absorbable sutures: They can be used in thyroidectomies, both hemis and totals. I have done it that way since 1999. ...Read more

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Is there an alternative for a thyroidectomy of a multi modular goiter?

Is there an alternative for a thyroidectomy of a multi modular goiter?

Hmmm: Depends why thyroidectomy was recommended. If its because size is causing compressive symptoms like trouble swallowing or breathing then no. If one of themanynodules is concerning for cancer than no. You don't necessarily have to have it out just because you have many nodules. ...Read more

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What type of doctor does a thyroidectomy?

What type of doctor does a thyroidectomy?

Surgeons/ENT: An ear nose and throat (ENT) doctor or a surgeon can do this surgery. ...Read more

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How does a thyroidectomy affect your thyroid levels?

How does a thyroidectomy affect your thyroid levels?

Thyroidectomy: If they did a complete thyroidectomy, your thyroid levels should be low; you should become hypothyroid and need to be on levothyroxine. However, sometimes surgeons do not do a complete thyroidectomy, depending on why the surgery was done. If they did a non-complete resection, but then the thyroid gland is not normal (eg. Hashimoto's), then you may get hypo even though there is tissue left behind ...Read more

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What happens to the thyroid after a partial thyroidectomy?

Usually nothing: About 75-80% of people who get a partial thyroidectomy remain euthyroid (have normal thyroid hormone levels) after surgery. About 20+% will need extra thyroid supplementation with thyroid hormone pills. I check everyone's thyroid function about 4-5 weeks after surgery. People may have a higher risk of hypothyroidism (low thyroid) later in life that would need thyrpid hormone supplementation. ...Read more

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What is the safest narcotic to prescribe following a thyroidectomy and why?

What is the safest narcotic to prescribe following a thyroidectomy and why?

Safe narcotics: Greetings. Personally, I feel all narcotics are safe medications as long as they are used appropriately as prescribed. I try to write for a lower potency which will provide adequate relief. Codeine is always a good choice. ...Read more

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What is tingling in fingers after a thyroidectomy

What is tingling in fingers after a thyroidectomy

Be seen: If you had a total thyroidectomy, this could be a sign of transient or permanent hypocalcemia (low calcium from disruption of your parathyroid glands) please let your surgeon know asap! He will probably tell you to take more calcium pills and have your calcium level checked. ...Read more

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Is a thyroidectomy an option for hashimoto's thyroiditis?

Is a thyroidectomy an option for hashimoto's thyroiditis?

No need: There's no need to surgically remove your thyroid for hashimoto. Just need to take correct amount of thyroid hormone (levothyroxine). ...Read more

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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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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