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What diet should someone with hypothyroid follow ? Avoid what foods?

What diet should someone with hypothyroid follow ? Avoid what foods?

Iodine good.: foods from the sea have iodine good. ones that bind up iodine bad (these are all the healthy broccoli family foods like broccoli, kale, cabbage). Just have more good than bad and don't do silly amounts of either ...Read more

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Dr. Su Fairchild
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Hypothyroidism (Definition)

When the thyroid gland is overactive and too much thyroid hormone is produced, which speeds up metabolism. This results in weight loss, a quick heartbeat, sweating, nervousness, ...Read more


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What are the chances for patient below 30 y.O & euthyroid to be hypothyroid after hemthyroidectomy? Will the other lobe be enlarged after?

What are the chances for patient below 30 y.O & euthyroid to be hypothyroid after hemthyroidectomy? Will the other lobe be enlarged after?

Possibility: It is certainly a possibility, and many would begin thyroid replacement immediately after surgery to prevent enlargement of the remaining lobe and the future formation of nodules (which i assume is why you had the surgery in the first place). If your whole thyroid can't work well enough to avoid problems, what makes you think that half of it can do better? Talk w/your endocrinologist. ...Read more

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What are indications of hemithyroidectomy?

What are indications of hemithyroidectomy?

Surgical biopsy: Hi. I would say that an indeterminate FNA of a non-hyperthyroid nodule (done without gene testing on the FNA) would go to hemithyroidectomy. If frozen section pathology during surgery was negative for cancer, the surgeon would leave the other half of the thyroid in. If frozen section showed cancer, the surgeon would remove the rest of the thyroid. That's complex. Sorry. If you had a hemi, good! ...Read more

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What are normal lab values post hemithyroidectomy?

What are normal lab values post hemithyroidectomy?

Normal: If the remaining half-thyroid is normal, your thyroid blood levels should be normal. ...Read more

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I feel weak 4 days after hemithyroidectomy. When can I expect to feel better?

I feel weak 4 days after hemithyroidectomy. When can I expect to feel better?

Usually 1-2 weeks: Thyroid surgery is major surgery and depending on age and other factors can require up to 1-2 weeks after the surgery to return to normal. ...Read more

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I had a hemithyroidectomy 2 months ago, had thyroid function test which came back normal but I am showing symptoms of under active, what else could it?

I had a hemithyroidectomy 2 months ago, had thyroid function test which came back normal but I am showing symptoms of under active, what else could it?

Many things.: If your TSH is normal 2 months out from surgery the problem is not likely your thyroid. You should talk to your doc to investigate the meaning of your symptoms which were not unfortunately identified in your question. These would be very helpful clues as to the cause. Depression, stress, sleep disturbance, anemia, etc all could produce "under active" symptoms. ...Read more

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How can the body function after a hemithyroidectomy?

How can the body function after a hemithyroidectomy?

Thyroid hormone: If removal of half the thyroid gland causes hypothyroidism treatment with thyroid hormone can produce normal function. ...Read more

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If 4 cm follicular adenoma removed with hemithyroidectomy 11 yrs ago, what are chances my new-found nodules in remaining lobe could be malignant?

If 4 cm follicular adenoma removed with hemithyroidectomy 11 yrs ago, what are chances my new-found nodules in remaining lobe could be malignant?

Depends on size,: whether or not it is growing, whether it is hot or cold nodule, and a whole host of other factors. But I believe it is no different than someone who has never had a previous adenoma. ...Read more

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Had hemithyroidectomy last year, the bit of thyroid that's left has a lump 2.5 x 3 cm. The scan showed it has electrolytes in it, what does this mean?

Had hemithyroidectomy last year, the bit of thyroid that's left has a lump 2.5 x 3 cm. The scan showed it has electrolytes in it, what does this mean?

Electrolytes?: Electrolytes mean calcium, sodium, potassium, magnesium etc....Thyroid scan cannot see these electrolytes. 2.5x3cm is a relatively large thyroid mass and, especially if it is solid, biopsy is likely needed. Why did you get the hemithyroidectomy in the first place? Concern of cancer? It is possible that you will need total thyroidectomy. I recommend follow-up with doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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2 thyroid cystic nodules 1.6 cm and 1 cm in size on one side causing problems while eating. Recommend hemithyroidectomy? What are the risks?

2 thyroid cystic nodules 1.6 cm and 1 cm in size on one side causing problems while eating. Recommend hemithyroidectomy? What are the risks?

Very few: and they will be explained in detail by your thyroid surgeon. You can easily live on thyroid replacement (which may be the choice of your physician (to "avoid" development of further nodules in the other half of the gland) Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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I had a hemithyroidectomy in 2010. I had a 3.5cm thyroid module. The diagnosis was minimally invasive thyroid cancer. Is no further treatment ok?

I had a hemithyroidectomy in 2010. I had a 3.5cm thyroid module. The diagnosis was minimally invasive thyroid cancer. Is no further treatment ok?

Possibly: Actually, standard of care in cancer cases, with the exception of some papillary thyroid microcarcinomas, is completion thyroidectomy, removing the other lobe. For minimally invasive ftc, which you had, removing the rest of the gland is not due to the likeliness of residual tumor, but for assuring no additional thyroglobulin production, serum levels of which are used to screen for recurrence. ...Read more

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R supraclavicular lymph node for 8 mths. 2 FNA's. Indetermined. Enlarged thyroid with bilateral nodules. L hemithyroidectomy 2 wks ago. Poss ca?

 R supraclavicular lymph node for 8 mths. 2 FNA's. Indetermined. Enlarged thyroid with bilateral nodules. L hemithyroidectomy 2 wks ago.   Poss ca?

Thyroid: You should have gotten a pathology report after the surgery by now. Call up your surgeon and ask for the report. They must not have passed on the info to you. Low probability of ca. ...Read more

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Food to be taken for hypothyroid?

Food to be taken for hypothyroid?

Diet's not the key: Being hypothyroid is difficult enough without subscientific / pop diet recommendations. You can basically eat what you please (healthy choices, of course, and limit your calories as you may tend to overeat / get fat.) but you must take your thyroid replacement medicine or your life will be ruined. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of being hypothyroid?

Numerous: Abnormal thyroid functioning may adversely affect a person's mood. It can also cause weight gain, hair loss, dry skin, fatigue, as well as other problems. Hypothyroidism can be caused by the thyroid gland itself and can also be caused by certain medications, like lithium. If a person's pituitary gland is not functioning properly, that may cause hypothyroidism. There are thyroid replacement drugs. ...Read more

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Im hypothyroid sometimes my hearbeat vll be 108 y?

Im hypothyroid sometimes my hearbeat vll be 108 y?

Adrenals: Hypothyroidism can cause adrenal fatigue and adrenal compensation can sometimes cause tachycardia. Or you may have an autoimmune thyroid problem that swings you between hyper and hypo. http://drfairchild.blogspot.com/2012/12/proper-thyroid-testing.html. ...Read more

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I am a hypothyroid person. what are the foods to avoid hypothyroid person?

None: Hypothyroidism is not caused or affected (for better or worse) by any specific food. It is treated with specific medicine. ...Read more