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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)

The thyroid gland is an endocrine organ located in the front part of the neck. Its role is to make thyroid hormones, which control the way cells use energy. Hyperthyroidism results 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 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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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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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