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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

Dr. Mark Loury
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Thyroid Surgery (Definition)

Surgical removal of the thyroid can be performed safely in experienced hands. Risks include general anesthesia, bleeding, infection, injury to nerve that moves vocal cord causing hoarseness and swallowing difficulties, injury to parathyroid glands causing low calcium and need for medications, need for thyroid medications, scar and ...Read more


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How does smoking affect singing?

How does smoking affect singing?

Smoking & voice: Smokers will eventually develop a rather gruff, deep voice. Also, smokers can get vocal cord polyps which disrupt vocal cord functionality. Bad for singers - could end a budding career very quickly. ...Read more

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Does neck surgery affect your voice?

Does neck surgery affect your voice?

Potentially: It depends in part on the nature of the neck surgery and also whether or not there is a complication. Having surgery on your vocal cords could certainly affect your voice. I am a spinal surgeon and we do some neck surgeries in the front of the neck. In those cases, the recurrent laryngeal nerve and the crycothyroid nerve both affect the voice and can be irritated during surgery. Thank you. ...Read more

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How does the thyroid gland affect diabetes?

How does the thyroid gland affect diabetes?

Affect metabolism : It is a complex question. Briefly, low function of thyroid called hypothyroidism will slow down the using of glucose. If patient has diabetes, hypothyroidism may worsen diabetes, but patient with hypothyroidism may slow down intake of food, so the taking calories may decrease so the blood auger level may be even out. Vise visa hyperthyroidism may have the opposite effect. ...Read more

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How does pregnancy affect thyroid function?

How does pregnancy affect thyroid function?

False increase in T4: Levels of thyroid binding protein increase in pregnancy and levels of T4 are higher than during the non-pregnant state. This change does not affect thyroid function. Both hypothyroid and hyperthyroid states impair fertility. ...Read more

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How will treatment for thyroid cancer affect my normal activities?

How will treatment for thyroid cancer affect my normal activities?

Depends on treatment: Thyroidectomy is the first treatment. There can be low calcium levels and thyroid level that have symptoms but can be replaced by pills. If the cancer is small then no other therapy. Others may need radioactive iodine and there will be radiation rules to follow and avoid exposure to others. ...Read more

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How does pregnancy affect thyroid disease?

How does pregnancy affect thyroid disease?

Many ways: It depends on the type of thyroid problem. Hypothyroid women may need more thyroid in each trimester. By delivery many patients are taking half again more thyroid replacement. Hyperthyroidism is more complicated due to the different causes of hyperthyroidism. Any hyperthyroid woman should be followed by an endocrinologist or high risk obstetrical team to determine the best type and amount of meds. ...Read more

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How does smoking affect a microdiscectomy ?

How does smoking  affect a microdiscectomy ?

Badly.: Smoking lowers oxygen in your blood because carbon monoxide, a by-product of all combustion, is very tightly bound to hemoglobin (200 x more than o2) and your blood cells can't carry as much o2 (oxygen). Lower o2 is not good for healing. ...Read more

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How does taking 2mg of melatonin nightly for sleep affect my thyroid? Will it improve thyroid function or worsen it ?

How does taking 2mg of melatonin
nightly for sleep affect my thyroid?
Will it improve thyroid function or
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Melatonin: Can affect sugar levels or blood pressure or liver function or moods, but I am not aware of direct effects on thyroid. ...Read more

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How exactly does bariatric surgery affect health?

How exactly does bariatric surgery affect health?

Diabetes and more: Bariatric surgery has a major impact on diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, joint disease, gastric reflux, infertility, high cholesterol, headaches, urinary incontinence, and depression. The latest press showing dramatic correction of diabetes should make anyone with a bmi over 35 (70 pounds overweight) and diabetes really think about bariatric surgery. ...Read more

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How much can an under-active thyroid affect weight?

Underactive: Thyroid can cause weight gain by decreasing the rate at which you burn off calories. Returning your thyroid level to normal with the correct dose of brand name T4 replacement will return your metabolic rate to normal. ...Read more

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How does chemo affect a persons eyes?

How does chemo affect a persons eyes?

Dry or watery: Most common side effects are watery (5fu) or dry--which can make your eyes feel irritated or scratchy. ...Read more

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How does your age or sex affect open heart surgery?

How does your age or sex affect open heart surgery?

Age only: In general males and females have almost the same results after cardiac surgery. Women have a slightly worse outcome given that they present later in their disease process. Older patients generally have more comorbidities and hence are at higher risk for cardiac surgery. ...Read more

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Does having a thyroid goiter affect your weight?

Does having a thyroid goiter affect your weight?

It might...: Goiter is simply an enlarged thyroid. A goiter may or may not produce a normal amount of thyroid hormone. A simple lab test can tell if your thyroid levels are normal or not. If your lab results are normal, then your goiter is probably not affecting your weight. On the contrary, a normal sized thyroid can also run high or low and affect your weight. ...Read more

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How does thyroid affect metabolism?

How does thyroid affect metabolism?

Throttle: Think of the thyroid gland as the throttle for the speed by which metabolism occurs. ...Read more

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How does chemotherapy affect your body?

How does chemotherapy affect your body?

Killing fast movers: Traditional chemotherapy -- in general -- kills fast growing cells. Cancer cells are fast growing, so it attacks them. But, many other cells of our body are growing and dividing, like hair follicles and the linings from our mouth to our anus. Chemo kills these cells too; this explains hair loss, mouth sores, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhoea. ...Read more

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How does sushi affect your brain?

How does sushi affect your brain?

Probably doesn't: Most food choices have little impact on health. Despite the "pop" wisdom that fish is "brain food", I'm not aware of its being anything more than a good source of protein. Ironically, Japan -- home of sushi -- suffered a grisly epidemic of fish-borne mercury poisoning with horrible brain damage from a corrupt corporation dumping mercury waste into the sea. ...Read more

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Can goiters on thyroid affect singing?

Usually not: Goiters usually grow out, not in, and do not affect vocal cords, trachea, or esophagus. Sometimes, big nodular goiters in the elderly can do this, but not usually. However, if the goiter is producing either hyper or hypothyroidism, that can certainly affect the vocal cords. Hypothyroidism could turn you from an alto into a tenor.... Or more. ...Read more

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How long (if ever) does it take for weed to adversely affect the body's system beyond repair?

How long (if ever) does it take for weed to adversely affect the body's system beyond repair?

There is no timeline: The damage from weed happens on a daily basis in the form of addict behavior. The day frequent habitual use starts is the day damage is established. ...Read more

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How does food affect your voice?

How does food affect your voice?

2 ways: Foods which are acidic or spicy can directly damage the voice box, and contribute to hoarseness. Other foods, like high fat foods, caffeine, and others, can contribute to reflux. Acid reflux is a very common cause of vocal cord problems. ...Read more

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Dr. Janice Alexander
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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more


Dr. Brendan Stack Jr.
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Thyroidectomy (Definition)

is the surgical removal ...Read more