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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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Losing Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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I seem to be losing weight easily since tot thyroidectomy 2 months ago for papillary thyroid ca. Is it due to an increased metab due to synthyroid?

I seem to be losing weight easily since tot thyroidectomy 2 months ago for papillary thyroid ca. Is it due to an increased metab due to synthyroid?

Likely is...: The state of your thyroid levels in the months leading up to your surgery the effects of your current dose of synthroid (thyroxine) both could be playing a big part in your current weight loss. The tricky part going forward is finding the right dose to keep you feeling good, keep the weight off, and not overshoot and cause you to have levels that are too high. ...Read more

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Had partial thyroidectomy in '96. Since 2002 have continued to lose weight. Diagnosed with hypo, but I have all symptoms of hyper tried Synthroid but it sped up the weight loss and I never stop losing, adds to my severe insomnia. Once I stopped taking syn

It: It sounds like you have had a very complicated course since your thyroidectomy. Your symptoms really concern me (high cholesterol, anxiety, rapid pulse), and I would suggest that you should have a complete endocrinology evaluation, but you may also have other issues going on. You can't be both hypo- and hyper-thyroid, but there could be co-existing conditions. Please notify your doctor and have a complete evaluation of your symptoms. ...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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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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I had a partial thyroidectomy in 03, I had my 2nd child in 05, my levels have been off an I've gained a lot of weight. How can I correct this problem?

I had a partial thyroidectomy in 03, I had my 2nd child in 05, my levels have been off an I've gained a lot of weight. How can I correct this problem?

Hypothyroidism: See you primary care doctor for blood test to confirm your under active thyroid condition. Prescription of thyroid replacement hormone pill will correct the problem! ...Read more

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Is it more difficult to lose weight after thyroidectomy for pap thy CA? What r the best foodsfor me to eat?

Is it more difficult to lose weight after thyroidectomy for pap thy CA? What r the best foodsfor me to eat?

Possible: If you have had your thyroid removed, it is possible that you are thyroid replacement pills. If your levels are too low it could put you in a hypothroid state which would make it difficult to lose weight. As far as diet, there is no post-thyroid diet, although with thyroid cancer they will sometimes rec'd a low iodine diet if you are going to receive radioactive Iodine. ...Read more

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Is it true after thyroidectomy it will be harder to lose weight and tge only way you can is by cutting carbs?

Is it true after thyroidectomy it will be harder to lose weight and tge only way you can is by cutting carbs?

Regaining lost wt?: The answer depends on why you had your thyroidectomy. If it was for hyperthyroidism then you probably lost a lot of weight before the surgery and now you are regaining what you lost which is natural. Some people regain more weight than they lost and if so, cutting your caloric intake (not just carbs) and getting more exercise should help. ...Read more

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Is it harder to lose weight after thyroidectomy? How should I change my diet in order to lose weight. Had thyroidectomy due to pap thy CA...

Is it harder to lose weight after thyroidectomy? How should I change my diet in order to lose weight. Had thyroidectomy due to pap thy CA...

No: As long as you are on the correct dose of thyroid hormone, so that your TSH is in the lower range of normal (or mildly low), it should not affect your ability to lose weight. If you had a weight problem before surgery, you will have the same weight problem afterwards. To lose weight you need to decrease calore intake and increase your level of exercise. ...Read more

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Is it harder to lose weight post total thyroidectomy for papillary thyroid cancer?

Is it harder to lose weight post total thyroidectomy for papillary thyroid cancer?

Wt loss thyroid gone: The thyroid regulates your metabolism and if your thyroid medicine is not just right it can be very hard to loose weight. Have your levels checked on a regular basis and try to cut out the wheat products. A gluten free diet is very beneficial in terms of weight loss and control, as well as over all health. ...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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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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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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Radioactive iodine versus partial thyroidectomy, explain please?

Radioactive iodine versus partial thyroidectomy, explain please?

Need more info: Radioactive iodine is often used for graves' disease which is a hyperactive thyroid condition. I am assuming you were given this option or partial thyroid removal to control the problem. The radioactive therapy is usually preferred but sometimes surgery is better depending on many issues. You need to discuss with endocrinologist and surgeon. ...Read more

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Should a partial thyroidectomy end the unwanted symptoms of thyroid issues? 0

Should a partial thyroidectomy end the unwanted symptoms of thyroid issues? 0

Not necessarily: If your hemithyroidectomy was done to remove a thyroid nodule, the other side will still need to be monitored by an endocrinologist, particularly if it also contains nodules. Thyroid function will likely also be followed. ...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 the effects of a partial thyroidectomy?

It removes: A portion of your thyroid. You will definitely need life-long replacement with brand name T4 after the surgery. There are some risks, including potential damage to laryngeal nerve and parathyroid glands, but risks should be minimal with a good surgeon. Depends upon the indication for the surgery in the first place. ...Read more

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How long after a partial thyroidectomy before you feel "normal" again?

How long after a partial thyroidectomy before you feel "normal" again?

4 to 6 weeks: Give yourself 4 to 6 weeks. If you still feel bad, get a calcium level. ...Read more

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I have gained over 10lbs since my total thyroidectomy 4 months ago and I eat a lot. Is this normal to gain the weight?

I have gained over 10lbs since my total thyroidectomy 4 months ago and I eat a lot. Is this normal to gain the weight?

Not usually: First of all, it is important to return to your endocrinologist or internist to have your thyroid levels checked. It is possible that you are not taking enough thyroid medication. It would also depend on the reason for having the total thyroidectomy. If is was for an overactive thyroid, your metabolism might have been "revved up" before surgery and now, if normal, you could gain weight easily. ...Read more

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How long after my partial thyroidectomy will my hormone levels move to normal?

How long after my partial thyroidectomy will my hormone levels move to normal?

Depends on amount: Most will return to normal within 2w, some never do and a supplement may be necessary. If your pre surgery TSH was <2, and 4wafter surgery it is >4, I would recommend supplement. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of complete thyroidectomy? Any alteration in body weight?

What are the side effects of complete thyroidectomy? Any alteration in body weight?

Hypothyroidism: Patients who had total thyroidectomy might develop hypothyroidism. Symptoms are usually associated with slower metabolism which include slow heart rate, fatigue, weakness, constipation, anemia/low blood counts. Patients are kept on a daily thyroid medication to prevent this. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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If you have tsi in your blood, will a partial thyroidectomy control it or reduce it? Does exercise reduce it?

If you have tsi in your blood, will a partial thyroidectomy control it or reduce it? Does exercise reduce it?

No: Partial thyroidectomy will not treat a high tsi level. It indicates autoimmune disease. Exercise is not a treatment for high tsi either. Main treatment is thyroidectomy or i-131 ablation since those are the only cure for graves' disease. ...Read more

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Is it safe to have staged surgeries two weeks apart. Had a partial R thyroidectomy last WED. Waiting for pathlogy.?

Sounds appropriate: Partial thyroidectomies are typically performed for benign cysts of the thyroid gland. If thyroid cancer is identified, a completion thyroidectomy is generally recommended to remove the rest of the thyroid gland as there is a chance for the other side to have cancer as well. Most surgeons prefer to perform the 2nd surgery soon after the 1st because there is less scar tissue developed. ...Read more

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How long will I have to weight to sing after my thyroidectomy? Surgery is Jan 28th, band is playing a benefit Feb 7th. I do backups only.

How long will I have to weight to sing after my thyroidectomy? Surgery is Jan 28th, band is playing a benefit Feb 7th. I do backups only.

Should be OK: Hi. We must assume the thyroidectomy is being done for thyroid cancer. In the hands of a good surgeon, recurrent laryngeal nerve (the nerves that drive the vocal cords) damage is extremely unlikely, and the surgical wound heals quite quickly. So if you're comfortable, go ahead and sing! And good luck with your thyroid disease process! And it's how long you have to wait, not "weight". ...Read more

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