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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

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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How can I promote weight loss after thyroidectomy?

How can I promote weight loss after thyroidectomy?

Thyroidectomy: After thyroidectomy you will likely require thyroid replacement. It may take a few weeks to determine the most correct dose for you. Then you should have enough energy to start keeping your weight down. Taking too much thyroid hormone may speed up weight loss but it is not a smart thing to do. ...Read more

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Is it correct to say that the lower your TSH the higher your metabolism is and that should increase your weight loss? Had thyroidectomy due to pap ca.

Is it correct to say that the lower your TSH the higher your metabolism is and that should increase your weight loss? Had thyroidectomy due to pap ca.

Yes and no: Yes, the lower TSH indicates that you are taking a higher dose of thyroid replacement medication or if a thyroid is present hyperthyroidism. Since you have had a thyroidectomy the former case may require an adjustment to your medication. ...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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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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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 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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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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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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I am hypothyroid after having a total thyroidectomy in nov 2012. When will my hair loss stop?

I am hypothyroid after having a total thyroidectomy in nov 2012. When will my hair loss stop?

Under control: Your hair loss should get better once your thyroid hormones are controlled, this is normally achieved via taking a thyroid hormone pill and getting bloodwork, if not, other reasons for hair loss should be checked. ...Read more

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I have a question regarding radiation brain, although I have only received RAI. Since my total thyroidectomy and radioiodine treatment two years ago, I feel as if my brain is mush. Brain fog, short-term memory loss, inability to focus/take in new informat

I have a question regarding radiation brain, although I have only received RAI. Since my total thyroidectomy and radioiodine treatment two years ago, I feel as if my brain is mush. Brain fog, short-term memory loss, inability to focus/take in new informat

Check your levels: Have your ENT or Endocrinologist check your thyroid levels, etc - they may be the culprit. It's a common complaint: https://www.inspire.com/groups/thyca-thyroid-cancer-survivors-association/discussion/memory-loss-after-thyroidectomy/ When you achieve the proper level (or as close as possible) I expect you'll feel these troubles minimize or go away. Best! ...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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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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What happens to the thyroid after a partial thyroidectomy?

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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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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