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Can I increase my metabolic rate through exercise even after a total thyroidectomy?

Can I increase my metabolic rate through exercise even after a total thyroidectomy?

Yes: Hi. Yes, you can. Most thyroidectomies are done for thyroid cancer. You will need to take thyroid hormone replacement for life, but doing so, your thyroid hormone-influenced metabolic rate will be normal. Increasing your metabolic rate through exercise is a different mechanism than the basal set point that thyroid hormone helps regulate. Take your thyroid hormone, eat healthily, and exercise. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Loury
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Thyroidectomy (Definition)

This is the removal of all or part of the thyroid gland. It is generally performed for rumors of the gland, occasionally for enlarged and hyper functioning glands that do ...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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Anorexia relapse…how do I cope with weight gain after a thyroidectomy? Starvation and excessive exercise isn't what I want anymore. Recovery main goal

Anorexia relapse…how do I cope with weight gain after a thyroidectomy? Starvation and excessive exercise isn't what I want anymore. Recovery main goal

So glad to: hear that you are free of the desire for starving yourself or doing excessive exercise. See your doc for monitoring and then a mental health professional who specializes in eating disorders. Your doc will help you to regulate your thyroid meds for you to feel better, including your mood. Peace and good health. Balance in all things. ...Read more

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What foods should a post-subtotal thyroidectomy patient eat?

Advance diet: You may have a sore throat for a few days due to intubation (a tube was in your throat during surgery). Your sore throat will resolve in a few days. Advance from a soft diet. ...Read more

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8 days post total thyroidectomy, total plasma metanephrine 301, normeta 237 and free metanephrine 64? Anything to worry about?

8 days post total thyroidectomy, total plasma metanephrine 301, normeta 237 and free metanephrine 64? Anything to worry about?

Complex question: Why were these tests performed? Why was the thyroidectomy performed? Was cancer found? What kind? Presumably someone is thinking of pheochromocytoma. What is the normal range of values in the lab where they were performed? Your question, and perhaps your situation, is too complex for a 400 character answer. Please discuss with your endocrinologist. ...Read more

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3 weeks post total thyroidectomy and metanephrine study was mildly elevated. Is this anthing to be worried about?

3 weeks post total thyroidectomy and metanephrine study was mildly elevated.  Is this anthing to be worried about?

norepinephrine elev: Stress induces elevation of all catecholamines and could have contributed seeing u just had thyroid resection my impression is your physcian is evaluating for men but this should only be suspected with medullary cancer of thyroid again mild elevations not significant generally. ...Read more

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I am 10 days post total thyroidectomy. Back to work doing manual labor, will i need more calcium than the 2, twice a day I am already taking?

I am 10 days post total thyroidectomy. Back to work doing manual labor, will i need more calcium than the 2, twice a day I am already taking?

This may be temporar: The parathyroid glands (there's usually 4 of them) are near, or embedded in, the thyroid. After a thyroidectomy, some of the parathyroids may be removed or affected by local swelling. As long as there is a functional parathyroid gland left, it should recover, make parathyroid hormone and properly regulate your calcium, but in the short run, you may need to take some supplemental calcium. ...Read more

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What are the normal thyroid lab test values status post total thyroidectomy? W/o any meds

What are the normal thyroid lab test values status post total thyroidectomy? W/o any meds

TSH 0.5-3: Thyroid level recommendations are the same with or without a thyroidectomy and regardless of medications. The TSH should ideally be between 0.5-3. ...Read more

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Extreme fatigue two and a half weeks post thyroidectomy. I have normal labs. Is this normal?

Extreme fatigue two and a half weeks post thyroidectomy. I have normal labs. Is this normal?

Yes, can be: There are many reasons to have these feelings after surgery and i tell my patients that you may take several weeks to physically and psychologically recover. It may be too early to check your tsh. They may be lagging behind your true thyroid hormone levels. You should be rechecked after 4-5 weeks after surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Exercise (Definition)

Exercise is physical activity, such as walking, running, swimming, biking, ...Read more