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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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Might a thyroidectomy resolve the problems I have due to my hypothyroidism?

Might a thyroidectomy resolve the problems I have due to my hypothyroidism?

Not likely: If you are having problems related to the size of your thyroid, such as choking symptoms, trouble swallowing or breathing, then thyroidectomy might help. If you are hypothyroid, your thyroid does not function well. Taking it out will not change that. Most people with hypothyroidism do not need to have their thyroid removed. ...Read more

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Over the last 5 months my hair went from curly to straight. 1y8 months since thyroidectomy and RAI. I wonder if it has anything to do w/my problem?

Over the last 5 months my hair went from curly to straight. 1y8 months since thyroidectomy and RAI. I wonder if it has anything to do w/my problem?

Straight hair: Your change form curly hair is not likely to be related to your thyroid but check that with your doctor. I am confident you look just as beautiful with straight hair as with curly hair. ...Read more

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I have been dizzy for three years since thyroidectomy. I now have many problems with colds and sinus problems. Is it all related?

I have been dizzy for three years since thyroidectomy. I now have many problems with colds and sinus problems. Is it all related?

Persistent sinus: problems, dizziness and colds may indicate Allergies due to something in your environment. Most common are dust mites, molds, animal or pollen , etc So a consult with an allergist may help. The thyroid surgery probably has no relation to it if your are monitoring your TSH and dose of Thyroxine. Best wishes. ...Read more

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having a total thyroidectomy on Tuesday for GD but PTU (propylthiouracil) has caused low t4/ft3 (ft3 0.8) I know I can't have the surgery hyper but is hypo a Problem?

having a total thyroidectomy on Tuesday for GD but PTU (propylthiouracil) has caused low t4/ft3 (ft3 0.8) I know I can't have the surgery hyper but is hypo a Problem?

Thyroid replacement: Once your thyroid has been removed, you will need thyroid replacement to normalize your metabolic function since you will no longer produce any thyroid hormones. Let your doctor guide you through the dose adjustment process. ...Read more

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I had a complete thyroidectomy two months ago. What is the mean starting dose for thyroid supplements? I have problems with low body temperature.

Depends on health: Healthy individuals are frequently started at 100 mcg of levothyroxine. Don't use armour thyroid. Less healthy individuals might be started at 50 mcg . The level is then checked every 6 to 8 weeks, as it takes quite a while to make a change, and stabilize. The medication is increased by 50 to 100 mcg at a time . Levothyroxine should be taken on an empty stomach, 1 hour before or 2 after a meal. ...Read more

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I have had a complete thyroidectomy 10 months ago and I still have problems with my throat. My voice goes and I feel like coughing a lot.?

I have had a complete thyroidectomy  10 months ago and I still have problems with my throat. My voice goes and I feel like coughing a lot.?

Possible injury: Your surgeon may have slightly damaged one of the nerves for your voice box. See an ear, nose and throat doctor who can perform specific tests as well as offer exercises for your voice box. Good luck! ...Read more

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Could there be a bigger problem? Gallbladder removal, ibs, total thyroidectomy, fibroid on my uterus, and now extreme rectal bleeding. I'm 22. Help!

Could there be a bigger problem? Gallbladder removal, ibs, total thyroidectomy, fibroid on my uterus, and now extreme rectal bleeding. I'm 22. Help!

Go to ER: Any extreme bleeding usually means a serious problem. Since you are sitting at a computer emailing it is doubtful that it is extreme and it may be a minor rectal tear or hemorrhoid if there is bright red blood. You may need help with anxiety after getting the rectal bleeding under control. ...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 good diets after thyroidectomy?

What are good diets after thyroidectomy?

Why thyroidectomy?: Hi. Was it thyroid cancer? Most likely reason for total thyroidectomy. Best diet: healthy one! Whole grains, nuts, legumes, fruits & veggies, healthy oils (canola & olive), lean meats, nonfat dairy; little or no white flour, white rice, simple sugar, high fructose corn syrup. Best of luck with your thyroid cancer! ...Read more

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How long does a total thyroidectomy take?

How long does a total thyroidectomy take?

Thyroidectomy: Total thyroidectomy time varies drpending on how is it done, size of the thyroid and body habitus. Minimally invasive technique in experienced hands takes less than 30 min. ...Read more

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Can you tell me diets after thyroidectomy?

Can you tell me diets after thyroidectomy?

Anything fine: After a thyroidectomy there is generally restriction on what you can and cannot eat. Generally you may have some neck soreness immediately post-op which may be better to eat soft foods or liquids, but this should resolve in a day or two. ...Read more

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What is it like to have a total thyroidectomy?

What is it like to have a total thyroidectomy?

A routine surgery...: Will aim to remove all thyroid tissue. This is done sometimes for goiter, thyroiditis, or cancer. There is typically a single, midline neck incision that is used for removal of the organ. Afterwards you may receive radioactive iodine to kill any cells that might have been missed. You will need thyroid replacement on a daily basis after the surgery for the rest of your life. ...Read more

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What's the recovery time from a thyroidectomy?

Normally a few days: For routine thyroid surgery, such as for graves disease or a benign nodule, surgery can be done on an outpatient basis and recovery is fairly fast. Hormone replacement begins immediately. For cancer surgery, the procedure may be more extensive and recovery may be longer. If there are complications, such as low blood calcium, or a hoarse voice, then other outpatient treatments will be needed. ...Read more

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My question is should I undergo thyroidectomy?

My question is should I undergo thyroidectomy?

What for?: There are many reasons to have a thyroidectomy: cancer, suspicious nodules, goiter or nodule with compressive symptoms, uncontrolled hyperthyroidism, genetic syndromes with high likelihood of cancer. You should be seen by a surgeon who does a lot of thyroid procedures and have a full discussion about your reasons. If you are having trouble deciding get a second opinion. ...Read more

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What foods to avoid after a total thyroidectomy?

What foods to avoid after a total thyroidectomy?

Thyroidectomy diet: "there are no uniform general dietary restrictions for patients who have had thyroid surgery, however your surgeon may ask you to temporarily institute a low iodine diet if you need to receive radio-iodine treatment for cancer after thyroidectomy." http://www.Utsouthwestern.Edu/utsw/cda/dept48055/files/317737.Html. ...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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What are the common complications of thyroidectomy?

What are the common complications of thyroidectomy?

Depends: In experienced surgeon's hands the complications are minimal. For example my patients have a less than 1% incidence of hoarseness, infection or hematoma. The risk of permanent hypoparathyroidism is less than 1:1000 also in my hands. ...Read more

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