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Any body know about thyroid gland removal side effects..?

Any body know about thyroid gland removal side effects..?

Hypothyroidism: If the whole thyroid gland is removed, then the person need to take thyroid hormone to replace the thyroid function. Thyroid hormone is effective and very safe. Rarely, the operation can damage the nerve that controls the vocal cord. The parathyroid glands scan be damaged and cause a low blood calcium. This can be corrected with oral calcium. These are complications rather than side effects. ...Read more

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Thyroid Gland (Definition)

It is an endocrine gland which produces thyroxin hormone which controls the metabolism in every cell in the body.It produces 80 to 90%t4 and 10 to 20 %t3. These control rate of metabolism and affect the growth and rate of functions of many cells in the body it is ...Read more


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Can you tell me about thyroid gland removal and its side effects?

Can you tell me about thyroid gland removal and its side effects?

Complicated....: More than can be explained in 400 characters. Talk to a good surgeon. Most who have partial thyroidectomy don't need thyroid replacement. All who have total thyroidectomy need long term hormone replacement. Risk of parathyroid issues with total; this requires long term calcium replacement. Managed carefully, most folks don't have too much difficulty regulating their postop hormone issues. ...Read more

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Can a low iodine diet cause extreme tiredness in a person who had undergone thyroid gland removal?

Can a low iodine diet cause extreme tiredness in a person who had undergone thyroid gland removal?

THYROID: Check thyroid and TSH blood levels and be sure you're getting enough medication, does your dr know youre tired? Dr & patient are a team. Patient's job is to keep dr informed and follow the best recommended path. Keep up your side of the team! ...Read more

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No removal of thyroid gland suggested by my doc except 1tab thyroxine .5mg daily. Which z giving me side effects now after taking 4 a year

No removal of thyroid gland suggested by my doc except 1tab thyroxine .5mg daily. Which z giving me side effects now after taking 4 a year

Thyroid: You don't normally remove the thyroid if it is underactive, you replace it with thyroxine, not sure what is your thyroid problem, and what are your side effects, but you need to discuss them with your doctor. An endocrinologist will be best equipped to treat your condition. ...Read more

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After removal of my thyroid gloin because of a tumor i got diagnosed with copd. Do you know if there are relations between thyroid gland and copd?

After removal of my thyroid gloin because of a tumor i got diagnosed with copd. Do you know if there are relations between thyroid gland and copd?

No: thyroid surgery may cause pulmonary problems if damage has occurred to the recurrent laryngeal nerve which controls vocal cord motion. COPD or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease usually results from smoking where elastase is produced in the lung tissue, escapes into circulation where it breaks down elastic tissue in the rib cage to cause COPD, or in skin of face to result in wrinkles. ...Read more

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Can the thyroid gland grow back after a partial removal?

Can the thyroid gland grow back after a partial removal?

Yes: After partial removal, the remaining thyroid will grow. If this thyroid remnant is healthy, it can easily make enough thyroid hormone to keep your blood levels normal, but on exam it may be enlarged. If the original surgery was for a "nodule", then this enlarging thyroid remnant can create concern/confusion: is it normal physiologic expansion, or another nodule? Check with your endocrinologist. ...Read more

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If the thyroid gland is swollen on one side, is it that side that's hyper functioning ?

If the thyroid gland is swollen on one side, is it that side that's hyper functioning ?

Not necessarily: You can't tell if something is hyperfunctioning from thephysical appearance of the gland. A thyroid scan is the best method to suggest whether or not a lobe is hyperfunctioning. ...Read more

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I had my thyroid gland removed back 15 years ago I have now noticed a lump on my right side of my neck do you think this is something to worry about i?

I had my thyroid gland removed back 15 years ago I have now noticed a lump on my right side of my neck do you think this is something to worry about i?

Neck lump: Hello and welcome to HealthTap, it depends if you had partial or total thyroid resection and the reason why it was removed. Either way I would suggest to be seen by a PCP and getting a neck ultrasound along with TSH level. I hope it helps! Thank you. ...Read more

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Can my thyroid gland be acting up do to pain on the left side of my neck?

Can my thyroid gland be acting up do to pain on the left side of my neck?

May be: The question is not very clear. If you have pain in one side of the neck, it not likely to be due to thyroid gland. It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It would be prudent to see your doctor. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Can one side of your thyroid gland be bigger than the other? When I feel both sides the right side feels more bumpy and swollen

Can one side of your thyroid gland be bigger than the other? When I feel both sides the right side feels more bumpy and swollen

Yes, possible!: Hi. You could have an asymmetric diffuse goiter or a nodule on one side. Do you have a thyroid diagnosis? See your doctor for a good thyroid exam. Good luck! ...Read more

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I was cut by accident in my neck. The doctor removed the left side of my thyroid gland. Was that necessary? Wouldn't it have healed on its own?

I was cut by accident in my neck. The doctor removed the left side of my thyroid gland. Was that necessary? Wouldn't it have healed on its own?

Depends on the damag: I would trust you doctor in that case, i'm sure if it didn't need to be taken out he would not as assumed the extra risks of surgery. ...Read more

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4.8 CRP and subclinical thyroid treated with 0.05mg Eltroxin. Should I worry? Sore throat feeling and thyroid gland sensitive on one side.

4.8 CRP and subclinical thyroid treated with 0.05mg Eltroxin. Should I worry? Sore throat feeling and thyroid gland sensitive  on one side.

No worry: I am assuming Eltroxin is a thyroid medication. We don't have that product here. We need to know a lot more about your total medical history. The sensitive gland may not be a problem. This is something to discuss with your physician ...Read more

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Can side effects like swelling of glands, swallowing problems and numbness of throat and neck last for years. After having surgeries like dissectio.

Can side effects like swelling of  glands, swallowing problems and numbness of throat and neck last for years.  After having surgeries like dissectio.

See below: Any surgery in the neck can disrupt the delicate connection of nerves to that area. This in turn can cause problems with swallowing, speaking or phonation (what voice sounds like) as well as numbness. The interruption of drainage channels can also cause swelling. ...Read more

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What does it mean that the thyroid gland is mildly prominent?

What does it mean that the thyroid gland is mildly prominent?

Physical exam: On routine physical exams the thyroid is examined by palpating the neck from behind and making the patient swallow. Sometimes, during the exam the tissue is more prominent suggesting that the gland may be enlarged ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to eat grapefruit with no thyroid gland?

No problem: I am not aware of any problem eating grapefruit and taking thyoid medication. Just be sure to take thyroid hormone by itself, on an empty stomach, and wait at least 40 min before eating. ...Read more

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If you are born without a thyroid gland how does this affect you?

If you are  born without a thyroid gland how does this affect you?

Medical emergency: Newborn blood screening identifies infants with abnormal thyroid function within a few days of life. Babies with low thyroid levels are seen by peds endocrinologists/pediatricians immediately to start thyroid hormone replacement. Depending on where you are, thyroid scan may be done to try identify if the gland is present. Treatment is asap to avoid brain damage to the infant. Most babies do well. ...Read more

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Is it possible to remove the thyroid gland and is it bad once you don't have it or what?

NO , You need it: You don't remove it , if it is not diseased . When removed need to be supplemented with thyroid hormone , as thyroxine is the ring leader of metabolic activity of every cell in the body. ...Read more

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Does thyroid gland produce more th or calcitonin?

Thyroid/parathyroid: The thyroid glands themselves produce the thyroid hormone (t4). There are two small glands just at the tip of each wing or ala actually separate glands but look like part of the thyroids called parathyroid and they produce the parathyroid hormones. Look at your anatomy book and you'll see them. ...Read more

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