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Which test is best to monitor thyroid levels in thyroidectomy patients, just ft3 and ft4, TSH and ft4, or like i feel should be tsh, ft3 and ft4?

Which test is best to monitor thyroid levels in thyroidectomy patients, just ft3 and ft4, TSH and ft4, or like i feel should be tsh, ft3 and ft4?

TSH: All you really need is a tsh. Assuming there is nothing wrong with your pituitary, this hormone responds in a very sensitive manner to the levels of your T4 and t3 (liothyronine). You are presumably taking levothyroxine as replacement. ...Read more

Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more


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What are some things I can do to relax my eyes after looking at a monitor or other electronic display?

What are some things I can do to relax my eyes after looking at a monitor or other electronic display?

Relaxation: When looking at a monitor for an extended period, the focusing muscles can become fatigued. We often recommend the 20/20/20 rule where every 20 minutes, look up at something at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds - it's simple and works wonders. ...Read more

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Is it possible to perform total thyroidectomy without touching laryngopharengeal nerve?

Is it possible to perform total thyroidectomy without touching laryngopharengeal nerve?

Sort of: The surgeon generally looks for the nerve so he/she can safely remove the thyroid without injuring it. So it will likely be touched but not harmed. ...Read more

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During my Thyroidectomy, my R recurrent laryngeal nerve was cauterized, but not transected. Is it more likely to heal or be permanently injured?

Yes: If the cautery injury affects both the nerve fiber and its insulation( myelin), the healing is less likely to be complete. Still a cautery injury is likely less severe than a complete nerve severing or transaction. ...Read more

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8 months post thyroidectomy, how likely will my left cord become un-paralyzed and accessory nerve healed. My right arms affected by trap nerve damage?

Up to 1 year: Most ENT surgeons will wait 1 year before they consider intervention to do a procedure on the vocal cord to improve your voice. SO possibly 1 year before you give up on the possibility of recovery. ...Read more

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My left vocal chord nerve is not moving after thyroidectomy.But surgeon told that nerve is little bruised.My voice is low i can't speak louder.?

My left vocal chord nerve is not moving after thyroidectomy.But surgeon told that nerve is little bruised.My voice is low i can't speak louder.?

Not unusual: The particular nerve to the vocal cord has to be retracted during thyroid surgery. It is not unusual for it to take a while to recover and for your voice to return to normal. This happens with other neck surgeries as well such as fusing the neck vertebrae for disc disease. Observe and stay in touch with your surgeon. Try to rest your voice. ...Read more

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Hello: Had a total thyroidectomy Jan. 15, 2015 for non toxic multinodular goiter., I have been having nerve pain between my upper shoulder blades to middle of spine which started in December.. My upper shoulder to under arm aches or sharp pins and

Hello:  Had a total thyroidectomy Jan. 15, 2015  for  non toxic multinodular goiter.,    I have been having nerve pain between my upper shoulder blades to middle of spine which started  in December.. My upper shoulder to under arm aches or sharp pins and

Radiclopayhy?: it is extremely rare to have radiculopathy in that region only. I wonder if you have muscular spasm, worsened by laying flat for a long time during and after surgery. I would think PT OT chiro maybe helpful in ur case as well as rehab doctor evaluation. Take care! ...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 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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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