thyroid surgery??????

How was the thyroid surgery like? and how was the recovery. Im having the surgery soon, so i jus wanted to know how it was like. also, hows it like being hyperthyroid to hypothyroid. wat was the difference in how u felt. and how long did it feel to get back to normal. i know it takes a while to get the right dosage. and any effects that came from removing the thyroid. thanks for the answers. appreciate it.
moonlight raven, can u leave ur email address…this wont let me email u, thanks.
I also have graves disease with a goiter. i had a cold nodule and had a biopsy which couldnt rule out cancer. after being on different meds, the metemazole has finally gotten the thyroid to normal and the cold nodule disappear. but i still have a goiter on my neck. i considered the surgery because i have a 14 month old son which is very attached to me. i also live with family with no extra room. i dont think the hospital would leave me if i took the radioactive pill. i jus thought the faster the better cause i take so much meds for my high blood pressure and heart rate. im extremely tired.

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  • I was extremely hyperthyroid until I took radioactive iodine to completely destroy my thyroid gland. The doctors didn’t catch my disease until late in the game because my blood pressure was (and still is) on the low side; usually, if you’re hyperthyroid, your blood pressure is high. I also didn’t have a goiter, or protruding area at the throat due to an enlarged thyroid gland that is sticking out more.

    Now, I take synthetic Levothroid thyroxine (T3) every day to replace the hormones that my "disappeared" thyroid gland WOULD have made for my body had I not gotten rid of it. I’m surprised that you’re having surgery, which seems much more invasive to the body, rather than radioactive iodine. However, I’m sure there is some reason you and your doctor came to that decision.

    Anyway, when I was hyperthyroid, or producing too much thyroid hormone, I had a lot of insomnia and couldn’t get to bed at night. I also had a lot more energy – I could go all day and not feel tired. Now that my excess thyroid hormone is gone, I get fatigued a lot quicker than I used to. I also have to watch what I eat nowadays. Before, my metabolism was quick on the draw and I could eat whatever I wanted without worrying about weight gain. Now, I just have to be more careful because I can and have gained weight.

    You’re right- it takes a good while to get the right dosage for your body after removing your thyroid gland, and you have to constantly monitor your T3 and TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) levels to make sure that you are at the correct dosage, since your dosage may actually change over time. So you’ll need to have your blood taken at the lab every so often to make sure that you are being treated at the right dosage. When I first started on my Levothroid thyroxine regimen, I was at 125 mcg, but found that I was still at too high a level (which felt normal to me, since I was used to being hyperthyroid), but then the doctor took it down to 75 mcg, which was too low. At that point, I started to feel overfatigued too often. I really wasn’t used to it and I really didn’t like it, since it was harder to go to school and go to work while hypothyroid (always tired). I could really feel myself at a low energy, and was also experiencing on-again, off-again tingling in my arms and fingers, which was uncomfortable. The doctor switched me to 110 mcg, which worked awhile, but then I got another blood test and I was a little hypothyroid, so she put me back up to 125 mcg, which I’ve been on for the last 9 months or so and seems to be working for me. I’m about due for another blood-drawing, though, since recently, the tingling in my upper extremities have started again.

    I like knowing that I am at the right level hormone-wise. I miss the extra energy, but as the result of my extreme hyperthyroidism, I had also experienced exophthalmos – basically, the excess thyroid hormone stimulated the muscles behind my eyes to grow, which then caused the muscles to bulge out, causing my eyeballs to pop out of my eyes. That was really uncomfortable and disfiguring. I didn’t look like myself anymore, and I had to undergo a painful and time-consuming surgery called orbital decompression to remove bone around first my left, then my right eye so that there was enough room in the back of my eyeball for it to settle back in (so I didn’t have to tape my eyes shut at night, and didn’t have to deal with uncomfortable abrasions to my cornea). I had a type of hyperthyroidism called Graves’ disease – I don’t know if you have that condition too or not. Graves’ is much more common in women than in men.

    It’s good to get an overactive thyroid treated because you might lower your blood pressure, and excess thyroid hormone speeds up your osteoclasts, which are the bone-destroying cells of your body. This can lead to premature tooth decay and osteoporosis (softening of the bones, in which bone density is decreased and the bone becomes more fragile/breakable).

    I hope all goes well with your surgery and the recovery period. Good luck!

  • aWellWisher

    I am a doctor.
    Surgery doesn’t make anyone from hyper to hypothyroid, intention is to make the patient euthyroid.
    With modern technology, anesthesia & surgery are quite safe,harmless and comfortable.
    Good luck!

  • Moonlight Raven

    My fiance had his thyroid removed and we are facing a lot of changes too many to mention so if you want to send me an e-mail and we can discuss it cause there is a lot you need to know and I might be of some help to you. Hope to hear from you soon.
    Moonlight Raven

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