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After the thyroid has been removed, what can you do about body changes?

By Anonymous July 29, 2011 - 12:19pm
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Although my endocrinologist is satisfied with my results after having my thyroid removed with followup radiation, I am not happy about the changes in my body. No matter how healthy I eat or if I exercise or not, my former slim body has disappeared after 57 years with it. Are there supplements or something my body is missing? I currently take Synthroid which has helped my energy situation.

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Dear Anon

Thanks for your post and welcome!

I'm sorry you are dealing with these problems (that do often result from thyroid conditions), especially when you've been used to being slim all your life. Weight gain is hard on both the body -and emotionally.

I'm glad Synthroid is helping you! One of the side effects is actually some weight loss but side effects of thyroid conditions (or having it removed) can be weight gain.

There is a thyroid diet plan that you may want to take a look at, you can find it here: http://thyroid.about.com/cs/dietweightloss/a/center.htm

Also, we have spoken before on EmpowHER about certain vitamins helping people after thyroid surgery. B Vitamins and Vitamin D are recommended to help with weight loss (and certainly with thyroid condition) Read more here: http://www.empowher.com/weight-loss/content/weight-loss-take-vitamins-b6-and-b12 and here: http://www.empowher.com/thyroid-conditions/content/vitamin-d-deficiency-and-thyroid-disease?page=0,3

Anon, when was your surgery? It can take weeks to months for your body to "even out" after your surgery and after you start taking synthroid. You may even need an adjustment of your dosage.

How long have you been on the medication?

Let me know if this thread is also helpful: http://www.empowher.com/community/ask/why-am-i-feeling-bad-after-thyroid-surgery


July 29, 2011 - 1:15pm
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