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ask: Why am I feeling bad after thyroid surgery?

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I had my left thyroid removed in December, 2008 because of a nodule. It was benign.
All my TSH levels are in normal range. I take 50mcgs. of Synthroid daily.

I suffer from severe depression. I am on 60 mgs of Cymbalta daily.

I am still feeling miserable. I am extremely tired, even more so since the surgery. I sleep 10+ hours daily and I am STILL tired. I have absolutely NO energy to do anything. Just getting dressed is an effort!

I am in need of some answers as to why I am still feeling so tired. My get up and go has "gone up and went."

Please, please help...I don't know what to do. Any information you provide would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.
Karen

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Hello im new here looking for support and advice. Im a 32 yr old female and just had a left lobectomy surgery done last tue. Im doing well as far as healing (no more pain) but i feel tired and would like to know if thisbis normal and if it will go away...im an active busy mom of 2 little kids and i need to function!!! Today i napped for 2 hrs straight while my in laws watched the kids like i was out in the middle of tje afternoon..

I have my post op appt on wed and will talk to doc about it but would like to hear your exoeriences. They did tell me i was going to feel tired whilw thw right side tries to compensate. .

(About 2 months ago i noticed a lump in my throat. I was referred to a ent and they did ultrasound and fna. Fna came back as inconclusive conplex cyst 2cm so doc gave me 2 options either monitor or remove it i opted to take it out so they removed the whole letf lobe..in 3 mo they will check my hormones to see if i will need meds or not..payhology came back on friday and it was follicular adenoma)

Thanks!

Bianca

July 27, 2014 - 8:41pm
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Anonymous

Very helpful

July 24, 2014 - 1:13am
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Anonymous

I've had a thyroidectomy three months ago and have panic attacks and anxiety. It's awful I'm a very busy person and can't manage to complete my tasks. I also feel shortness of breath. Should I worry about this or will it go away?

July 20, 2014 - 5:15pm
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Anonymous

I had a total thyroidectomy june 5 it is 15 days i was perfect after the operation , but from today i am feeling down i got my first period after the operation and i am feeling swollen in throat and pain. As I have stop thyroxine to do RAI i have swollen in my leg can any one suggest

June 21, 2014 - 10:28am
Susan Cody HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anon

If your leg is swelling , you need to call your doctor right away, there could be a risk of  a clot. Talk to him about your other symptoms too (although your throat may be infected and has nothing to do with your surgery) but please put a call in about your leg straight away. 

Best,

Susan

June 24, 2014 - 10:37am
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Anonymous

I just had a TT 2 weeks ago. The first week, I had a lot of energy ... probably from the pain meds. I react the opposite way. LOL The second week and today, all I want to do is sleep. I am on 100mcg Synthroid. My next visit with the surgeon for his last follow up is in June. But, from what I'm understanding from the other posts, two weeks post-TT, it's normal to feel as I feel.

I, too, hope this lethargy gets better. I've spent most of my adult life with what I think was sub-clinical hypothyroidism. I don't want to spend another 30 years feeling like this.

As for your situation, I hope it has improved. If my doctor can't help me, I will seek another opinion. Probably one who will look at symptoms instead of numbers since the "range" didn't help me at all after years of wasted money on tests, only to find my levels were "normal".

Best of luck !!!

May 15, 2014 - 10:53am
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Anonymous

I just had my Thyroid removed a little under a week now. I have only felt the immediate effect of the surgery, pain around the neck, difficult swallowing, and an unstoppable cough. However, I've haven't felt any significant changes, no numbness anywhere. As the days go by I seem to recover every day. I'm anticipating any changes in my behavior, I don't want to gain any weight, so I've been on a strict diet to ensure I don't gain. Am I'm going to have some difficult as the weeks and months come by?

January 19, 2014 - 10:10pm
Sammy1322 (reply to Anonymous)

Hello , I just had my right side thyroid taken out..(suspicious nodule)
It's been about a week, and everyday I am feeling better...so far so good, can you please update me on how your feeling....?? Any weight gain..depression.,,are you o. Any medication ?? How are your hormone levels ?? Any info would be great....

March 12, 2014 - 2:48am
Susan Cody HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anon

Not all people experience great discomfort or mood disorders and you could be one of the lucky ones! Keep going as you are and inform your doctor if there are any negative changes - but things are looking good so far!

Best,

Susan

January 21, 2014 - 11:27am
Mbd7273

I had total thyroidectomy one week ago. I have hoarse voice, pain swallowing is subsiding, headaches but not severe, I feel like something is in my throat feeling like it is hard to breathe. It could be anxiety. I am feeling really down and am crying non-stop for no reason . I take mood stabilizing meds now but it feels like it isn't working. I don't see surgeon for 1st post op until 1/8/14. I am on synthroid meds waking up soaked in sweat freezing 2 times a night about. Don't know what to do? To top it, they won't have pathology results until the 30th and the wait is nerve wracking .. Any suggestions...

December 27, 2013 - 12:31pm
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