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Why am I feeling bad after thyroid surgery?

By Anonymous March 5, 2009 - 12:45pm
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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.

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I had surgery several weeks ago to remove my thyroid and the tumor attached which was malignant. I finished the iodine/radiation treatment last week, and started on synthroid 3-4 days ago. But I have been absolutely whacked with fatigue since them, and I'm wondering when that will end!

September 14, 2014 - 5:33am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

As much as I hate to say it, it wont. I had similar surgery, lost entire thyroid and 90% of the parathyroids. calcium, vitamin d and magnesium supplements are a MUST as your body no longer will produce or store them...On top of the fatigue from loss of thyroid, I am narcoleptic as well, if I don't keep supplements up daily I can sleep for 20 hours a day! good luck!

May 12, 2015 - 3:36am
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March 16, 2015 - 1:50pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I wrote this comment a few months ago. Since then, after taking 100 mg of Synthroid, my energy has returned and everything is going very well. My doctor originally prescribed 100 mg of Synthroid, and that dosage has remained the same since.

January 20, 2015 - 6:29am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

are you feeling any better now that a couple of months have passed? it has been almost a year for me and my TT and my endo is still adjusting my levothyroxine.i feel tired and week a lot.i am now on 150mg for the last 2 months.not much improvement on the aches and pains and fatigue. I have read where most people fell close to normal by this time.good luck to you on your journey and may God bless.

December 21, 2014 - 10:33am
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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)



July 27, 2014 - 8:41pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I would strongly encourage you to also investigate "Parathyroid" disease, otherwise known as Primary Hyperparathyroidism (PHPT).

Elevated Calcium levels (Total Calcium / Ionized Calcium) & elevated intact PTH (Parathyroid Hormone). Oftentimes accompanied by low Vitamin OHD25 levels in a large percentage of those with parathyroid disease.

Having both thyroid and parathyroid disease, and other endocrine disorders can also occur together. The American Association of Endocrine Surgeons (AAES) website is an excellent source of information, as well as a source for contact information to the general surgeons who specialize in endocrine surgeries (i.e. parathyroid, thyroid, adrenal, pituitary, etc.).

A number of parathyroid support groups on Facebook can also be valuable resources for both patient education and support.

Best wishes to you.

August 4, 2014 - 11:30pm
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Very helpful

July 24, 2014 - 1:13am
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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 (reply to Anonymous)

Did you have them prior to the thyroidectomy? I am experiencing similar feelings. It's terrible.

October 30, 2014 - 4:04pm
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