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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 just had my left throid taken out on sept 3rd I go back to my drs on the 18th, and I still feel tired all the time and now I feel depressed I just start crying for no reason don't feel like getting up to do anything, iam feeling lost

September 15, 2013 - 11:22am
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Hi there, I had my Thyroid removed, 4/12/13 and am still having pain. I had a horrible day yesterday because I couldn't breathe. My Goiter and nodules were pressing on my Windpipe and as a result it bent the windpipe and I am wondering how long will this take to go back to normal again. Last night when I was showering I made a sudden jerk movement with my head and I had excruciating pain in my neck area.....and today I have a lot of pain and still have this lump I am swallowing against. How long does the pain remain with this type of surgery and how long will it take for the lump to disappear.. .I also have post op depression it seems like.

May 14, 2013 - 12:21pm
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my mother in law had thyroid surgery about 6 months ago, she has gained weight and is tired all the time, I think she is going into depression. How can I help her?

December 5, 2012 - 6:38pm
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Greetings.i just had my Thyroid surgery on the 1st of December. The surgery went well. I took fotos of myself when the replaced the plaster and I was shocked to see the surgical line that was deep but nicely stitched up.my next visit to my Thyroid doctor will be on the 14dec. Cant wait to see how my neck looks like by then .so far I am copping quite well after the surgery. Just that I cant find a good position to sleep.besides that I am in pain a little but I am copping up well . Cheers.

December 4, 2012 - 10:40am
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I have mixed emotions about finding this site. I think it is great, it just has saddened me some (or perhaps that's the depression of my hypothyroidism). I am 52 years old and a total thyroidectomy for a multinodular thyroid compressing my espohagus (it was benign). I have never felt the same since. I have better and worse times but never the same. I gained 30 pounds during the year after my surgery that have never come off despite combined diet and exercise over the years.

I have used Levoxyl and more recently Armor Thyroid (T4) + Cytomel (T3). My TSH has decreased more and more over the years (0.01 ) and is no longer in any way indicative of my thyroid hormone level. I feel better with a significantly elevated T3. The T4/T3 combination was a change in plan and I have reached the limit of the dosing my physician will give me (240 mg of Armor and 50 mcgs of Cytomel) a day. His point was prior to labs they would medicate a patient until they showed symptoms of hyperthyroidism and back off from that dose. i never showed any signs of hyperthyroidism and he finally stopped increasing my dosage. Despite never losing the weight I gained, my weight stablilized after a couple of years until the past few months.

I changed primary care physicians and in April was concerned about being tired. He thought perhaps I was having a paradoxical effect of having a T3 that was 3-4x the normal range(Cytomel). He took me off my Cytomel and by August I had gained 20 more pounds, my hair is shedding, my nails are in terrible shape, I have frequent headaches, am tired always and have been irritable and depressed (despite being on 20 mg of Lexapro chronically for migraine headache prevention).

I am going to go for the first time to an endocrinologist that specializes in thyroid problems, but can't get in to see him until February. As it seems I had my thyroidectomy longer ago than most, what I would say for someone having a thyroidectomy is do not let your primary care doctor take care of your thyroid hormone post-operatively, even if he or she has treated your thyroid problems before sugery. Instead, find an edocrinologist that speicializes in thyroid disorders to manage your thyroid hormone from the very beginning.

I will know better in latter February if this is the case. I'll let you know if I learn anything new. The other thing I try to impress upon my physicians is to look at me, the patient, and not just my numbers.

September 8, 2012 - 6:42pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I go to a endocrinologist. I report to him wall the syptoms you read about here. He tells me it is impossible for the Meds to cause these issues and to go to my primary care Doctor and make him find out the problem. So now we are playing withe the HPB Meds. Foods taste like crap. tiredness, weakness, constant nausea, dizzyness, brain freeze.

These Doctors think they are God. Think they know all there is to know and their patients are stupid ( well that may be true now), they have not a clue how to fix these issues. Fake hormones or whatever is produced by thyroids do not begin to resemble or replace what the real thing did. We
Will continue to suffer. I feel for everyone. I am sorry. Live the best you can

March 8, 2013 - 11:52pm
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I had my thyroid removed in 09 and completely understand the changes it took me till just this last year to feel better,I take something for depression and I switched to T4/T3 treatment it made a huge difference,I hope your Dr is a good listener...some of us need T3 I'm one of them.

August 28, 2012 - 3:32pm
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i am scheduled to have my thyroid removed sep.18th 2012. after reading all of the after affects i'm don't think i should go thru with it. help.

August 22, 2012 - 9:24pm
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I too had a substernal goiter and a goiter on my right thyroid. I had the sugery in March 2011. I can't hardly go and I feel sick all of the time. I have no insurance and can't afford to go back to the doctor. I have thouht about suicide because I am tired of waking up feeling like this...does anyone else feel like this??? I know I have so much to live for but I am tired! This is not living!

August 22, 2012 - 8:20am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I too have been thinking of suicide. I had my thyroid out in 2010 and have not had a release from my depression since then. I've tried EVERYTHING. I don't know what to do anymore and am so tired of living without any hope anymore.

October 24, 2012 - 7:11am
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