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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 my surgery in February 2011, a total thyroidectomy due to cancer. I did want to comment that shortness of breath and muscle cramps have been a constant companion for me since I first started with thyroid disease--and are listed as symptoms. I am just a few months out from surgery and taking synthroid. The surgeon has gotten my TSH level to 0.55, but I still feel awful. Hopefully my endocrinologist will know what adjustments to make.

May 2, 2011 - 5:55pm

This may be a little late for some of you, but I can tell you to certainly try different TYPES of medication. I spent 17 years on Synthroid, then switched to Armour, and now I am on NatureThroid and so very happy I switched!

It has made all the difference in the world. No more 16 hours sleeping, no more naps, no more "all over flu-like pains". I also go by what my FREE T3 and FREE T4 are telling us, not just the TSH. (Mine is below 1 right now, and I feel SO MUCH better!)

Just keep in mind that every body is different, and everybody will react differently to different treatment plans and different hormone levels. What is good for one might not be good for another!

May 1, 2011 - 2:15am
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i have clinical thyriod. in the right side i have seveb gland its active or hot and the left side i have two gland in my thyiored, however, its cold not active ... my doctor told me i have to do sergery . pleasei need second opinion form anyone who has the same desiese

August 18, 2010 - 11:42am
Expert HERWriter Guide Blogger (reply to Anonymous)

Anon - There are several thyroid diseases and I can't tell from your comments what you have. Here is a link to basic clinical information about thyroid diseases which may help you better understand your condition and so you can let us know which one you are dealing with:

August 18, 2010 - 5:27pm
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hi guys i am so scare to do my sergery if anyone knows best sergen in my area for thyiord i live in florida in tampa

August 15, 2010 - 12:07pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I had the right side of my thyroid removed on October 15, 2010 do to a nodule. My doctor/ surgen was awesome. I went to big Shands hospital in gainesville fl. He works with the ENT clinic at Shands. My doctor told me if I was worried about a scar showing that in Alanta ga they do the surgery through the arm pit. I stayed with my doctor at Shands and I was so pleased. The day of my surgery a lady who worked at the hospital was talking to me and asked me who my surgen was i told her. She told me that people come from all over the world to see him.

December 3, 2010 - 10:02pm
(reply to Anonymous)

Can you tell us specifically what you have been diagnosed with?

August 15, 2010 - 12:10pm

I know the feeling I was just googling for TSH problems after thyroid surgery, I had to have my thyroid removed back in 2005 due to a cancerous nodule, it took a year to get my blood levels decent or more stable which include (TSH, T3, and T4). I am currently between 200-225mcg Synthroid and 5mcg Cytomel and my TSH is always off.
Now I am a thyroid cancer survivor, I have read and heard from a doctor who looked at my blood work and said that an ideal TSH for most people is 1-2 but for people who have had cancer before it can be or should be just at 1 or slightly below right before you would be considered hyperthyroid. I have had my primary doctor monitoring my bloodwork since 2006 and since my TSH has been yo-yo lately she wants me to follow up with an endo doctor.
Despite this I have periods of energy but they are always short-lived there are days where I am so exhausted I can't stand it. I want this endo to look at other things besides the standard thyroid blood levels. I wonder if there is a problem with ACTH I watched a program on discovery health about a lady with a hypopitutary and she takes one med for thyroid and one for adrenal and shes fine. This was found when her ACTH levels were checked which look at the adrenals too, I only will know if I ask the endo to look at other things that may be causing this and if there is any med that can help my thyroid meds work better or maybe I need armour thyroid like some people, I just don't know.
Now I thank God that my other values (T3 and T4) are always in range.

July 13, 2010 - 12:35pm

i have been taking calcium and vitamin d at 50000 units one a week I did tell my doctor she raised my Synthroid levels and sent me on my way. I went to the E.R. and they gave me flexiril and a pain pill for a few days that did seem to help the muscle relaxer made a big difference but it makes me tired. :( I have another blood test in three weeks and an appointment with my endocrinologist in 4 weeks. I have an appointment with my primary care doctor on Monday. I do have tingling in my feet and hands and extremely cold in my hands and feet I use to be hot all the time.

May 1, 2010 - 8:03pm
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I am so sorry you are experiencing all of these symptoms!

Please let us know what your doctor says on Monday, as well as your Endocrinologist and blood test results.

In the meantime, please feel free to ask us any questions!

May 2, 2010 - 12:43pm
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