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Old 07-18-2011, 08:49 PM
 
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A rather large nodule was found on my thyroid when i was 17. I just had another biopsy done and the doctor thinks i should have a full thyroid removal. (he hasn't received the results, yet. this is just his professional opinion.)The nodule is much larger now (about 4cm), solid, and he said that my entire thyroid looked abnormal. He said that even if the cyst is benign, this is something that i am going to have to have done at some point in my life and i might as well do it now while i don't have a career, family, or any other major commitments and responsibilities. I'm very nervous about this. I've heard that it's very hard to feel "normal" again after thyroid removal. Depression, weight gain, exhaustion, anxiety...i don't want to change as a person. I am going to get a second opinion, but i wanted to see if anyone had advice or hopefully first hand experience. Thank you so much!
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Old 07-18-2011, 09:13 PM
 
Location: Greenwood Village, Colorado
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My mom had her thyroid removed at 16, she had cancer. No weight problem at all until she had a hysterectomy at 50, then she started to struggle with weight.
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Old 07-18-2011, 09:18 PM
 
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oh wow, that's so young..the weight isn't really my biggest concern. It would suck...but, i would deal with it. I'm really concerned about the personality changes. Depression, anxiety, unable to control moods. is that a problem for her at all?
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Old 07-18-2011, 10:41 PM
 
Location: Greenwood Village, Colorado
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She took anti anxiety meds, she had panic attacks.
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Old 07-18-2011, 11:01 PM
 
Location: Tucson for awhile longer
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I dated a guy in college whose thyroid had been removed when he was 19. He was thin, energetic, and not depressed.
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Old 07-18-2011, 11:30 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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I had mine destroyed by radioactive iodine close to 2 yrs ago. I take thyroid replacement meds and have had no problems. In fact, I immediately lost 7 lbs.
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Old 07-19-2011, 06:00 AM
 
Location: Austin
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Is your doctor an endocrinologist with extensive, current knowledge of thyroid treatments? Some endos spend the majority of their practice focusing on diabetes and not thyroid issues.

Please consider getting a second opinion with the best rated/recommended endocrinologist you can find, even if you have to travel. The thyroid is a very important gland, as you know. Making a quick decision to take it out without considering options for treatment might be premature.

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Old 07-19-2011, 02:42 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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Had my thyroid removed 4 years ago (age 40+) followed up by the radioactive iodine treatment. I too read all the horror stories about how it would make you feel and the struggles. My best advice is to try and keep your routine close to what it was presurgery. Don't give in to the sluggish tired feeling, which you will have until they get you on meds and get you regulated. I started exercising again a few days after surgery no matter how tired I felt or how fatigued my muscles were -- wasn't up to 100% but kept at it the best I could. It probably took a good 6-7 months to feel normal again but you will.
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Old 07-19-2011, 11:24 PM
 
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I'm definitely going to get second and third opinions..this doctor hasn't even seen results yet and is telling me i need it removed.. i just feel like either way i'm making a decision could change the rest of my life..
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Old 07-04-2012, 07:28 PM
 
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HI! I am going to have my entire thyrioid removed July 17th due to Thyroid Cancer and am very nervous!! I just watched a video online of the surgery and it looks gross with a long ugly looking scar. How did others feel going into the sugery and when it was all over? Are you embarrased by the scar? The surgeon said it would be 2-2 1/2 inches long. Please rreply ASAP as the sugery is 13 days away!!
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