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Hello!! I am so new to this. I read your stories and they made me feel better about my up coming surgery. I am a little worried about numbness in hands and face, that I had read in some of the stories. Is this normal? Is it possible not to take thyroid meds. after? In the pasrt 2 years the growth on my right side keeps growing. It causes some numbness under my chin. I am starting to have a little trouble sleeping at night because my neck feels tight. Were you aware of how large your growth was in your neck? Is there much bleeding afterwards? Are you able to talk or does it take a bit? Please share more thought with me. I am a nervous wreak!! Thanks... seijaandsue
[QUOTE=seijaansue]Hello!! I am so new to this. I read your stories and they made me feel better about my up coming surgery. I am a little worried about numbness in hands and face, that I had read in some of the stories. Is this normal? Is it possible not to take thyroid meds. after? In the pasrt 2 years the growth on my right side keeps growing. It causes some numbness under my chin. I am starting to have a little trouble sleeping at night because my neck feels tight. Were you aware of how large your growth was in your neck? Is there much bleeding afterwards? Are you able to talk or does it take a bit? Please share more thought with me. I am a nervous wreak!! Thanks... seijaandsue[/QUOTE]

I had half my thyroid gland removed 8 weeks ago so it's still fairly recent so I thought I'd share my experience with you so you know what to expect. Although I'm in Australia, so the procedure may be slightly different here. I had a large nodule on my right side and some tiny ones on my left but the surgeon only wanted to removed the right side because he said the left side looked "fairly normal" and since I don't have hashimoto's because my antibody test came up negative he didn't think I'd have any further problems. I had to fast the morning of my surgery and I didn't get any pre-op meds so got wheeled on a wheelchair into the operating theatre and climbed onto the operating table. I felt the drip go in but it wasn't too painful and then they put a mask over my face and the next thing I knew I was waking up in recovery. I wasn't in any pain but the morphine was causing me to be in some kind of twilight zone where I wasn't awake but wasn't asleep. My surgeon put metal clips in the incision (which is about 3 inches long) but I've read that some surgeons don't do that. I was pretty woozy for several hours and had to sleep in a half-seated position. They only kept me in one night and I was able to go home the following afternoon (they took the metal clips out first and replaced them with steristrips). I could have gone home earlier but my surgeon had asked for the pathology report to be put through quicker because my thyroid gland was "stuck to everything" and he wanted to rule out cancer. He also had to take out two of my lymph nodes and I lost a parathyroid gland. The first few nights I had trouble sleeping, I guess because I don't sleep well on my back but after that I lay on my side and slept well. I had visitors arrive from Germany a few days later but they were very helpful. I guess I looked like I needed help with the steristrips on my neck. ;) I made sure I rested and didn't lift anything heavy and tried to have a nap each afternoon. I was given panadol to take for any pain but there wasn't really pain as such although my incision is still very swollen and dark red but I've been told that will improve over the next few months. I didn't drive for a week but had no problems once I started again. My surgeon didn't want me to start on any thyroid medication until I had a blood test six weeks after surgery. He was hoping my half a thyroid gland would produce enough (he said there was a 50% chance of it being able to). Although my blood results were borderline hypo before the surgery and I'd been suffering from hypo symptoms since my last baby was born 7 years ago. After the first two weeks I started feeling exhausted and had tingling in my lips so my family doctor tested my calcium levels but they were normal. The numbness in my hands I've experienced for the last 7 years has gotten a lot worse and my feet get pins and needles too even when I'm just sitting with no weight on them. I made the six weeks but not without gaining several kilos and then had the blood test which showed up borderline hypo again so the surgeon gave me a choice to start on meds or not and I chose to. He said it could take up to 6 weeks for them to have an effect so I'm hoping this symptoms will lessen sometime soon (I've been on them two weeks now). Anyway, that's my experience so far. Feel free to ask any questions. I'll be praying for you with your upcoming surgery.
Julie





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