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Could surgery cause thyroid problems? Could surgery cause thyroid problems?

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Unread 01-22-2008, 06:29 PM
Could surgery cause thyroid problems?

i have many nodules some large- i had them biopsied last year and all were ok. my levels have always been ok and i have had no symptoms, but i decided to call and ask my thyroid specialist (at a major hospital) just to see if i should have them checked.
Her responce, she said the hysterectomy would have no bearing on thyroid levels. im going with that for now, but im sure everyone is different.
lovetowalk- i have lost weight before while healing from an injury, then gained when i went back to working out. I do wonder if its the lack of calorie thing? Ive heard of it before, but its just so weird to think of tacking on more calories on -when your trying to loose.
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Unread 01-22-2008, 09:04 PM
Could surgery cause thyroid problems?


Have you had your TSH checked since surgery? I am also hypothyroid and feel that my TAH/BSO has really affected my thyroid. I'm very tired, mildly depressed, gaining weight, sore muscles, and have very brittle nails. I am also on HRT since they did take my ovaries. Are you? I've not had my TSH checked yet but plan to soon.

Hypothyroidism has wreaked havoc on my body since the beginning. I dread having to make any changes because even though Synthroid is supposed to make you feel better I always feel worse for awhile after an increase. I look forward to hearing what your experience has been.

Blessings, Lisa
Unread 01-22-2008, 09:20 PM
Could surgery cause thyroid problems?

I also have hypothyroid and since my surgery, although I am not sure it is related, I have not been able to fit back in any clothes and I am 5 months post-op.....I take .100mcg of synthroid daily...I have noticed my skin and hair is very dry, my nails are brittle and I am emotionally drained and tired...I decided to finally see a specialist in few wks instead of my GP....I also have a reoccurance of symettrical hives that I battled last year for few months...always on both sides of body and change locations daily...come out at night while body is heated and itch like crazy....just completed 30 day cycle of steroids, prednisone, gained 30 lbs of bloating...half came off in last 2 weeks but still I am up almost 2 sizes since surgery even before hives....kept my ovaries and will have hormones tested also
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Unread 01-22-2008, 11:27 PM
Could surgery cause thyroid problems?

I've had thyroid disease for almost 3 years now. I was first hyper (my levels were so low they didn't even register) and about a year later I became hypo. I went to see an endo following my hys because I still wasn't feeling like I thought I should. (Before that my old OB was managing but the office became a nightmare to get even a TSH ordered and I got tired of getting the run around when I would call, they tell me my levels were fine and no adjustments were needed - strange because even though when I went to see the endo my results from my last TSH were in the normal range she said that based upon my symptoms that I'd do better with an increase in meds.) My TSH was sky high and so my med was greatly increased. I haven't really noticed any major changes yet and I've been on this dose for a month now.

If you aren't happy with the way it's being handled I'd find an endo. I'm glad I finally went to see one as I felt like they took the entire history, how I was feeling, and etc all into consideration before deciding what to do. I wasn't just told "oh, your levels are in the normal range so you should be feeling fine." "Oh you're not....well, just give it more time."

My first OB is the one who discovered my original thyroid problem and I was referred to an internal medicine doc (what a joke that guy was. I went to one appt and that was it. Never went back....he had no idea why I was there for an appt. Yeah that's a real winner there). I then was followed by my family doc until I became pregnant. Then it was my OB. Right now I'm sort of being followed by an endo plus my family doc (long story).

My endo ordered several blood tests including hormone levels but so far (what I've been able to get results for) have all been in the normal range.
Unread 01-23-2008, 09:11 AM
Could surgery cause thyroid problems?

Well, I just wanted to keep you all up to date on my situation. The nurse called a little bit ago and said that my TSH and T4 levels came back normal. So....what now? I still don't have an answer as to why I'm gaining weight (when I'm trying to lose), why my skin is SO dry (beyond just typical winter dryness) and why I'm SO cold all the time. I guess I'll just have to wait to see if it passes. Thanks to everyone for sharing your experiences/advice. This site and the women on it is truly a God-send.
With love,
Unread 01-23-2008, 04:53 PM
Could surgery cause thyroid problems?

Jenn, Do you know if your doctor checked for thyroid antibodies? Sometimes you can have antibodies that are affecting your thyroid before it begins to show up on your TSH or T4 levels. Just a thought. A trip to an endocrinologist might be in order.

Blessings, Lisa

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