Jan 25, 2003 - 3:39 pm
I am hoping to find some information for my mother. Her oncologist says her problems are perfectly normal, but I have to wonder about that as I have yet to find anyone, anywhere mention them.
She is a 66-year-old female who first began noticing hoarseness in 5/02, which the doctor thought might be caused by sinus drainage. However, on 8/30, she developed what sounded like laryngitis. On 9/3, she called the doctor for an ENT referral, who diagnosed left recurrent laryngal nerve palsy on 9/6/02 after performing an endoscope. From that point, he ordered a thyroid biopsy, thyroid scan and ultrasound. He performed a total thyroidectomy on 10/18/02, where cancer was discovered. She was given a 7-mCi dose of radioactive iodine on 11/20 with total body scan on 11/22/02. She then had a 200-mCi dose of radioactive iodine on 11/25 with total body scan on 11/29/02, as ordered by her radiation oncologist. He stated that the vocal cord may still be bruised and/or swollen from surgery, as there had been some invasion into the nerve.
Her blood tests before the total thyroidectomy showed her calcium was low. Afterwards, she began taking calcium as she was experiencing much tingling of her nose, fingers and feet so much so she thought she was having a stroke, as no one had bothered to mention that that might happen. At that same time, be developed a metal taste in her mouth and it has still not gone away.
Two weeks ago, she began a course of beam radiation, 5 times a week for six weeks. Since then, she has not been able to eat AT ALL. She states that food sounds good and smells good, but if she can get a spoonful of it by her nose and in her mouth, her throat closes off and she can not eat it. In the last two weeks, she has eaten a little bit of chicken noodle soup and some popsicles. I am worried about her needing extra nutrition right now to help her fight all this. She is mildly overweight but in the last two months since her surgery, she has lost 25 pounds. She is very hungry and has talked to her oncologist every day about it.
If anyone has gone through these symptoms, I would very much like to hear about it, even if just to be reassured that it in fact is normal.