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total thyroidectomy recovery

mom2sweetpeas
Posts: 1
Joined: Dec 2004

I just had my thyroid removed las thursday. I'm feeling very sluggish and extremely tired. I just started cytomel yesterday. How long does it take to recover from the surgery and start feeling like myself again? I still haven't gotten the radiation treatement yet and am scared because I have a one year old and a four year old. Can I be around them? I am so new to this stuff. It just seems surreal that I was diagnosed with cancer.

CindyC
Posts: 27
Joined: Mar 2003

I also could not believe that it was Cancer. That was five years a go. the recovery does not take long. Most of what you will feel is the affect of no thyroid. My arms felt so heavy and that was because of no thyroid. Once on Synthroid all went away. When you have the treatment you will have to stay away from your children. For me it was twelve days that I could not be around chidren or pregnant woman.

amickab
Posts: 2
Joined: Apr 2003

I had my thyroid removed in 2003. I was in the hospital for 3 days during 131 because of my children. Then I was able to come home as long as I kept my distance from them. You will feel better soon!!

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