Mar 06, 2005 - 3:20 am
Four months ago I had surgery to remove my entire thyroid. I had three tumors, and cancer was found in 2 of them. My doctor said they caught it in the first stage, so I'm truly thankful for that. I've been through idodine radiation, a body scan, and am now on a high dosage of levoxyl. I have several questions, and hopefully someone can answer them. My doctor said it's most likely I'll have radiation again in the next year. Why would he say that, if my body scan was negative? Also, some days I feel great, but other days, I feel like I have the flu. Is that normal? And, right after surgery, my voice seemed to be fine, but slowly it got more and more hoarse. Now I have to speak very softly, and if I'm in a room with other people, no one can hear me. My voice gets very high pitched if I try to talk louder. My surgeon says he doesn't think any damage was done to my vocal cords, but thinks it's because the muscles are tired. At first he said any hoarsness would go away in a couple of months. Now he's saying it's going to take two years. Does that sound right? Before surgery I had plans in the works to record my first CD, but there's no way I can even sing anymore, let alone talk normally. Has anyone else had these problems? Also, does anyone have problems with shortness of breath at times, and becoming dehydrated easily? Any help would be greatly appreciated.