May 10, 2013 - 5:29 pm
Hello, this is my first post. I am a 33yo female and I am one week post total thyroidectomy. While my ultrasound and biopsy showed the papillary tumor to be quite small, and my surgeon told my family that the surgery went perfectly, I experienced nothing but complications once I woke up. At first I had significant breathing issues, almost prompting a tracheotomy. Once that was under control, it was still clear that I had severe vocal paralysis, as I could not get any sound out. The following day I started experiencing some symptoms of hypocalcemia, tingling in my hands and face. It turned out my calcium was low, and I began getting tums and IV calcium regularly. On top of these things, both of which my dr claimed to be very rare, I had a severe allergic reaction to the steristrip and my entire neck and upper chest area has a horrible rash. I was discharged after 4 days, but am still taking a large dose of calcium daily on top of my synthroid (which worries me a little), and my voice is still nonexistent. Worse than the voice part is the fact that I cannot swallow liquids very well and am often choking. I now realize how easy it is to take for granted chugging a glass of water!
Can anyone speak to either the vocal chord paralysis/swallowing issue, or the calcium problem and give me some insight on what to expect in the coming weeks and months?