Jul 21, 2003 - 6:00 pm
I was told that I had papillary carcinoma of the thyroid in April. On June 16th, I had a partial thyroidectomy to remove the left side of my throid. The nodule on my left thryroid was positive for papillary carcinoma as well as one lymph node. On July 11th, I had the right side of my throid removed as well as 51 lymph nodes in the left side of my neck (modified radical neck dissection). Because of the surgery, I have permanent nerve damage (I have lost feeling in my left shoulder and left ear), I get occasional sharp,shooting pains in my neck and chin. Does anyone know if the pain will go away? It's only been 10 days since the surgery but I am not used to being so incapacitated. I was in good shape before(having done a triathalon 2 days before the 1st surgery) and am hoping that physical therapy will help with the shoulder weakness. If anyone has been through this and can give me an overview of recovery and some insight it would be greatly appreciated.