I cannot believe I have no thyroid. I am so afraid that I will have a huge mark on my neck. I am only 26 is this normal, did I make the decision by letting the doctor remove it. Will I get my period normally? Will I be able to get pregnant? Im freaking out did I make the right decision. It is out already but now I am stressing.
Don't stress - you made the right decision! I can 100% relate to you. I am 46 years old and had my thyroid removed 21 years ago when I was 25 years old. Why did you have it removed - did you have hyperthyroidism (overactive)? I had extreme hyperthyroidism (also known as Grave's disease) and was diagnosed with it when I was about 20 years old but think I had it even before that. I didn't do anything about it for years because I didn't feel bad, in fact, I had a ton of energy and was skinny. But know now, I made the right decision to have it taken out and should not have waited. There are so many negative things that could happen by not taking care of the problem, for example, I could have had a heart attack, my hair and nails became very brittle, it can make your bones brittle, my thyroid started to get bigger and protruding from my neck which it would have continued to do if not taken care of (called a goiter), your eyes can start to bulge which mine did a little. But, probably the biggest reason I had it taken care of and removed was what I learned when it came to pregnancy - I could get pregnant but would most likely always have a miscarriage and that's because with my heart rate being so fast, that would make the baby's heart rate fast and cause a miscarriage. This freaked me out! Plus, I was in a pretty serious relationship and the guy said for us to move on to the next step in our relationship, I needed to take care of this and be healthy. We are now married for almost 19 years and together almost 22 years. I had staples in my neck after the removal and was also freaking out about a scar, but you can barely see it now. I always got my period normal after, (but to miss a few wouldn't be so bad) I did put weight on, but that's small price to pay to be healthy. I just take one pill a day (levoxyl) and I'm good. But best of all, I have a beautiful 15 year old daughter, and to think that might not have been possible, I can't even imagine life without her. So... don't stress, be happy, YOU MADE THE RIGHT DECISION! Good luck:) SBTBAB3
I know you are afraid we are all afraid of the unknown. However, you should recognize that if your dr couldn't identify it and wasn't able to tell you for certain that it was benine and not cancerous then it was 100 percent in your best interest to have it removed. You can live a perfectly normal life without it. The recommendation to not miss one day of the medication is so that you have the least affects possible and do not feel the things you would normally feel without your thyroid. Also the medication is such that you must try to maintain a serum blood level for it to work. If you don't take it your bodily functions some of them can go out of whack. I hope that helps.
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