I have always been very healthy - in 2007 I joined weight watchers and lost 52 lbs - after losing the weight my blood work revealed that I may have had hyperthyroidism. I was diagnosed with two nodules. Each year since, my blood work has been normal and the size of the nodules have not increased. This year, one of the nodules has increased in size to 2.5 cm. Waiting on biopsy results, but even if benign my doc wants to have total removal of my thyroid. However, I feel great, have no symptoms and take no medicine. If I have thyroid removed, I would be on synthroid the rest of my life and I know there are difficulties and side effects! Anyone else have similar experience??
Once you reach a therapeutic dose of synthroid the side effects are few. You can always get a second opinion concerning your Dr's advice. Synthroid therapy has been safe for many years now. Good luck to you.
Hello. I had a biopsy on nodules which came back benign. My TSH tests were only slightly off. Usually it was normal over the years. the nodules had calcium deposits in them. I ended up with the surgery as the calcium indicated that there may be cancer. There was. I tell this story because it isn't what it seems when being tested. Trust your gut. I didn't want a lifetime of medication. On the other hand I went with the doctor and had the surgery. Smartest thing I could have done. There are many reasons to remove the thyroid. Doctors do not do so lightly. They know better than I would what that means.
Thyroid removal and medication is not that big of a deal. The surgery is simple, day surgery and recovery is swift. sore throat briefly and little pain. Growing nodules are a big deal. It takes time for the medication to adjust. From time to time there may be side effects for a rare individual. Generally it is the first year getting the dose exactly right that will be the issue. A malfunctioning thyroid results in bad health and ultimately death. We have to have the hormones from the thyroid for the body to work. There is no other way except to use the medication. It only exists in animals and it cannot come from plants. It is needed daily.
It is easier to manage then, say diabetes. It definitely does not have the complications as long as the medication is taken daily. Millions of people take these medications. They have done so for many decades. Be sure to talk to your Endocrinologist before you see a surgeon. Learn all you can. Wishing you a successful result, Karen
I was hypo for 4 years and then had Thyroid cancer so had to have a TT. I was on Synthroid before so there only had to adjust my meds. It can take a year before you are at the proper dose. Of course I had to be suppressed so that I don't get cancer again so that could be why it took me awhile, we are all different. But I find that taking Synthroid has no side effects for me at all.
Good luck and take care,
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