Had a thyroid ectomy
Yes, if you had the thyroid gland removed, you must have supplemental thyroid hormones for the rest of your life to replace the normal hormones that should be secreted by a healthy thyroid. Sometimes when the thyroid gland is diseased, the best thing they can do is to destroy or remove the gland then supplement those hormones as a pill. Your body cannot function properly without these hormones.
Hello. Synthroid is taken in the morning with a full glass of water only. not coffee or juice, at least half an hour before you eat or drink anything besides water. This gives the medication the best chance to dissolve and enter you system. Eating early changes absorption.
You do this every morning from now on. It takes six weeks to see a real change to Normal TSH. If not quite right the doctor will adjust until you feel normal. The current range is .5 to 3.0. Some people need closer to .5 and some to 3.0. We are all different. My endocrinologist agrees that how you feel is the best indicator for the dose of synthroid to take.
The other part of this is you need to be sure you are taking at least 1200 mg of calcium daily. I like caltrate chewables as it is easy to dissolve and the flavors are better than Tums. Calcium tablets often don't dissolve for many People. Never buy cheap calcium pills. They have too many contaminants. Those are not regulated by FDA.
Did the surgery go well for you? Sore throat is common and sometimes the skin can be tight. Be gentle with your throat. Cold drinks or frozen fruit bars help.
Welcome to my world! I had a thyroidectomy in Jan/12 because I had cancer. I now take Synthroid 150. Don't forget to get your calcium levels checked too. My parathyroids do not work anymore so I have to take 1000mg of calcium with Rocaltrol (vitamin D) at lunch and supper. Do not take calcium at breakfast because it will stop your Synthroid from working.
Good luck and take care,
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