I have been told I have to have my complete thyroid removed. I have 2 large benign nodules measuring 5-6cm. I am totally fearful of having surgery and then having to be on Synthroid for the rest of my life. If you have had to have your thyroid removed and are now on Synthroid, could you share your experiences? What should I expect after surgery? What was it like when you first started Synthroid? Good or bad I would love to hear your stories. TIA
I had a thyroidectomy in Jan 2012 because I had cancer. I also had hypothyroid before so was on synthroid before the surgery. I stopped for the surgery then back on right after.
The synthroid acts as your thyroid when you don't have one. I need to take it for the rest of my life. I am thankful because it's does alot like acts as my metabolism. It takes time to get the right dose but when you do you should feel alot better. It's no big deal for me to take it. I usually like to take in the night when I get up to urinate. It's good to have an empty stomach. At least one hour before food and four hours before calcium. You need to drink it with a good size glass of water. You will be fine.
Take care and good luck in surgery.
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