It’s been half a year since I had my near-total thyroidectomy, and it seems like it has been so much longer. The first month or two was tough, but since then, the issues I’ve had have been minor in comparison to what can happen after a thyroidectomy.
Of course, it helps that I didn’t have a complete thyroidectomy, I still have part of my thyroid left, and it is still doing its job in my body for the most part.
The last time I posted, when I was at the three month post-surgery mark, I wasn’t able to get my lab results because of Hurricane Harvey. Well, even before I was able to get my appointment rescheduled, my results were released on the Quest portal.
Check out all that green! Yep, everything in my bloodwork came back in the normal range.
So far, so good on the medication front. I have not been put on any thyroid meds at this point and I’m really hoping to keep it that way. When I went to my PCP for something unrelated, she said that I can start seeing her for the thyroid maintenance as soon as the endocrinologist gives me the clear, and that is usually at about the one year mark with no complications.
When I go to the endocrinologist, he usually asks me about any of the common hypothyroid symptoms: abnormal menstrual periods, hair loss, brittle nails, fatigue, cold sensitivity, dry skin, and weight gain. Of course, when he asks about bring cold more than others, I have to remind him that I am always cold and that was long before my thyroid issues.
Right after the three-month mark, I heard about a supplement called Thyvita so figured I would give it a try. It was designed by someone who had thyroid cancer in the past and was having trouble finding supplements that were optimized for post-thyroidectomy. I ordered a bottle on Amazon (although it currently isn’t available there right now but is from their website) and figured I would give it a try.
The Thyvita definitely made a difference. A few months ago, I noticed that I was having some mood swings and it wasn’t getting better. And it was outside of the few days or so around my cycle, it was almost all the time. I knew I was in a bad mood and my patience was very thin, but I couldn’t get myself out of the funk I was in. I also was so tired and felt like I needed a nap every day even if I got a decent night’s sleep. When I started the Thyvita, I noticed that it solved these issues for me.
Now, I have been taking the supplement for almost 3 months and I can tell if I miss one. I forgot one night while we were on vacation a few weeks ago, and the next day I had to take a nap because I was so exhausted. Right now, I am only taking one per day, but it’s suggested to take up to two. I’m going to try to keep it at one for now so that I don’t become more dependent on it and also because I don’t have to buy another bottle as often.
Anyways, once I started that, I’ve been feeling so much more like myself. The last three months have been so much better in many ways. My scar has also started to fade a lot lately. I’ve been told a few times that it’s not very noticeable anymore. I have been putting some vitamin e oil on the scar every day and trying to keep it out of the sun as much as possible. For the times I know I will be in the sun, I’ve been putting Mederma with SPF on the scar.
Now I go back to the endocrinologist again in January. I have to have my blood drawn again to check all of my thyroid levels and the calcium. I haven’t had a drop in calcium since July now, so that seems to have stabilized as well. I’m really hoping that I can see the endo again and as long as everything is still in the normal range then I can start seeing my PCP after this. The endo’s office is closer, but my copay is higher there, and the appointment times are more limited.
I did also go to the dermatologist recently just for a routine skin check since my dad was just diagnosed with melanoma a month ago, and asked them about the acne I’ve been having. It’s been much worse than usual only since the surgery. I don’t know if it’s related or if it’s just a coincidence in the timing. They gave me some prescription face wash and cream to help with that for now. I plan to ask the endocrinologist about it when I go back in January.
So at this point, so far, everything is going well. Yes, surgery sucked, and my scar area is still sensitive to too much touch, but otherwise, I can’t complain!