I hope you are well.
I had my entire thyroid removed almost 3 weeks ago. During a Dr. appointment (completely unrelated issue) the Dr. found a lump in my neck. He said likely nothing I can go for ultrasound or not. I went. They found some abnormalities. The Dr. then said you can go for biopsy or not, just follow up with ultrasounds every 6 months. I went for the biopsy. They found a malignant tumour.
This led to the surgeon deciding to take out my entire thyroid. I was in the hospital for 2 night. I am currently on synthroid (125 mcg), calcitrol (vitamin D) twice per day, and calcium supplements to be taken 3 x per day. I go next week to have my levels checked.
I was feeling pretty okay and the first night after surgery I even refused Percocet. I hate taking Percocet. I took it for a broken arm a few years ago and it dulls pain but I hated feeling out of it and the constipation was out of this world.
A week after surgery I got an upper respiratory infection with a high fever etc. But I am over that.
However almost 3 weeks later and my voice is a little raspy. I have also been coughing since the surgery. Not often but from out of nowhere these gut wrenching coughs come that make me almost urinate. I sometimes get light headed as it is hard to breathe but only for a moment or two. I have read this is normal due to the breathing tube used, scar tissue forming etc. I do see the surgeon Tuesday so I will ask.
My stiches were removed a week ago and the incision is barely there, he did a great job.
I am still waiting for the pathology. They sent it for a second opinion. The pathology will tell me if the cancer has spread and if I will need radioactive iodine therapy. If so I will be in isolation in the hospital for up to a week. I live in a small apartment with only one bathroom, a husband and two cats so no home isolation for me.
I appreciate any words from people who have been through this or anyone really.