I thought that it was time for an update of this blog. I have been very busy and life is moving on even as I write.
I just wanted everyone to know that I am still very glad that I made the decision to have my large goiter removed. I feel better than I have in years. I have more energy, I am sleeping better, I am finding it easier to control my weight and I am much more stable. I used to have lots of mood swings as well as shifts in my energy level but for the past few months all of that has stabilized. I feel happier and more stable.
I am no longer coughing. I can breathe and I no longer have a large lump in my throat. I now have a small scar which is getting smaller each day. I am doing my best to protect it from the sun but it is summer here and sometimes I forget. I am also losing more hair than I had in the past but I've read that this can be a temporary symptom of the Synthroid.
Still, I won't begrudge a small scar on my neck for all the health and happiness that this journey has afforded me.
Since my surgery, I have continued to be active and even went on a camping and hiking adventure where I was able to keep up with most of the others. It was sternuous physically and emotionally but was a perfect compliment to this journey.
This week I see my endocrinologist to discuss my current thyroid levels. I am hoping that my levels are within the normal ranges because I really do feel good. I am a little concerned that she will decrease the levels and my energy levels will slip again. I only think this because I have never felt so good, but I don't feel that I have any symptoms of hyperthyroid (besides potentially the hair loss) and so I hope that I am among the lucky few who are stabilzed already. I will be sure to update this blog with the results of that appointment.
When I started this journey I looked for blogs of people who had a thyroidectomy due to benign thyroid disease and I couldn't find any. I was told that thryoidectomy was the treatment of choice for a large multinodular goiter and that the procedure was routine. I was told that most people didn't experience too many problems post-op, however when I searched the internet I could only find message boards where people were still suffering. Because of this I almost didn't have this surgery. Where were the people who had this "routine" procedure and moved on? I was looking for their point of view. I wanted to know that it was possible to have this procedure and not end up with all of the problems I had read about. I don't discount those stories and I am glad that I have read them. I know that I am lucky and that I could have had so many more complications or even cancer, but I didn't. I know that a wide range of peolpe will read this blog but my hope is that I can help one person with benign disease know that there can be a happy ending. I hope that others who require a thyroidectomy for benign thyroid disease will read this blog to find a more positive outcome. I know that everyone's experience is different but please know that sometimes a thyroidectomy really is the right decision and can move you forward in a positive direction.