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Old 01-05-2011, 02:57 AM   #1156
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Hi I just had some blood work done my dr said my cholesterol was 296 and he said my thyroid was an 5.8...he told me I need to take meds for both. Is 5.8 not a good reading. How bad is it ?
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Old 01-05-2011, 06:42 AM   #1157
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Sounds like your Thyroid Stimulating Hormone is high. It's made by your pituitary gland in your brain. Probably just means your brain is saying 'hey thyroid, we need more work from you,' and isn't getting that work done. The good news is, you can take synthroid to compensate for what your thyroid isn't getting done on its own.
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Old 01-05-2011, 09:28 AM   #1158
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Sounds like your Thyroid Stimulating Hormone is high. It's made by your pituitary gland in your brain. Probably just means your brain is saying 'hey thyroid, we need more work from you,' and isn't getting that work done. The good news is, you can take synthroid to compensate for what your thyroid isn't getting done on its own.
Thanks...my dr. Put me on Levothyroxine 50 mcg I need to see him in one month for more blood work.
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Old 01-05-2011, 09:34 AM   #1159
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Thanks...my dr. Put me on Levothyroxine 50 mcg I need to see him in one month for more blood work.
Yup. That's the generic for synthroid. If you are feeling fine, don't worry about it but there are a couple of things that concern me here; 1)most thyroid docs would want you on brand name synthroid and 2) It takes six weeks for the drug to fully take effect rather than 4. So if by chance you aren't feeling 'right' and your doctor can't get you to that point, might look into seeing a specialist.
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Old 01-05-2011, 09:51 AM   #1160
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Sounds like your Thyroid Stimulating Hormone is high. It's made by your pituitary gland in your brain. Probably just means your brain is saying 'hey thyroid, we need more work from you,' and isn't getting that work done. The good news is, you can take synthroid to compensate for what your thyroid isn't getting done on its own.
Thanks...my dr. Put me on Levothyroxine 50 mcg I need to see him in one month for more blood work.
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Old 01-09-2011, 09:07 PM   #1161
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Micayla - have you had the thyrogen yet? I heard you are having terrible snow out there. Wishing you all the best.

Christine - how is your back?

Cassie - hope the endo visit works out for you

dischick - how are you feeling and the voice? Getting ready for our tues/wed snow. I am glad its suppose to start later on. I hate winter and snow.

Well I think I will get the blood test in about 2 weeks. I have to see when my endo visit is. The antibiotic seems to be working as I dont have the sharp stabbing pain in my stomach. 20 days from today is my 2 year cancerversary. I count it as the day of my surgery. And speaking of the surgeon who almost killed me. I see he is selling his house. dischick you will appreciate this NY price...589,000! Wowsa. I wonder if he is moving. If so, then I think I wil have to have the surgeon who saved my life do any other surgery on me. We will see.

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Old 01-10-2011, 06:53 AM   #1162
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I dont think the snow here is too bad.. But then I haven't looked outside. I think some is coming tonight. I have my first injection this morning so hopefully it's not too hard to get there tomorrow for the second one.
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Old 01-10-2011, 03:03 PM   #1163
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Micayla - how are you doing? I didnt get the headache right away, more like a delayed reaction, somewhere between 5-7 pm. It knocked my socks off etc.

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Just wondering if your test turns out well, will your dr. consider doing your next scan with thyrogen instead of the med. withdrawl?

Wishing you all the best.
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Old 01-10-2011, 03:39 PM   #1164
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Christine - how is your back?
Thanks for asking. The back is s-l-o-w-l-y getting better. At least I don't feel like I have the knife sticking into my left sacroilieum! I can at least put my socks on without too much pain!

Getting old and out of shape stinks.
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Old 01-10-2011, 04:19 PM   #1165
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Micayla - how are you doing? I didnt get the headache right away, more like a delayed reaction, somewhere between 5-7 pm. It knocked my socks off etc.

Take care.

Just wondering if your test turns out well, will your dr. consider doing your next scan with thyrogen instead of the med. withdrawl?

Wishing you all the best.
So far so good; I am home from work by 5 so hopefully will be ok.

She says the latest data on the thyrogen is good so I think plans to use it from here out.

We are supposed to get a lot of snow tonight/tomorrow so I'm just hoping not to have trouble getting there for the shot.

How long did you feeling bad last? Leaving for Disney on Saturday.
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Old 01-10-2011, 04:54 PM   #1166
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The 2nd shot was not as bad. (headache wise, but still felt a little queasy)

It stopped after the shots (ie, next day)

I know once the onc. nurse commented, this med is sure expensive, we usually dont use it for everyone (according to the hosp. website they do!!). I think she said it was like $800 a shot? I dont trust her though, but I am glad we have good ins. from dh, PTL.

Have a wonderful time in Disney World. You sure deserve it with all you have been through!! So where are you staying, where are you eating, please tell!!
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Old 01-10-2011, 04:55 PM   #1167
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Hi All! I hope you do not mind that I post here and ask some questions.

I had my thyroid removed a month ago and the pathology report came back that I had traces of cancer in my thyroid and the 2 lymph nodes that they took out. We did not know it was cancerous since my last biopsy was 2 years ago and clean.

Long story short, I just moved from NJ to PA so I had to find a new endocrinologist (I have been dealing with multiple nodules and Graves for a few years) and in the meantime, I started having some medical issues and was recommended to see an endo and surgeon, at UPMC (Pittsburgh) and they both agreed to take out the thyroid.

So now, I am on the generic synthroid (the endo and surgeon were ok with this) and now I need to go for a thyroglobulin test and then RAI.

OK, so now I am babbling......sorry.

I guess my question is for those of you that have had the RAI, what did you do afterwards? My doctor said it is fine to be in the same house with the family (I have 2 children 12 and 2) but not in contact and the same room for several days. My husband is freaking out about not being around the kids...we just moved here so we have no family here but can have a couple family members come and help my husband if needed.

Please let me know your experience with RAI...it would be greatly appreciated! I have not read this entire thread but I will go back now...

Thank you!
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Old 01-10-2011, 05:20 PM   #1168
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I don't have kids, so I didn't have to deal with that...
Off the top of my head, I almost think it would be easiest to have family come help, and go stay in a hotel if you can afford it. I'd be paranoid about exposing the kids though. But for comparison, I'm also paranoid about the radiation at the new airport scanners, now that I've dealt with cancer.

I think it would be easier for a 2 y.o. to grasp 'mom's not here' than 'mom's here but you can't be around her.
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I don't have kids, so I didn't have to deal with that...
Off the top of my head, I almost think it would be easiest to have family come help, and go stay in a hotel if you can afford it. I'd be paranoid about exposing the kids though. But for comparison, I'm also paranoid about the radiation at the new airport scanners, now that I've dealt with cancer.

I think it would be easier for a 2 y.o. to grasp 'mom's not here' than 'mom's here but you can't be around her.
Thank you for your feedback. I am paranoid too and yes the baby would be banging on the door if I was in the house and not paying attention to him.

I would go to a hotel but I think they do not think that is a good idea either. I am so confused!
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Old 01-10-2011, 05:51 PM   #1170
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Many people go to hotels; radiation risk is much smaller for adults and its easier to isolate yourself. The challenge would be the diet as you can't just eat takeout.
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