The THYROID Thread

Discussion in 'Coping and Compassion' started by Christine, Nov 11, 2006.

  1. Christine

    Christine Would love to be able to sit on

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    luvmarypoppins: the change in your TSH is fairly minor. It is a change and could be indicative just anything. However, most non-thyroid cancer people, are normally at 2.0 and that is considered the "ideal" TSH. At .86, you are not considered hyperthyroid and this number would not make you tired.

    I don't know your age, but I know you have college aged kids and I'd be more inclined to think you have perimenopause or hormonal issues than TSH issues.

    I don't sleep more than 5 hours a night most nights anymore due to this an am always lethargic. But my 40/50-ish ladies around me are all feeling the same way.

    As for the calcium, that is something that can flucuate daily so I'm not sure what to make of that, if anything.
     
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  3. SingingMom

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    I am 50 and feeling the same way - tired, don't sleep. Last year developed high blood pressure out of nowhere.
    Last week, had a major hot flash while climbing the hill to a castle on our Adventures by Disney tour in Germany. Thought I would pass out from being so hot. Perimenopause is the pits after being a thyroid cancer survivor! Lol

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  4. FWAddict

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    Wow! This thread is over 6 years old and still going! I'm glad I found it too. I've only gotten in a few pages and I'm sure it'll take me quite a while to read all of it but I can relate to a lot of what I've read already! Officially I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism last June; I mean that's when I was TOLD that I had it. The doctor gave me a few pages of my records at that visit and I read through them when I got home. Imagine my surprise AND anger when I read that I had actually been diagnosed in 2011 but obviously the doctor didn't feel it necessary to tell ME! I was going to a practice with multiple doctors and the doctor who actually told me I had it wasn't the one who actually diagnosed it. I'm sure there are some of you out there who understand how confusing and frustrating it is to wonder what in the world is wrong with you!!! The feeling of being unbalanced, heart palpitations, not being able to sleep for long or even taking forever to go to sleep, etc. I finally struck out and changed doctors and was sent to an Endo. about an hour and half away. However, she is wonderful! She's very patient and has no problem answering any question I have and doesn't rush through my visit. That is especially important to me because I have no health insurance and have to pay for everything out-of-pocket. I'm sure ya'll know how expensive specialists can be. :( I can't afford the scan she wants me to get so for the time being I'm on 20 mg of methimazole a day. She upped it from 10 to 20 after my 2nd visit since 10 didn't change my readings. I go back in September so hopefully the increase in meds will have helped. Hope so anyway! Anyone having pain in their hands?? Over the last couple years my hands have gotten worse with arthritis-like pain. For the last few months it's been bad enough at times that it keeps me from going to sleep. Also the ring fingers on both hands are getting 'stuck' in the bent position; that is when I can bend them. I haven't been able to actually bend the one on my right hand for weeks now. My sister mentioned something called 'trigger finger'. I looked it up but I'm a bit confused about that. Apparently it's usually caused by repetitive behavior and other than typing on my laptop I don't do anything that's really repetitive. It's really frustrating because it affects how I use my hands. It's almost impossible to hold a knife correctly in order to peel potatoes, etc. Is this a problem with any of ya'll? I also am recovering from chronic anemia due to extreme menorrhagia resulting in 2 blood transfusions so I'm exhausted all of the time. It's a shame to feel like you're 100 when you're only 46. :( Oh I forgot something..........found out this weird pain in my foot is plantar fasciitis. Also, my pain threshold is non-existent. I used to be able to deal with pain; now every little thing really bothers me. I'm waiting on my next test results now because I need some dental work done and will have to have it done under sedation. They can't numb me enough right now. The dentist said my metabolism must be revved up like a race car!
     
  5. mrsklamc

    mrsklamc <font color=blue>I apologize in advance, but what

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    Exactly. I was kind of 'non functional' for a day and then started forcing myself to continue on looking at baby stuff, etc like I was. Statistics vary widely but I think the truth is they really don't know. I've seen as high as 91% quoted as the termination rate w/o any additional testing so there's probably not a lot of motivation to research very much.

    So glad you found some levoxyl. I hoard all my old doseages of synthroid, I know it's just paranoia but....
     
  6. mrsklamc

    mrsklamc <font color=blue>I apologize in advance, but what

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    Thank you everyone for the prayers and positive thoughts. The waiting is awful but I'm in a much better place than I was.

    LMP- I can't speak to your #s but I am so sorry you are going through this. That 'never rested' feeling is awful.
     
  7. luvmarypoppins

    luvmarypoppins <font color=darkorchid>I am debating whether to pu

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    Hmm, well is anyone here with thy ca going to comment on the thread on the comm board about the fastest growing cancer.

    I am just reading a long right now. Remember we had that little discussion here about what we think caused our cancer????

    Seems they are saying fluoridated water from that article quoted in the thread.

    Well I grew up on well water but I know there was a dumping ground from a medical company that produced drugs etc not too far away and then all the x rays that I got as a teen with scoliosis and they were centered on my neck, not all of them but quite a few as they were deciding what to do with the c curve in my neck - hmm should we halo or not halo this etc??

    Or maybe it was the red hawaiian punch???

    We will never know will we???

    Feel free to discuss.
     
  8. mrsklamc

    mrsklamc <font color=blue>I apologize in advance, but what

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    I came over here to see if you guys saw that. Honestly, the cancer that fluoride is even SUSPECTED of causing is osteosarcoma.
     
  9. Christine

    Christine Would love to be able to sit on

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    I think the OP of that thread has her own agenda in regards to flouride. I don't believe the article even mentioned it.

    There's a whole "internet" thing on flouride.
     
  10. angwill

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    I have thyroid cancer now and I drink only bottled water because our well water is awful. There is no flouride in the bottled water I drink either. I also did not get many xrays in my life at all. I never broke a bone and hate to admit I had not been to a dentist in probably 15 years before last year. I do live near a nuclear power plant however. My aunt thinks all the cancers are due to Monsanto and their modification and chemical in the fields. I have no clue what the cause of my cancer is all I know is I want that crap out of me. One more sleep and it's gone, I pray.
     
  11. angwill

    angwill I just want to live at WDW!

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    I have hypothyroidism and Hoshimoto's and have had it for almost 20 years. Now I have thyroid cancer so there is not a lot of symptoms I have that should be the same as yours, sorry. I have had problems with joints and such but I don't know if it was thyroid related. Like others here I am 44 and have the perimenopausal symptoms of lack of sleep and being exhausted all the time and I have always and forever had weight issues despite watching my calories and working out. I have noticed even people with the same diagnosis can have some completely different symptoms and then some similar. I think it just depends on how that whole region of the metabolism works including not only the thyroid but the pituitary and thalamus region.

    I will urge you to get the ultrasound or whatever scan your doctor recommends. I too do not have insurance so I get it but had I put off my scan my cancer would still be growing. Call the hospital and ask for their financial department and explain your situation and what your doctor wants and ask if they can help you. Try to find a non for profit hospital as the for profits most likely will do nothing for you. Some won't even take payments. If you don't want to do that start putting aside any cash you can till you have enough for that scan. The hospital should be able to tell you the cost of the scan but not the cost for the specialists doing and reading it.

    I wish you luck with the dentist too.
     
  12. luvmarypoppins

    luvmarypoppins <font color=darkorchid>I am debating whether to pu

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    angwill - wishing you all the best tomm. Sending prayers your way.:hug:
     
  13. angwill

    angwill I just want to live at WDW!

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    Thank you. If all goes well I will be out Wednesday evening. :thumbsup2
     
  14. mrsklamc

    mrsklamc <font color=blue>I apologize in advance, but what

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    Praying for your surgery!
     
  15. angwill

    angwill I just want to live at WDW!

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    I am back home and the cancer is out. Yeah!!! They did find a second smaller nodule inside the other portion of my thyroid that the large cancer mass. The doctor said he didn't see any of my parathyroid glands in what he removed. My voice is really horse and he told me when I stop talking it will get better. I didn't shut up while high on the meds I guess. lol He said there was very little bleeding which is a good sign the cancer had not spread and he didn't seem to see any lymph node issues while in there so his best guess is it was contained in the mass. Yeah!!! Only one round of radioactive iodine is needed and oddly enough the endo who is working with me and my sugeon said he doesn't do the LID diet before iodine but if I want to do it I was welcome to do so. One the Utube video I saw with the director of the Thyroid Cancer org said the diet is controversial too. I think I will follow the diet for two weeks before radiation on my own.

    I am so relieved that the cancerous mass it out of there and in a jar right now. lol

    My calcium was just a tad low at 4.3 and 4.5 when normal is 4.6. They sent me home with pain meds and the order to keep taking my normal daily calcium pill. Here I was worried that my doctor had only done 1 of these a year and he was awsome.

    Thank you for all the good wishes.

    Angela
     
  16. luvmarypoppins

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    FW Addict - sorry you are dealing with so many issues all at once.

    I had severe anemia before I was diagnosed with thy ca and had to have 3 blood transfusions too.

    I know the hyper feeling and heart palpatations. I had to be like that for a while with the meds due to the thy ca but my meds are much lowered now and seem to be ok and bearable for the dosage.

    I hope your visit goes well in Sept. and maybe your dr. can make a suggestion if you cant do the scan.

    Wishing you all the best.
     
  17. luvmarypoppins

    luvmarypoppins <font color=darkorchid>I am debating whether to pu

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    angwill - I am so glad you are home from the hosp and that you seem to be doing really well. So good you didnt have much bleeding.

    The voice will come back in time. Just dont push it.

    My voice is still not good at times but I had so much surgical trauma and damage. Glad you didnt read this whole thread or you would have seen that I almost died during my surgery and was in a coma. And my dr. does over 100 of these a year! But my ca was pretty huge and spread.

    Well onto the next step for you. The wonderful diet. I dont know if you are going the withdrawl route (cant help you there as I had thyrogen or the thyrogen route).

    I think we will all tell you to do the diet.

    Its a good time to do it as there are many fresh fruits and vegetables you can pick from.

    Micayla has a lot of yummy ideas.

    Christine has one of her recipes in the LID cookbook.

    My LID was really restrictive. It was a combination of the thyca lid, the nih diet and my radiation oncologists own diet.

    They say most people lose 10 lbs. on the diet.

    So now you wait to see what type you have and how much rai you are getting, but in the meantime rest up!

    So glad you are home. Take it easy, One day at a time.
     
  18. SingingMom

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    What diet? I think I missed something.

    The "voice" - ah..... Brings back a flood of memories......

    Before "the Internet" hubby & I sat pouring over medical books in the local college's library, educating ourselves on thyroid cancer.
    I had an excellent surgeon. Cocky and arrogant in the way a person can be when they do know they ARE the best - not rude, just very confident.

    The only time I saw him flinch was when I asked about complications of vocal chord damage. I said "I am a singer" and he looked at me & said "umm professionally ?" I said "I do get paid occasionally ";-)

    He answered"well, we will do our best I promise"

    When the chief resident came to check on me after surgery, I mentioned my speaking voice sounded the same. He said "oh, the surgeon said he had to be EXTRA careful, because he had a SINGER here!"

    20 years later, I am still singing, and still sometimes getting paid. Lol. :-)
     
  19. mrsklamc

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    Singing mom- they are talking about the Low Iodine Diet for cancer patients.

    Tests came back 99% for Down's. I'm pretty heartbroken. My DH is unfazed though. Not much rattles him.
     
  20. SingingMom

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    ((Hugs)).... My heart goes out to you. Downs children are especially loving and angelic. I pray you and your husband are blessed with support and love all around you...

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  21. luvmarypoppins

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    My thoughts and prayers are with you.:hug: Yes surround yourself with loving and supportive people and seek wise counsel.
     

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