Since I am new to this board, I just came across this thread!!! What a great idea!!! Here is a little background on me: When i was 7 years old, I didn't grow an inch, so this was a concern to my doctor. They tested me and I was Hypothyroid. I lived with this for most of my life and my family doctor said that there would come a day that I would want my goider removed. The last couple of years prior to my surgery in 2007 my friend that worked for a neck surgeon would tell him about me clearing my throat and losing my voice all the time. She knew my situation with my thyroid. He told her that I needed to get in to see him as soon as I could. I had to fight with my family doctor to go see him and after a 3 month horror with a endocrinologist (who said I was diabetic or I needed gastric bypass surgery) to go to the surgeon. Within 3 weeks, I was scheduled for surgery. After my surgery my doctor came in and explained to me that my thyroid was the size of 4 knuckles on one side and 3 knuckles on the other and had a hook around my esophagus. He said I would have been killed in 6 months if I wouldn't have had the surgery. After surgery I had no complications until I came home...I woke up 48 hours later and had tingling in my face and arms. Once I called the doctors office, I went back to the hospital. Here when I had my surgery, they had to take my parathyroid and my blood calcium had dropped. When I got there my number was at 2.2 (it should be around 7.0). I stayed another night in the hospital. Now almost 4 years after surgery, I still deal with low calcium days (which I just take some Tums to help this) and I get my numbers tested every 8 to 12 weeks because I have had problems with consistancy of numbers. And with the amount of calcium I take (around 2500 mcg a day) I have problems with absorption issues. I just went to the doctor's the other month and she asked if I wanted to try a new medicine that is made for people with absorption problems. It is called Tirosint. I am taking less medicine now, and I am going back in July for a number check. It will be 3 months into my new medicine to see what my numbers look like. Since I have been on the medicine, I have been feeling soooo much better!!!! I had been on Synthroid since I was 7, so I don't know if something happened that my body just wasn't absorbing the medicine (and I was letting it dissovle under my tongue). I can tell already that this new medicine is helping me. I hope this helps some of you with some options since I have been through almost everything!! LOL!!!