I'm glad I've found this thyroid community team. I'm currently a member of hypothyroids unite, but I've got more than just that thyroid issue going on. Sorry - this might be a bit long for an introductory post! lol
In April 2010, I was diagnosed with Graves' disease, went on methimazole, and gained approximately 15 pounds. I didn't realize till after I went on the meds that all those sleep issues I had were related to my thyroid! After about 3 weeks on, I actually woke up feeling refreshed for the first time in about 5 years!
At the same time, my endo also felt a small nodule, so I had an ultrasound, then a biopsy, and in September 2010, I was diagnosed with papillary carcinoma.
Because of the Graves', the surgeon and I decided the best route was to do a total thyroidectomy, so in January 2011, the whole thing was removed.
During the surgery, the surgeon took out some lymph nodes for testing, and it came back that there was thyroid tissue in the lymph nodes, so in June 2011, I did radioactive iodine ablation. Gained another 10 pounds because of the surgery and because I had to go off my medication for 3 1/2 weeks for the RAI.
I also had more ultrasounds and a second biopsy on a lymph node in my neck in September, but thankfully that came back clean and normal!!!
Currently, I'm working towards getting my synthroid levels balanced, but my doctor told me that as I lose weight, the medication will have to be adjusted. And I have lost weight... I'm now back down to where I was before my thyroid diagnosis! (goodbye 25 pounds!!!) But, of course, I'm not done (see ticker below, lol). I guess, for someone who is hypothyroid, I'm kind of lucky in some ways because they want to medicate me to the point where my TSH is around 0.5 or less to prevent any remaining thyroid tissue, and therefore the cancer, from growing back. This should help with my weight issues, but I'm starting to find I'm not sleeping well again, which hopefully means my meds need to be reduced (I see the endo next week).
If anyone is currently going through any of what I've been through, and would like to hear what my experience was like, or perhaps some things they can talk about with their doctor, please don't hesitate to ask. I'm not a medical professional, but I very much encourage people to be active and aware about their conditions and treatments, and that starts with knowing the right questions to ask their doctor.
If I choose to not do anything differently today, tomorrow is going to be exactly the same as yesterday.
"Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars!" ~ Les Brown
| current weight: 162.9