I had a total thyroidectomy Novemeber 17th, the doctors said they found papillary cancer. I'm completely lost as to what to expect. I'll be 30 next month and this just seems so overwhelming. I know that I have to take calcium and that after I've healed up more I have to take the radioactive iodine pill to make sure there isn't more cancer. My endocrinologist says he's waiting for the thyroid hormone to be almost completely out of my system before starting me on synthroid. Since the surgery I've been having a hard time with the pressure on my throat and my legs have been cramping like crazy. I've heard rumors about early menopause, headaches, muscle cramps, bone density problems... Is there anyone that can shed some more light on this for me??