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Thyroid cancer after care

From: nanmutchler - 41 weeks 3 hours ago

I had my thyroid removed 12 1/2 years ago, due to a very large, cancerous tumor. Since that time, I have been through 3 different endocrinologists, as there is only one in the entire town and they don't seem to stay very long. I finally just decided to have my primary care doc monitor my levels, which is by far NOT ideal. In those 12 1/2 years, my medication dosage has changed at least once, usually twice, every couple of years. No one has ever really explained to me what I should expect as far as after care wellness, cancer recurrence, what to watch for, and late or long-term side effects. The one thing I do know is that when I go in for a regular blood test and the results come back that my TSH is .07 when my normal level should be between .300 and 3.000, it suddenly explains why I have been feeling so crappy. If anyone has gone through hypo-hell, you will understand that is how I feel when my levels are so off. I have a full time job and miss a lot of work when I feel this way. Can someone/anyone please help guide me in the right direction so I don't have to continue going through this? I have, however, finally decided to find a new endocrinologist, even though I will probably have to go about 250 miles to see one who knows what they are doing.

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On the off chance that you have finished treatment, your specialists will in any case need to watch you intently. It is vital to go to all subsequent arrangements. Amid these visits, your specialists will get some information about symptoms, inspect you, and might arrange blood tests or imaging tests, for example, radioiodine sweeps or ultrasounds. Follow-up is expected to check for disease repeat or spread, and in addition conceivable reactions of specific medicines. This is the ideal opportunity for you to ask your human services group any inquiries you require addressed and to examine any worries you may have.

A great many people do after treatment, yet follow-up care can proceed for a lifetime. This is imperative since most thyroid malignancies develop gradually and can repeat even 10 to 20 years after starting treatment. Your social insurance group will clarify what tests you need and how regularly they ought to be finished.

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