4 years post RAI and TT- hoarse voice

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4 years post RAI and TT- hoarse voice

by cymanthea on Wed Jul 24, 2019 04:03 AM

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I had a TT and RAI 4 years ago. I have had a hoarse voice since around January this year, it gets slightly better then worse again but never goes away. My TSH was at 9.5 recently, they will recheck my levels in a few weeks. Everyone around me has noticed my voice, people who I see everyday and people who I only see every few months so my question is - Has anyone had this symptom and it was thyca recurrence?

RE: 4 years post RAI and TT- hoarse voice

by butterfly501 on Wed Jul 24, 2019 05:44 AM

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On Jul 24, 2019 4:03 AM cymanthea wrote:

I had a TT and RAI 4 years ago. I have had a hoarse voice since around January this year, it gets slightly better then worse again but never goes away. My TSH was at 9.5 recently, they will recheck my levels in a few weeks. Everyone around me has noticed my voice, people who I see everyday and people who I only see every few months so my question is - Has anyone had this symptom and it was thyca recurrence?

I have not read of hoarsness as a symptom of thyroid cancer recurrence, only something that may occur with thyroid nodules/thyroid cancer. 

I hope your TSH gets under control asap, as 9.5 is very high, even for people with thyroids.

RE: 4 years post RAI and TT- hoarse voice

by ToddlerFather on Wed Jul 24, 2019 07:32 PM

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On Jul 24, 2019 4:03 AM cymanthea wrote:

I had a TT and RAI 4 years ago. I have had a hoarse voice since around January this year, it gets slightly better then worse again but never goes away. My TSH was at 9.5 recently, they will recheck my levels in a few weeks. Everyone around me has noticed my voice, people who I see everyday and people who I only see every few months so my question is - Has anyone had this symptom and it was thyca recurrence?

While some nodules/tumor locations could case this, the most common issue relating thyca to hoarse voice is when the vocal cords / surrounding nervers are damaged by the procedure removing the thyroid. 

Since this is appearing years after the procedure, it seems quite unlikely to be related. The thyroid bed is easily accessible to ultrasound imaging, so if you haven't done any US as control, it might be worth doing one. 

And as already mentioned, that TSH level is high indeed, suggesting a dosage review of your hormone intake is in order. 

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