Shortness of Breath after Total Thyroidectomy

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by lakegirl53 on Tue Dec 14, 2010 06:09 PM

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Should we be asking for a physical therapy consult postop in order to decrease adhesions (scarring) in the throat/incision area?  What is everyone's experience?

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by HusbandOfThyca on Tue Dec 14, 2010 09:09 PM

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On Dec 14, 2010 6:09 PM lakegirl53 wrote:

Should we be asking for a physical therapy consult postop in order to decrease adhesions (scarring) in the throat/incision area?  What is everyone's experience?

I know my wife's scar was bigger and more noticeable that I originally thought it would be.  It almost looked like a keyloid scar (sp?).  I think the scar is around 5 1/2".   Once she started putting scar cream on it, it seemed to majorly help it go down in size and made it smoother.   If anything, a throat scope post-op may help explain a lot.

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by marilynb48183 on Sat Oct 13, 2018 08:02 PM

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I would like some advise on scar cream...how effective is it?...it is about $60.00 on the internet...I was planning on using vitamin E (the oil in the capsules) twice a day...

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by HemlockMolly on Fri Oct 19, 2018 01:56 AM

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Yes, had after my second surgery to totally remove thyroid.  Actually ended up in ER thinking I had blood clot as felt totally different than my first partial thyroidectomy.  Found out vocal cord dysfunction.  Could have been either caused by breathing tube or by being accidentially hit.  Ended up having procedure where vocal cord injected to enlarge it, only worked for month and shortness of breath and horseness came back.  Now four months later noticing sudden improvement.  

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by ainfante on Wed Jan 09, 2019 05:42 PM

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I get it. It's annoying and then I think somethings wrong. I hear this is normal for some time. I also have a lot of phlegm in my throat but i have sinus issues anyway. I get out of breath climbing three flights of stairs to my apt and someimes walking down the street. 

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by Maha70 on Sat Jan 12, 2019 07:16 PM

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I have the same problem. I had thyrodectomyone month ago and suffering from breath issues together withvocal cords problem and i didn't get my voiceback. I had laryngeoscopy that showed that due to post operative inflamation, this causes the opening leading to the trachea to be below normal , therefore, we can't breathe normally especially after effort. Make sure that she doesn't catch cold because the doctor told me this will make it even worse.

I've been told that It needs time and will be resovered 

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by cabro44 on Fri Jan 18, 2019 06:48 AM

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Elevated thyroid hormone levels, e.g. free T4, can actually lead to shortness of breath with mild exertion. If laryngeal and laryngeal nerveissues have been ruled out, I would consider seeking a dose reduction, particularly if your free T4 is 1.4 or higher. I was experiencing this and reported it to my endo, and he is the one who told me this can be a side effect. I was doubtful, but he said he has seen it in many of his patients. He lowered my dose, my free T4 came down, and the issue resolved. I was amazed and impressed. 

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by BiomedEE on Fri Jan 18, 2019 12:44 PM

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This is my exact thought as well, sounds like a higher Free t4 scenario. Shortness of breath is a classic HYPER symptom caused by way too much T4 medication and as measured by the Free t4 lab.

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Two common problem areas and some symptoms often faced post TT
As thyroid cancer survivors, having no thyroid, we are fairly unique medically in that we can experience both an excess (hyper) and a deficiency (hypo) simultaneously.

HYPER (most common with a high FT4 post TT on high levels of T4, but can be from too high a FT3 too) symptoms include mood changes and swings, A mean irritability or a short temper, headaches and migraines, anxiety, palpitations, shortness of breath and/or breathlessness, too fast a GI system (initially) or changes in GI system with eventual constipation from dehydration in some cases, sleeplessness and restlessness, more of a sharp body ache or pain like joint pain or sharp shoulder pain issues, weight changes due to excess hunger with little or no satiety, lots of pre-migraine and migraine aura effects (can include thyroid ocular aura disorders -TOADs) even if you never get or have never had a migraine in your life.

HYPO (most common with low FT3 even if TSH suppressed) all the symptoms of hypothyroidism, but common are the brain fog, depression, loss of attention span (forgetting things), skin issues, hair loss, fingernail issues, feeling dog tired, Sleeping lots, slowing metabolic rate leading to inability to lose weight despite honest effort, Tired irritability, more of a dull and swollen body ache or pain like swollen joint pain, irritable/sensitive GI, inability to do things like we used to, constipation or too slow a GI system, blooming allergies, just can't focus on work or family. When very HYPO a differing kind of irritability or a "tired irritability" and a differing headache than the HYPER one. A very low Free T3 can also cause bradycardia, palpitations in some, and many types of cardiac issues are possible. Many more issues are common when HYPO and can be found on internet searches.

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