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#1 gretel0307

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Posted 24 August 2015 - 02:15 AM

Due to thyroid cancer I chose to have a total thyroidectomy in May 2015. Prior to this I had started on the Paleo diet in December 2014 (after Hashimotos diagnosis). I then went on a LID this month in order to prepare for RAI treatment and noticed that some of my autoimmune symptoms (muscle weakness) decreased.  Are you aware of any specific foods that should be avoided after having a thyroidectomy?  How much iodine is recommended to consume for someone on Synthroid with no thyroid?   Any information/experience is appreciated!



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#2 Andros

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Posted 24 August 2015 - 08:43 AM

Welcome to the board.  I am so sorry you had to go through all of that but the good news is you came out the other side. 

 

Personally, I am thinking you should not supplement w/exogenous iodine.  It could cause problems.

 

However, I thankfully did not have thyroid cancer.  Many here have had it and I know they will be along to offer their experience and advice.


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#3 Octavia

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Posted 24 August 2015 - 12:14 PM

I am 4 years post-thyroidectomy for cancer, and I pay zero attention to how much iodine I'm consuming. It's never been mentioned to me as something I need to watch (other than when I'm on the LID). I just try to eat healthy-ish. 

 

If you have discovered something that works well for you, it makes sense to me to stick with it, or at least explore it further (which is why you are here, I suppose). Are you concerned about not getting enough iodine if you stick with something like the LID on a long-term basis? I can understand that concern, but unfortunately, I don't have an answer for you. 


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- Partial thyroidectomy February 2011; Papillary cancer; completion thyroidectomy March 2011
- RAI May 2011
- 1-year scan in April 2012 was clear

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#4 joplin1975

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Posted 24 August 2015 - 01:37 PM

I am 4 years post-thyroidectomy for cancer, and I pay zero attention to how much iodine I'm consuming. It's never been mentioned to me as something I need to watch (other than when I'm on the LID). I just try to eat healthy-ish. 

 

If you have discovered something that works well for you, it makes sense to me to stick with it, or at least explore it further (which is why you are here, I suppose). Are you concerned about not getting enough iodine if you stick with something like the LID on a long-term basis? I can understand that concern, but unfortunately, I don't have an answer for you. 

 Yup, this. 

 

I do count calories and aim for a high protein, high veggie, low carb diet...but I'd be doing that regardless of the thyroid cancer. 


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Starting point for replacement meds: 50 mcgs of Synthroid, TSH 121.88 on 11/8/11; 100 mcgs of Synthroid, TSH 43.21 on 12/9/11; 137 mcgs of Synthroid, TSH 7.88 on 1/11/12; TSH 8.38 on 2/9/12, 150 mcgs of Synthroid, TSH 2.81 on 3/27/12, TSH 0.54 on 5/8/12, TSH 0.78 on 8/8/12, TSH 0.39 on 12/20/12, TSH 0.24 on 3/5/13, TSH 0.33 on 4/15/14, TSH .12 on 3/10/15, TSH 0.21 on 9/15/2016, TSH .12 on 2/17/17.

#5 webster2

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Posted 25 August 2015 - 12:25 AM

I opt for a high protein diet too. lots of fruit & vegetables, low carb.  I feel best if I eat good food, not junk.


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#6 Lovlkn

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Posted 25 August 2015 - 02:30 AM

WOW!

 

We all eat about the same - high protein, low carb and lots of veggies.  It just makes me feel better.


Free T-4 and Free T-3 are absolutely necessary to properly dose yourself.
My experience is that 1/2 - 3/4 of range is your goal for optimal treatment

My Journey... 7 years to receive a diagnosis. TT 2004 after 4.5 years on Tapazole that had to be adjusted monthly - endo ran labs every 4 weeks. Remission was never going to happen for me so I opted for surgery to remove. Final DX by surgeon was Hashitoxicosis, TPO antibodies over 2000 and TSI 316% within the year prior to surgery. I never had a ultrasound or any lab testing to rule out cancer - pathology was negative. Post surgery I was kept hypo for many years - until I figured out how to dose my self, relying on where I fell in the FT-4 and FT-3 labs. I run TSH below range due to positive TBII antibodies. Horrible time adjusting to addition of Cytomel = patience pays off when adding this drug to the mix.

The happy ending ---> Stable dose since 1/10 Unithroid 125mcg, Cytomel 12.5mcg - labs I can live with.

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#7 Octavia

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Posted 25 August 2015 - 01:03 PM

Yeah...the fewer carbs I eat, the better I tend to feel.


- Pug lover, saxophone player
- 3.2 cm nodule, inconclusive FNA January 2011
- Partial thyroidectomy February 2011; Papillary cancer; completion thyroidectomy March 2011
- RAI May 2011
- 1-year scan in April 2012 was clear

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#8 gretel0307

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Posted 27 August 2015 - 03:14 AM

I appreciate all of you taking time to respond and value your input! It is helpful to know my diet is similar to others! Thank you for being part of this community!





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