About Me: Female, 49, a small town in, MI, member since Feb 2007
I'm a mom to two teenage boys - 17 and 20. I was healthy until my 40th birthday - literally. This last year has been a rollercoaster ride, so I'm really looking forward to this next one being better.
2/23/07: Went to doc with symptoms: weight gain for no reason, extreme fatigue, hip joints aching, cold all the time. She ordered bloodwork. Tested positive for high antibodies, but TSH, T3 & T4 within normal range. She suggested hashimoto's.
3/28/07: Ultrasound on thyroid. Nodule within left lobe detected. Ultrasound guided biopsy advised. Primary care doctor schedules appt. with Endo.
5/15/07: Appointment with Endo - 2 hours. She thinks it's a "hot nodule", but wants a biopsy done. Bone density scan done. She didn't like the looks of it. Not osteoporosis YET, but not as good as it could be. Suggested calcium along with my multivitamin.
6/12/07: Ultrasound guided biopsy done.
6/25/07: Biopsy indicates the presence of papillary carcinoma with cystic degeneration. Primary doc referred me to the University of Michigan for removal of the thyroid.
7/17/07: Met with surgeon. Surgery scheduled for 8/6/07.
8/6/07: TT done with some complications (nerve trauma that affected voice, swallowing and breathing). nodule 2.5cm, 7 lymph glands removed and tested negative, no medication given in order to prep for RAI.
8/7/07: Met with ENT doc before leaving the hospital. Neither vocal cord is moving, and I choke on anything liquid. Released from hospital.
8/21/07: Back to ENT doc. Left vocal cord is moving now. Swallowing and breathing is better.
Nuclear Medicine called. RAI is scheduled for the week of 9/17/07. TSH has to be >30 to have it done.
9/14/07: TSH is 131 (guess I'm safe to have RAI done!).
9/19/07 RAI: 30mCi (lowest dose) given. Isolation period of 2 days.
Medication: Levoxyl 175mcg started 9/20/07
11/26/07 TSH .03, free T4 - 108, thyroglobulin - less than .2;
CT scan showed a few nodules measuring 1 to 2 mm in each lower lobe of the lungs. Nodules not calcified. Also "ill-defined abnormality" in the dome of the liver. CT scan of chest and liver with contrast will be done in 4 months.
Just a quick note to say hi! and thank you for the info on the stinky whit things in the back of the throat. I was starting to think i had cancer or somthing. I'll drink more warter and gargel with salt water see it that helps before i go to bed a night. but really thinks you so much. Lori B
Hi Lori........How are you and the boys? I am finally on Thyroid med. for my TSH of 5.67 and i feel so much better!!!! I had gotten so sluggish and felt sooo bad! Just recently had my 3rd ultrasound to check for enlargement on the 8th...waiting for those results:) Just wanted to say...and hope you are doing good:) Janice
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