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How long until "normalcy" returns??

I recently had my RAI treatment on Oct 3rd for follicular thyroid cancer (had total thyroidectomy in March of this year).  I have been taking synthroid (125 mcg) for about 2 weeks now (since my RAI - was on that dosage since my surgery), still experiencing extremely dry skin and scalp (used to have very oily skin), inability to loose a single pound (even though I diet and work out 6 days a week - including 4 days of 30+ minutes of cardio), and extreme fatigue (needing to sleep alteast 10hrs a night), oh, almost forgot the loss of taste (which is fine right now since I am trying my hardest to loose weight)...Can anyone give me some feedback as to how long until I feel somewhat normal again??  ANY positive comments are greatly appreciated since I almost feel like I am my wits end!!!!
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I had my RAI on Oct 4 for thyroid cancer.  Had my surgeries in June and July.  I'm taking 1.5 mcg synthroid and 25 mg cytomel since October 7.  I have dry skin only under my chin -- one big patch.  I can't figure that one out.  I've gained a little bit of weight but I haven't been able to work out at all -- I'm just too tired and weak.  Also, after 3 weeks on the low iodine diet, I feel entitled to eat whatever I want for a while.  I'm sleeping at least 10 hours a night and I'm still tired.  My sense of taste isn't right and I haven't seen much improvement over the past two weeks; although the nausea has subsided.  I also feel a little numb -- like my emotions are just hazy all of the time except when I'm very short-tempered which happens often.  My most significant side effect is my voice which is so hoarse and soft that everyone wants to know what's wrong with me as soon as I open my mouth.  My endo said to give it 6 weeks back on the meds before I start feeling "normal."  So, by November 12, when I see him again, I'm hoping to feel better.  I did a lot of research prior to the RAI and I still  never realized that it would take such a huge toll on my daily routine.  Please post with updates as things get better for you.  Our dates are so close, we can compare notes.

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Lucky you...I don't get to see my endo until Dec. 5.  I know what you mean about the "numb" feelings.  I am glad my endo put me on lexapro in August, I think that is the only thing that keeps me going because lately I feel like just staying home and laying around.  I really don't want to do anything anymore.  I thank God for my friends since they have almost "forced" me to get out of the house and do things.  I'll definitely post any updates I experience.  I am hopeful that things will get better!!
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I've been on Lexapro for a couple of years.  We have a lot in common!  Hang in there.
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