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Bleedingheart2 posted:
I had a total thyroidectomy due to a mult-nodular thyroid that was compressing my esophagus. It took place March 2002 when I was 42 years old. Ten years later I still strugglSemenkoviche with symptoms of hypothyroidism. I gained 30 pounds after surgery that I have never been able to lose, despite times of strict exercise and diet.

I have never been back to my old self, but my symptoms have fluctuated over the years. I have been treated with Levoxyl, Cytomel and most recently Armour Thyroid + Cytomel. I feel my best when my TSH is almost non-detectable and my T3 level is high. Most recently a new PCP took me off my Cytomel and now that my T3 is within normal range I have multiple, severe symptoms of hypothyroidism, including 20 pounds weight gain (after weight stabilization for 8 years), hair loss, always being tired (and all the problems that causes) and most recently depression (despite being on Lexapro for migraine headaches).

Has anyone been successful in managing their thyroid hormones when they have no thryroid? If so, what do your thyroid labs look like and what do you do, including medicaiton, diet, exercises, other type of alternative care.
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