After the removal of a cancerous thyroid, patients take an artifical thyroid hormone. You take a higher dose than your body would normally produce to lower the TSH in your body. The pituitary gland produces Thyroid Stimulating Hormone. You don’t want the thyroid cells stimulated if they’re cancerous. You want them to chill out and go away. My TSH has been artifically low for six years.
Since I need to take a small dose of radioactivite iodine on Wednesday, now I need those cancerous cells stimulated. They need to suck up all the RAI so they look like lightening bugs on the body scan.
Normally, patients have had to go off their thyroid medication for weeks to make the TSH levels go up. Today, we can use two Thyrogen injections and stay on our medication. I’m so thankful for medical advances!
After three weeks of no thyroid hormone, you can become seriously hypothyroid.
Increased sensitivity to cold
Pale, dry skin
A puffy face
An elevated blood cholesterol level
Unexplained weight gain
Muscle aches, tenderness and stiffness
Pain, stiffness or swelling in your joints
Heavier than normal menstrual periods
Brittle fingernails and hair