Tightness in neck after surgery

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I had a full thyroidectomy and all my lymph nodes removed from the left side of my neck on Jan 25, 2017. I still feel like I am being choked, will this feeling ever go away and if so when? Another way to describe the feeling what I assume a skin graft would feel like, like a huge patch.

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    Why did they remove the nodes??

     I thought they just take the gland? 

    Id ask the surgeons secretary for your notes, to see what they did?

     I'm on the list for a thyroidectomy , so I'm perturbed .

    thinking of you x

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      My journey started with an enlarged lymph node which resulted in inconclusive test results after a ultrasound, CT scan w & w/o contrast, and two FNA's. The scans also exposed a nodule on my Thyroid. Thyroid results were Benign. Surgery to remove the cyst on the lymph node returned as Maglignant. Scheduled to have my Thyroid removed a month later along with all the lympth nodes on the same side at the initial enlarged one. 15 were removed during surgey only two came back cancerous. I am now scheduled for RAI at the end of this month. I feel great except for the tightness and swelling I feel in my throat and neck.

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      I can't say I had the choking feeling, apart from when I still had the MNG but even then it was more like pressure. Maybe speak to either your Endo or Oncologist about it.

      I had Follicular Carcinoma, but could not have RAI as I had TED with the Graves.

      I am treated with 125mcg Levothyroxine. It took me a year to acclimatise on the Thyroxine but on with it now. I have to have the high dose, it varies between 125 & 150mcg depending on bloods. Check ups every 3 months (3months Endo, 3 months Oncologist)! I am 2 years post op.

      I hope you get this sorted soon. Sorry I couldn't be more helpful

      Marilyn

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    Maybe because of the lymph nodes being taken also. It is a big operation but if they took ALL the lymph nodes on the left, that's quite unusual. They only took one of my lymph nodes!

    What cancer did you have?

    Marilyn

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