Thyroid cancer

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Lack of sleep.. post hemithyroidectomy

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Hi All,

I had the right side of my thyroid removed on the 27th November, on the 16th December they confirmed the biopsy showed it was cancer and I will be having surgery to remove the rest of my thyroid some time in the new year along with radioactive iodine treatment.

Now for the last 10 days or so I have had real difficulty in sleeping. I'm absolutely exhausted but find it really difficult to fall alseep. I will be yawning and feel absolutely ready for bed but it will take me 2 or 3 hours to actually fall asleep. Then when I do fall asleep I get 2, maybe 3 hours of sleep and then I'm awake again. This cycle then repeats and I cant fall back to sleep for and hour or so. 

I'm at my wits end, I'm physically exhausted and dead on my feet. I'm used to mild insomnia and have tried all sorts of essential oils, baths, hot milk, malted drinks, no tv or phones but nothing is working.

Is this normal? Is it a side effect from the hemithyroidectomy?

Thanks in advance

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Hi and a very warm welcome to the online community

It sounds like you're going through a horrible time at the moment with not being able to sleep. Fortunately this isn't something I suffer from so I'm not going to be any use in providing tips for helping you to sleep. However, by replying to you it will bump your post back to the top of the page where it'll be more easily seen and hopefully someone will be along shortly who can share their experiences with you.

While you're waiting for replies I'm going to give you a link to Macmillan's page on difficulty sleeping so that you can see if there are any things there that you haven't tried.

I don't know if this problem is linked to your hemithyroidectomy but it might be a good idea to get in touch with your CNS and chat through the problem with her.


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