• Should I be resting?

    Asked by Lgardineer on Thursday, July 31, 2014

    Should I be resting?

    So I was just diagnosed with thyroid cancer. I feel kinda lousy, but don't know if I should just rest as much as possible or exercise and do everything as normal. I haven't been to my surgical consult yet so I thought I'd ask here thanks In advance

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    • kalindria's Avatar

      I had a different cancer but I felt so badly that I couldn't exercise. I don't think you can do any harm by exercising but if you don't feel good, then rest.

      about 7 years ago
    • Asanayogini's Avatar

      If you are able to keep things as normal as possible go for it, eventually things will be changing and you will be changing with it. I wish you all the best,

      about 7 years ago
    • Ejourneys' Avatar

      Exercise helps boost the immune system (and the endorphins are great for mood), and I believe that my exercise and healthy eating have been helping me get through chemo.

      I rest on chemo days. I resume exercise at reduced intensity the day after chemo (I'm also taking naps) and slowly build that intensity back up. Prior to surgery I ramped up my activity level, doing as much as I could in advance so I wouldn't have to deal with it after surgery -- but I also felt fine then. I'd say listen to your body -- and good luck.

      PS: The day I got diagnosed I called the ACS Resource Center and got leads to very informative guides that helped me come up with questions for my surgical consult. Here's the ACS page on thyroid cancer:

      ACS Resource Center:

      about 7 years ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      After I was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer, I continued my schedule (work, daily mile or 2 walks, dog agility classes and trials) until the chemo finally took its toll and caused me to quit some of the activities. I tried to keep my life as normal as I could and I pushed my limits some in order to do so. Good luck!

      about 7 years ago
    • Keith59's Avatar

      As long as you can do it.....do it.......while you can. I hope all the best for you!

      about 7 years ago
    • cam32505's Avatar

      I had thyroid cancer, after treatment for uterine cancer. I functioned pretty normally, after already receiving treatment for the uterine cancer. Actually, that was the last time I had a normal thyroid blood test. Now, they can't get the medicine right to even get me near normal. You won't feel real tired til after surgery, and even then, I felt fine. Then, I needed rai. This requires you to come off the thyroid meds for 2 weeks and follow a low-iodine diet in prep for this test/treatment. Then, you will be hypothyroid. After this treatment is done, they will give you thryoid medicine. But, it is slow to enter the system. I was exhausted for about a month after starting the medicine.

      about 7 years ago
    • Lgardineer's Avatar

      Thank you all. Just so confused about everything right now :-(

      about 7 years ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      Lgardineer ... big hugs! It is awfully scary to get a cancer diagnosis, but in today's world, it is not a death sentence. Lots of people are completely cured and many of us maintain a fairly normal life while continuing to undergo treatments. Best of luck!

      about 7 years ago
    • CrazyHarry's Avatar


      Thyroid cancer is a real pain in the neck. I also had rectal cancer which is a pain in the a**.

      As you will find out, thyroid cancer is one of the "gentle" cancers and is almost 100% curable.

      Hopefully you won't have any lymph node involvement so the surgery will be much easier. I had lymph nodes in my right neck that needed to be removed. That was the worst thing I have ever experienced. Unending pain for 4 weeks and numbness in my face and shoulder. If you need this surgery make sure that you find a very experienced surgeon. There are lots of sensitive hunts in that part of the body.

      After they remove your cancerous parts, the next phase is usually radioactive abation of the remaining thyroid tissue. You take a radioactive iodine pill and are turned into a nuclear waste dump for a week or so.

      Before they do this, you will go off of thyroid replacement for 2-3 weeks and you will feel like s**. Extremely tired and fatigued. Also possibly extremely constipated.

      They will follow up with a WBS or whole body scan which they give you a very low dose of the same RAI and then scan your body for any hotspots. And also regular neck ultrasounds.

      As for being tired, my guess is that you are depressed about your diagnosis. I was, even after my epic battle with rectal cancer. So, I would recommend keep on exercising and enjoy life. There should be nothing from the cancer that is physiologically slowing you down.

      Keep us informed as your progress on your healing journey.

      P.S. The surgical scar looks scary and most terrible right after surgery. Be assured that the scar will heal up into a thin barely visible slit.

      about 7 years ago
    • Lirasgirl33's Avatar

      I agree with others. If you have the energy for it and if you feel ok to do it, go for it. Energy, believe it or not, gives you energy. Doesn't seem like it when you're working out but it's good for you. Just don't overdo it. Listen to your body.

      I myself tried to keep as much as I could normal, but had to adapt to the fluctuation of good days and my tougher days. Sending healing vibes and tons of hugs your way. Your Whatnext family is here for you. <3

      about 7 years ago
    • emsavard's Avatar

      Life has to go on. You cannot give up on what you like to do. You do want to keep your stamina and strength up in case you do have surgery. That will help the recovery time for sure. You have been diagnosed with a cancer that is very controllable if not curable, not given a death sentence. Live, laugh, love each and every day!!

      about 7 years ago
    • Meera's Avatar

      I was very careful up to the time I had my surgery, since i did not want the cancer to spread. So the most important thing is to keep your immune system healthy and lead a natural and healthy life. I was VERY careful about what i ate. They say sugar feeds cancer,and so I gave up all sugar and reduced all carbs (even whole grain). But I walked 2 miles every day. I think that is really good for you. I would not push myself. I also tried to keep cheerful by watching "I love Lucy" movies every night! The operation was easier than I thought and I was up on my feet quite soon.

      Also, just be prepared for what you will wear ---front buttons help in the first few days. And you need scarves for your neck. I still wear them, since I would rather cover up my scar, even though it is not too prominent. I wonder how many others continue to cover their scars? My surgery was one and a half year ago.

      What helped me best was trying to think positively and believing that I woudl be normal agian. schedule things with the hope and belief that all will be well after the surgery. I did and it helped me aim to get there (giving a talk 2 weeks later!). Good luck to you.

      about 7 years ago
    • Lgardineer's Avatar

      Thank you all again. I have my surgical consult on 8/12 at one of the best cancer units around. I'm still scared and worried but it's lessening.

      about 7 years ago
    • AnnyKay's Avatar

      Keep doing as much as you possibly can. I still go to my yoga classes. Cannot do as much as I used to but just do what I can. I can also still bowl on my league if I pace myself, resting and doing breathing exercises between my turns. At the beginning I did quit doing all of this and by doing nothing I found myself getting weaker. As someone said above, activity does boost your immune system. Good luck, prayers and hugs to you.

      about 7 years ago

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