I am so glad I am not alone in this.  I am 27 years old and had a total thyroidectomy on June 16, 2011 after being diagnosed with papillary thyroid carcinoma.  The path and op reports stated that it had already spread to three lymph noddes and was on the verge of affecting a fourth.  Since the surgery, I have gained 5 pounds and I feel horrible.  I have this constant chest tightness and discomfort when eating.  I swallow just fine, but for some reason, I become tired rather quickly.  I hate it.  I used to be an avid runner -- 3 miles a day, 6 days a week.  Now I'm lucky if I can even run twice a week.  Even 1 mile is too much for me.  And people love to judge.  I am currently 5'4" and about 132 pounds, so I'm not too terribly overweight, but people have been constantly nagging me about my weight, telling me that I am too fat.  And of course, when I was running, people told me I was too thin.  I am so sick and tired of the judging.  For one day, I wish they could feel what it's like to live without a thyroid and to become hypothyroid for once in their life.  You are definitely not alone in this!  Thanks for sharing your experience through this post.