I have a decision to make about whether or not to go ahead with a thyroidectomy, and I would really appreciate any views from the forum (while recognising that this is totally my decision!). Sorry, this is a bit of a long post.
At age 28 I had a left-side thyroidectomy (not requiring thyroxine). Now, 16 years later, I have a right-side goitre with symptoms of throat constriction, some difficulty swallowing, and so on - unpleasant, but I can live with it for now. I realise that if I go ahead with surgery I'll have to take thyroxine from that point - and it's this, rather than surgery, that frightens me.
I've been told that, given my history and that of my family (my mother is hypo, along with others on her side), it's almost inevitable that I'll have to take thyroxine at some point in the future.
So, my dilemma is: do I go ahead with surgery now and get my levels sorted by the endo, or do I wait until I feel really unwell and try to get a diagnosis with my GP later on (which, admittedly fills me with dread), and face surgery too.
I'm fortunate as I have access to private healthcare at the moment, and the consultant is excellent - he's supporting me in taking time to make the right decision. He's also been reassuring about working together to get the right level of thyroxine if I go ahead. My GP, however, is as much use as a chocolate teapot, and to be frank, I'd rather stick pins in my eyes than speak to him!
I'm sure there are members who have faced this decision already, and I'd love to learn from your experience. Many thanks for taking the trouble to read my post.