I had a large goitre & had half my thyroid removed 7 years ago. I became unwell within a few months & was refused Thyroxine even though my blood results were T4 9 T.S.H. 5. I saw an endocrinologist as I was exhausted, had pins & needles in my hands & feet & had constant bladder infections. I was told by the endocrinologist that I was borderline hypothyroid & that she wanted me to have a trial of Thyroxine. The senior doctor refused to let me have medication though. I now have constant chest infections, bladder infections & have a burnt, sore throat due to acid reflux. I saw an E.N.T. specialist who told me my problems were caused by being overweight. I am a size 14 & although I have gone up a dress size since my operation I am not obese. I exercise everyday & have a strict diet with no snacks. I cannot lose weight which I was told to do. My Ferritin level was 300 prior to the operation & two years post op was 8!!!! I now have to take constant iron tablets & manage to keep to a maximum of 30. I have low calcium in my blood from time to time as my body no longer seems able to be able to absorb vitamins since my thyroid op.
I'm sure there are people out there who can live with half a thyroid gland with no problems. I suffer without my whole thyroid gland but the medical profession just roll their eyes when thyroid issues are mentioned & treat me as if I'm a hypochondriac.
I've shared my story as I'm new to this site. I've read about other people's experiences with interest & thank you for reading mine.