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I had a partial thyroidectomy years ago & now need to see a specialist about the remaining half!

I'm pretty fed up of thyroid gland issues in general, as I'm sure a lot of you are!

I had half of mine removed 8 years ago as it looked suspicious of cancer (luckily it wasn't) The remaining half of my thyroid gland is now swollen & my GP has fast tracked me for an appointment to see a specialist.

I wondered if anyone else on here has had the same problem? I'm hoping I don't have to have a repeat operation & lose the whole gland.

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Jillyana, Thyroid can swell if you have recently had a virus or cold. Have you had thyroid peroxidase and thyroglobulin antibodies tested for autoimmune thyroid disease (Hashimoto's)? Hashimoto's attacks can cause swelling which subsides when the attack stops.


I haven't had a cold lately & no I haven't been tested for Hashimoto's.

I've got to have the usual thyroid blood tests & then see a specialist about the swelling.

Thanks for your reply.


Jiilly, ask for the antibody tests when you have the other thyroid tests. If you have Hashimoto's a gluten-free diet can help reduce antibodies and attacks. I forgot to mention that a high TSH flogs the thyroid and makes it swell to produce more hormone. Sounds like your GP is looking out for you.

Let us know how you get on.


She needs to get her iodine and selenium tested too. Zero iodine diet = swollen thyroid.


Is iodine still required for other glands if you have had your whole thyroid removed and are relying on Levo.


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