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.

5 Replies

  • 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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