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Thyroid and colds

Last November I had half my thyroid removed as I had a goitre, consultant said I didn't need medication when I saw him in December. This week I have a cold(2nd this year) and the symptoms of underactive thyroid have returned plus my throat is painful and voice gone. Is there anything I can do or get to help. Will this keep happening? I was just beginning to get back to normal and work after the op now I feel back to soon after the op.

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Welcome to the forum, Craftytiger.

It will help members advise if you can post your recent thyroid results with the lab reference ranges (the figures in brackets after your results).

Ask your GP to test ferritin, vitamin D, B12 and folate as low/deficient levels can cause musculoskeletal pain, fatigue and low mood similar to hypothyroid symptoms.

In the meantime, take 2,000mg vitamin C to boost your immune system which may reduce frequent colds. I find hot water with a wedge of lemon and a couple teaspoons soothes a sore painful throat and eases the tickliness which makes me cough to clear my throat.


Crafty, the motto here is to get a print out of all your blood tests and insist on more than just the TSH and T4 which is their standard procedure. Unless you press, they seem to ignore the fact of HOW you are feeling. Some have even given up on NHS and self test and self treat.

In fairness your vitamin d deficiency (almost guaranteed you have) has a lot to do with infections so you could supplement that on your own (D3 with K2).

A paragraph on vitamin d deficiency is in this article:


I am sorry you are feeling quite unwell. I think you should get a blood test for your thyroid gland. Ask your GP for a TSH, T4, T3, Free T4 and Free T3, just to make sure you've got sufficient hormones in your blood. Free T3 is particularly important. Make the appointment as early as possible. Tell your GP you're not feeling well and would like a test. If you haven't already had a Vitamin B12, Vit D, iron, ferritin and folate ask for these at the same time.

If you take thyroid medication, don't take it on the morning of the blood test which should be as early as possible. Always get copies of blood tests, as already recommened, with the ranges for your own records and so you can post them if you have a query.

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