TSH blood results pre op & post hemithyroidectomy

Hi there, posted a few times as struggling to get info from GP. Have a bit more now.

I had a hemithyroidectomy to remove left side and tumor & cyst in Nov. No symptoms apart from the huge lump.

TSH before op was 1.59 my post op 6 week result is 2.8.

I'm exhausted, I've gained a stone, I can't concentrate, haven't been to the gym since op as no energy. (Used to go 3 times a week)

GP says it's all normal for my age and my symptoms cross over with my endometriosis so will retest in another month to see how I am. They haven't tested iron / b12 etc but will do on next test.

I guess this means my remaining half is working but not properly ?! I asked about T3 & T4 after seeing on here but GP said that's not necessary.

I don't know what to do, am I being fobbed off ??? Am I stuck being a fat miserable lump?

Sorry bit of a rant x

5 Replies

  • Adele-84,

    Your remaining thyroid is not working as well as it did before your hemilobectomy. Unfortunately, I think it is unlikely your GP will prescribe Levothyroxine until your TSH is over range which could be between 4.5 - 6.0. Are you still under the care of your surgeon or endocrinologist?

  • No I was discharged at my post op results of pathology appointment 😦

  • Adele-84,

    I don't know what to suggest to help you other than to self medicate to see whether symptoms improve unless you can persuade your GP to trial you on Levothyroxine.

  • I have considered self medictating but don't really know where to start. And also if it mixes well with contraception. I guess I just have to put up with it for now. Thank you for the advice x

  • Adele-84,

    As long as Levothyroxine is taken 4 hours away from oral contraceptions it is fine. I would start with 50mcg Levothyroxine. It can be bought online without prescription. PM me if you would like sources. You would also need to arrange your own thyroid tests every couple of months until your dose and levels are stable.


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