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Partial Thyroidectomy


Had partial thyroidectomy almost 2 months ago and I feel terrible. Depression that will not go away and the doctor tells me my TSH is normal and I don't need to be on thyroid meds. I'm dying with this anxiety and depression and I know its due to my thyroid.

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Well, you may well be right. What were you thyroid blood test results? If you don't know, get them - as is your right - as soon as possible and post them here for comment.

Yes, it's very likely your body adjusting to the thyroidectomy but there are things you can do to regain health more quickly. I had a partial thyroidectomy too and experienced terrible symptoms and a banana would have been more help than the doctors. They didn't seem to have a clue.

Firstly, get your vitamins levels checked as having surgery can deplete some of your vitamins and being hypothyroid depletes some of them too. You will recover more quickly if your vitamin levels are good.

Check vitamin D, vitamin B12, iron, ferritin and folate. You may find that your stomach acid will be too low now you are hypothyroid and you will not absorp vitamins even from an excellent diet.

Your body has undergone a shock and it is making a huge and sudden adjustment. I'm not a medical person so I can only say this from a non medical patient perspective that you may find things out of kilter and it's feels frightening so your body responds as though it were under attack and releases a lot of adrenaline which exhaust your reserves. It can plunge you into depression and anxiety. Getting your vitamin levels optimal will help your serotonin and melatonin levels giving your better rest and sleep to help you heal.

I also found it helpful to take some magnesium at night and some selenium at mealtimes. Selenium helps to reduce antibodies although I find it helps even without antibodies as it's a good antioxidant. I also take a good quality vitamin C each day. I never took a single vitamin until I had a thyroidectomy but it's made all the difference for me.

I also take organic apple cider vinegar if I get acid reflux as it helps with low stomach acid.

If you take levothyroxine you need to find one that suits you. Several kinds kept me very ill so try something else. I now stick with one variety that suits me.


When you say Dr do you mean Endocrinologist/Specialist or GP? Should be the later of course.

Our scenarios are different as I have a 'not via surgery half thyroid ' but often suffer nasty depression and mood swings but tbh Dr's seem to be of no use to me whatsoever. Seems to be a massive gap in UK complex Endo, hard to get anything beyond wide range bloods, then maybe's.

Give it some time but if no better insist on help. That's what they are there for after all.

Best wishesx

It took me 3-4 months to recover enough from my partial thyroidectomy to get back to work. My doc was nearly on the point of giving me levo when I took some Orovite concentrated vitamin tablets at his suggestion and felt absolutely wonderful for a week and my health then settled down to its normal level for some years.

Recommend you get some and either they work or they don't work, you'll soon know. Not readily available from a pharmacist but you can get them from web easily. You only need a week's supply, say 25 tablets, but they only seem to be available in packs of 100.

This is not an advert for Orovite! It is a true fact.

I too suffer from bad anxiety and depression it kinda came out of no where. Been wondering if was due to my thyroid disease. I havent had mine removed

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