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Does this mean I can't have Hashimoto's?

I am a newbie and found this site by a good luck chance! Had thyroid removed apart from lower left lobe 30 years ago. Does this mean I can't have Hashimoto's? I am very unread on the whole thyroid removal implications. I am currently taking 100mg of Levo and this has gone up and down over the years. I'm a layman with T3 T4 etc. My GP has never mentioned anything other than my results are too high or too low! Beginning to feel very annoyed with myself for not finding out about all the side effects 30 years ago. I have osteoporosis, depression, high cholesterol and blood pressure. Not a pretty picture!!!!! Any advice would be highly appreciated.

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Welcome to the forum, Patash.

If you previously had confirmed Hashimoto's you might still have it unless you had a radical thyroidectomy. If a lot of thyroid material is left in the thyroid bed then it is possible that there is sufficient thyroid cells for Hashimoto's to target.

I had thyCa so the surgeon removed as much thyroid material as possible and I was lucky that this meant there was insufficient thyroid material for Hashi's to target and Hashi's burned out. Annual thyroglobulin and thyroglobulin antibody tests confirm I have no thyroid or thyroid antibody activity.

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Many thanks for your reply Clutter. Can you help in where can I learn more about where to find layman's terms please? Think my next thing is to do research.

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Patash,

I don't think there is a list of layman's terms. If you don't understand a term the best thing is to ask whoever posted it or to Google it.

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For an overview see if you can get from the library the UK version of The Dummies Guide to the Thyroid .

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Brilliant, I will. Thanks for that Treepie, very appreciated.

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