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Post partial thyroidectomy - symptoms again


Hi all I’m new here,

I had a partial thyroidectomy (R half) in June 2014. Had a really fast growing cyst, it grew over 4cms in six months and after several biopsies came back inconclusive/suspicious they decide to operate. Post op I needed no treatment or meds as apparently the remaining half is functioning ok. Luckily I had a great GP at the time who referred me quickly.

Fast forward to this earlier in the year, I’ve felt like there’s something going on again, with similar symptoms to before. Then a couple of weeks ago I noticed a swelling on the left side above my scar and even my mum noticed it this weekend.

I’m going to attempt to book a doctor’s appointment this week (I’ve since moved gps though and my new one is anything but sympathetic), so debating whether to also pay for private tests?!

Wondered if anyone else has had a similar experience post surgery? I’m aware it could be a number of things, but it’s still hard not to freak out over it!


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Would recommend full Thyroid and vitamin testing plus thyroid ultrasound

For full Thyroid evaluation you need TSH, FT4, FT3 plus TPO and TG thyroid antibodies and also very important to test vitamin D, folate, ferritin and B12

Ask GP to test thyroid levels, thyroid antibodies and vitamins

All thyroid blood tests should ideally be done as early as possible in morning and fasting. This gives highest TSH and most consistent results. (Patient to patient tip, best not mentioned to GP or phlebotomist)

Private tests are available. Thousands on here forced to do this as NHS often refuses to test FT3 or antibodies or vitamins

Medichecks Thyroid plus ultra vitamin or Blue Horizon Thyroid plus eleven are the most popular choice. DIY finger prick test or option to pay extra for private blood draw. Both companies often have special offers, Medichecks usually have offers on Thursdays, Blue Horizon its more random

If antibodies are high this is Hashimoto's, (also known by medics here in UK more commonly as autoimmune thyroid disease).

About 90% of all hypothyroidism in Uk is due to Hashimoto's. Low vitamins are especially common with Hashimoto's. Food intolerances are very common too, especially gluten. So it's important to get TPO and TG thyroid antibodies tested at least once .

Link about thyroid blood tests

Link about antibodies and Hashimoto's

List of hypothyroid symptoms

Bemoz in reply to SlowDragon

Hi SlowDragon,

Thanks for your advice. I went to the doctor earlier last week and got a test but it was before I’d seen this and my THS and T4 have come back normal. He felt my thyroid and said he could feel the swelling and tenderness and has sent me for an ultrasound in the next couple of weeks. Will see how that comes back and think about paying for one of those tests so I can get a full picture of what’s going on. Feel a bit better now I know the doctor is taking me seriously, but not looking forward to going through the system again!

SlowDragonAdministrator in reply to Bemoz

Always get actual results and ranges on tests

Far too often the "normal " results are showing a High TSH and low FT4

Ask GP to test vitamin levels and thyroid antibodies too

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