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Category: Endocrinology
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Experience:  MBBS, FCPS (R) General Surgery. Years of experience in Emergency Medicine.
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I had half my thyroid removed a few months ago - non

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Hi I had half my thyroid removed a few months ago - non malignant tumour. My TSH is now 7.8. Feeling v tired. Worried about medication[ if they suggest it] & have a fear of side affects.
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Endocrinology
Expert:  Dr Uzair replied 1 year ago.

Hi and thanks for the query.

Are you using thyroxine as hormone replacement therapy, if yes, what dosage?

Expert:  Dr Uzair replied 1 year ago.

The system shows you offline, so I'll give you an initial answer based on the information provided and you can get back to me if there are any more concerns.

After a Subtotal thyroidectomy or thyroid lobectomy - thyroid replacement therapy is sometimes warranted. If your doctor did not start you on thyroid replacement therapy that could be a reason for elevated TSH. I would suggest that you opt for thyroid replacement therapy.

Levothyroxine - the medication used to replace thryoid hormone is essentially the hormone itself and carries no side effects when used appropriately to replace the deficient hormone. So, starting on it will only help with the replacement and to alleviate the symptoms of hypothyroidism. Rash, itching, urticaria, GI upsets are the only side effects reported but its benefits far outweighs these negligible side effects.

Expert:  Dr Uzair replied 1 year ago.

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