If its cancer then the protocol is to put the patient on meds to suppress the TSH. Suppression means enuf thyroid medication to get the TSH under a 1.
As our knowledgeable members have already said, a person with half a thyroid is entirely capable of making sufficient thyroid hormone. However not all thyroids read the owner's manual, and many people will need help. Which means taking thyroid hormone(s).
That's why there are tests... TSH, Free T3, Free T4 to let you know if the dragging feeling and general malaise is caused by insufficient thyroid hormone, or is something else. And why you need to listen to your body.
Sometimes, sad to say, this means parting ways with your current doctor.
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I had half my thyroid out and was told by one doctor i didnt need meds and i was fine. This was the same doctor who told me i wouldnt need it post op. I went to the endo and she said no my levels are low and i need meds i started with 50mcg. Point of the story i would have atleast two differnt doctors look at her test results and see if she needs. Many peopple are fine with only half a thyroid. She should really judge how she feels and find a doctor who will listen.
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If there is enough thyroid to provide the hormones that is needed she should be OK from what I understand. She will probably have follow up checks to make sure everything stays the same. Or if she starts showing symptoms of being hypo she may need hormone replacement. She may need rechecks to make sure no other nodules develop.
From my understanding, I'm sure those who know a lot more will chime in, that it is possible for a section of thyroid that is left after surgery can produce enough. I would think that she needs to be tests no matter what. I'm curious to see what the others say.
I have a friend who, as far as I know, has never actually been diagnosed with any thyroid issues. She has been having trouble swallowing for some time and had some previous procedure done that she said didn't really work so she didn't want to go back to the Dr. for a return visit because she was sure he couldn't do anything to fix it. Lately I guess the swallowing has gotten worse so she went to the doctor. I don't have the story 100% but she ended up at an ENT. They found a nodule on her thyroid that is apparently the size of half a lime so they are going to do surgery. From what I understand, they are taking out part of her thyroid but have told her that she won't have to take thyroid meds. This sounded a little off to me so I was wondering if that is common. Seems to me if part of your thyroid is gone it wouldn't function adequately and you would need meds to supplement it.
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