Hashimoto's =should I Get The Thing Out?

I've had hashimoto's for 3 years since the birth of my daughter, since then I have rapidly declined. I have nerve damage in my legs, arms and head. Should I have my thyroid removed before the autoimmune process damages it further? Is it worth the risks? Are there any here that have had their thyroid removed and feel better. I have no immune system. constant infections. etc thank you
chrissybalsley chrissybalsley
31-35
3 Responses Jul 15, 2010

Hello Chrissy,<br />
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I have probably had the disease for years but I am newly diagnosed. I have been spending most of my days and nights trying to learn about this disease. I am not one to be overly concerned about an ailment and need to know every thing I can about it. I am now because every doctor I have talked to has no clue! They use outdated information, don't know the symptoms, etc. <br />
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My disease is not progressed to the stages that yours has, so it has hard for me to say don't do it, I might feel different if I were in your shoes. That being said, I would have very strong reservations before taking such a drastic step. Especially when you consider how much misinformation is out there. It seems that the doctors are the ones with the least amount of information. PLEASE research as much as you can, see more than a few experts, and find others who have done it before you undergo an irreversible surgery.<br />
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I am in the early stages of learning about this, but I have found a book that has a lot of useful info: http://www.amazon.com/Living-Well-Hypothyroidism-Doctor-Doesnt/dp/0380808986<br />
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Best of luck to you<br />
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Best of luck to you!

I would HIGHLY recommend getting a second opinion from an endocrinologist. What doctor are you seeing? Finding a Natural Wellness doc is a good idea as well. You have to be your own advocate, if you dont feel something is right, find a new doctor.

Who told you have your thyroid removed would help? Did they say you have grave's diease, that is the only time I have heard of doctors removing a thryroid for medical reasons. The problem isn't with your thyroid it's with your immune system. Your immune system is harming your thyroid.It is not that you have no immune systen it is that the immune system is working way overtime. I take thryroid medication , have been for the last 12 years. I don't think my thyroid works at all. If I were I would reseach this illness as much as you can and form your own ideas about what treatment you need.