When You Don't Have a Thyroid Gland

If you do not have a thyroid gland, you can expect many of the same symptoms as the more common hypothyroid symptoms caused by a non-functioning thyroid gland. You may need similar medical treatment. It helps to know, and there are specific things to keep in mind about diet, thyroid hormone levels, and ation dosage.

Why do some people not have a thyroid?

There are a number of reasons why you may have a loss of thyroid gland, and if you had a thyroid gland in the past, your symptoms may change but not now.

Among the most common causes of underactive thyroid gland are:

Treatment for thyroid cancer usually involves the surgical removal of all or part of the thyroid gland.
Sometimes surgical removal of the thyroid gland, goiter, or enlarged thyroid gland may be necessary. Growth affects breathing or swallowing.
Hyperthyroidism occurs when some people with a toxic nodule, goiter, or Groves' disease produce and release too much thyroid hormone. One of the treatments considered for this type of hyperthyroidism is surgical removal of the thyroid gland.
A small percentage of people are born with or without an underactive thyroid gland. This is called cognitive hypothyroidism.
There are other cases where the thyroid gland is completely absent, but the activity is so severe that the activity is lower than expected from standard hypothyroidism.

These terms include:

Radioactive iodine (RAI) treatment for Gray Graves' disease of the thyroid gland is called ablation therapy. RAI is highly debilitating and completely destroys your gland's ability to produce thyroid hormone.
Hashimoto's disease is an autoimmune condition in which antibodies gradually destroy your ability to produce thyroid hormones.
Ations such as lithium can damage your thyroid gland by producing thyroid hormone.
Symptoms of hypothyroidism
Hypothyroidism is a manifestation of a low-activity thyroid hormone, and many people with an underactive thyroid gland have an underactive thyroid gland. But if you do not have an active thyroid gland at all, you will also experience the general effects of hypothyroidism.

They include:

1.      Weight gain
2.      Cold intolerance
3.      Fatigue
4.      Sleep problems
5.      Concentration troubles are described as brain fog
6.      Management Depression
7.      Management Dry ski
8.      Muscle aches

Usually, these symptoms improve with treatment, but if your ation dose is high you may experience adverse effects such as heat intolerance or weight loss. Interestingly, hypothyroidism can disrupt concentration by making you tired, but in high doses it can interfere with your ability to concentrate and make you jump and be manic or hypomonic.

Symptoms are not always perfectly managed with ation medications and may require some changes beyond taking thyroid replacement medications such as getting extra sleep, using moisturizer on your skin or wearing heavy clothing.

Special Considerations

If your thyroid gland has been removed, you can expect the above, and you should also pay attention to other factors that are unique to your condition. Interestingly, if you do not have a thyroid gland, some problems are a little easier and simpler than if you were just a hypothyroid.


You should be aware of excessive consumption of soy based foods, excessive drinking soy affects the ability of your thyroid hormone replacement ation to be properly absorbed.

TSH level maintenance

If you have had a dysfunctional thyroid gland in the past, you may remember that a dysfunctional thyroid gland can occasionally produce thyroid hormone. The gland can mistakenly increase or decrease the active thyroid hormone, making it difficult to regulate thyroid levels with drugs.

If you do not have an active thyroid gland, you may find it easier to maintain an optimal TSH level with lower fluctuations in your thyroid function and a stable ation dose.

Actions cure after removal of thyroid cancer

If you have had your thyroid gland removed due to cancer, you are in a unique position to be given thyroid hormone replacement ations at an "suppressive" level. TSH) levels are very low or undetectable. By most laboratory standards you will be considered a hyperthyroid, but this suppression is needed to prevent the cancer from recurring.

In the end, even if you call yourself a hyperthyroid, most of the advice about the thyroid gland still applies to you because you do not have a thyroid gland.

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  1. Great post and thanks for sharing these tips but along with this also take herbal and organic thyroid tablets. This is very helpful for me.