My operation in France: Thyroid removal

After 20 years, it took a move to France to diagnose cancer for Eileen W.

The inside story of readers who have had operations in France... this is the fourth in the series of operations, written by Gillian Harvey

When Eileen Worthington’s thyroid nodules turned out to be cancerous, she was referred for thyroidectomy. While the operation itself was straightforward, finding the right treatment for her symptoms had proven less so. The thyroid gland secretes hormones vital for body cells to function.

Initial Symptoms

Looking back, I think I’d been suffering from an underactive thyroid for over 20 years. I’d suffered terrible fatigue in the UK, but had been told by my doctor that I ought to improve my diet and take more vitamins – despite the fact I was already very fit. In the end, I gave up trying to get diagnosed; I got used to feeling unwell and put up with the crushing tiredness I’d experienced on a daily basis.


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