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Hey all,

Very new to this website so please bear with me. Just looking for some advice or someone to point me in a general direction.

When I was 16 I had an abnormal growth on my thyroid which I got surgically removed. The surgeons estimated that they removed about 1/3 of my thyroid and told me I would not need any hormone therapy or supplements. I remember them saying that my blood should be monitored for some time period but nobody ever followed up. I did not experience any symptoms that I know of.

For the past few years, I've noticed that my hands and feet are generally very cold. By very cold I mean sometimes to the point of being numb. My finger nails are generally always a bluish colour and my feet are often white. But a few times throughout the day, both my hands and feet and sometimes nose and cheeks will become very hot, red and swollen. I've noticed that it can be almost 'offset' by putting on too many layers (e.g. in bed with blankets) or drinking a warm drink. But most of the time, it occurs out of nowhere.

After some googling, I found this could be related to hyperthyroidism (which I do not know very much about, my apologies). Has anyone experienced this?

Is this worth taking to an endocrinologist?

Thanks in advance,


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Is this good advice?

Sorry, I meant hypothyroidism (I think).

Is this good advice?

Hi Jessstein,

We are sorry to hear what you have been experiencing. We recommend checking out our different pages covering hyper- and hypothyroid overviews.

Have you seen your regular doctor yet? It is always recommended to check in with a familiar physician before taking your condition to a specialist.

We hope this helps. Please don't hesitate to reach out with any other questions.