I had my thyroid removed 17 years ago I have always taken Synthroid what will happen if I stop taking it all together now?
"If a person with no thyroid (surgically removed or eradicated by radioiodine treatment) were to stop thyroid hormone and were to never get a chance to be put back, the result is invariable death following a greatly accelerated display of all the familiar symptoms to a much exaggerated degree.
Thyroid hormone is essential for life. Virtually every organ and metabolic processes depend on thyroid hormone. With sudden withdrawal of thyroid hormone, the heart becomes weak and slow; breathing drive suppressed; body temperature goes down; blood sodium and blood sugar drop; the brain, stupor and comatose, and eventually death. I suspect this hypothetical individual would survive for a few months, miserable."
Source: J. Wang, primary care physician.
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