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Bronchitis Goiter Gp
13 yrs of gaining weight n tiredness. Goiter too. Thyroid enlarged but blood tests normal. I jyst don't feel right n gp won't help find answer. Idea?
Previous thyroid issue, goiter has enlarged more but TSH 1.25 never been so low total T4 19.6 antib 9 please see history for other symp gp says norm?
Thyroid level OK: The size of your thyroid is usually not related to the function. It appears that you are on thyroid hormone, presumably because your thyroid level was low. The total T4 level may be high because of high TBG related to oral contraceptives. A free T4 level will be more accurate, but the normal TSH indicates that you are on the correct dose of levothyroxine. ...Read more
31 years old, pnuemonia successfully treated 6 weeks ago. Now pretty sure I have bronchitis, should I contact gp?
Had cough 3 weeks, high temp & diag bronchitis in 3rd week. Penicillin. Now coughing up white frothy phlegm. Is this normal or should I go back to gp?
Swollen thyroid past 5 mos. No nodules, no antibodies & thyroid levels in normal range. Gp says 'asymptomatic goiter' but I have super dry skin, brittle hair falling out, very hard stools. What to do?
Normal TSH: Your symptoms could be due to an underactive thyroid gland, but if your blood tests included a TSH level and this was normal, it indicates that your thyroid gland is not the cause of your symptoms. ...Read more
I currently have a goiter & im very scared because I was informed they could b cancerous. Are there anyways to get rid of it on my own? .Im uninsured: (
Iodine: First, it would be best if you could find a free or low-cost clinic to have this examined. If it is truly a goiter, which is an enlarged thyroid, the most common cause is a lack of iodine in the diet. This is rare in the us because we have iodine added to our salt. But if that's the cause of your goiter, it's possible that increasing iodine-rich foods (eggs, fish, shellfish, yogurt) could help. ...Read more
Goiter: Some goiters are present in several family members and some are not. If you are concerned about getting it yourself because others in the family have been diagnosed with this in the past. Have your PCP check your thyroid (physical exam) and order appropriate lab studies and if it is OK don't worry but get the same labs done annually. ...Read more
Variable: Goiter simply means a growth in the thyroid. Three things: 1) what are your thyroid function tests? Hyperthyroidism is managed differently from goiters with normal or low function. 2) usually an ultrasound is done to look for nodules suspicious for cancer - with biopsy if needed, 3) goiters are sometimes removed if they are enlarging significantly or cause swallowing or breathing issues. ...Read more
Depends on cause: If it is a diffuse goiter, it may be caused by high tsh, which can arise in hypothyroidism or iodine deficiency (rare in usa, as salt is iodinated) or excessive goitrogens in susceptible ppl (like cauliflower). Treating the hypothyroidism can slow growth, if the above is the cause. If enlarging modules is the cause, surgery. Depends on cause, radioactive iodine may help. ...Read more
Goiter: Goiter is referred to enlarged thyroid gland. Visible enlargement may be the only symptom of it. Depending on the nature of the problem, there will be various symptoms present. Benign goiters may have minimal symptoms if small, while malignant or large benign ones may interfere with swallowing and / or breathing to name a few. ...Read more
Depends: Hi. "Goiter" simply refers to abnormal thyroid size and/or shape. Goiter can be diffuse, lumpy, multinodular, or solitary nodular. Thyroid shape/size abnormalities (goiters) can be associated with hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, normal thyroid function, benign tumors, and thyroid cancer. "Cure" of goiter depends on underlying cause. I would recommend you see an endocrinologist. Good luck! ...Read more
Iodized salt: Iodine supplementation, mainly through iodized salt, has eradicated iodine-deficiency, or endemic, goiter in the United States. Furthermore, certain foods (cassava and millet) eaten more commonly in some developing countries contain substances that promote the formation of goiter when iodine intake is marginal. ...Read more
Thyroid enlargement: A goiter is an enlarged thyroid. Most cases are not cancer (but a doc needs to examine you and probably do an ultrasound). The most common cause in the usa is living in an area that has soil that is deficient in iodine. Many goiters seem to run in families. At least 5% of all women have some nodules in their thyroid and this goes up to nearly half if screened with ultrasound. ...Read more
No: You cannot "catch" a goiter from others. But there are parts of the world with iodine deficiency, so that many residents will develop goiters. Within families, there may be a predisposition to auto-immunity, so that the immune system makes antibodies that target thyroid proteins, and can cause multiple family members to develop a goiter. ...Read more
No food restrictions: Worldwide, the common reason for goiter is a lack of iodine, known as iodine deficiency. In order to absorb as much iodine from the bloodstream as possible, the thyroid gets bigger due to an increase in thyroid cells. In america, people get enough iodine in their diet (usually through iodine added to salt), so there aren't good nor bad foods with regard to the thyroid problem. ...Read more
Thyroid and parotid: Goiter is a swelling of the thyroid gland, and mumps is an infection of parotid gland by mumps virus. Goiter is the one you see at the midline of the front of the neck, and mumps is a swelling you see in front of the ear on the side of the face. Goiter may be due to under or over-function of thyroid gland, and needs to be checked by a doctor. Mumps is highly contagious, but usually it heals. ...Read more
Yes but only if. .: Yes, it's ok to get pregnant w/thyroid disease but it's always best to get your thyroid condition (and remainder of your health) optimized prior to getting pregnant. This is where your family doc can provide you w/preconception counseling, especially for advanced maternal age. Family doc can also help manage thyroid disease in conjunction w/endocrinologist & obstetrician. ...Read more
Maybe no symptoms: A non-toxic goiter is simply a goiter - an enlarged thyroid gland. This may be metabolically hyperactive or hypoactive or you may be euthyroid - no change in activity. If very large, they can cause swallowing or breathing symptoms. If you think you have a goiter, you should be seen by your doctor. ...Read more
Hashimotos: Most cases of goiter are autoimmune in nature. This means your own body is sending antibodies to inflame the gland. Pregnancy is one of the peak times of physiologic stress where this happens. The others are adolescence and menopause. Your doctor can measure antibodies and thyroid function. ...Read more
Decades ago iodine deficiency was a common cause. These days the cause of benign enlargement of the thyroid (goiter) is not known. A substernal goiter is an enlarged thyroid that extends from the neck into the chest.
Anyone with an enlarged thyroid should have an ultrasound and most likely a needle biopsy of the gland. ...Read more