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What's done if the thyroid is causing difficulty breathing?

What's done if the thyroid is causing difficulty breathing?

Surgery: If thyroid is enlarged as in goiter and causing compression as to interfere with breathing then surgery would be a possible choice. ...Read more

Dr. Terri Washington
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Thyroid Diseases (Definition)

You can have problems with they thyroid making too much or too little thyroid hormone. You can also have problems with it being too large (goiter) of having nodules or cysts in it. There are also occasional thyroid cancers. Most thyroid problems can be easily diagnosed and treated ...Read more


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Thyroid feels enlarged, there is a ball on the upper back of my neck near the skull (feels like a painless ball) and I have difficulty breathing.

Thyroid feels enlarged, there is a ball on the upper back of my neck near the skull (feels like a painless ball) and I have difficulty breathing.

Go to the Er : Sounds like you have a variety of issues. Have a the clinicians examine yourself at the emergency room. Have a look at your thyroid airway as well as her neck. ...Read more

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Thyroid feels big, hard lump on back of neck, difficulty breathing, red/purple stretch marks on thighs, and occasional headaches. What could this be?

Thyroid feels big, hard lump on back of neck, difficulty breathing, red/purple stretch marks on thighs, and occasional headaches. What could this be?

? Medication effect: First i need to know more details about the medications that you are currently taking since some of the medications (like steroids) may give occasional headaches, lump on back of the neck and stretch marks in addition to some other symptoms and signs like weight gain, elevated blood sugar, hypertension... ...Read more

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Swollen thyroid difficulty breathing very tired dizziness fever hands are very shaky.. Should I wait until after the weekend and call my doc or go to er? Im so confused

Swollen thyroid difficulty breathing very tired dizziness fever hands are very shaky.. Should I wait until after the weekend and call my doc or go to er? Im so confused

Thyroid storm/crisis: Swollen and tender thyroid along with fever/dizziness etc...Is concerning for an acute thyrotoxicosis (thyroid storm)--an infection/inflammation in your thyroid causing a huge release of the hormone resulting your symptoms. Since you are having a hard time breathing, i would not wait because of a long weekend. Call your doc to find your options. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can a thyroid problem cause tenderness in legs, shortness of breath, rapid breathing, rapid and slow heart rate?

Can a thyroid problem cause tenderness in legs, shortness of breath, rapid breathing, rapid and slow heart rate?

Yes to all: Depending on the type of disease, the thyroid controls the metabolism and can cause muscle aches and hypo or hyper can increase or slow down heart beats or irregular heart beats and can affect respiratory pattern in many ways such as drive and hypo can cause hypoventilation. ...Read more

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When ever i lie down it feels difficult to breath like the air is being blocked in my neck area. Thyroid problems do run in family?

When ever i lie down it feels difficult to breath like the air is being blocked in my neck area. Thyroid problems do run in family?

Breathing: This one you will need to see physician. There is a condition related to thyroid called substernal thyroid which if large enough can compromise breathing. ...Read more

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Can thyroid problems cause chest tightness and shortness of breath? I've had CBC tests done all normal ekgs echocardiogram so i dunno what this is :(

Can thyroid problems cause chest tightness and shortness of breath? I've had CBC tests done all normal ekgs echocardiogram so i dunno what this is :(

Stress and panic: Exhaustion. Holding stress in your chest. Breathing too shallowly for too long. You find not have heart disease and you now have the tests to prove it. This is your body trying to get your attention. Something is wrong. What are you holding in or on to? ...Read more

Breathing (Definition)

Breathing is the way we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide (co2) through out lungs. When our lungs expand we take fresh air in that contains oxygen and then when our lungs ...Read more


Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Difficulty Breathing (Definition)

Chest dyspnea is a feeling of being short of breath, a feeling of not being able to fully expand the chest wall, such as due to pain after a ...Read more