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Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more


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In a new state. Autonomic dz is pots. Pit, liver, ovary adenomas. Thyroid has new solid nodules and nodes. Only bx'd node.? Ask for excision?

In a new state. Autonomic dz is pots. Pit, liver, ovary adenomas. Thyroid has new solid nodules and nodes. Only bx'd node.? Ask for excision?

Thyroid nodules: I know more about pots than thyroid but in general if you have a node biopsied, if there is not diagnosis, they will likely biopsy nodule to determine whether to excise. If there is a diagnosis based on node biopsy, that will lead to best recommendation. Decision depends on the pathology and extent of tissue involved. If hyperthyroid, that can explain what was diagnosed as pots, as not pots. ...Read more

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At bed time I get goosebumps everywhere and am very cold. Dr checked thyroid, b vitamins normal. History pots and ehlers danlos. What else can cause?

At bed time I get goosebumps everywhere and am very cold. Dr checked thyroid, b vitamins normal. History pots and ehlers danlos. What else can cause?

Muscle contraction: Goose bumps are caused by the contraction of small smooth muscles in the skin, arrector pili. The main stimulus for goose bumps is the body trying to retain heat so it goes with your sense of cold. It could be linked to Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia syndrome as these skin smooth muscle contractions are triggered by stimulation of the autonomic nervous system, the same system affected by POTS. ...Read more

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Feeling cold and chills with no other symptoms especially when tired. Recent thyroid test normal hist. Pots anxiety GERD and ehlers danlos?

Feeling cold and chills with no other symptoms especially when tired. Recent thyroid test normal hist. Pots anxiety GERD and ehlers danlos?

Discuss w/ providers: The providers who treat your known conditions should have a 1st shot at this symptom. If they find links to your existing conditions, they can update their treatment plan to address it. Also, your existing anxiety may be the prime suspect. Please consider CBT to learn skills that can help w/ all of your issues by avoiding, reducing and managing stress and anxiety. Call your provider. Best! ...Read more

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Can smoking hurt your thyroid?

Can smoking hurt your thyroid?

What does it help?: Indirectly as it damages blood vessels, nerves and other organs. What part of your body does smoking help? ...Read more

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What are the risks of smoking without a thyroid?

What are the risks of smoking without a thyroid?

All the usual risks: All the same risks of smoking with a thyroid, many cancers, heart disease, copd, etc. If you have grave's disease (hyperthyroidism) or if you ever had graves disease, smoking exacerbates the eye disease (ophthalmopathy) that can occur. ...Read more

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Does cigarette smoking effect your thyroid?

Does cigarette smoking effect your thyroid?

Possibly: Patients with graves' disease exposed to cigarette smoke, even secondhand can have worsening of their eye disease. ...Read more

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Does smoking cig make complex thyroid intermediate nodules worse? I have 5 dominant nodules in my thyroid?

Probably not: I am not aware of any association between cigarette smoking and thyroid nodules, but if it provides an additional motivation to stop smoking, I'm all for it. ...Read more

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I have calification on my thyroid. I want to quit smoking, so can I take nicorett? I heard if you have thyroid problem, nicorett might not be good.

I have calification on my thyroid. I want to quit smoking, so can I take nicorett? I heard if you have thyroid problem, nicorett might not be good.

Not a problem: Taking nicorette (nicotine gum) might possibly be a problem if you had an overactive thyroid, but having calcifications in the thyroid usually has nothing to do with thyroid function. As long as you have had your thyroid levels checked, and they are normal, I would not worry about the nicorette (nicotine gum). In any event, it has to be better than smoking. ...Read more

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Is there a correlation between hyperactive thyroid and cigar smoking?

Exophthalmos: A complication of grave's disease, exophthalmos, is a serious eye disorder which is more likely to occur to a smoker than a non-smoker with grave's disease. ...Read more

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Can smoking weed effect a person with an underactive thyroid?

Can smoking weed effect a person with an underactive thyroid?

No it will not but: Smoking weed will not effect a person with underactive thyroid. But smoking weed can be harmful if smoked in excess and can be habit forming
discus with your doctor. ...Read more

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I have been feeling like I can't get enough air. I quit smoking 15 days ago because of it. Is it anything serious? I also have thyroid and asthma pro

I have been feeling like I can't get enough air. I quit smoking 15 days ago because of it. Is it anything serious? I also have thyroid and asthma pro

Stay quit: It is better that you continue to be off from cigarette. You could have mild asthma flares that give you the symptoms of short of breath. Other things like viral infection, anxiety etc could possibly contribute to your problem as well. You need to d/w your doctor and get checked. Don't go back to cigarette anymore. You don't want to hurt your self by damaging your lung permanently. ...Read more

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The doctor told my partner he has an overactive thyroid caused by him smoking didn't offer any meds but now we are ttc could this affect this?

Don't think so: Smoking causes lots of problems, but overactive thyroid is not one of them. If your partner has hyperthyroidism, the overproduction or over-release of thyroid hormone, there are many causes, including viral infections and auto-immune disease. Further testing should be done. Ask for a referral to an endocrinologist, a specially trained physician in this area. ...Read more

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Taking ptu (propylthiouracil) for overactive thyroid and Clomid also; does smoking affect thyroid hormones?

Taking ptu (propylthiouracil) for overactive thyroid and Clomid also; does smoking affect thyroid hormones?

Eye disease: Smoking will greatly increase your risk for developing grave's exophthalmopathy. Essentially, the eyes are pushed out because of immune deposits behind them. This will make it difficult for you to close your eyes. People go blind from this depending on severity. We don't understand why smoking increases your risk but it does. ...Read more

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I have hypothyroidism but my doc said I may have hyperthyroidism as well. Could smoking marijuana have caused this or affect my thyroid at all?

Unlikely: Though certain thyroid conditions can cause both hypo and hyper thyroidism at one point or another, both cannot exist at the same time. It would be like saying your gas tank is full and empty at the same time. At this time there aren't any conclusive studies showing that chronic marijuana use directly affects thyroid function. However, marijuana does affect other hormones. ...Read more

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Cspinesyrinx pregnant eds3 pots. Past 4 days tension headache neck and back of head on& off. Feelslike pressure when I go up stairs and stand up. Worry?

Cspinesyrinx pregnant eds3 pots. Past 4 days tension headache neck and back of head on& off. Feelslike pressure when I go up stairs and stand up. Worry?

Common in pregnancy: While it sounds like your situation is complicated with back /spine related issues, headaches in pregnancy are actually common. This should not be assumed to be normal, though, and should be addressed with your ob/gyn. You do not specify how far along you are and headaches can also be related to complications such as preeclampsia. Call your doctor! ...Read more

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I've this jaw/ear pressure that makes me think TMJ but also bad neck throbbing and POTS-like issues (go blind standing up). All related? Arteritis?

I've this jaw/ear pressure that makes me think TMJ but also bad neck throbbing and POTS-like issues (go blind standing up). All related? Arteritis?

Can't say for sure: Coudl be TMJ. I have no data to indicate arteritis. I agree more than one process can be active. The complexity here indcates your best benefit is to discuss this with your physician. ...Read more

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Sore throat (they said strep) swollen node in neck, now cold sore-all after omnicef, (cefdinir) now what? Sick of being sick I have pots to. Which doesn't help

A cold sore!: When you are sick from any cause, or under mental stress, the herpes virus in many individuals will "outbreak." physical stres or mental stress to the body, it is the same. That is why "cold sores" are called cold sores. If you are prone to this. Ask your doctor for a herpes medication you can take immediately to prevent an outbreak! Best! ...Read more

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Can tight scalene s cause pressure feeling jaw neck and shoulder. Hist eds3 pots GERD anxiety. Recent EKG echo normal. Paranoid it's heart related?

Can tight scalene s cause pressure feeling jaw neck and shoulder. Hist eds3 pots GERD anxiety. Recent EKG echo normal. Paranoid it's heart related?

Not surprised if yes: Referred pain is a common phenomenon. A massage therapist experienced in working with these muscle trigger points probably can bring about changes in such pain. It is not a D.I.Y. task - you could cause trouble if it is done by an amateur. Jaw, neck and shoulder pain is worth trying this if you know a professional who claims to know the procedure. W/ a normal cardiac exam, heart is not a worry. ...Read more

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Could an elevation in one's TSH level be indicative of hyper/hypo thyroidism?

Could an elevation in one's TSH level be indicative of hyper/hypo thyroidism?

Hypothyroidism: When the thyroid makes too little hormone (t4 and t3), the pituitary makes more TSH to try to compensate. So an elevated TSH is indicative of a thyroid that has failed or is failing, and you may need to take levothyroxine. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Back of neck is soleing...Is this from smoking?

Back of neck is soleing...Is this from smoking?

NO: I do not think you get swelling in your neck from smoking. ...Read more

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Can smoking cause neck cancer?

Yes: Tobacco is a known cause of cancers of the mouth, throat, voice box, esophagus and more. ...Read more

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Severe chest and neck pain. Is this related to giving up smoking?

Severe chest and neck pain. Is this related to giving up smoking?

Probably not: I hope not because we wouldn't want to discourage anyone from smoking cessation ;-)
unless you just quit smoking and are coughing a lot, which does happen at first, then these symptoms are not likely to be related to your giving up smoking. If no better after self care for a couple weeks time then see your doctor. If you are coughing a lot then it could be due to that. ...Read more

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Recently I am experiencing that after smoking I feel pain in neck when I do swallow action?

Recently I am experiencing that after smoking I feel pain in neck when I do swallow action?

See a doctor: Asap. And stop smoking. This noxious habit causes numerous medical conditions which caught early are treatable, but need urgent diagnosis. Please go and be seen quickly and get this worked out. Hope things are better soon. ...Read more

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I stopped smoking four months back. Why do I get flue so frequently nowadays? It sometimes feels if the glands in my neck are swollen too.

I stopped smoking four months back. Why do I get flue so frequently nowadays? It sometimes feels if the glands in my neck are swollen too.

Cadmium toxicity: Ex-smokers have an increased body burden of cadmium. If they are under stress, not getting good sleep, not exercising, not eating healthy anti-inflammatory food and not taking enough vit d they may be releasing free cadmium. Cadmium causes stress, inflammation, and lowers 25-oh vitamin d. Low vit d increases susceptibility to illness. ...Read more

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I've currently been experiencing pain in my chest, neck, and shoulders constantly. People in my family have had smoking induced heart attacks before.

I've currently been experiencing pain in my chest, neck, and shoulders constantly. People in my family have had smoking induced heart attacks before.

See your doctor: You seem very anxious. Now you are very young. Your worry seems to be at a high level so I would tell you to go to your doctor for evaluation to ease your mind ...Read more

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Last night I was feeling around my neck and felt a pea-sized tender, movable ball. I've been really worried. I am going through smoking cessation.?

Last night I was feeling around my neck and felt a pea-sized tender, movable ball. I've been really worried. I am going through smoking cessation.?

Lymph nodes...: Sometimes the glands around your neck called lymph nodes can grow for a short period of time for different reasons, most commonly your body is fighting a viral infection. After it is resolved the glands come back to normal size. If they don't grow smaller after 3-4 wks or so, feel hard, and don't move when prompted to do so then it merits a visit to your doctor. If feeling very sick get seen sooner. ...Read more

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Can smoking cause slightly swollen lymph nodes (5-10mm) in one side of the neck?

Can smoking cause slightly swollen lymph nodes (5-10mm) in one side of the neck?

Not likely: Lymph nodes on one side of the neck need to be evaluated by your physician and a complete physical needs to be done. If you are smoking, please stop. ...Read more