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Can enlarged thyroid cause throat clearing and excess sputum feeling?

Can enlarged thyroid cause throat clearing and excess sputum feeling?

Throat Clearing: Unless the thyroid is asymmetric or huge, would not cause throat clearing. Chronic fatigue and throat clearing, rule out: acid reflux with reduced sleep post nasal drip due to chronic sinusitis generalized aching: consider gum disease or sinus disease. Sinusitis: see www.Grossaninstitute.Com. ...Read more

Yawning (Definition)

Yawning is opening the mouth semi-voluntarily while taking a long, deep breath of air. It is a type of reflex action controlled by the brain (a person cannot yawn on command). Yawning is normal, and usually due to drowsiness or tiredness. However, excessive yawning that happens much more often than normal may be caused by vagus nerve signals, due ...Read more


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How can enlarged thyroid with throat tightening or throat spasm be treated

How can enlarged thyroid  with throat  tightening or throat spasm be treated

Goiter: If the thyroid is large it can cause narrowing of the airway and that is an indication for surgery. You should have your thyroid hormone levels checked, if hyper or hypoactive it can be treated. If the hormone level is normal, you should have a cat scan to determine if the gland is narrowing the breathing pipe or trachea. If so surgery may treat your problem. Finally you should look for other causes of shortness of breath including asthma or obstructive sleep apnea. ...Read more

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I just yawned and my jaw/throat area got a cramp. It hurt really bad for about 10 seconds and felt like someone was sticking a needle in my jaw-throat area! why did this happen?

I just yawned and my jaw/throat area got a cramp. It hurt really bad for about 10 seconds and felt like someone was sticking a needle in my jaw-throat area! why did this happen?

It is a muscle spasm: When you yawn the jaw muscles can get out of sync and the main opening muscle of the jaw called the lateral pterygoid muscle can get a spasm.It is nothing to worry about. Be careful when you yawn. It is like a charley horse. ...Read more

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When I yawn, cough, or open my mouth I get a cramp on the right side of my throat. What could this be?

When I yawn, cough, or open my mouth I get a cramp on the right side of my throat. What could this be?

Muscle spasm!: You may well have problems related to grinding your teeth while sleeping and therefore making you more prone to this type of muscle spasm! Should prob talk with your dentist about this! ...Read more

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How will i know what does an enlarged thyroid mean?

Large Thyroid: It could mean anything from a viral infection to cancer. An enlarged thyroid should be evaluated by you physician. ...Read more

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What could be causing my enlarged thyroid if I have no other serious symptoms?

What could be causing my enlarged thyroid if I have no other serious symptoms?

Autoimmunity: Goiters, or enlarged thyroids, may be associated with high, low, or normal thyroid levels. Often, if the thyroid levels are normal, there is no need to do anything but keep an eye on things. Autoimmunity, where the immune system makes antibodies against someone's own proteins, is the cause for most thyroid problems in the US, including goiters and nodules as well as high & low thyroid levels. ...Read more

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Possible thyroid enlargement I think. Dr says no. What now?

Possible thyroid enlargement I think. Dr says no. What now?

Thyroid: Its called goiter. Ask for a thyroid ultrasound. Minimally ask for an antibody test that can detect inflammatory agents causing the enlargement. Thyroid function test as well. If you've got a family history of thyroid disease in first-degree relative, you should be screened anyway. ...Read more

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Thyroid Enlargement (Definition)

Thyroid enlargement refers to a thyroid gland that is larger than normal. The thyroid gland is located in the front of the neck, below the Adam's apple, and may become enlarged due to hyper or hypo-thyroidism. An enlarged thyroid is also ...Read more


Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more