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Hi doctors, , why hasimoto' s thyroiditis is painless, even there's a chronic inflammation, ? Thanks

Hi doctors, , why hasimoto' s thyroiditis is painless, even there's a chronic inflammation, ? Thanks

Inflammation : Inflammation does not always cause pain, particularly when you're referring to the thyroid and hashimoto's. Some thyroiditis can be painful, but most is not or the symptoms are very minor and thought to be a cold, flu or sore throat. ...Read more

Inflammation (Definition)

Inflammation is the body's attempt at self-protection; the aim being to remove harmful stimuli, including damaged cells, irritants, or pathogens - and begin the healing process. Inflammation is part of the complex biological response of vascular tissues to harmful stimuli, such as pathogens, ...Read more


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I was tested for thyroglob auto abs and it was at 43.2 iu/ml (thyroid perox ab at 13.9). Doctor says: hashimoto's thyroiditis. Is this absolute fact?

I was tested for thyroglob auto abs and it was at 43.2 iu/ml  (thyroid perox ab at 13.9). Doctor says: hashimoto's thyroiditis. Is this absolute fact?

Perhaps: Tg abs are less precise and can be seen in some other autoimmune diseases as well as hashimoto's and graves'. You can have clinical hashimotos and negative abs as well. ...Read more

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I had diagnose for thyroid inflammation, and doctor said that my thyroid is working well based on the lab test. What will be my req. Medication?

I had diagnose for thyroid inflammation, and doctor said that my thyroid is working well based on the lab test.  What will be my req. Medication?

Thyroid: You likely will not require medication right now. Thyroid medication is just replacement for under activity or blockage for over activity. It cannot make inflammation disappear. ...Read more

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Hi can you tell me the difference between thyroid nodules and an inflammed thyroid? My doctor said my thyroid was inflammed and he cannot feel nodules

Hi can you tell me the difference between thyroid nodules and an inflammed thyroid? My doctor said my thyroid was inflammed and he cannot feel nodules

Different: Inflammation is like a bruise, with swelling and infiltration of white blood cells. A nodule is a solid mass, which may be difficult to feel and need an ultrasound exam to discover.Episodes of inflammation can lead to the production of nodules. ...Read more

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Neck u/s done 4 globus sensation showed borderline enlarged thyroid, suggests underlying thyroiditis. Is it cause of globus? Is serious? Labs normal

Test results: An important part of tests (ultra-sound, etc) is understandable feedback and recommendations - incl "Don't worry". Ask about anything you'd worry about otherwise. Normal labs are good and suggest it's not serious but thyroiditis might call for check-ups from time to time. Ask. Best! ...Read more

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Autoimmune pancreatitis caused by autoimmune thyroiditis. Will taking out thyroid fix the pancreatitis?

Autoimmune pancreatitis caused by autoimmune thyroiditis. Will taking out thyroid fix the pancreatitis?

NO: Autoimmune thyroid is caused by the immune system attacking the thyroid. Autoimmune pancreatitis is caused by the immune system attacking the pancreas. consequently, if you remove the thyroid the immune system is still present and still causing autoimmunity to the pancreas. ...Read more

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Had my baby&could see in the mirror that my thyroid looked big. I told dr but it went down soon after. Ultrasound showed 8mm nodule. Thyroiditis?

Had my baby&could see in the mirror that my thyroid looked big. I told dr but it went down soon after. Ultrasound showed 8mm nodule.  Thyroiditis?

Throiditis: Is inflammation of the thyroid gland and yes with a swollen neck and a nodule you do have an inflammatory condition. Acupuncture and chinese medicine can be very helpful (in conjunction with your traditional care) so i would encourage you to find a practitioner in your area to help resolve the underlying condition that lead to this situation. ...Read more

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In hashimoto thyroiditis why is there an initial increase in thyroid levels?

In hashimoto thyroiditis why is there an initial increase in thyroid levels?

Mechanism: The thyroid has 2 months of thyroid hormones stored inside it. When it gets inflamed (thyroidtis), it can't hold on to the thyroid hormones and the hormones leak out into the blood stream. That's why you have high level at the beginning. Once all the hormone is leaked out, there is no hormones left and the body has to make the hormone again which is why you become low. ...Read more

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Can a person have post partum thyroiditis if they do not have a thyroid? How long after a levo increase does it take for a person to feel better?

Thyroid: Everyone has a thyroid gland unless has been surgically removed. Post partum thyroiditis indicates inflammation. Blood testing of thyroid hormone levels is important. It takes about 10 days to feel better after a change in dose of levothyroxine. ...Read more

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Had 7mm thyroid nodule that went away in a month.Also found to have thyroiditis.Dr said thyroiditis can cause thyroid to look like it has a nodule?

Correct: Your doctor is right. Ultrasound picks up the most tiny of abberations, and a 7 mm nodule may well be of no consequence, or be part of the heterogeneity of hashimotos thyroiditis or scarring left over from subacute thyroiditis. A cancerous nodule would not "go away" so you don't need to worry. ...Read more

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Is thyroiditis (based on u/s that showed borderline thyroid enlargement /goiter) related to thyroid cancer? If no nodes were seen? Have globus symptom

Is thyroiditis (based on u/s that showed borderline thyroid enlargement /goiter) related to thyroid cancer? If no nodes were seen? Have globus symptom

Globus: You started with a globus sensation which may be due to an anxiety disorder. You had a thyroid U/S done which sounds to be NORMAL. thyroiditis is not diagnosed on ultrasound, its based on hormone levels. You have no goiter or nodules. You have a normal exam. You need to address the globus. You can get an ENT exam with laryngopharyngoscopy and talk to your doctor about treating anxiety or OCD. ...Read more

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I have hashimoto's thyroiditis with 2 nodules on my thyroid and had a sudden drop in vitamin d- what's going on?

I have hashimoto's thyroiditis with 2 nodules on my thyroid and had a sudden drop in vitamin d- what's going on?

No need for panic: Small thyroid nodules is frequently encountered in people with hashimotos. These nodules seem to be small and of no clinical significance unless size is greater than 1 CM and/or worrisome findings per radiologist. Drop in vitamin d is not related but is certainltly of importance and i'm glad you were screened for. Your sun exposure is likely inadequate and depending on levels you may need suppleme. ...Read more

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I have acute thyroiditis , all thyroid levels&blood tests are perfect.However I have some pain in my right and left sides und my ribs, is this related?

I have acute thyroiditis , all thyroid levels&blood tests are perfect.However I have some pain in my right and left sides und my ribs, is this related?

No: I am going to assume that your thyrioditis is de quervain's subacute granulomatous thyroiditis. This almost always goes away without causing much trouble. Rib pain's a different story, and if it is in the center of your chest, is crushing, prevents you from sleeping or doing the other things you enjoy, or takes your breath away, a phyiscian's office visit is in order. ...Read more

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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