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Fast Growing Thyroid Goiter
How did a thyroid goiter and nodules grow so fast. 5 months! Was just diagnosed 6 days ago with hyperthyroidism?
Toxic nodular Goiter:
Toxic nodular goiter can hide a 10-20% risk of thyroid cancer. Need a beta-blocker like propranolol to control some symptoms like rapid heart rate to prevent heart failure.
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Does a single solid thyroid nodule grow rapidly if it is benign? The nodule is not a goiter. Tsh levels are normal.
Yes: Goiter is simply the term for an enlarged thyroid. Usually it is bilateral (both sides) but you can have marked difference from one side or the other. One sided masses of the thyroid are more concerning for a thyroid cancer, and so should be evaluated at least with an ultrasound, and perhaps with a needle biopsy. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Good Question: Impossible to answer why in this forum. You should see a thyroid specialist- either an endocrinologist or a thyroid surgeon to help answer this question. Read more
I have had a goiter since 6 years. It has always been stable. Since 8 months it is growing. I feel unconfortable breathing laying down at night ans feel pressure on my neck in certains positions. What should I do?
See Endocrinologist: You’d need to visit with an Endocrinologist at this point for blood testing and treatment options. Read more
I have 5 "nodules" in my thyroid, 2 of which have grown their own vascular rims. How serious is this? I have 5 "nodules" "goiters" or whatever word d'jour pops up. Two of these growths have grown their own vascular rim, and no one is doing anything. I
Multinodular goiter: Multi nodular goiter (mng) is likely what you are describing. This condition often times does not cause thyroid hormone problems but if it does, then the term functional or toxic mng is applied. In either scenario, the options including just monitoring nodular size by us versus thyroid removal, either surgically or via radioactive iodine. Seldom that use of thyroid hormone therapy will be helpful. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Usually not: Goiters usually grow out, not in, and do not affect vocal cords, trachea, or esophagus. Sometimes, big nodular goiters in the elderly can do this, but not usually. However, if the goiter is producing either hyper or hypothyroidism, that can certainly affect the vocal cords. Hypothyroidism could turn you from an alto into a tenor.... Or more. Read more
Cause??: If a goiter is the result of anti-thyroid antibodies and your thyroid function is normal, there isn't much to be done. It will eventually go down on its own as long as thryoid function is kept normal. If from over/under active thyroid, medication may help. Multinodular goiters are more complicated and may need surgery. Other reasons also, so please discuss cause/treatment options with doctor. Read more
It might...: Goiter is simply an enlarged thyroid. A goiter may or may not produce a normal amount of thyroid hormone. A simple lab test can tell if your thyroid levels are normal or not. If your lab results are normal, then your goiter is probably not affecting your weight. On the contrary, a normal sized thyroid can also run high or low and affect your weight. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Goiter: Thyroid nodules and goiters are slow growing and take years to grow. However, there could be a more rapid increase in size due to tumors, inflammation, pregnancy, bleeding within the nodules, or thyrotoxicosis (hyper functioning gland). For this reason, once diagnosed, most physicians recommend thyroid nodules/goiters be monitored with annual examination and thyroid ultrasound. Read more
Diagnosis: Were you diagnosed by GP or Endocrinologist? If so, did the prescribe a course of effective treatment? If not, make an appointment now. If the homeopathic you are taking is not working, why do you continue to take it? Read more
My friend seen I specialist and was told she had multiple small goiters on her thyroid and dr's did nothing why?
Small nodules: Thyroid nodules are quite common. If they are small and not causing swallowing or breathing problems, you can monitor them with periodic ultrasound and biopsy if they grow or changing significantly. Most likely your friend nodules are still small so the specialist opted to just follow them. Read more
To some extent: If a goiter is due to primary hypothyroidism then levothyroxine allows TSH to come down thereby removing one source of goiter. However, patients with hashimoto's also have lymphocytic infiltration of the gland which contributes to goiter development also. That takes time to go down. We see this in patients with nl thyroid function also. Grave's antibodies stimulate thyroid growth mimicking tsh. Read more
Some are caused: By iodine deficiency, which is a reason for iodinized table salt...Those lacking seafood in the midwest and near west used to be so afflicted. Taking exogenous thyroid hormone (thyrolar, synthroid) may turn off TSH stimulation and reduce/diminish growth, but that is treatment rather than prevention. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: It can cause you to put on weight only if it also affects the ability of the thyroid to make hormones. Frequently, a thyroid goiter will have no affect on thyroid's function, in which case, it should not cause weight gain. See your doctor to have your thyroid function tested if you are worried. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer