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Medicine for thyroid nodule?

Medicine for thyroid nodule?

Depends on problem: 3 major categories of potential health issues caused by thyroid nodules: a) large size affecting swallowing, breathing, voice ; b) over active production of thyroid hormone (hyperthyroid) ; and c) ~5% of nodules are cancer. Methimazole and ptu (propylthiouracil) are pills that block thyroid hormone production, treating b) above. Radioactive i-131 can shrink/destroy nodule, treating a) and b). Need surgery for c). ...Read more

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Dr. James Wright
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Holistic medicine addresses the whole person: mind, body and spirit. Holistic medical practitioners generally integrate alternative and complementary therapies such as nutritional medicine, herbal medicine, acupuncture, and homeopathy with conventional therapies, and focus on the importance of diet, lifestyle, and stress reduction to achieve ...Read more


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I have 3.3 cm x 3.1 cm x 5.0 cm thyroid nodule on the right side. The pain is literally unbearable, none of the pain medicine I was prescribed is h...

I have 3.3 cm x 3.1 cm x 5.0 cm thyroid nodule on the right side. The pain is literally unbearable, none of the pain medicine I was prescribed is h...

Thyroiditis?: Several conditions can cause thyroid nodules with pain. Thyroid hormone irregularities are the most common. But there are many others. You need to have you pcp send you to an internist or endocrinologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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How fast do thyroid nodules grow?

Variable: Thyroid nodules are variable in their growth patterns. Some can grow quickly in size, particularly if there is a cystic component to the nodule. Your doctor will usually suggest an ultrasound to follow the growth of the nodule every 6 months to one year, depending on the level of suspicion. ...Read more

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How can I get lid of thyroid nodules?

How can I get lid of thyroid nodules?

Hmm: Other than surgery (which I am not necessarily recommending), generally speaking thyroid nodules do not go away. You should have an ultrasound and possibly a needle aspiration. An endocrinologist or head and neck surgeon would be able to help get you worked up. ...Read more

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Can medication shrink thyroid nodules?

Can medication shrink thyroid nodules?

Usually not: In the distant past, thyroid hormone was used to 'shrink' nodules. More recent studies with ultrasound monitoring has shown that most nodules do not shrink with thyroid hormone treatment. Because thyroid cancer is the fastest increasing cancer in women, it is important to follow most thyroid nodules with ultrasound. With hashimoto's thyroiditis, there can be false or pseudonodules. ...Read more

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Does medication actually shrink thyroid nodules?

No: There is radioactive therapy for nodules that are hyperactive and secrete hormone or those that are cancerous. Most thyroid nodules are not of these types, and there is no need to shrink them. ...Read more

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I have two thyroid nodules, is it ok to just wait and watch?

I have two thyroid nodules, is it ok to just wait and watch?

May need biopsy: The management of thyroid nodules depends on a number of factors. How big are they? What do they look like on ultrasound? Are they "hot" (take up radioiodine) or cold? Are they part of a multinodular goiter or hashimotos thyroiditis? The risk of a nodule being cancer is usually low, but big, solitary nodules are more worrisome. A biopsy is an easy procedure by someone trained in this. ...Read more

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What should I anticipate as standard approach in treating thyroid nodules?

What should I anticipate as standard approach in treating thyroid nodules?

Several steps: 1) history and physical exam by doctor, 2) blood test to assess thyroid function. If hyperthyroid: needs treatment and usually a nuclear scan. 3) if thyroid function is normal or depressed usually a thyroid ultrasound is done 4) if nodule is solid or suspicious then fine needle aspiration. 5) if benign: follow-up - if malignant (or suggestive) refer to qualified surgeon. ...Read more

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What caued thyroid nodules? Thyroid is normal size and functions normally...

What caued thyroid nodules?  Thyroid is normal size and functions normally...

Very common problem: Thyroid nodules are very common. We do not know why they appear. They normally do not cause functional changes in the thyroid. Once they are found, thyroid labs are done and ultrasound is used to evaluate. Those over 1 cm often get biopsied with fine needle aspiration biopsy. Luckily, about 95% of nodules are benign. ...Read more

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How is a thyroid nodule treated?

How is a thyroid nodule treated?

Complicated question: Most nodules are initially treated with a biopsy. Additional therapy, if any, will depend on the results of that biopsy and any other symptoms or signs associated with that nodule. In truth, the treatment for any thyroid nodule is very individualized and impossible to generalize further. ...Read more

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Are cold thyroid nodules cancerous?

Only occassionally: While almost all thyroid cancers are cold, so are most benign nodules. If the nodule is hot, it is extremely rare for it to be cancer. If it is cold and looks suspicious on an ultrasound performed or at least interpreted by a very experienced clinician, it should be biopsied to see if surgery is necessary. ...Read more

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How can you shrink a thyroid nodule?

How can you shrink a thyroid nodule?

Depends on the cause: If a nodule is due to hashimoto's thyroiditis (inflammation caused by autoimmunity, where one's own immune system attacks one's proteins and tissues), then taking thyroid hormone pills can shrink it. If it's a tumor that's over-producing thyroid hormone, radioactive iodine can kill it, and make it smaller). Fluid-filled cysts can be drained with a needle, but may grow back. Cancer needs surgery. ...Read more

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Is kelp harmful for thyroid nodules?

No: Kelp is not harmful for anyone unless they are allergic to it or it is taken in excessive amounts. ...Read more

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What does a thyroid nodule look like?

What does a thyroid nodule look like?

It depends: Thyroid nodules can be filled with fluid, solid tissue or calcified. Depending on how you look at them, ct, mri, us, they can have varying appearances. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a thyroid nodule?

See your doctor: If you have a thyroid nodule, you need the proper evaluation with a history, physical exam, and proper testing. It may be something that can be treated medically. It might even need surgery. Please see your doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Can thyroid nodules grow again after rai?

Variables: Radioactive Iodine treatment for hyperthyroidism tends to have a much higher success rate than medications. Depending on the dose of radioactive iodine chosen, and the disease under treatment (Grave's vs toxic goitre, vs hot nodule etc), success rate in achieving definitive resolution of the hyperthyroidism may vary from 75-100%. A major expected side effect of radioactive iodine in hypothyroidism ...Read more

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What do they do to scan my thyroid nodule?

What do they do to scan my thyroid nodule?

It's an ultrasound: The best test is a thyroid u/s. They put some gel over your neck and place a wand on top of the gel and move it around your neck. Painless procedure. ...Read more

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What should I do, I have a thyroid nodule?

What should I do, I have a thyroid nodule?

Get evaluated: You will probably have an ultrasound done and if a nodule is confirmed a needle biopsy is frequently done to determine further action. ...Read more

Nodule (Definition)

Any growth or deposit in the body or on its surface may be casually termed a nodule until its character is determined by the familiarity of the physician with it or by the results of a biopsy if it is not so obvious. The term is casual ...Read more


Dr. Corey Clay
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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