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I have trouble swallowing but not all the time. Sometimes I really have a hard time swallowling and other x no problem. I had CT scan show small calcific densities in right lobe of thyroid gland. Could this be the cause even though I don't kno what the ct

I have trouble swallowing but not all the time. Sometimes I really have a hard time swallowling and other x no problem. I had CT scan show small calcific densities in right lobe of thyroid gland. Could this be the cause even though I don't kno what the ct

Need evaluation: There are many possible causes for your current symptoms. Although the ct showed "small calcified densities in the thyroid", it still might not be the cause for your difficulty swallowing. The next step would be a thyroid u/s to see if these "densities" are in a nodule and to see how many nodules & how big they are. Get the ct result, sit down with your doc and discuss the next step of evaluation. ...Read more

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Thyroid Gland (Definition)

It is an endocrine gland which produces thyroxin hormone which controls the metabolism in every cell in the body.It produces 80 to 90%t4 and 10 to 20 %t3. These control rate of metabolism and affect the growth and rate of functions of many cells in the body it is ...Read more


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Can dental problems be the cause of thyroid gland disorders - either hypo or hyperthyroidism? Is a symptom a click in the throat when you swallow?

Can dental problems be the cause of thyroid gland disorders - either hypo or hyperthyroidism? Is a symptom a click in the throat when you swallow?

No: Usually dental problems don't cause thyroid issues. In some cases, the thyroid gland can get large enough to have some mass effect on the esophagus but not a click per se. See a doctor soon for further evaluation. ...Read more

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My thyroid gland is small but it is giving me difficulty swallowing. What could be the reason for this?

My thyroid gland is small but it  is giving me difficulty swallowing. What could be the reason for this?

Dysphasia : A GI doctor should order a swallowing study to see if the thyroid could be impinging on your esophagus. There are also other causes of swallowing difficulty to rule out ...Read more

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Does your thyroid gland have to be swollen for you to have a problem?

No: We see people with thyroid problems who don't have enlargement. Some are even born without their thyroid gland. ...Read more

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Can your thyroid gland have to be swollen for you to have a thyroid problem?

No: No, thyroid dyfunction can occur with an enlarged thyroid but can also be seen in persons whose thyroid has not changed size and appears to be of a normal volume. If you suspect thyroid disease, then see your pcp and/or an endocrinologist. ...Read more

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I have been taking synthriod. What type of thyroid gland problem do I have?

I have been taking synthriod. What type of thyroid gland problem do I have?

You have Hypothyroid: You have hypoactive thyroid gland.It means your thyroid is not producing enough hormone and it is being replaced with synthroid (thyroxine) the thyroid hormone. ...Read more

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In 60s had several surg past may need my ovaries and thyroid gland removed have depr and anx fibro how will this affect me with my other problems help?

In 60s had several surg past may need my ovaries and thyroid gland removed have depr and anx fibro how will this affect me with my other problems help?

Possibly negatively: 60's w. Fibromyalgia plans pelvic surgery. FM cause multifactorial w. generalized deconditioning & consequent widespread soft tissue spasms. Post-surgical rest & convalescence can worsen generalized weakness/pain if efforts not made to enhance muscle tone via aquatherapy & gentle yoga. Should consider standard FM meds & forego opiates. Cannabis might benefit mood via pain relief & better sleep. ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to have underactive thyroid gland problem?

It is possible but: It is possible for anybody to have underactive thyroid problem but why you ask this question. If you have symptoms or sus[pect you may have it check with your doctor and it can be diagnosed by a blood test for thyroid hormones and TSH which is excreted by pituatary and is a useful test to diagnose thyroid disorders. ...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