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I have all symptoms of hypothyroidism, but blood tests are normal. plus a swollen thyroid left side. What can cause this? Hair is really falling out.

I have all symptoms of hypothyroidism, but blood tests are normal. plus a swollen thyroid left side. What can cause this? Hair is really falling out.

Other possibilities.: The Thyroid is not the only endocrine gland that affects metabolism, mood, menstrual cycles and hair follicle activity in women your age. It's quite possible that you are experiencing peri-menopause, or that you have Vitamin D deficiency. Has the enlargement of the thyroid gland been confirmed/examined with ultrasound? If not it should be. Your other hormones and a D level should be checked also. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Gabor
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Sonogram (Definition)

An ultraound, also known as a sonogram, is a painless and relatively inexpensive imaging test that utilizes sound waves instead of ionizing radiation. There are no side effects. Ultrasound can give us two-dimensional, and in some applications three-dimensional, images of structures and organs in virtually any part of the body. In addition to diagnostic uses, such as evaluating abnormalities in the abdomen, pelvis, and breast, ultrasounds are commonly used to guide needle and catheter placement in a variety of surgical ...Read more


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What diet should someone with hypothyroid follow ? Avoid what foods?

What diet should someone with hypothyroid follow ? Avoid what foods?

Iodine good.: foods from the sea have iodine good. ones that bind up iodine bad (these are all the healthy broccoli family foods like broccoli, kale, cabbage). Just have more good than bad and don't do silly amounts of either ...Read more

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Tpo >380 normal tsh t3 (liothyronine) t4 swollen thyroid for weeks and all symptoms of hypothyroidism, abnormal ultrasound. Does it mean I might become hypo soon?

Tpo >380 normal tsh t3 (liothyronine) t4 swollen thyroid for weeks and all symptoms of hypothyroidism, abnormal ultrasound. Does it mean I might become hypo soon?

Yes: The way we monitor the functioning of your thyroid gland is by measuring TSH(Thyroid Stimulating Hormone). As your thyroid gland in your neck produces less thyroid hormone (T3 (liothyronine) and T4) your pituitary gland at the base of yr brain signals it to make more by sending out more TSH. If you take thyroid hormone by mouth then the TSH goes down, like a seesaw. ...Read more

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Hypothyroidism ultrasound shows hypervascular solid nodule inferior left lobe. 13x9x10mm. What is the next step? Odds of being malignant?

FNA biopsy: Hi. The nodule could be cancer (although considering all nodules, odds are in your favor it's not). Make sure TSH is not suppressed (if it is, you need a thyroid scan...hyperfunctioning nodules are never cancer). If TSH isn't suppressed, you need a fine needle aspiration biopsy for cytology (and hopefully gene testing). Good luck! ...Read more

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An ultrasound of my thyroid showed enlargement and cysts on both sides, I have all the symptoms of hypothyroidism but my blood tests were normal ?

No surprise: Symtoms of hypothyroidism are nonspecific, with normal T4 T3 (liothyronine) TSH ruling out thyroid as cause. Look for another cause for your symptoms. Nodules are extremely common and if the imaging is not concerning for cancer, you should relax. Nodules do not cause hypothyroidism. Stay proactive and good luck ...Read more

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Hypothyroidism with goiter and hear gurgling noise from my thyroid. Should I be concerned. Last ultrasound show slow nodule growth?

Hypothyroidism with goiter and hear gurgling noise from my thyroid. Should I be concerned.  Last ultrasound show slow nodule growth?

Yes if enlarging: if goitor gets bigger and this does not resolve within 2 weeks get another u/s and see endocrinologist for labs and possible fine needle aspiration biopsy , if it is cancer , if caught early it is bets chance, could be pressing on blood vessel causing the sounds, but very unusual this sound so get tested ...Read more

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I've been hypothyroid for several years, currently on 240mcg armour. Ultrasound revealed an "enlarged & lumpy" thyroid gland. What can this?

I've been hypothyroid for several years, currently on 240mcg armour. Ultrasound revealed an "enlarged & lumpy" thyroid gland.  What can this?

?goiter: Not really sure what this non-descriptive ultrasound is revealing, but it may be cysts, or nodules, or a "generic goiter" causing your enlargement. Have a thyroid specialist (endocrine dr.) evaluate you to be safe. Sometimes a fine needle aspiration (fna) with biopsy may be needed to definitively diagnose it. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Does a thyroid ultrasound test for hyper or hypothyroidism?

Does a thyroid ultrasound test for hyper or hypothyroidism?

Neither: A thyroid u/s tests for the texture and appearance of the gland. It can tell you if you have a growth on it or not. Sometimes an u/s can suggest hyper by the amount of blood flow going though it but it's not always accurate/reliable. I wouldn't use a thyroid u/s to test for hyper or hypo function. You need a blood test for that. ...Read more

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I have hypothyroid & anxiety. My neck often feels tight, like i need to stretch it out or cough. Ultrasound 2x and no nodules. Could be stress?

I have hypothyroid & anxiety. My neck often feels tight, like i need to stretch it out or cough. Ultrasound 2x and no nodules. Could be stress?

Different people : Take out their anxiety on different parts of the body. Common figures of speech reflect this tendency, i.e., "it's a pains in the neck, " "i need this like a hole in the head." you may take things out on your neck. In therapy it is a good idea to learn to relax and pay special attention to the part of the body that you tend to focus anxiety on. ...Read more

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Dr. Su Fairchild
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Hypothyroidism (Definition)

The thyroid gland is an endocrine organ located in the front part of the neck. Its role is to make thyroid hormones, which control the way cells use energy. Hyperthyroidism results when the thyroid gland is overactive and too much thyroid hormone is produced, which speeds up metabolism. This results in weight loss, a quick heartbeat, sweating, nervousness, ...Read more