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2011 u/s thyroid diffusely heterogeneous multinodular thyroid. Last week gland swollen/tender. New u/s diffusely n moderately inhomogeneous. Why sore?

2011 u/s thyroid diffusely heterogeneous multinodular thyroid. Last week gland swollen/tender.  New u/s diffusely n moderately inhomogeneous. Why sore?

Likely Thyroiditis: A heterogeneous (or inhomogeneous) thyroid echotexture is usually from thyroiditis (Either Hashimoto's or Silent/Viral). Inflammation of the thyroid (Thyroiditis) can cause pain. ...Read more

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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Swollen thyroid gland, normal ultrasound and normal bloodwork. Why could it be swollen?

Swollen thyroid gland, normal ultrasound  and normal bloodwork. Why could it be swollen?

Swollen?: If the ultrasound is normal i don't understand why you say the thyroid gland is enlarged. Ultrasound is very good at assessing thyroid enlargement. ...Read more

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My doctor just informed me that my thyroid glands are swollen. What steps should I take for treating this? Is it permanent?

My doctor just informed me that my thyroid glands are swollen. What steps should I take for treating this? Is it permanent?

Usually temporary: The swelling will usually resolve over time. Antii-inflammatory drugs may help to relieve pain if present. Steroids (cortisone) are sometimes given, but the swelling and inflammation can return when the rx is stopped. Check w/your doctor. It's not permanent, but it can damage the thyroid which may eventually become underactive. ...Read more

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Can someone tell what and where a thyroid gland is and if you can feel it by touching to feel if it's swollen without a blood test??

Can someone tell what and where a thyroid gland is and if you can feel it by touching to feel if it's swollen without a blood test??

Front of neck: Please consult this site for information on anatomy of thyroid gland. http://www.webmd.com/women/picture-of-the-thyroid Thyroid disorders are not easy to diagnose just by palpating the gland. Blood tests are far more useful. ...Read more

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Symptoms of swollen thyroid gland?

Symptoms of swollen thyroid gland?

Goiter: An enlarged thyroid gland is called a goiter. Symptoms can be related to overactive thyroid function or underactive. Overactive symptoms include shakiness, palpitations, diarrhea, sweats, nervousness. Underactive symptoms include fatigue, weight gain, constipation, coarse hair and skin. If your gland is enlarged you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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What do swollen thyroid glands look like ?

Usually not noticed: Most people cannot feel or see their thyroid, unless it is very big. If you think you see a buldge in your neck, chances are you are seeing a normal structure, cartiledge or muscle. If you have symptoms of hyper or hypothyroid, or a suspicious lump, you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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Does a swollen thyroid gland causes a pinched nerve?

Does a swollen thyroid gland causes a pinched nerve?

Pinched nerve: No. These structures are too far apart in the body to affect eachother. You might have to look to your cervical spine for the pinched nerve. A pinched nerve is also called radiculitis and causes radiating nerve root pain. People typically feel shooting or stabbing pain (can be constant or episodic) and follows a nerve root pattern. ...Read more

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History of graves ' andnow hypothyroiditisum. Is it normal for the thyroid gland to be swollen for almost 1year now?

History of graves ' andnow hypothyroiditisum. Is it normal for the thyroid gland to be swollen for almost 1year now?

Thyroid diseases: Graves is an autoimmune disorder and can be variable in its presentation, course and response to therapy. It can be normal to have hypothyroid after treatment for graves. Okay to be monitored and treated by your doc or endocrinologist. ...Read more

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I have a swollen and sore gland (lymph node maybe?) on the far right side of my neck. I also just quit smoking after 1 yr of it-- could it be related?

I have a swollen and sore gland (lymph node maybe?) on the far right side of my neck. I also just quit smoking after 1 yr of it-- could it be related?

Not likely: Cancers related to smoking usually require more tobacco than you have years. In addition young people often have lymph nodes that swell when exposed to novel viruses or immune challenges. Problems with teeth or ears can also cause swelling. This node should definitely get smaller over the next week or so. If not see your doc for a thorough exam and history. ...Read more

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Swollen gland in neck for 1 week. My ear was swollen and sore from cheap earrings round same time could this be why my gland is sore? Starting to worr

Swollen gland in neck for 1 week. My ear was swollen and sore from cheap earrings round same time could this be why my gland is sore? Starting to worr

Cheap errings: Yes, the swollen gland is most likely due to either increased inflammation, possible localized allergic reaction or possibly localized infection of the piercing. The body can react to any foreign body -earrings Glands pop up when there is inflammation or infection close by. You might want to remove those earrings , do warm compresses to area, might need antibiotics, topically or orally ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean to have a slightly swollen thyroid gland ?

Could be OK: Depends on how swollen and the cause. It could be from thyroiditis. It could be upper limits of normal. Did your doctor test your thyroid function? ...Read more

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

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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If the thyroid gland is swollen on one side, is it that side that's hyper functioning ?

Not necessarily: You can't tell if something is hyperfunctioning from thephysical appearance of the gland. A thyroid scan is the best method to suggest whether or not a lobe is hyperfunctioning. ...Read more

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Can one side of your thyroid gland be bigger than the other? When I feel both sides the right side feels more bumpy and swollen

Can one side of your thyroid gland be bigger than the other? When I feel both sides the right side feels more bumpy and swollen

Yes, possible!: Hi. You could have an asymmetric diffuse goiter or a nodule on one side. Do you have a thyroid diagnosis? See your doctor for a good thyroid exam. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have a swollen thyroid gland and on palpitation a lump on both sides but more prominent on right side of the neck it is painless though is it cancer?

I have a swollen thyroid gland and on palpitation a lump on both sides but more prominent on right side of the neck it is painless though is it cancer?

It is abnormal: Any growth in the Thyroid gland requires evaluation and, if needed, a biopsy. It can be due to a benign goiter, yet we can not rule out Thyroid cancer without additional studies like Ultrasound and or Radioisotope Thyroid scan. Go seek opinion from an Endocrinologist . ...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