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My daughter was diagnosedwith calcium deposits on her thyroid gland. What are the chances they are cancer?

My daughter was diagnosedwith calcium deposits on her thyroid gland. What are the chances they are cancer?

It depends somewhat: On how the calcium is located and deposited on the ultrasound. If she has nodule (s) with calcification a thyroid biopsy and certain lab are indicated. Have her discuss it with her physician. ...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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2 years ago my mother went into surgery to take out her left thyroid gland. Now the doctor said the right one is starting to grow. Surgery or medicine?

2 years ago my mother went into surgery to take out her left thyroid gland. Now the doctor said the right one is starting to grow. Surgery or medicine?

Half thyroid: If half the thyroid is removed, it is normal for the other half to get bigger to compensate. Also, if the "problem" originally was a nodular thyroid, that problem usually affects both sides, even if the right side looked normal at the time. Your mother needs to see an endocrinologist who does thyroid ultrasound and biopsy. ...Read more

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My thyroid gland is enlarged and I hv TSH 5.76 and tpo 5.91 IU. What does it mean? What medicie should I take? Do I need surgery for enlargd gland?

My thyroid gland is enlarged and I hv TSH 5.76 and tpo 5.91 IU. What does it mean? What medicie should I take? Do I need surgery for enlargd gland?

Thyroid enlarged: Is that TPO high? The normal range varies with the lab. It sounds like you have Hashimoto's thyroiditis. Unless there is a predominant nodule that is suspicious looking, you need to take levothyroxine and you don't need much of anything else. The thyroid may shrink in time, but may stay large, but there is likely no need for surgery. See an Endocrinologist. ...Read more

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I take 125mg levo due to partial surgery, can I take a drop of iodine daily as well? (Had partial of thyroid gland removed/benign tumor 35yrs ago.

I take 125mg levo due to partial surgery, can I take a drop of iodine daily as well? (Had partial of thyroid gland removed/benign tumor 35yrs ago.

No need to: Iodine will not have any effect on your thyroid level. If your level is low you better off titrate up the Levothyroxine dose to get the TSH to the ideal level of 0.3-3.0 mIU/ML. ...Read more

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What's the action should take with my recurrent thyroid gland with a T3 (liothyronine) 5.1 results before going for gallbladder stones surgery asap?

What's the action should take with my recurrent thyroid gland with a T3 (liothyronine) 5.1 results before going for gallbladder stones surgery asap?

Need TSH level: You don't mention the units for the t3 (liothyronine) level. If it is a free t3 (liothyronine) with units of pmol/l, then 5.1 would be normal. The best test of thyroid function for someone without a thyroid and on thyroid hormone is the TSH level. ...Read more

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I had a recurrent thyroid gland with a result of free T3 (liothyronine) 5.1 and TSH 0.01 and should go for a gallbladder surgery asap, what the action should take?

I had a recurrent thyroid gland with a result of free T3 (liothyronine) 5.1 and TSH 0.01 and should go for a gallbladder surgery asap, what the action should take?

Elective surgery: If you are hyperthyroid, elective surgeries should be delayed to control the thyroid activity. If it is semi emergency surgery, then an endocrinologist should be consulted to control it to avoid thyroid storm which can be very risky. ...Read more

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If u only have occasional episodes every two weeks of waking up HR 122 - no thyroid gland levels ok. Echo ok. Take 0.5 lorazepam if tachy- other meds?

If u only have occasional episodes every two weeks of waking up HR 122 - no thyroid gland levels ok. Echo ok. Take 0.5 lorazepam if tachy- other meds?

Anxiety: Feel the Blessings of your journey of Life! I understand your anxiety about Heart Rate of 122 after waking up. It is likely that you have anxiety about your colon. At age 60, Anxiety can also be due to stress of aging, retirement, medical illness in loved ones, loss of loved ones, lack of support from the children and finances. See a psychiatrist for diagnosis, Therapy, monitoring of Lorazepam. ...Read more

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I had my thyroid gland removed back 15 years ago I have now noticed a lump on my right side of my neck do you think this is something to worry about i?

I had my thyroid gland removed back 15 years ago I have now noticed a lump on my right side of my neck do you think this is something to worry about i?

Neck lump: Hello and welcome to HealthTap, it depends if you had partial or total thyroid resection and the reason why it was removed. Either way I would suggest to be seen by a PCP and getting a neck ultrasound along with TSH level. I hope it helps! Thank you. ...Read more

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What's the best multi vitamin to take if you have no thyroid gland?

What's the best multi vitamin to take if you have no thyroid gland?

Any. MVT choice OTC.: Absent thyroid surgically or by other means like radioactive iodine therapy, is not affected by the choice of multivitamin. Thyroid is ahormone and when in less quantity you need supplements with thyroid preparation like synthroid/levoxyl, most of the sometime and armor thyroid in very few patients when T3 (liothyronine) is less, where as commonly T4 is less. Multivitamin choice doesn't affect thyroid function. ...Read more

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Does high tpoabs slowly completely destroy thyroid gland? If so, how long will it take? Do they attack the other body parts once thyroid stop working?

Does high tpoabs slowly completely destroy thyroid gland? If so, how long will it take? Do they attack the other body parts once thyroid stop working?

TPO hypothyroid: Under activity of thyroid can develop at variable intervals some may not even develop functional problems higher titers female sex family history may help tpo is a specific antibody does not attack other tissues can be associated with eye and skin infiltrative disease. ...Read more

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Hi I was overdosed on levothyroxcin nd now I've been getting horrible swelling in my glands I had a tt so no thyroid gland is this a symptom from this?

Not likely: Most people referring to "swollen glands" are talking about enlarged lymph nodes just under the jaw, that typically enlarge due to upper respiratory or mouth infections. They have nothing to do with your thyroid, and changes in thyroid levels should not effect these glands. ...Read more

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With hashimoto's disease how long does it take for the thyroid gland to get better?

With hashimoto's disease how long does it take for the thyroid gland to get better?

With Medication: Hashimoto's disease is an autoimmune destruction of the thyroid gland (painless). Lymphocytes enter the gland to cause inflammation and scarring. The damage is usually permanent. Fortunately, with the availability of thyroid hormone replacement, levothyroxine, it is a very easy condition to manage- 1 pill daily. It can take weeks to feel better after starting medicine, but it works! ...Read more

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Need advice on what is the the best multi vitamin to take if you have no thyroid gland?

Thyroid out: The same kind that you take if you hae a thyroid. Please have your thyroid testing and balance the tests with thyroid hormone. ...Read more

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If my thyroid gland was taken out 44 years ago, never took meds, do I have to start taking them now?

If my thyroid gland was taken out 44 years ago, never took meds, do I have to start taking them now?

Check blood levels: You had your thyroid removed at age 2? That is unusual. If you have gone all these years without thyroid meds it may be because substantial thyroid tissue was left behind. Your need for thyroid meds will depend on your thyroid blood levels. If normal, you are fine. ...Read more

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If you take syntroid, does the normal thyroid gland stops producing hormone?

If you take syntroid, does the normal thyroid gland stops producing hormone?

Thyroid hormone: Yes. An abnormal thyroid (Eg. Graves, multinodular goiter) may continue to make thyroid hormone even while taking synthroid (thyroxine). ...Read more

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I had my thyroid gland removed. When's the best time to take the levoxyl (thyroxine)?

Without food or pill: Thyroid hormone is best absorbed without food or pills in the stomach. Before bedtime is a good time. ...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