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Dr. Steve Martinez
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Thyroid Enlargement (Definition)

Thyroid enlargement refers to a thyroid gland that is larger than normal. The thyroid gland is located in the front of the neck, below the Adam's apple, and may become enlarged due to hyper or hypo-thyroidism. An enlarged thyroid is also ...Read more


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Enlarged thyroid on right side of neck, is this normal?

Enlarged thyroid on right side of neck, is this normal?

No: It's common but not normal. See your doc for labwork, exam and possibly a thyroid ultrasound. Good luck.

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I have developed a lump on the back r side of my head. I tend to scratch it terribly and wake with scabs! Is this an enlarged thyroid?

Thyroid front neck: You should have your doctor take a look at what you have on your head. Your thyroid gland is located in the bottom third of your neck, right in between the two muscles that stick out when you turn your head from side-to-side (sternocleidomastoid muslces) and 2-3 inches above the top of your breast bone.

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I have been treated for osteoporosis 4 years ago. Now my hips i-e greater trochanters hurt when I lay on my sides. I also have a small goiter diagnosed as enlarged thyroid. Plz prescribe

I have been treated for osteoporosis 4 years ago. Now my hips i-e greater trochanters hurt when I lay on my sides. I also have a small goiter diagnosed as enlarged thyroid. Plz prescribe

Diagnoses needed.: Osteoporosis is not painful unless a fracture is present. Pain in the hips could be arthritis or tendonitis. X-rays and examination by an orthopaedic surgeon or rheumatologist would be helpful. Thyroid blood tests and possibly an ultrasound examination of the thyroid should be obtained. Bone density testing would be useful in determining the need for osteoporosis treatment.

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Enlarged thyroid both sides with several hypo-echoic nodules, hoarseness, and trouble breathing, had a cough for 6-8 months that will not go away.?

Enlarged thyroid both sides with several hypo-echoic nodules, hoarseness, and trouble breathing, had a cough for 6-8 months that will not go away.?

Could be a goiter: Who ordered the scan? What is their next step? Dyspnea, dysphonia and dysphagia may all be due to a markedly enlarged gland - but so could other things so consult an endocrinologist before any surgical decision which might be curative - but you need more information about thyroid size and function first.

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TSH level was. 85. Ultrasound confirmed I have an enlarged thyroid with a goiter on the right side of thyroid. Have a ton of symptoms, hyperthyroidism?

TSH level was. 85. Ultrasound confirmed I have an enlarged thyroid with a goiter on the right side of thyroid. Have a ton of symptoms, hyperthyroidism?

Thyroid: In most labs the TSH level would be quite low and indicate hyperthyroidism (excess T4) though this should be measured to ensure it is not due to other factors. You should be evaluated for the various causes like Graves, Toxic adenoma, and hyperplasia. Then a best treatment can be offered.

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Hypot taking levothyroxine, have enlarged thyroid with swelling on left side what would cause this also hoarse, tired, joint pain, moody, sometimes nausea?

Hypot taking levothyroxine, have enlarged thyroid with swelling on left side what would cause this also hoarse, tired, joint pain, moody, sometimes nausea?

Unclear symptoms: Many of your symptoms could be from hypothyroidism if your thyroid blood levels are too low. The thyroid swelling should be evaluated by your doctor, with an ultrasound, maybe scan. A goiter can sometimes interfere with inside structures, although it usually does not. It is also possible your symptoms are not related to thyroid.

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Enlarged thyroid, what does that mean?

Different causes: Possible but all enlargement must be scrutinized for the bad causes. See ur doc or Endocrinology, and soon.

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What does an enlarged thyroid mean to you?

What does an enlarged thyroid mean to you?

Goiter: This is usually due to inflammation which may be acute secondary to infection or may be chronic due to an autoimmune disorder. In rare cases it can be due to a mass ie cancer or a fluid collection or cyst.

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Are there any side effects to thyroid medication?

Are there any side effects to thyroid medication?

Yes, but: Remember that thyroid medication is synthetically produced thyroid hormone just like a healthy thyroid gland would make - nothing artificial! Side effects are usually related to dose. Taking too much will mimic an overactive thyroid.

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I have an enlarged thyroid how will this affect me?

I have an enlarged thyroid how will this affect me?

Cause?: Depends upon whether it's large because of inflammation (thyroiditis), nodules, over or under function. Check w/your doctor.

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Symptoms and side effects of nonfunctioning thyroid?

Symptoms and side effects of nonfunctioning thyroid?

Multiple effects: A truly non-functioning thyroid with almost no thyroid hormone synthesis will show many symptoms: most commonly dry hair/nails/skin, mental slowing, loss of eyebrows, weight gain, heart slowing, constipation, menstrual/sexual dysfunction, swelling, et al. This definitely requires thyroid replacement. However, the most commonly seen mild hypothyroidism (tsh 4-10) usually has very few effects seen.

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Are thyroid extracts safe? What are the side effects?

Are thyroid extracts safe? What are the side effects?

Avoid thyroid: Extracts. If your thyroid level is deficient, the only appropriate therapy is BRAND NAME T4 replacement until your levels have been returned to normal. Thyroid extract (prescription) is ground up animal material and should be avoided.

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What are some of the symptoms of an enlarged thyroid?

Mass effect.: A large thyroid may or may not produce too much thyroid hormone so symptoms quite variable. The mass itself may produce difficulty swallowing or sensation of a lump in the throat which indeed it is.

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Is there any natural ways to shrink enlarged thyroid?

Iodine deficiency: If you are low of iodine and take it your goiter will get smaller but many cases are not related to iodine deficiency.

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What to do if I had enlarged thyroid and abnormal thyroid studies?

What to do if I had enlarged thyroid and abnormal thyroid studies?

Enlarged Thyroid: An enlarged thyroid is called a goiter. I'd be interested to know if you have any nodules on your thyroid. You don't say what was abnormal about your thyroid studies and if you are talking about a lab, a biopsy, or a sonogram or scan. If you have low thyroid activity, hypothyroidism, then you need thyroid medication. I encourage you to give more details on the abnormalities.

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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