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What Causes Goiters To Start Hurting
Can sleeping facedown hurt my goiter? I've had pain there the past few weeks; I sleep on my back now but the pain persists. Could I have injured it?
Shouldn't: Sleeping on your thyroid shouldn't hurt. Usually goiters don't hurt anyway. If you are having pain in your thyroid, you should have an evaluation to figure out why. ...Read more
It may atually help: Goiters or enlarged thyroid glands usually are caused by autoimmune thyroid disease. This will eventually cause the thyroid to become underactive (hypothyroid). Normal thryoid status is essential to normal growth and development. If thyroid medicine is needed levothyroxine (synthroid is one trade name) is essential. ...Read more
I fell down the stairs and I hit my neck, where my thyroid goiter is and it hurts despite taking paracetamol, what should I do?
Throat pain: While I seriously doubt that this would affect your thyroid levels you do need to be evaluated if the pain continues. Questions that I would ask would include does the pain stay in your neck or doesn't radiate into your shoulders or into your arms. Also are you having difficulty swallowing. If the answer to any of these questions is yes you should seek help immediately. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
My goiter hurts all the time, my ear hurts, the one above my goiter. I've become dizzy and forgetful over the last 2 months..
May be related?: Painful goiter should probably be evaluated by your doc as it may be interfering with your thyroid hormone levels. This could be a potential contributor to the dizzy / forgetful symptoms, but kind of a stretch without other more likely symptoms. The pain in your ear could also be related but I think unlikely. ...Read more
Define goiter: Hi. Strictly speaking, goiter only refers to an abnormal size and/or shape of the thyroid. Therefore, goiter can be diffuse, multi-nodular, or uni-nodular. Underlying causes can be autoimmunity, neoplasia (benign or malignant), and drugs (e.g., lithium, amiodarone). So, a lot to causes. ...Read more
Some are caused: By iodine deficiency, which is a reason for iodinized table salt...Those lacking seafood in the midwest and near west used to be so afflicted. Taking exogenous thyroid hormone (thyrolar, synthroid) may turn off TSH stimulation and reduce/diminish growth, but that is treatment rather than prevention. Excess TSH and unregulated growth cause goiters. ...Read more
Many causes.: Overactive (grave's disease) or underactive thyroid, usually secondary to hashimoto's thyroiditis will cause a goiter. In graves', thyroid stimulating antibodies stimulate TSH receptors. In hypothyroidism, the pituitary gland producces more tsh, trying to keep up, but enlarging thyroid tissue at the same time. Benign multinodular goiters, and even solitary nodules can do this. Women more so! ...Read more
Thyroid enlargement: A goiter is an enlarged thyroid. Most cases are not cancer (but a doc needs to examine you and probably do an ultrasound). The most common cause in the usa is living in an area that has soil that is deficient in iodine. Many goiters seem to run in families. At least 5% of all women have some nodules in their thyroid and this goes up to nearly half if screened with ultrasound. ...Read more
Depends: Footers come when your thyroid is working too hard. If your diet is lacking iodine you can get a goiter. If your body makes antibodies against your own thyroid (like being allergic to yourself) you can get a goiter to. It is a big like knot in the center of your neck and should not be painful. Usually the medication needed is thyroid supplementation ...Read more
Large goiter what could be causing my levels to keep going up and the meds not to work. Could you please give me some examples of what may cause this?
I don't: Know what levels you're referring to and what meds don't work. A goiter is often associated with an underactive thyroid which is easy to treat with appropriate amounts of daily brand name T4 replacement. The goiter will generally not enlarge further after that. An medical exam, other lab and an an ultrasound are indicated at least initially. Check w/your doctor. ...Read more
During my traveling by plane I got incredibly sharp piercing pain in my goiter. Do you know what might have caused that?
Goiter or neck?: Unless you are a physician, you probably can't tell if the pain is related to your thyroid, or to other structures in your neck. Thyroid pain is rare but can be caused by a viral infection, an acute bleeding episode into a preexisting nodule, or due to trauma. I would not think that traveling by plane would have anything to do with it. ...Read more
What causes goiter? How to cure one? I'm so worried about my sister that have goiter. Will she be okay? Its not big yet and its still a little bump
Thyroidologist: A goiter may be due to lack of iodine in the diet or due to a thyroid that is overactive or underactive or due to nodular growths. Rarely is one due to overeating certain foods (like cabbage, soybeans, spinach).Treatment depends on what type of goiter is present and many goiters require no treatment. It's best to have a thyroid specialist evaluate and follow the goiter. ...Read more
Some are caused: By iodine deficiency, which is a reason for iodinized table salt...Those lacking seafood in the midwest and near west used to be so afflicted. Taking exogenous thyroid hormone (thyrolar, synthroid) may turn off TSH stimulation and reduce/diminish growth, but that is treatment rather than prevention. Excess TSH and unregulated growth cause goiters. Toxic goiters produce excess thyroxine. ...Read more
Maybe: I'd be more concerned that a lump on the thyroid and a weak voice could mean thyroid cancer. An ENT head and neck surgeon can evaluate the thyroid and check your voice box to see what's going on. A large goiter might affect the voice by pushing on the airway, but the chief symptom would be shortness of breath. ...Read more
Yes: Hi. Yes, you bet it can. Doesn't have to, but certainly can. ...Read more
One dr said I may have goiter, 2 others say I don't confused. Do slight goiters a cause cough ect. Or do only well pronounced goiter cause symotoms?
Goiter or not?: Goiter, which is an enlarged thyroid gland, which rests at the base of the Adam's apple. Outside the US the most common cause of goiter is iodine insufficiency. In the US, the most common causes are hypo/hyperthyroidism. typically only large goiters cause cough. However, it's very important that the cause of your suspected goiter, even if small, be worked up. C ur doc 2 b sure this gets done! ...Read more
Decades ago iodine deficiency was a common cause. These days the cause of benign enlargement of the thyroid (goiter) is not known. A substernal goiter is an enlarged thyroid that extends from the neck into the chest.
Anyone with an enlarged thyroid should have an ultrasound and most likely a needle biopsy of the gland. ...Read more
Not a likely cause: There are forms of hearing loss that can have associated thyroid abnormalities, pendred's syndrome is an example, however a goiter is not a cause for hearing loss. A goiter is caused by alterations in the way the thyroid gland is functioning. Changes in the bodies immune system and vitamin d metabolism could effect both the thyroid and hearing, but the thyroid gland is not source of hearing loss. ...Read more
No: It does not cause goiters.Get a more detailed answer ›
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