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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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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more


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I had a swollen thyroid month back, after few months it came back to normal. Now it again started to swell and I feel pain around my neck. Please, adv?

I had a swollen thyroid month back, after few months it came back to normal. Now it again started to swell and I feel pain around my neck. Please, adv?

Subacute thyroiditis: You many have inflammation of your thyroid caused by a virus or autoimmune disease that can cause swelling and pain in your thyroid. If it is from a virus, it usually resolves within a few weeks to months. If it is autoimmune, it can recur and eventually cause an underactive thyroid. You should see an endocrinologist if you can. ...Read more

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What do swollen thyroid glands look like?

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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What risks are associated with letting a swollen thyroid and other thyroid problems go untreated?

What risks are associated with letting a swollen thyroid and other thyroid problems go untreated?

Depends on problem: The Worst case scenarios: if under active- congestive heart failure, coma; if over active — irregular heartbeat, stroke, "thyroid storm"; if thyroid nodules- undiagnosed cancer. ...Read more

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I had strepthroat. My thyroid is swollen. Do you think my thyroid is swollen because of my strepthroat?

I had strepthroat. My thyroid is swollen. Do you think my thyroid is swollen because of my strepthroat?

Thyroid should not: Be hypertrophied because of streptococcal infection, but the lymph nodes in the cervical chain along your neck will be. What you are feeling is most likely the lymph nodes. Your thyroid glands are small — unless you have had thyroid enlargement before this infection set in. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more

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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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My thyroid is swollen and I have a lot of phlegm, what should I do?

Thyroid is: Probably not the cause of your phlegm. However, if your thyroid is actually swollen, you need to see your doctor for a full evaluation. ...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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My blood work came back fine for thyroid, so what's causing it to be swollen?

My blood work came back fine for thyroid, so what's causing it to be swollen?

Goiter: The thyroid expands in part to compensate, and to make enough thyroid hormone when there is something internally wrong with the thyroid. You may have hashimoto's thyroiditis, which is injuring your thyroid, but it is responding by getting bigger. Or it could be a multinodular goiter. Cancer is a possibility, but much less common, and you should not worry. See your doctor about this. ...Read more

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

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 a lobe is hyperfunctioning. ...Read more

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Thyroid swollen for 3 months, but my blood test are normal. Can I still have a thyroid problem?

Yes: You may have a nodule, or goiter, or cystic thyroid, etc. all of which may not necessarily have abnormal Thyroid function tests (tft's). An Ultrasound of the Thyroid would be best to diagnose an enlargement, even with normal tft's. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Doppler US showed cystic changes (irregular shape) in thyroid with swollen reactive nodes unilateral. What does this mean!?

Doppler US showed cystic changes (irregular shape) in thyroid with swollen reactive nodes unilateral. What does this mean!?

Many things: You may have a multi modular goiter which is a benign condition that sometimes may require surgery. This could also be thyroiditis which is also benign. It is hard without and exam but likely this can be observed and followed with ultrasound if no other symptoms. Www. Drlugo. Com ...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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My thyroid is swollen and painful and I know I have a nodule but heard those are painless, is pain an indication of something serious?

You should seek care: There are other things near the thyroid that can get swollen and painful, but regardless of the source, painful swelling in the neck should be investigated by a health care provider. If the thyroid is truly swollen and painful, this is usually caused by thyroiditis, which is most often the result of the immune system attacking the gland. This can lead to thyroid dysfunction that can be dangerous. ...Read more

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Had half thyroid taken out at 14. 14 years later my other side is swollen and labs come back normal and they won't give me medicine to help me. Advice?

Goiter: You have hashimotos disease. Check thyroid antibodies to confirm. You may not need to do anything to "treat" it other than serial ultrasounds. Also, be sure you don't have associated autoimmune disorders like celiac or anemia, addison's etc. See a good board-certified endocrinologist. ...Read more

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I have very sore and swollen thyroid on right side?

I have very sore and swollen thyroid on right side?

Sore thyroid: Are you sure it is the thyroid that is sore and swollen? If so, it could be subacute thyroiditis, which is thyroid inflammation, which often resolves by itself (there could be transient changes in thyroid blood levels). Autoimmune thyroid disease (eg. Hashimotos) can sometimes do this. Either of these usually involves the whole thyroid, not just one side. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Can swollen thyroids be a side effect to starting birth control?

Can swollen thyroids be a side effect to starting birth control?

Not likely : Birth control pills have many possible side effects, but swollen thyroid is not a known side effect of this class of medication. They do have a potential to change some lab values because they can cause some increase of binding-proteins to thyroid hormones, but no change of functions. So, if you have a swollen thyroid, consult doc for an evaluation. Good luck. ...Read more

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Hypothyroidism I have been on meds for a long time and have noticed that my thyroid is still swollen I have my thyroid #s regul. Am I ok? Dr not cons

Hypothyroidism I have been on meds for a long time and have noticed that my thyroid is still swollen I have my thyroid #s regul. Am I ok? Dr not cons

NEED DETAIL: How long is long time? What is the dose of levothyro? Did you have ultrasound before & after levothyro? Need exact values of lab test before & after levo? Was hypothyroidism primary or secondary? Are your other symptoms still persisting after levothyro -e.g., cold intolerance, weight gain, hair loss, dry skin, lethargy, decreased heart rate etc.? ...Read more

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My thyroid glands are swollen, but my labs are normal. And so was my ultrasound. Should I worry?

No: If the labs and thyroid ultrasound is normal, that's a very good sign. If you are worried, you can have another labs checked in 3-4 months, if they are still normal, then I wouldn't worry about it anymore. ...Read more

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Throat feels swollen and hard to swallow? Thyroid?

Sore throat: Throat swelling and soreness can be due to an virus (cold) or bacterial (strep) infection, post nasal drip from nose congestion, heartburn, smoking, air pollution, or even yelling. It is much less common for an enlarged thyroid to cause a swollen throat but if you have a thyroid problem, you should have your doctor exam you. Fortunately most sore throats are minor and go away by themselves. ...Read more

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I forgot to mention with the swollen thyroids I have trouble breathing, swallowing and when I bend over or lean over I feel like something is blocking?

I forgot to mention with the swollen thyroids I have trouble breathing, swallowing and when I bend over or lean over I feel like something is blocking?

Surgery: Shortness of breath and trouble swallowing are indications of need for surgical intervention. See an otolaryngologist that performs thyroid surgery or an endocrinologist to evaluate you and make the appropriate referral. ...Read more

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Swollen bump on neck, (possibly thyroid as I was told) and small splotchy rash like spots all over body, any idea what this might be?

Swollen bump on neck, (possibly thyroid as I was told) and small splotchy rash like spots all over body, any idea what this might be?

See doctor.: If any chance the bump is thyroid (which is on front of neck under adam's apple), see your doctor, because that needs attention. As for the splotchy red rash, we need more information, such as how long you've had it, any symptoms you're experiencing, etc. A photo would help too. ...Read more

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Hi I want to lose some weight but I am constantly tired, feel run down and just get depress about how heavy I am. My doctor checked my Thyroid but was normal. My feel gets swollen if I stand up for a while. Seems like I retain a bit of water because my r

Hi I want to lose some weight but I am constantly tired, feel run down and just get depress about how heavy I am. My doctor checked my Thyroid but was normal. My feel gets swollen if I stand up for a while. Seems like I retain a bit of water because my r

Edema: Your edema may be indirectly related to obesity by placing more burden on the leg veins. In addition, every 8 pounds of fat tissue can contain up to a pint of water. Your goal is to lose weight (fat tissue) gradually and reduce salt intake by not adding salt to cooking or at the table. Wearing supphose, compression stockings help reduce leg swelling from edema fluid. ...Read more

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I hav a swollen face since years. Thyroid, cortisol,creatinine all ruled out. Docs r unable to find d cause. Which diuretic can I use? Plz help!

I hav a swollen face since years. Thyroid, cortisol,creatinine all ruled out. Docs r unable to find d cause. Which diuretic can I use? Plz help!

Considerations: In a female in 20s with isolated facial swelling (angioedema) could be possible — checking CRP, ESR, C4 levels could be helpful. Unusual exposures should be evaluated (insect bites, food, etc.) for possible allergic reaction. In females with PCOS an evaluation of hormones by physician should be considered. ...Read more