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What Does Goiter Feel Like
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
Goiter: Some goiters are present in several family members and some are not. If you are concerned about getting it yourself because others in the family have been diagnosed with this in the past. Have your PCP check your thyroid (physical exam) and order appropriate lab studies and if it is OK don't worry but get the same labs done annually. ...Read more
Variable: Goiter simply means a growth in the thyroid. Three things: 1) what are your thyroid function tests? Hyperthyroidism is managed differently from goiters with normal or low function. 2) usually an ultrasound is done to look for nodules suspicious for cancer - with biopsy if needed, 3) goiters are sometimes removed if they are enlarging significantly or cause swallowing or breathing issues. ...Read more
Depends on cause: If it is a diffuse goiter, it may be caused by high tsh, which can arise in hypothyroidism or iodine deficiency (rare in usa, as salt is iodinated) or excessive goitrogens in susceptible ppl (like cauliflower). Treating the hypothyroidism can slow growth, if the above is the cause. If enlarging modules is the cause, surgery. Depends on cause, radioactive iodine may help. ...Read more
Goiter: Goiter is referred to enlarged thyroid gland. Visible enlargement may be the only symptom of it. Depending on the nature of the problem, there will be various symptoms present. Benign goiters may have minimal symptoms if small, while malignant or large benign ones may interfere with swallowing and / or breathing to name a few. ...Read more
Goiter: Swelling of the thyroid gland shows enlarged swollen neck (diffuse or nodular) with weight loss despite increased appetite, and heat intolerance. Common causes are iodine deficiency & selenium deficiency & also autoimmune thyroid diseases. Of interest, as I read a while back, president george bush & his wife barbara bush, both had goiter. ...Read more
Big thyroid: A goiter is an enlargement of the thyroid gland. Sometimes they cause no symptoms. If the goiter is large enough, it can cause a visible lump in your throat; it can compress your airway and make it difficult to breathe, particularly when lying flat. It can cause difficulty swallowing, and even voice hoarseness. ...Read more
Mostly bromine: Some worry about raw cruciferous veggies like broccoli ; cauliflower -- but you can avoid the problem by cooking them. The main culprit is brominated compounds, found in some soft drinks like mountain dew, gatorade, sun drop, squirt, fresca and other citrus-flavored sodas; pesticides on strawberries, etc; bakery goods ; flours containing potassium bromate http://tinyurl. Com/y9lfc3w read labels! ...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
Depends: Hi. "Goiter" simply refers to abnormal thyroid size and/or shape. Goiter can be diffuse, lumpy, multinodular, or solitary nodular. Thyroid shape/size abnormalities (goiters) can be associated with hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, normal thyroid function, benign tumors, and thyroid cancer. "Cure" of goiter depends on underlying cause. I would recommend you see an endocrinologist. Good luck! ...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
Iodized salt: Iodine supplementation, mainly through iodized salt, has eradicated iodine-deficiency, or endemic, goiter in the United States. Furthermore, certain foods (cassava and millet) eaten more commonly in some developing countries contain substances that promote the formation of goiter when iodine intake is marginal. ...Read more
Usually not: Hi. Usually once you have a goiter, it's there to stay. However, if the goiter is due to Graves' disease and you get treated with radioactive iodine, that'll using shrink the goiter. Hashimoto's goiters and non-toxic nodular goiters usually stay as-is. Nodular goiters need to be considered for possibility of thyroid cancer. ...Read more
Swelling of neck and if it is very big it may cause difficulty in swallowing and if it is toxic goiter it may give bulging eyeballs, tremors, weight loss, rapid heart beat and palpitation, heat intolerance.
Ang if it is associated with hypothyroidism it will cause sluggishness, weight gain, cold intolerance, dry skin and depression. ...Read more
Years: The word goiter indicates an enlarged thyroid. Many processes can cause this, but most commonly dietary iodine deficiency or other factors lead to the slow growth (over years or decades) of nodules within the thyroid (multinodular goiter). If there is rapid growth of a goiter, one has to consider the possibility of thyroid cancer or lymphoma and seek evaluation right away. ...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
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