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What Foods Help Shrink Thyroid Goiter
To some extent: If a goiter is due to primary hypothyroidism then levothyroxine allows TSH to come down thereby removing one source of goiter. However, patients with hashimoto's also have lymphocytic infiltration of the gland which contributes to goiter development also. That takes time to go down. We see this in patients with nl thyroid function also. Grave's antibodies stimulate thyroid growth mimicking tsh. ...Read more
If iodine deficient : Iodine deficiency isn't common in the us because of the availability of iodized salt. If deficient, a goiter could develop. However, taken without deficiency can cause thyroid dysfunction and is therefore not recommended except in patients with iodine deficiency. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
13 yrs of gaining weight n tiredness. Goiter too.Thyroid enlarged but blood tests normal. I jyst don't feel right n gp wont help find answer. Idea?
Usually not: Goiters usually grow out, not in, and do not affect vocal cords, trachea, or esophagus. Sometimes, big nodular goiters in the elderly can do this, but not usually. However, if the goiter is producing either hyper or hypothyroidism, that can certainly affect the vocal cords. Hypothyroidism could turn you from an alto into a tenor.... Or more. ...Read more
It might...: Goiter is simply an enlarged thyroid. A goiter may or may not produce a normal amount of thyroid hormone. A simple lab test can tell if your thyroid levels are normal or not. If your lab results are normal, then your goiter is probably not affecting your weight. On the contrary, a normal sized thyroid can also run high or low and affect your weight. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cause??: If a goiter is the result of anti-thyroid antibodies and your thyroid function is normal, there isn't much to be done. It will eventually go down on its own as long as thryoid function is kept normal. If from over/under active thyroid, medication may help. Multinodular goiters are more complicated and may need surgery. Other reasons also, so please discuss cause/treatment options with doctor. ...Read more
Goiter: Thyroid nodules and goiters are slow growing and take years to grow. However, there could be a more rapid increase in size due to tumors, inflammation, pregnancy, bleeding within the nodules, or thyrotoxicosis (hyper functioning gland). For this reason, once diagnosed, most physicians recommend thyroid nodules/goiters be monitored with annual examination and thyroid ultrasound. ...Read more
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