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Doctor insights on: What Your Tongue Says About Your Thyroid

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Dr. Suzanne Galli
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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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Why did you say don't use armour thyroid?

Why did you say don't use armour thyroid?

Not Recommended: The main reason physicians will tell you not to use it, it that since 2002, the american association of clinical endocrinologists does not recommend the use of desiccated thyroid for thyroid replacement therapy for hypothyroidism (baskin, 2002). In general, desiccated thyroid hormone, does not provide a uniform amounts of levothyroxine. ...Read more

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In what way can the thyroid affect tongue movement?

In what way can the thyroid affect tongue movement?

Tongue: None that I know of unless you have a very high thyroid level. Check with your doctor. If it is not thyroid please see a gastroenterologist or an Ear, Nose, and Throat doctor. ...Read more

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I had the front and right side of thyroid removed 2 days ago the tip and side of my tongue is numb?

I had the front and right side of thyroid removed  2 days ago the tip and side of my tongue is numb?

Tongue numbness: That is most likely from the anesthesia breathing tube during the surgery, and not the surgery itself- it should pass. However you can sometimes get numbness/tingling occurring around the mouth as a result of low calcium levels after thyroid surgery- this is more common after a total thyroidectomy than a partial. Contact the surgeon to let them know your symptoms. ...Read more

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Does underactive thyroid cause your tongue to swell on one side ?

Does underactive thyroid cause your tongue to swell on one side ?

thyroid: Altered thyroid function may cause macroglossia. This is generally effects the entire tongue. For one sided swelling - you should get it checked with a complete exam, and workup. ...Read more

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Would you be able to see a change if your tongue was swollen i'm always scared mine will swell I have thyroid problems GERD and vitamin defficiancy?

Would you be able to see a change if your tongue was swollen i'm always scared mine will swell I have thyroid problems GERD and vitamin defficiancy?

Tongue swelling: Not a consequence of problems you stated. Get professional help. See endocrinologist for medication to control thyroid function. See gastroenterologist for rx to control gerd. See your gp or a nutritionist if lab tests show that you truly have a vitamin deficiency. Multiple problems requiring multiple solutions...Get help from the pros...You can't do this by yourself. ...Read more

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I have under active thyroid and taking levothyroxin. Lately my tongue and inside mouth are swelling - is there anything OTC which i can take for this?

I have under active thyroid and taking levothyroxin. Lately my tongue and inside mouth are swelling - is there anything OTC which i can take for this?

Need diagnosis: I assume your TSH is normal. Tongue and mouth swelling can be from meds especially ace inhibitors. Are you taking these? Angioneurotic edema is another cause and rarely can indicate lymphoma. Amyloidosis can cause tongue swelling. Suggest you see ENT or dentist. Severe hypothyroidism causes diffuse body swelling, myxedema, so it's possible from not enough levothyroxine. ...Read more

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I have a white spot on the side of my tongue and a lump under the chin line. I had thyroid removed from cancer and I have a history of cancer. What could it be?

I have a white spot on the side of my tongue and a lump under the chin line. I had thyroid removed from cancer and I have a history of cancer. What could it be?

Agreed, : Agreed, you require and examination and possible biopsy to determine the nature of the lesions, especially since you have a history of a cancer. Make an appointment with a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon as soon as possible. ...Read more

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I noticed teeth like marks at the side of tongue.My thyroid levels are 4.6.I am taking 50,000U VitD.My belly looks bloated all the time.Any concern?

I noticed teeth like marks at the side of tongue.My thyroid levels are 4.6.I am taking 50,000U VitD.My belly looks bloated all the time.Any concern?

Tongue Scalloping: The scalloped tongue could be signs of many medical conditions like blood disorder, B12 deficiency, arthritis, sinus or digestive problems and teeth misalignment. Recent studies show that 90% of people with tongue scalloping suffer obstructive sleep apnea. See your PCP for consultation, tests and treatment if needed. ...Read more

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