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Dr. Barbara Hummel
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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


Dr. Michael Dansie
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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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Dr. Reena Gupta
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Dr. Pamela Asseff
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Why do I scar so easily now? Doc says no thyroid issue, inflammation or iron deficiency. Hair/nails brittle skin/scalp dry, teeth pains/white tongue.

Why do I scar so easily now? Doc says no thyroid issue, inflammation or iron deficiency. Hair/nails brittle skin/scalp dry, teeth pains/white tongue.

Nutritional issues: Have you had a physical with bloodwork? Some of the symptoms can be due to vitamin deficiency. The bloodwork should point out where the deficiency exists. ...Read more

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Dr. Christopher Hove
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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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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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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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Dr. Robert Arm
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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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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
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Consistently moderately swollen tongue, often dark purple toes (no pain). Could these be connected to thyroid function?

Difficult to say: Lots of causes of swollen tongue, and low thyroid is not a common cause. If concerned about it, get the TSH level to determine if you have a low thyroid level. (TSH will be elevated if you are hypothyroid). ...Read more

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Dr. G Funari
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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?

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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Dr. Mark Loury
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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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