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Dr. Austina Cho
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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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Itchy red, alligator like feeling, swollen rash on cheeks, neck & chest. Swollen eyelids. Dr. Said allergic reaction, steroid medication is not helpin?

Itchy red, alligator like feeling, swollen rash on cheeks, neck & chest. Swollen eyelids. Dr. Said allergic reaction, steroid medication is not helpin?

Up the treatment: I see in your medication list that you are taking Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) an h1 antihistamine, and were prescribed a steroid cream. You can try an over the counter h2 antihistamine Loratadine along with the above. You may need to be switched from the steroid cream to steroids by mouth, so a followup with your doctor would be the next step. If you have lip/mouth symptoms, go to Emergency Dept. ...Read more

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Can steroids kick in a thyroid in to let me gain wait I have tried everything

Can steroids kick in a thyroid in to let me gain wait I have tried everything

No: Steroid treatment is not appropriate for the purpose of weight gain. You should consider seeing your doctor to ensure you're healthy and then also a nutritionist. ...Read more

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I am loosing patches of hair from my eyebrows. Tried all steroid creams but no change. My thyroid levels are ok.

A dermatologist: Can evaluate you for causes of hair loss. Then a treatment plan can be individualized for you. Take care. ...Read more

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Do steroids lower thyroid antibodies?

Do steroids lower thyroid antibodies?

May be: Steroids are not a recommended treatment for thyroid antibodies. ...Read more

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Can steroids shrink swollen thyroid nodules?

Can steroids shrink swollen thyroid nodules?

No it can not: No it will not shrink the swollen thyroid nodule. ...Read more

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6-12 epidural inj/yr fr 4-5 yrs. 2010 steroid symptoms began, per endodr stopd inj. Acthstim tst ok. 2012 symptoms wrse, lowacth&cortsol. Delayd resp 2stim tst. Now symptoms worse. Thyroid ok. Devlpng adrenl insuff?

Adrenal insuffic: After steroid use, a sluggish adrenal response to acth is common, and can last quite a while. Your acth stim was normal at one point, now is delayed? Your situation is complex. If the steroids are the cause of your problems/symptoms, then you don't want to go on steroids inappropriately. Best stick with the advice of your endocrinologist and other docs. ...Read more

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Hi can OTC diet pills affect cortisol levels. I'm overweight with low cortisol since dec. Never taken any steroids. Thyroids good. Like to know why this.

Avoid diet pills: Who knows what's in the diet pills, but it's nothing that can help you and may harm you. If you're overweight, you don't have low cortisol levels, as low cortisol leads to weight loss. Check w/your doctor and get off the diet pills. ...Read more

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What are first signs of addisons crisis? Have not had thyroid or steroid meds for addisons & no thyroid for a week. Body aches & head ache normal?

What are first signs of addisons crisis? Have not had thyroid or steroid meds for addisons & no thyroid for a week. Body aches & head ache normal?

You'd know: You're a responsible adult. You say you have Addison's, but you're not being treated. This is life-and-death, not "pop" medicine or something to self-diagnose because of something you read on the internet. You owe it to yourself, and to those who love you, to get an ACTH stimulation test or some other reliable method of diagnosing Addison's, then IF you have it, to be an informed, proactive person ...Read more

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Hi. I have small patches of bald spots in my beard area. I have received steroid injection in these places and my thyroid test are ok. Please advice.

Hi. I have small patches of bald spots in my beard area. I have received steroid injection in these places and my thyroid test are ok. Please advice.

Alopecia areata: Localized alopecia areata does respond well to kenalog (triamcinolone) injections into the areas of hair loss. These are usually done once a month until all the hair regrows. Thyroid antibodies and parietal cell antibodies need to be in addition to thyroid functions. This is done not because thyroid issues cause alopecia areata, but because they can occur together and we don't want to miss thyroid problems. ...Read more

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Should a person with hyper thyroidism take typical thyroid medication like Synthroid (thyroxine)?

Should a person with hyper thyroidism take typical thyroid medication like Synthroid (thyroxine)?

Usually not: Usually, a person with hyperthyroidism has too much thyroid hormone in her body. One would take Synthroid (thyroxine) (synthetic hormone) to make up for a lack of enough thyroid hormone due to HYPOthyroidism. A person with HYPOthyroidism who becomes hyperthyroid due to taking too high of a dose of Synthroid (thyroxine) might be asked to take Synthroid (thyroxine) (at a lower dose) even though she is temporarily hyperthyroid. ...Read more

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What does it mean when your hyper thyroidism symptoms start to go away while on medication?

What does it mean when your hyper thyroidism symptoms start to go away while on medication?

Hyperthyroid: Hopefully, it means that the medication is controlling the overactive thyroid. Follow closely with your physician for blood tests to make sure that it doesn't go too far the other direction and you end up with an underactive thyroid. ...Read more

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Neck n shoulder pain 2 years. Did steroid jab C5/6/7 4 days ago. No improvement. Jab failed?

Maybe, maybe not: Steroid injections can take up to 7-10 days to start working, so be patient. I've seen patients where the injection told 2 weeks to work. If you get no relief, whatever they injected is probably not causing your pain so your docs will need to look for another cause. ...Read more

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Neck n shoulder pain 2 years. Did steroid jab C5/6/7 7 days ago. No improvement. More pain now. Jab failed?

Neck n shoulder pain 2 years. Did steroid jab C5/6/7 7 days ago. No improvement. More pain now. Jab failed?

Possibly or it was -: Given at the wrong site.
Or the cause of the pain may not be the site where the "Jab" was given.
See your Doc again and let him know and ask him about it, as he might be having a "Plan B" for you.
Good luck. ...Read more

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I have heard of epidural steroid injections for back and neck pain, what is that?

Pain shots: An epidural steroid injection in the neck or back allows for administration of steroids (anti inflammatory) into an area near irritated nerve roots and/or bulging disks. ...Read more

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How bad is an epidural steroid injection in my neck going to hurt?

How bad is an epidural steroid injection in my neck going to hurt?

Not much: The worse part of an epidural injection is typically the local anesthetic administered to numb the skin. After that the needle typically feels like pressure. However as the needle enters the spinal canal or around the nerve root there can be some pain that is transient. Complications can be bleeding, infection, nerve damage and paralysis, but these are extremely rare. ...Read more

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If epidural steroid injections do not work to relieve neck pain, what would be the next step?

If epidural steroid injections do not work to relieve neck pain, what would be the next step?

Consult Pain Doctor: Many options are available for both surgical and non- surgical management of neck pain. Talk to your pain doctor and see if together you can work out a treatment plan for you. The surgical option is another option that can be explored with a neurosurgeon. ...Read more

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Fatty/boney hump at center base of neck top of spine. Could it be from bad posture? No symptoms of cushings, never been on steroid meds.

Fatty/boney hump at center base of neck top of spine. Could it be from bad posture? No symptoms of cushings, never been on steroid meds.

Genetics, some just-: -have this normally. Not much 2 do. Dieting & exercise may help some but U can't target any special area & it will still B prominent. ...Read more

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What is a good treatment for arteritis pain in the neck? Steroids? Pain meds?

What is a good treatment for arteritis pain in the neck? Steroids? Pain meds?

Usually Steroids: Your doctor will likely prescribe corticosteroids taken by mouth. Corticosteroids are often started even before a biopsy confirms the diagnosis. Aspirin may also be recommended.

Most people begin to feel better within a few days after starting treatment. However, you need to take medications for 1 - 2 years. The dose of corticosteroids is slowly reduced. ...Read more

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Neck n shoulder pain. Steroid jab on C5, C6. Any actions or activities to avoid after the jab?

Neck n shoulder pain. Steroid jab on C5, C6. Any actions or activities to avoid after the jab?

Steroid Injection: Typically, a long acting version of a steroid is used and is mixed with a local anesthetic to minimize the pain at the injection site and also within the joint. You should start to experience pain relief very soon after the injection. I'm not sure what your current limitations are, but after the injection, you limitations should be fewer and you should feel better. ...Read more

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Have injection therapy (steroid shots) in my neck in a couple days because of spine related illnesses. I've been told they cause migraines afterwards?

Have injection therapy (steroid shots) in my neck in a couple days because of spine related illnesses. I've been told they cause migraines afterwards?

Spinal headache: The post-dural puncture headache is a very rare complication and occurs in 0.5% of injections. A blood patch is a simple, quick procedure to solve this problem. Good luck. ...Read more

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Help. Given a cough medicine with steroid in it... Now I feel that my heartbeat pulse is so fast. It was 90 and 95 per min. Tested at neck by myself.

Help. Given a cough medicine with steroid in it... Now I feel that my heartbeat pulse is so fast. It was 90 and 95 per min. Tested at neck by myself.

Mgt: During an illness, it is common to have an elevation of your heart rate. Please check your temperature and rest. A follow up appointment with your physician is advised. ...Read more

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I have problem of servical disc bulging or harrinated. Last sunday I got steroid injection in neck. Bt my pain is much more. I had no relief. This is normal? Or serious problem for my health plz. Give me answer I suffer much pain.

Cervical disc: Cervical disc herniation can be very painful and sometimes steroid injections don't help did you get an MRI and talk to your neurosurgeon about what they found? Consult with us to determine if you need further evaluation. In the meantime ...Read more

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My neck and back are sore to the touch after steroid treatment for bronchitis. Why could this be?

My neck and back are sore to the touch after steroid treatment for bronchitis. Why could this be?

Depends: You were probably coughing really hard, short of breath maybe wheezing. At any rate you were pretty sick I bet. We're you laying around too?! all of these things can make your neck and back sore. ...Read more

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Did steroid jab C5/6/7 coz of neck n arm pain. No improvement or change. Doc said if this doesn't help, fusion won't. Next course of action?

Did steroid jab C5/6/7 coz of neck n arm pain. No improvement or change. Doc said if this doesn't help, fusion won't. Next course of action?

I agree: I agree with your doctor, you should avoid surgery and look for alternative pain generator diagnosis, the injections have therapeutic, diagnostic as well as prognostic information if shots don't give you temporary relief I would consider your pain generator as unknown, unknown pain generator is an absolute contraindication for surgery in my practice. What do your images reveal? ...Read more

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Cervical radiculopathy since 2009. Been getting steroid injections in neck. Doesn't help anymore. Hands hurt. Very swollen. Does surgery help?

Hard to tell: Surgery usually doesn't alleviate neck or back pain. It may help untrap any pinched nerves and alleviate the symptoms related to that - weakness, numbness and tingling, but as far as neck pain itself, it is unlikely to be benefited by surgery. ...Read more

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