Swollen thyroid symptoms

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MA10
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   Posted 12/26/2012 10:20 PM (GMT -6)   
What are some common symptoms that you have experienced with a swollen thyroid? Is it possible for your thyroid to gain size, even after starting Synthroid?

I have a feeling of tightness at times, and a fullness in the throat. Sometimes I have trouble swallowing more solid foods. What can you do to make the swelling decrease?
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Judy2
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   Posted 12/27/2012 8:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Swelling of the thyroid is called a goiter. It is a symptom of thyroid abnormality of some sort, and will go away when the condition is adequately treated. Keep in close touch with your endocrinologist as you thyroid is stabilized; this can be a fairly long process for some people.
 
Also remember that anxiety can increase the symptoms you feel, and keep that in check as much as possible. Your anti-anxiety exercises may help when the feeling gets strong. Good luck.
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MA10
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   Posted 12/27/2012 8:40 PM (GMT -6)   
My TSH, T4, and T3 levels are all in normal range now because of the Synthroid. How long should it take for the swelling to go down after I am already in normal range?
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Meghan173
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   Posted 1/6/2013 10:22 PM (GMT -6)   
When a person has a goiter it is usually do to a nodule or growth inside the thyroid gland. Until an endocrinologist has had you go to get ultrasound of your thyroid to find out what the growth is that is causing the goiter, the swelling will remain. It is when the test results show what the growth is, and the growth is removed, sometimes the gland needs removed if the growth is large, cancerous, or interferes with breathing. Swelling can also be do to thyroiditis. Each case is different, and each treatment is different
Follow close with your endocrinologist and he/she will let you know what needs to be done next. I also have the same symptoms, and was sent for ultrasound of my thyroid gland. The diagnosis after the dr's examination was thyromegaly- a fancy name for an enlarged thyroid. I have a genetic tendancy toward endocrine tumors called MEN1, and my doctor is making sure my growth is a nodule that is not cancerous right now. Your swelling depends upon what is found in testing, not just adjustments with thyroid hormone. But rather ultrasounds, scans, and fine needle aspiration, if the need to do so is there. I hope I haven't frightened you. I share your frustration in this, I know what that lump and tightness feels like.

Good Luck.
Meghan

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   Posted 1/6/2013 10:29 PM (GMT -6)   
My current symptoms are trouble swallowing, a feeling of having a foreign object in my throat,like a lump of food or a pill that gets stuck feeling in my throat, taunt tightness when turning my head, ear pain, jaw pain, neck pain, and and overall feeling of being fatigued, worn out, cold, fuzzy thinking, and lethargic.
 
 
 I also cough a lot more now, but have found that sipping water or sucking on hard candies helps with keeping my mouth from drying out if I start to breathe through my mouth. I do this at night, I am on a cpap, and may actually be able to go off of it if the thyroid issue is resolved. I hope your time here helps to ease your tension and fear, and that your endocrine helps you to get better.
 
Best wishes for your treatment and return to good health.
 
Meghan

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Meghan173
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   Posted 1/18/2013 6:19 AM (GMT -6)   
This is indeed bizzare, I phoned my endocrine's office and asked what the results of my ultrasound were. The PA said that the doctor said there were no nodules, that my thyroid is fine. If this is so, why is my thyroid still swollen?? I feel like the PA didn't get the information correct, because the reason for the goiter was not truly explained.It could be thyroiditis, Hashi's, and I won't know until the 27 of February!! Leave it to doctors, they know how to drive people crazy. My throat is constantly sore also, I feel like I've got a golf ball stuck in my throat that I am trying to swallow.... Really gets annoying and aggrivating.

Meghan173

Judy2
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   Posted 1/18/2013 8:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Meghan, I'm sure what the PA was trying to say was there were no tumors of nodules on your thyroid. That doesn't necessarily mean you don't have a problem, just that it's not a tumor or nodules. You are entirely correct that with thyroiditis, Hashi's, Graves the thyroid is often enlarged. But at least you know tumors have been ruled out, so that's something.

Sorry you're having to wait for your visit with the doctor. Waiting is always the hardest thing, I think.
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Inflammatory osteoarthritis; osteonecrosis from steroids
Grave's disease successfully treated with radioactive iodine and now on Levothyroxine.
Type II diabetes induced by steroids.
Meds: Remicade, Colazal, Levothyroxine, Mobic, Metformin

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MA10
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   Posted 1/19/2013 6:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the replies. :D I had my thyroid ultrasound the other day. The doc said that the enlargement was consistent with thyroiditis. He didn't seem concerned, so we are just sticking with the Synthroid and seeing what happens.
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sunshine4th
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   Posted 1/28/2013 6:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm new on this site and am just getting my feet wet. I have hashi's and symptoms are all over the place at times. But, I had the difficulty swallowing and feeling like my throat was 'full'. My DO said there was nothing swollen. I tried an amber necklace that my son wheres for teething and I don't have that 'full' feeling any more.

I know it sounds hookey, but I know it worked for teething and inflammation and I figured it couldn't hurt to try it and it worked!

Meghan173
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   Posted 3/13/2013 1:13 PM (GMT -6)   
My endocrine, I saw him in the end of February, said that my goiter is benign, and actually that it is anatomically slightly larger due to it forming that way before birth. My thyroid is not cancerous, and there are no nodules, so my endocrine says it is fine, and that it is just anatomically larger than the 'average' sized thyroid, and not to be worried. Other can also have these findings with nothing wrong, So do not despair of what you have.
It can be something totally benign, but if it is not, try not to worry, there are treatments.I'm glad I had my ultrasound done, and that it wasn't serious..

Meghan
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