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Board: Thyroid Disorders 04-19-2015, 08:34 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 121
Posted By Reece
Re: Solid nodule growing slowly

Your symptoms are separate from the nodule which doesn't have symptoms (other than constriction if it were very large). You can get your thyroid hormone levels tested to see if you are hypothyroid.
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Board: Cancer: Thyroid 04-03-2015, 12:47 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 158
Posted By Reece
Re: Please, please someone answer, very nervous

It sounds like you had a multinodular goiter (an enlarged lumpy bumpy thyroid)and it's growing out of control and may need to be removed. That being said, the "normal" blood work, given your...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 04-03-2015, 06:49 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 217
Posted By Reece
Re: Upcoming Thyroid Surgery with New Hashi Diagnosis

The most important thing is to have a great surgeon that does lots of thyroid surgeries per week, and that you feel confident in. I had thyroid cancer, and my surgeon assured me he would get all that...
Board: Cancer: Thyroid 04-02-2015, 04:43 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 125
Posted By Reece
Re: Advice/Insight Please?

In most situations an endocrinologist is a medical doctor (not surgeon) that specializes in hormones (diabetes, thyroid etc)....some have more thyroid experience than others---many focus more on...
Board: Cancer: Thyroid 04-01-2015, 03:22 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 125
Posted By Reece
Re: Advice/Insight Please?

You should see an ENT/surgeon as well. This may have to go if it's causing you symptoms. Tg alone is meaningless, it just measures the amount of thyroid tissue you have in your body---and if you have...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 03-21-2015, 07:30 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 174
Posted By Reece
Re: suspicious for follicular neoplasia with hurthle cells

I think it means it's time to get rid of that thyroid, as it's "suspicious" and the only way you will know what's really there is to get it removed......hope you find a great surgeon that explains...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 03-20-2015, 07:54 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 182
Posted By Reece
Re: can i get someone to help out with this?

That blood work doesn't say much in terms of thyroid. That may be why it's confusing you---it's just plain old blood work---maybe for your surgery.

Thyroglobulin is meaningless at this point, it...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 03-19-2015, 08:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 240
Posted By Reece
Re: How to get a thyroidectomy?

ENT's in my area are mostly all surgeons. They evaluate thyroids and other neck issues regularly. Just ask people you know if there's someone they like (it depends upon health insurance I guess, who...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 03-19-2015, 05:34 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 240
Posted By Reece
Re: How to get a thyroidectomy?

This is dependent upon where you live and your insurance. Better to say you would like to investigate this with an ENT than to say "I want surgery" because the doctors will take you seriously then.
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Board: Thyroid Disorders 03-17-2015, 04:49 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 158
Posted By Reece
Re: thyroid nodules and lymph nodes

If the nodules are large they could be constricting the structures in your throat....let us know what the ENT says....
Board: Thyroid Disorders 03-17-2015, 04:48 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 142
Posted By Reece
Re: New Labs New Dose still not better!!

Being hyper, being hypo, and change of hormones/adjustments can cause hair loss (it's usually temporary). So going up and down, being hyper, and then changing your meds again is going to affect the...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 03-17-2015, 04:35 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 154
Posted By Reece
Re: Help! Need Advice

Not sure what kind of doctors you are seeing that are watching and waiting? If you haven't seen and good ENT surgeons, that would be your next step......I agree that they should have given you a...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 03-15-2015, 08:13 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 321
Posted By Reece
Re: Thyroid blood results ... Please Anyone!! Scared of Cancer.

The multinodules seem pretty small at this point, might be too hard to get a good fna sample depending on location when they are that small....your doctors may just monitor them.....
Board: Cancer: Thyroid 03-11-2015, 05:16 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 197
Posted By Reece
Re: Ugh ... thyroglobulin STILL detectable

Sorry to hear about this. It must be frustrating not to get the peace of mind of a clear tg. If you are in NY you can still go to get another opinion. If you trust your doctor, then wait on...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 03-09-2015, 01:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 321
Posted By Reece
Re: Thyroid blood results ... Please Anyone!! Scared of Cancer.

Based upon people I've known from canada with thyroid cancer, they seem to be really on their game in terms of diagnosis. How large are the nodules? If they are over 1cm have they ever been needle...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 03-05-2015, 04:59 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 201
Posted By Reece
Re: Fna biopsy and genetic testing

Sure, request these things beforehand if you'd like.....you can even have your sample sent to a specific pathologist, or get a second opinion on the sample (hopefully they draw a good quality...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 03-03-2015, 04:45 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 217
Posted By Reece
Re: Weight loss

Thats a pretty hefty dose, and if you are ovedosed, it can really make you hungry.

Did you have RAI? Did they check for pituitary issues in terms of why they can't get your tsh suppressed or...
Board: Cancer: Thyroid 03-02-2015, 01:33 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 262
Posted By Reece
Re: symptoms of hypothyroid post thyroidectomy

It takes time....You need about 6-8 weeks after taking the synthroid to even see if your blood levels are good. It took me about 4 months to get to the right dose, and another month or so to feel...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 03-01-2015, 08:57 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 217
Posted By Reece
Re: Problems after thyroid surgery

Speak to your surgeon's office for sure....sounds like you have a lot of internal swelling from the trauma.

I used a lot of motrin/advil......I think they told me to try not to speak as whispering...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 02-18-2015, 04:56 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 202
Posted By Reece
Re: Hi. New. Lots of questions.

Your cystic nodule is very large....and your thyroid levels are off....I would consider removal...but see someone that removes many thyroids a week.

At that size, it's the size of a thyroid...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 02-16-2015, 03:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 340
Posted By Reece
Re: How long can I go without my Levothyroxine?

It could hit you hard when it does, probably in a couple of weeks. Maybe you can contact your doctor and see if they have any samples to get you through this time, you can also try the larger drug...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 02-16-2015, 04:37 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 251
Posted By Reece
Re: Do thyroid cysts go away?

If it's a fluid filled cyst, not a nodule, you can try thyroid hormone (especially if your levels are a little off) and see if that goes away, sometimes they go away on their own, sometimes they are...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 02-11-2015, 04:53 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 534
Posted By Reece
Re: Urgent Thyroid Help-- I'm Scared

A lot has changed in thyroid cancer treatment since I had it 10 years ago, but the literature out there hasn't, so you need an endocrinologist up to date on his/her research.

To be honest, at...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 02-03-2015, 04:06 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 534
Posted By Reece
Re: Urgent Thyroid Help-- I'm Scared

You are way too early in the process to be so frightened......it's likely the hormones....if that's a "hot" nodule, it can be causing those symptoms as well.....many times thyroids likely from...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 02-01-2015, 11:34 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 177
Posted By Reece
Re: Multiple "hot" nodules, surgery or radioactive idodine treatment?

There are plenty of doctors that would do surgery over RAI (see ENT's that do a great deal of thyroid surgeries weekly). The only hitch is she will need to be medicated to bring down her levels so...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 01-26-2015, 05:00 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 318
Posted By Reece
Re: Ridiculous anxiety over thyroid nodule/swelling

If you have any thyroid antibodies, then you likely have hashimotos which could be causing the nodules on your thyroid. It's not swelling if you have a nodule its a nodule, sometimes also the thyroid...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 01-22-2015, 05:22 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 211
Posted By Reece
Re: Will someone help with ultrasound results

Since you have a nodule over 1cm I'm guessing they will order an fna to get more information about it.
Board: Thyroid Disorders 01-18-2015, 06:08 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 297
Posted By Reece
Re: Upcoming thyroidectomy, have worries and questions

Are you in a country or on a health plan where you have no options of surgeons? Or can you choose?

I would get another opinion....this surgeon may be great and perfect....but you need to feel...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 01-09-2015, 11:10 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 248
Posted By Reece
Re: thyroid ultrasound questions

You have a classic "multinodular goiter" an enlarged lumpy bumpy thyroid. You may indeed have hashis/thyroid disease, are you on thyroid medication/hormone? That might help with this.

You don't...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 12-29-2014, 04:36 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 275
Posted By Reece
Re: question about ultrasound

They are checking if the nodule is "hot" or "cold" which has a slightly increased chance of being thyroid cancer (a highly treatable and curable cancer). You may want to get to an ENT that has...
Board: Cancer: Thyroid 12-25-2014, 05:21 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 635
Posted By Reece
Re: thyroid

Now that you are five years out, you likely don't have to worry as much about tsh suppression. You didn't post your lab ranges for free t3, but you can work with your endo now to find a place where...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 12-19-2014, 09:49 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 339
Posted By Reece
Re: levels of TSH 3 months after total thyroidectomy

Yes, good so far, you might want to bump up to the next dose (or alternate between the two doses daily). You want your tsh to be suppressed for a couple of years to prevent a recurrence (regrowth of...
Board: Cancer: Thyroid 12-16-2014, 09:07 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 350
Posted By Reece
Re: Thyroglobulin 6 months after thyroidectomy

Sorry to hear, that's very odd....what does your doctor say? Maybe they should have waited to test?

I would consider keeping the tsh lower than that for a while, to make sure no more tissue is...
Board: Cancer: Thyroid 12-14-2014, 05:31 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 920
Posted By Reece
Re: Papilliary Carcinoma

It depends, a high tsh calls for more hormone so your thyroid activates (and can grow tissue) to accommodate it. Most thyroid cancer "recurrences" don't actually mean it's thyroid cancer, just...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 12-14-2014, 05:22 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 288
Posted By Reece
Re: Can a low tsh of 0.007 cause headaches just about everyday ?

It's possible you need to lower your dose, if your cancer was in 2008 you no longer need to keep your tsh that suppressed---you would likely feel fine on a lower dose....I was very suppressed for...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 12-10-2014, 01:25 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 213
Posted By Reece
Re: My 3 year old has hypothyroidism

I'm sure if you went to a pediatric endocrinologist they took all the tests to make sure there was no pituitary issue (a benign pituitary tumor can make tsh high). In terms of needing thyroid...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 12-08-2014, 02:18 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 240
Posted By Reece
Re: Thyroid ultrasound shows mass

Its pretty big--its likely a multinodular goiter...an overgrown lumpy bumpy thyroid.....sometimes these things grow out of control, and you may have to consider surgery----not necessarily for cancer,...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 11-27-2014, 04:57 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 328
Posted By Reece
Re: Post Thyroidectomy

It takes 3-4 weeks to feel the impact of no hormone....I agree, I would start with the 75mcg this week, and build up every 5 days or so....that was a suppressive dose for me (I'm tiny) but I went...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 11-26-2014, 03:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 328
Posted By Reece
Re: Post Thyroidectomy

Sounds like you are doing great....don't push yourself too hard, take it easy....nothing to be afraid of in terms of hormones...they just replace what your body will stop making......if you need RAI...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 11-24-2014, 04:59 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 280
Posted By Reece
Re: Shrtness of Breath

Your dose sounds a little low for someone without a thyroid. Why don't you post your labs with ranges (free t4, free t3) and perhaps someone here can comment if you are really getting enough...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 11-18-2014, 04:42 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 322
Posted By Reece
Re: Am I sick? Is presence of antibodies enough?

It was a long post, so perhaps I'm missing something....why do you have to stop those foods? I don't know what all those tests mean, so perhaps they indicated some sort of other disorder that I...
Board: Cancer: Thyroid 11-17-2014, 06:43 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 512
Posted By Reece
Re: Confused about surgery

I would go with the ENT's opinion over the endo if he does many thyroid surgeries a week. The reason is, he takes them out and delivers the results, and he also knows what happens internally with...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 11-17-2014, 05:00 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 331
Posted By Reece
Re: Felt great ... feeling awful again.

Yes, even 4 weeks seems a little early to test if you had been on a larger dose......also you don't want too much cytomel especially in the beginning....may affect your heart.

You can't look at...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 11-17-2014, 04:53 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 253
Posted By Reece
Re: Thyroid ultrasound

You should get a great thyroid surgeon that does many thyroid surgeries a week. You can ask your surgeon based upon experience, what s/he thinks. It is unusual to get suspicious for papillary---I...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 11-08-2014, 02:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 711
Posted By Reece
Re: Enlarged right thyroid with large nodule

I believe statistically, thyroid cancer patients do not gain weight after their tt, because they are usually (or should be) well medicated with thyroid hormone---the tsh is kept suppressed to prevent...
Board: Cancer: Thyroid 11-06-2014, 04:39 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 533
Posted By Reece
Re: Total Thyroidectomy on 11/14

This surgery is usually not a bad one, you should give yourself time to heal, but you will be up and about pretty quickly, and likely won't need pain meds (I used tylenol and tylenol pm, didn't need...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 11-03-2014, 04:21 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 295
Posted By Reece
Re: Scared

It may mean that they will want to remove the lobe to see if those cells are encapsulated in the nodule or not---if encapsulated it's benign, if not it is considered cancer.....Try not to worry too...
Board: Cancer: Thyroid 11-02-2014, 10:35 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 771
Posted By Reece
Re: Convinced I have thyroid cancer.

Thyroid cancer is rare, and the only true symptom is a nodule. You would only know this if a doctor felt a nodule on your thyroid and you had an ultrasound---unless you had in your family a certain...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 10-29-2014, 04:38 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 397
Posted By Reece
Re: how can I overcome fatigue after having thyroid out?

Surgery in general is a major internal trauma (an organ in your body all your life has been removed) your body is using all it's energy to heal----this can take it's toll on your energy levels...
Board: Cancer: Thyroid 10-28-2014, 05:05 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 644
Posted By Reece
Re: Question on thyroid hormone...

It definitely affects your energy levels/adrenals as you adjust to doses, I was never on hormone prior and it took a while to get the right dose, and even longer to feel normal.....take it in a...
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