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Old 09-09-2003, 10:43 AM   #1
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3 years ago I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, even though my thyroid levels were "normal" and put on .075 levoxyl. I did and still do have an enlarged thyroid. My question is should I have a scan of my thyroid done? I'm concerned that my thyroid is not getting smaller. It still feels enlarged (even my doctor said it is). Is a enlarged thyroid for the past 3 years anything to be concerned about?

 
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I don't know if this is true or not or if it is related to your problem with enlarged thyroid. I heard, for some people thryoid enlargements are caused by iodine deficiency. I hope that helps

 
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Can anyone else comment on iodine deficiency causing a enlarged thyroid?

I just want to know if I should suggest to my doctor to do a scan of my thyroid or if it really doesn't matter.

 
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I can't comment on the need for a scan. If the goiter is very uncomfortable, I think I'd at least ask for a closer examination. I believe... but don't quote me... general diffuse enlargement is hardly ever treated surgically, but could be an option for problem ones.

However, I looked up some information for you about iodine deficiency in Mary Shomon's book. A deficiency can indeed cause a goiter, but most doctors will tell you there is no iodine deficiency in the U.S. That appears to be changing, however. According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES I), which took place from 1971 to 1974, just 2.6% of U.S. citizens had iodine deficiency. The follow-up NHANES III, conducted from 1988 to 1994 found that 11.7% are deficient. Researchers don't have a real explanation for it, but low-salt diets may play a role and food manufacturers may be adding less iodine. They're still trying to sort it out. I read another source that said farm acreage is becoming depleted of trace minerals, so less ends up in the food supply.

Also... you didn't say if your hypo is caused by Hashimoto's disease. It's generally accepted that iodine will make it worse, not better. So beware of iodine if that's your case.
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I'm not sure if I have Hasi's, but I do have elevated antibodies.

 
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Does anyone have information on thyroiditis (temporary hyperthyroidism)? I had sore throat / cold symptoms and went to doctor, who said I had fast pulse and enlarged thyroid. Blood tests showed high thyroid. Another test 2 weeks later showed lower results, but still high. Specialist said I need thyroid scan to confirm if thyroiditis or Grave's Disease. From research I found that a virus can cause thyroiditis. My fast pulse started after this virus, so I feel it is more likely (and hope) thyroiditis. Am nervous to get a thyroid scan (taking radioactive iodine). Any advice?

 
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Hi April14,
Your thyroiditis may very well be temporary. I hope so. You don't have to be nervous about the RAI test. The dose of RAI is very low, and it will pass through your body without a problem to you or anyone around you.
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Hi Midwest1,
Thank you for the words of encouragement. This whole thyroid thing has been so scary for me. I have never been sick for this long (a month).

 
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I found some info about goiter. Here's a quote I cut and paste from the website:
"A more common cause of goiter in America is an increase in thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) in response to a defect in normal hormone synthesis within the thyroid gland. The thyroid stimulating hormone comes from the pituitary and causes the thyroid to enlarge. This enlargement usually takes many years to become manifest. "

There is a full page article about this. I can forward the link if you want.

 
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