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Old 12-10-2004, 10:30 AM   #1
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It does not look good for me

Hi everyone this is my first time posting.

Not to be too depressing but I have had diarreah for 4 weeks (on and off) , my doctor last week noticed a goitre, I cant see anything but aparently its there.

She told me I was likely hyperthorid to explain my symptoms (have loads of energy, dry skin etc).

The bloods came back and everything is fine. She did FBC, TFTS, ESR, CRP, LFTS etc and all came back fine.

Researching on the net (a bad thing I get told) the only thing that comes up for my symptoms is cancer of the Thyroid, in particuar the medullary type.

My doctor says its very rare and that type is even rarer. I am 34 years old and no family have this problem, everyone is healthy for generations back.

I can't think of what else would cause a goitre and it seems an amazing co-incidence I have the diarreah. I have kind of set my mind now on the fact I have this cancer.

I see a specialist on Monday but wont have a scan until January. It feels a long time to wait.

 
Old 12-10-2004, 10:36 AM   #2
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Re: It does not look good for me

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Originally Posted by Colomolo
Hi everyone this is my first time posting.

Not to be too depressing but I have had diarreah for 4 weeks (on and off) , my doctor last week noticed a goitre, I cant see anything but aparently its there.

She told me I was likely hyperthorid to explain my symptoms (have loads of energy, dry skin etc).

The bloods came back and everything is fine. She did FBC, TFTS, ESR, CRP, LFTS etc and all came back fine.

Researching on the net (a bad thing I get told) the only thing that comes up for my symptoms is cancer of the Thyroid, in particuar the medullary type.

My doctor says its very rare and that type is even rarer. I am 34 years old and no family have this problem, everyone is healthy for generations back.

I can't think of what else would cause a goitre and it seems an amazing co-incidence I have the diarreah. I have kind of set my mind now on the fact I have this cancer.

I see a specialist on Monday but wont have a scan until January. It feels a long time to wait.
Never. I repeat NEVER accept "normal" or "fine" as valid interpretations of your lab results. Always get the numbers and the lab ranges, or better, yet, get a copy of the report from the lab. You should be able to get this from the receptionist at your doctor's office just for asking. Thought they are allowed to charge a reasonable fee for the copies, I have never seen a doctor charge for that.

Get your labs and post them here, and we may see a pattern that your doc missed or be able to help you understand why your thyroid is or is not the problem.
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Old 12-10-2004, 10:40 AM   #3
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Re: It does not look good for me

Hi Meep thanks for the reply I appreciate it, Im really quite upset. Im in the UK, does the same thing still stand, just tend to just look at the PC screen and read them off. All they did was a TFTS, should they have done other tests?

btw Im male and 34 if that makes any difference (dont think I mentioned that).

 
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Hi Meep thanks for the reply I appreciate it, Im really quite upset. Im in the UK, does the same thing still stand, just tend to just look at the PC screen and read them off. All they did was a TFTS, should they have done other tests?

btw Im male and 34 if that makes any difference (dont think I mentioned that).
I am also male and 34. In the UK, the laws are not the same as in the US, but I have seem many people frmo the UK post their lab results and ranges, so I bet you can get them. You might want to phone the doctor's office to be sure.
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Old 12-10-2004, 11:46 AM   #5
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Re: It does not look good for me

Thanks Meep I will phone them on Monday and see what they say.

Out of interest does anyone know of conditions rather than hyper/hypothorid that cause a goiter

 
Old 12-10-2004, 11:55 AM   #6
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Thanks Meep I will phone them on Monday and see what they say.

Out of interest does anyone know of conditions rather than hyper/hypothorid that cause a goiter
Goiter is simply a swelling or growing of the thyroid gland. It is possible to have "normal" thyroid labwork, and therefore not be hypo or hyper, but still have a swollen gland.

The "swelling" is most often caused by the thyroid gland being overworked, so more thyroid tissue grows to help take up the slack. This can be for any number of reasons, including disease, and the food we eat.

Another common cause is autoimmune attack by Thyroglobulin antibodies and especially Thyroid Peroxydase Antibodies. These attacks eventually destroy the thyroid gland and its ability to function. Before the gland is destroyed you may have periods of "normal" labs, then hyper labs, then hypo labs.

A third possibility is autoimmune attacks by Thyroid Stimulating Immunoglobulins. These attack the TSH receptors on the thyroid gland causing it to go into overdrive. You would be very hyperthyroid, and likely have a swollen thyroid gland.

Two final and less likely causes would be thyroid cancer or an infection in the thyroid gland.
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