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Old 06-16-2007, 11:23 AM   #1
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goiter getting larger

It seems to me that my neck is bulging more noticably since my last LevoT increase May 1. I had an ultrasound done at the time, but found no nodules or anything. At that time my TSH was 1.27 (.34-2.5) - oh I have Hashi's by the way- , but since I was having symptoms returning, my doctor said we should try to get me down to 1 or even push the low end of the range (she's cool!) so we upped to 88mcg. Shouldn't my goiter not be getting any bigger though now that I'm on replacement? Will it ever go away, or will I always have this bulge in my neck? Maybe time for another increase? Appreciate any comments...
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Angela

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Old 06-16-2007, 05:53 PM   #2
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Re: goiter getting larger

Bumping this to see if someone can respond to this question.

 
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Old 06-17-2007, 11:46 AM   #3
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Re: goiter getting larger

thanks barbara ann. seems i tend to get little response to my posts! because of that i try to respond to others' posts that get little or no response. bumping myself up!
Angela

 
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Re: goiter getting larger

Hi Angela;

I read an article just last everning that pretty much says once you have a goiter it does not go away. They've had a little success in shrinking them with medication (thyroid hormones). Although not enough to impress me. I think for the most part once you are on medication it will help to hold the size of the goiter at bay so to speak. That doesn't always work from what I read. Ocassionally, they continue to increase in size or will start getting bigger again after a spell. They can be surgically removed and I believe there is another medical treatment that must be administer by a qualified medical person to shrink them that is realitively new.

Good luck and try not to worry

 
Old 06-17-2007, 02:55 PM   #5
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Re: goiter getting larger

Hi adj76 ~

From what I've read, shrinking a goiter often doesn't work with Thy meds.

I had a Thy nodule (goiter the same?) that had to be removed due to growth. Sometimes it easier to get them out before they wrap or attatch around vocal cords.

 
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Re: goiter getting larger

Angela.

I had a multi nodular goiter..........or so one radiologist called it that on my ultra sound.....even though I read that using medication was not that successful I had a surgeon who believed in trying it.......... so he increased my Armour to suppress my TSH..........

Now months later my thyroid lobes are normal size and some of my smaller nodules are gone but I still have my 4 dominant nodules.....you can feel the nodules now on my neck because the size of my entire thyroid is down......

They took my TSH way down below yours 0.12.... I felt fine......no palpitations, no hyper symptoms in fact did not notice the increase.........

I say it is worth a try.

Oleander

 
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