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Old 04-23-2008, 05:58 AM   #1
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Thyroid is enlarged but bloodwork is normal

Hi all,

I had posted here before about having bi-polar symptoms and whether or not it was indeed bipolar or thyroid mishap. Since then, I've stopped the bopolar med and went to my internist who checked me out and agreed that my thyroid is indeed enlarged and there are some swollen lymph nodes with it as well. He said it's not the goiter that is bigger, but the thyroid itself. My TSH levels are all normal and have been for a year. He referred me to an ear/nose/throat specialist who I am seeing on May 15th, following my thyroid ultrasound on May 10th. I'm really scared they're going to tell me they have to remove it. I always prepare for the worst. I know the risks like the laryngeal nerve risk and of course I'm already panicking

Was wondering if anyone ever felt a lump after eating and if took medicine instead of having it removed? Sorry, my mind is just swimming because this really scares me alot. Esp the though of thyroid cancer, which he doesn't suspect but it still is a thought in my head.

 
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Re: Thyroid is enlarged but bloodwork is normal

Darling, what is normal? What single all important number and range are they looking at? Have the tested you for antibodies or even looked at your actually Free T3 and T4 levels? If not.. you need to make them or get a new MD that will.

Many have their thyroids out. Many more live with the constant ache and swelling and thyroid dysfunction daily. You are describing a groiter/symptom of nodule growth. Did the ENT perform a thyroid ultrasound? Sorry see that is planned. Look into Hashimoto's thyroiditis and get a copy of all your relevant lab work. Post the results and ranges here. We can help you.

Most will request a biopsy/medication trial before passing the blanket YANK THE PAIN IN THE NECK first. You need to make sure they are checking all your bloodwork bases first. It is a sad state, but most thyroid patients have to follow up their MD or they will not get optimal care. Check out this post. It points to most of the basics.
[url]http://www.healthboards.com/boards/showthread.php?t=597479[/url]

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Old 04-23-2008, 06:14 AM   #3
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Re: Thyroid is enlarged but bloodwork is normal

Hi mg,

I forget the range they gave me for testing but mine was within the "norm". It was low norm tho. But I agree...normal is not a one-size-fits-all. I will definitely post the results once I get them as I have another round coming up. TY for that post...it explained alot to me I've read up on Hashimoto's and it describes me to a "T". My internist is excellent and recognized that he's not an expert on the thyroid so that is why he referred me to an ENT. How often does a doc admit he's not an expert? LOL So I'll know more after seeing the ENT and getting the ultrasound. I know surgery is a last resort but it seems to make sense to have it if something in your body isn't working right but it's also the most extreme treatment so I understand that as well. The lump and pain is annoying and I just want to find out what the heck they can do for me so I will keep reading here and keep u posted. Thanks again

 
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Re: Thyroid is enlarged but bloodwork is normal

Well if it is Hashimoto's medication may suppress your antibodies and shrink the inflammation. If nodules are present.. they may or may not shrink.. depends on the growth. If you have a multnodular groiter that is constricting your airway and causing issues it has to go. Seeing first hand what RAI killing of the thyroid does.. i would opt for a total thyroidectomy any day of the week. friday is actually good for me. Maybe I can let my ENT know that.

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