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Thyroid Disorders board


For the past 8 months I have occasionally developed a small clear bubble on my gums, in between my top and bottom molars (where you get novicaine injections), on the left side of my mouth. Worrying about the bubble, I saw 2 different dentists who theorized that my salivary gland was severed during wisdom tooth extraction (which happened to be in November) and it wasn't a big deal....I never had any pain or discomfort, just the bubble, usually within 6 hours or so the bubble would pop and the gum would heal within a day.

A few months ago a host of other things started happening in my body....racing heart beat (110 beats a minute), cold intolerance (I was cold ALL the time!), muscle tension, depression, anxiety, loss of interest in the gym(I went EVERYDAY for 5 years!!), weight loss, left eye pain, insomnia, swollen lymph nodes on the left side of my neck, left sided headaches, TMJ seeming pain, bowel trouble, abdominal pain, chest pain, numbness, sensitivity to light....the list goes on and on....

An urgent care Dr tested me for thyroid problems and dismissed all of my symptoms and blamed them on anxiety when all of my blood came back normal....knowing something was wrong I finally saw my MD who prescribed prozac....

I really feel I have a thyroid problem...all of my blood work is "normal" but I know better...

It's been 8 months since the clear bubbles started showing up in my mouth, lately I don't get the little clear bubbles...the gland just feels a little tender!

Has anyone else had a salivary gland problem before iodine treatment??
[QUOTE]I dont know if I'm hyper or hypo....I am still researching! Is there a way of figuring that out on my own without my labs?! Well, not really. The symptoms of an overactive and an underactive thyroid often cross over from one condition to another. Cold intolerance, for example, is most often a feature of hypo- (underactive), and heat intolerance is most common to hyper- (overactive); but either condition can feature either symptom. The ones you mention, are most often associated with a hyper condition, but there is no way to know for certain without tests. The ones you should ask for are TSH, free T4, free T3, and thyroid antibodies- TPO, Tg, and/or possibly TSI in your case, because of your hyper symptoms. If these tests weren't done, no one can tell you that you don't have thyroid disease.
[QUOTE]An urgent care Dr tested me for thyroid problems and dismissed all of my symptoms and blamed them on anxiety when all of my blood came back normal....knowing something was wrong I finally saw my MD who prescribed prozac.... My gut feeling is that he doesn't have a clue about which tests to order or how to interpret the results. It happens all the time. It's more common than the profession cares to admit, but it's true.
[QUOTE]I'm sorry for my confusing questions. I did a search on this board about swollen salivary glands and I noticed that most of the people experiencing problems had them AFTER iodine treatment. (that's why I mentioned it.) Please, don't apologize. You're still learning, no problem. The salivary gland side effect can happen from RAI, but it's wa-a-ay too soon for you to think about that, if it ever becomes a concern for you at all. Swollen salivaries are not something that would be considered an effect of thyroid disease... at least, not that I've ever read... and I've read a lot. Could be it really is simply from your wisdom tooth surgery.

With the list of symptoms you have, you need thyroid testing and a more competent MD than the one at the urgent care center. You are right to resist depression and anti-anxiety drugs at this point.
When you have your tests done, you can post the results here, and we can help you interpret them.