Fear Of Blood Tests

It is known common knowledge among many physicians that a person’s CRP level is a reliable indicator of whether someone is at high risk for cardiac arrest. CRP, which stands for C-reactive protein, has been a relatively unknown gauge of risk until recently.

It is believed that your CRP level indicates the amount of inflammation within the body. The dangers of inflammation have only recently become known.

A Time Magazine article about 10 years or so ago, shared with the world how researchers are studying a possible link between inflammation and serious illness and disease. The article pointed out that inflammation – which is the body’s super powerful immune response mechanism – could sometimes become chronic.

When this happens it triggers a host of serious events. For instance, the continued inflammation can lead to damage of healthy tissue.

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Chronic inflammation can also lead to plaque buildup in the arteries.

The American Heart Association estimates that those people who have high CRP levels have twice as much chance of having a heart attack as those with lower levels of the C-reactive protein.

This is a big breakthrough for the medical world. It is even thought that testing for CRP levels and the results might be bigger indicators of who is at risk for cardiac arrest than other traditional risk factors, such as family history, high blood pressure levels, cholesterol levels and health habits, such as smoking and eating habits.

The importance of ridding the body of chronic inflammation has never been so apparent.

The first step is to ask your physician to do a relatively simple blood test to gauge whether you are at risk for this.

It is also believed that this test may also help determine whether people are at high risk of other illnesses and disease, including cancer, Alzheimer’s arthritis, and even stroke.

The average American should have a CRP level of between one and two milligrams per liter. A person who would be classified as high risk (which is said to be about 25 percent of all Americans) would have levels of three milligrams per liter.
Any person with as much as 10 milligrams per liter should take the test again after several weeks because the results could have been because of an infection.
On the opposite end, any person with only one milligram per liter is at low risk of heart disease.

The test, which is called the hs-CRP test, can be done at the same time the physician tests your cholesterol levels.

Meanwhile, people who want to reduce their inflammation risk can eat and drink products that are known to be natural anti-inflammatories.

The Prickly Pear Cactus is not only a natural anti-inflammatory, but it is also a natural anti-oxidant, so it is a natural food product that protects the body in more than one way.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How to overcome the fear of blood tests?
    Hi. My one and only dream is to become a doctor. I believe I would make an excellent doctor. The only problem is that I have a fear of blood tests and that needs to be changed. I have had a blood test done before and it is very uncomfortable - I just don't like the whole idea of it if you know what I mean. I don't have a fear o blood it's just the whole idea of needles and that sensitive area of your arm where the blood is being drawn from. Pleaseee help!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Ignore the stupid answer given by Reva Malpica THE SPAM MERCHANT and just persevere. I don't see how having some blood taken was so uncomfortable and you could always look the other way !

  2. QUESTION:
    How can I get over my fear of blood tests?
    I need to take a blood tests and I am very squeamish about needles going into that particular part of my arm. I am fine with shots and other things like that but blood tests just seem to get to me. Can someone help me with my fear?

    • ANSWER:
      Take a friend with you and talk to them while having your blood drawn. Do not look at the collection. It probably isn't the stick that bothers you but the actual blood so make sure you tell the person collecting that you do not want to watch and to have them label the tubes out of your line of vision. Then have a chat with your friend about anything that isn't happening in the room.

  3. QUESTION:
    how can i overcome my fear of blood tests and needles?
    i am so scared of needles and the fact ive a generizled anxiety disorder doesnt make my fear any easier. i have avoided getting blood for 8 years now and now i need it done. ive been very sick lately and the doctor said i need to do this. as ive avioided this for so long my appointment to get blood is in 8 days. please please please any tips? i know im going to freak out and i really dont want to faint so how can i avoid fainting?

    • ANSWER:
      Let me ask you a question: How could you possibly faint?? Think about it for a second... Well lets look at what makes you faint. Fainting occurs when there is an extreme drop in blood pressure. When you get nervous what happons?? Well your blood pressure goes up!!! So you are less likely to faint when nervous than you are when calm so don't worry about fainting. If you start to feel lightheaded that is a symptom of panic but panic cannot make you faint. Being lightheaded is just you possibly hypervenilating

      read this -----> (http://www.panic-attacks.co.uk/panic_attacks_3.htm

      To prevent hyperventilating just breath in and out in for 7 seconds hold for 3 seconds and out for 11 seconds. So theres nothing to worry about.

      Also my guess is exposure therapy would work well for you. Go to google.com and type in shots and click images on the search results. Look at the pictures and minimize the window if its too much for you. Then look at it for a few more seconds and minimize. After that go to youtube and watch videos of people getting shots. I would highly recommend this for you as it would give you confidence that even though you might be nervous for the real thing you can at least expose yourself to it and lesson the nervousness.

      And theres always anti anxiety tranquilizer medicine that works with your neurotransmitter chemicals in your brain to make you more calm, possibly your doctor could give you some of that.

      And if you are still worried about fainting so lets say you do faint - your in a doctors office and they have all the equipment you could ever need right there. You probably wouldnt even have to go to the hospital!!! Just have them lay you back so if you do faint you wont fall over.

      it'l be alright!!! :)

  4. QUESTION:
    how to overcome fear of blood tests?
    I have a terrible fear of blood tests and i am going to have one very soon.Now,what shall i do to overcome this fear?

    • ANSWER:
      Follow what others are doing in the Laboratory.

  5. QUESTION:
    how to over come my fear of blood tests?
    I am terrified of blood tests, but i need one done...

    so any tips to help keep me calm or to make these blood tests seem less scary??

    I don't like blood tests or anything sticking into my veins not sure why, i am fine with shots but something about them sticking my veins just makes me shiver.. any help?

    • ANSWER:
      This is a natural fear. However, by dwelling on it, you
      are blowing the fear out of proportion. Tell yourself
      that it is very safe, and that you have never heard of
      anyone being injured seriously, leave alone dying from
      the procedure. Then, when you need to get test done,
      there is something you can do to help eliminate the
      pain. About 10 minutes before you get the blood drawn,
      Apply Ambosel to both inside elbow areas - where they
      will be taking blood. You should find this either on the
      dental aisle, or baby aisle in a drug store. It is used
      to numb sore gums when babies are teething, so it
      is really safe.

      BTW, are really fun use for Ambosel is to put it on
      the rim of beer bottles. When your friends lose feeling
      in their lips, they will freak out, but not be damaged at all, lol.

  6. QUESTION:
    How can i get over my fear of Blood Tests ?
    Having a blood test soon. So nervous and scared about it

    I hyperventilate, panic & go really dizzy. And even sick sometimes.

    How can i stay calm & not let panic overcome me ?

    • ANSWER:
      Mimulus and Rescue Remedy (Bach Flower essences) will help you a lot. To know more about Bach Flower Essences, go to

      http://floweressencesintro.onlinecourse.com/

  7. QUESTION:
    How do I over come my fear of Blood Tests and shots!?!?!?
    I've been scared of shots soo much! and its annyoin my doctors alot... I have this important blood test and im freakin out about it.. i hate it soo much... i hate the pain lol how can i over come my fear?
    does anyone have any tips? tricks? or anything that helps them through the blood test?

    • ANSWER:
      It's all about focus and willpower. That is how you conquer fears.

      Breathe, relax and watch. The pain lasts a second so don't over anticipate it, that's when you stress and feel like you are dying.

      If seeing the blood bothers you, remember, everyone has blood in them so it's not creepy or anything. It's just primal instinct to react to blood, focus your willpower and push the fear out. Basicly, welcome the shot/blood test as if it were a friend. It's not done to hurt you, it's done to heal/test you.

      If you still have trouble, use your imagination and pretend you are a robot or something, able to block out pain and fear.

      So, big smile and be confident you'll survive, okay?

      I hope you take my advice, it works if you apply it.

  8. QUESTION:
    How can i better deal with my fear of blood tests(needles)?
    i am terrified of getting needles in my veins, i actually cryed the first time i had blood taken. i would say i am as scared of getting stung by a hornet or wasp as i am of getting a blood sample drawn. i am completely okay with getting shots in my shoulder arm area and buttocks, but hate getting a needle in my vein. how can i get over this fear? please don't suggest developing an addiction to heroine.

    • ANSWER:
      Watch some videos on youtube of medical surgeons on the job and that little needle wont seem so bad.

  9. QUESTION:
    how to over come a fear of blood tests?
    ive never gotten blood taken before and i am deathly afraid of needles. i cant even get shots at the doctor without freaking out. can anyone help me with ways to overcome my fear?

    • ANSWER:
      my mom absolutely hates blood and if she sees a little bit of it she passes out within 10 seconds. So every time she has to go get blood drawn or a shot she has her friend come with her and hold her hand while she lays there with her eyes closed. So really there isn't much else you can do besides that because its almost impossible to get over that fear. So just have someone there for you.

  10. QUESTION:
    How do i get over my fear of blood tests?
    im 14....and like i hate the needle and the fact that my blood is being sucked out it feels like there taking my strength and energy and sucking it out and it terrifies me....please help i gotta get 5 vials taken out tomm!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Yup that can be scary but you have to do it just close your eyes look away from the needle and your fine
      i too feel very weak after i get shots so just lay down for a while until the weakness goes away and the doc. should recommend some pills like Advil or Tylenol i have no suggestions so you can feel pain while they give you the shots.

      and good luck

      [pain is only temporally and the shot only takes about 7 seconds]

  11. QUESTION:
    how to get over the fear of blood tests?
    i fear i have thyroid trouble so i have to have a blood test to find out. but i hate needles!! does it hurt when you have a blood test?im really scared :(

    • ANSWER:
      i remember how scared i was to have blood tests. actually, one time somehow i got signed up for a blood drive and after being able to stop crying, i got denied because i had worked myself up so bad that i had a fever. but, now i am a pro at getting blood tests!! i actually was able to get over my fear by donating blood a few months later.

      i think the best thing to remember is that it only lasts a short time. if you drink lots of water (if you're allowed to drink for your blood test) then your veins are easier to get blood from (it helps to make things as easy as possible for everyone).

      it's just a pinch! mind over matter. you can get through this. think of something to reward yourself afterward...like an ice cream treat that you can focus on. you can close your eyes. tell the nurse (or whomever) that you're nervous. focus on your breathing-- breath in through your nose and out through mouth, in through your nose and out through mouth...also, try your best to relax your arm. thinking about the blood test is probably worse than the actual thing, so try not to worry.

      good luck and i really hope this works out for you!

  12. QUESTION:
    does anyone else have a big fear of blood tests? and how do you deal with it?
    i hate needles! gota have a blood test tomorrow! i usually end up backing out but this ones quite important. The fear just takes over and i act irrationally. Anyone else get this? any suggestions on how to deal with the fear?
    thanks xx

    • ANSWER:
      I'll be thinking of you tomorrow and hoping that you can take a friend to chat to while you are in the waiting room. Once you are in there it's almost over. Bless you, I know you can do it.

  13. QUESTION:
    Fear of Blood Tests, gonna Freak! How do u stay calm?
    THERE'S NO WAY I'M GONNA GO THROUGH BLOOD TESTS, I'M VERY AFRAID OF NEEDLES! I'M ALWAYS GETTING RESTRAINED FOR THESE TESTS. WHEN I'M IN THE ROOM I TENSE UP AND PANIC AND EVENTUALLY START YELLING.
    I EVEN FLINCH WHEN THE NURSE GETS NEAR ME WITH THE NEEDLE. TOO BAD I GO TO BELLEVUE HOSPITAL (IN NYC) BECAUSE THEY HAVE A ROOM WHERE THEY RESTRAIN ME FOR BLOOD TESTS AND THAT'S JUST SCARY. IT FEELS LIKE TORTURE GOING THRU THIS FEAR. WHAT AM I GONNA DO TO AVOID FREAKING OUT?

    • ANSWER:
      I have this same fear but i learned to do this ok you know what you are going in for right so when you get there never look at the nurse or the needle never turn your head to see it it actualy works when she lifts your arm never turn your head to see im sorry that you have to go through this thing that bothers you so much i had to be restrained once but after that i got over it by doing what i told you so i know exactly how you feel just remember never look at what is going on you cant fear what you never see comeing and it hurts even less this way you will be ok justdo what i said try it once and you will see a difference

  14. QUESTION:
    I have a fear of blood tests, and I was able to do it today with the help of benzodiazepines. Question...?
    Was this a positive step, since I did it, or completely not positive since I needed to use the medication to help calm me?

    I could see it both ways, either as a good first step towards eventually doing it without the anti-anxiety benzos or as being completely meaningless and even harmful to my progress since I needed a form of "escape" in the medicines.

    Any input appreciated!!!! : )

    • ANSWER:
      I personally feel that using benzodiazepines to sedate someone for a blood draw is a misuse of the medication, and I think this is a bad thing for you personally. I assume oral versed (midazolam) was given? Now you have a crutch to use every time you go in for a blood draw, and you will automatically prefer to use the drug instead of trying to overcome your fears naturally. Versed as an anxiolytic was intended for pre-surgery applications. While there are relatively few side effects, you can develop tolerance and also, as with other GABA receptor drugs, neuronal changes can occur such as memory loss, etc.

      I can relate and sympathize with you, as I used to be deathly afraid of needles and still do not like them used on me even though I am now in anesthesia; however, I was able to use mind-over-matter to overcome my fears and you can too! Don't rely on drugs as a quick fix.

  15. QUESTION:
    I have to have a hep b vaccine for work, do i have to have a follow up or blood test? Fear of blood!?
    Hi I know I definitely need to have a hep b jab for work, and this is fine, funnily enough i'm not frightened of needles so much but the sight of blood! Do you have to have tests after ward to make sure you are immune or can you choose to do this? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      It is recommended for people who are getting hepatitis B vaccine because of work to have a follow-up blood test to make sure they responded to the vaccine. The antibody titer can drop off over time so it is best to check it a couple of months after the series is complete. Otherwise, if you are exposed much later, you won't know if you are immune or not. You could always get it after an exposure, but a negative level is difficult to interpret at that time, so it is best to get it right away and then you are done with the vaccine and titers.

  16. QUESTION:
    Fear of Blood Tests and I Will Freak, What am I going to do?
    I'm dead afraid of blood tests! My reaction can be described as "AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH, GET THAT NEEDLE AWAY FROM ME, DON'T MAKE ME TAKE THE TEST"! and then I run out of the room yelling with fear. Too bad I'm easy to find because I would be standing outside of the room trying to control my breathing. I panic when the nurse finds me and I run away yelling again. This time I really panic because I'm caught in dead end, I get surrounded by 2 nurses, AAAAAHHHHH! She takes me back to the room and tries to keep me calm, while the other preps the needle. Everytime that needle gets close to me, I tense up and start flinching. I'm full of extreme fear and start yelling again "NO, IT'S GOING TO HURT"! I can't deal with needles at all, I FREAK OUT if I see them. SOMEBODY PLEASE HELP ME!!!!!!!!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Let the phlebotomist know that you're scared of needles. We don't always know this, and sometimes assembling the equipment in front of a fearful patient makes things worse. Before I draw a nervous patient, I ask if they want me to tell them before I stick, and I a smaller gauge needle, some people fake being scared so they can get a smaller needle, but it's easy to weed them out.

      Take a deep breath, it will be over soon. Look for the distraction poster, and chat with the phlebotomist, sometimes they may not initiate conversation, but go for it! If it makes you feel better to talk about shoes or hair, then strike up a chat to distract you.

      I'm a phlebotomist who hates having my blood drawn, so I do know what it's like---hope that you find someone like that!

      Good Luck!

  17. QUESTION:
    How can I overcome my fear of needles and blood tests?
    Whenever I'm about to have a needle I start screaming, crying and even hurting myself. I just have a horrible fear of it. I think this is purely a mental thing.

    How can I overcome this?
    I can't keep myself occupied. Whenever I start focusing on something else it gets worse. Like I start biting my fingers and they start bleeding. And I won't say what else I do because its pretty bad ;)

    • ANSWER:
      I had that fear after I had a trauma involving a needle. But it can be a mental thing too, without any experiences. It really worried me because I'm pre-med. Have you ever met a doctor who's scared of needles? :) After my phobia started, I would get sick and pass out whenever I saw blood, in the movies or in person. When I started volunteering in a clinic, I almost passed out after drawing blood on a patient. One of the nurses gave me a good tip: red kool-aid. At home, I started drawing red kool-aid through a syringe. Over time, it helped--the next patient I helped do bloodwork on, I still felt anxious, but no one noticed. No fainting! Basically, starting slow and working up to feeling more comfortable with what you fear is the strategy for confronting any phobia. Some therapists also specialize in helping people overcome specific phobias in one or two sessions. I did a quick session with a therapist on my blood phobia, and that helped as well.

  18. QUESTION:
    how can i get over my fear of injections and blood tests without actually having to have one?
    for as long as i can remember i have always been scared of injections and blood test but it isnt just the pain of them that i dont like. i know that lots of people dont like them but i need to get them but i cant bring myself to getting them.

    • ANSWER:
      My daughter has an extreme fear of needles. The last shots she got, the nurse took so long to prepare the injection, that my daughter was in hysterics before she even came in the room. Of course, this stress made her tense, so when she got the intramuscular injection, it was even more painful and unpleasant than it could have been.

      I've decided to look into hypnosis, for any future shots she might need to have. I am taking her out of the country to where she'll need a few extra inoculations, and I really just want her to be able to relax and not stress out so much ahead of time that she makes it worse for herself again.

      I don't know how hypnosis works, so I can't testify to its greatness, but that's what we're considering. I have asked the doctors, at previous (very unpleasant) occasions, for a bit of topical anesthesia, but they don't like to do that for some reason (although I haven't ever been given a reason why).

      I hope this helps!

  19. QUESTION:
    I have a SEVERE FEAR OF BLOOD TESTS!!!!!!!!?
    I HAVE THIS FEAR OF BLOOD TESTS! ANYTIME MY PARENTS MAKE AN APPOINTMENT TO SEE THE DOCTOR, I ALWAYS GET HER TO CANCELL IT BECAUSE OF MY FEAR. I DO THIS BECAUSE AT EVERY VISIT I ALWAYS HAVE TO TAKE BLOOD TESTS. I'M AFRAID OF BLOOD TESTS BECAUSE NEEDLES HURT. I COULD NEVER LOOK AWAY BECAUSE I'M VERY NERVOUS. ONE TIME I RAN OUT THE EXAM ROOM BECAUSE I SAW A NEEDLE! WHEN THE NURSE FINALLY FOUND ME, SHE TOOK ME BACK TO THE ROOM. IN THE ROOM, THERE WERE 3 NURSES READY TO RESTRAIN ME, 1 HAD TO HOLD ME DOWN, THE OTHER HOLD MY HEAD TO THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION AD THE THIRD HAD TO HOLD MY ARM DOWN SO THE NURSE DRAWING BLOOD COULD GET THE TEST DONE. NOW I STILL TRY TO AVOID GOING TO DOCTORS. I'M VERY DESPARATE, WHAT SHOULD I DO??

    • ANSWER:
      If you go to the doctor with the expectation of fear, then it WILL hurt. It is a mental thing.

      So do not go to the doctor with the expectation of immense pain. RELAX, and breathe. Listen to music that makes you really happy so that when you get the needle in, it will not be very bad. You need to be in control. Do not let your fear control you. Just go in there with a strong mindset.

      And yes, everyone is right. Just face the fear, and it will get better with time.

  20. QUESTION:
    Weird fear of blood tests?
    I have had this fear for as long as I can remember. I have no problem with needles or blood but whenever I have to get a blood test I feel extremely uncomfortable. I get this weird feeling and I can't move as if I am paralyzed. Even when I try to look away and not think about it I feel all tense. How can I calm myself during blood tests and conquer this "fear?"

    • ANSWER:
      Accept the fact that you have an irrational fear, and know that it is certainly very common. Empower yourself with the knowledge that this fear is a challenge that you are able to conquer. Do so by getting through " sticks" with using a mantra, or listening to music, or preparing a relaxing scene in your head to visit at the time. Any health care provider should be supportive to your need to distract yourself when you are uncomfortable with a procedure, just speak up! There is no shame in your discomfort with this.

  21. QUESTION:
    i have a fear of blood tests?
    ever since i was a little kid, blood tests were a nightmare for me. i had a few horrible experiences when i was really young like 10 to 12 years of age where i would actually throw up or faint and even had my veins burst a couple times. i would have full out panic attacks.

    needless to say, my doctor avoided blood tests as much as possible. im ashamed to admit i am now 24 and have not had a blood test since i was 12.

    i have to get a blood test done in the next three months and i am starting to worry about it already. will my experience be the same as when i was a child? could i have outgrown this fear? any words of advice are appreciated

    • ANSWER:
      My best advice would be to explain to the doctor or phlebotomist that's sticking you that you have this fear, and that you've been known to throw up and pass out. This will let them prepare and help them act quicker in case you do get sick or pass out. It may make you feel better to not look when the needle goes in, some people do better if they are distracted by counting outloud or talking to another person while being stuck...other people are the exact opposite and get more worried and nervous if they can't see exactly what the needle is doing..
      Just try to calm yourself and take deep breaths and everything will be fine. The more anxious you get, the worse it's gonna be on you, and on the phlebotomist. If you can just sit back ,be still and let the phlebotmoist do their job, they'll get the blood and the procedure will be over quickly.
      Also depending on what tests you're having done, you can request that they stick your finger if that makes you feel less nervous that a venous stick.

  22. QUESTION:
    I have a major fear of blood tests?
    I am a 17 years old, a vegetarian and I have been very tired lately and get headaches. Mum wants me to get an iron test (blood test) which is probably a good idea but I am petrified. I have my belly button and tongue pierced and even a small tattoo which all hurt but I literally can't bear blood tests! I end up crying and kicking and screaming and trying to get away. Last time I had a blood test I was 15 and it didn't even hurt. But I am still so scared! Is there any way I can get over this fear? I have like phobia or something!

    • ANSWER:
      After reading the answers people have left, I've come to the conclusion that a majority of people still don't realize that this is a real issue, it's not a matter of age or maturity, and if it were as simple as "get over it" or "don't look" then it wouldn't be a phobia. Someone who is too scared of needles to get medical treatment is NOT the same thing as someone who just "doesn't like needles." Most people simply don't like them, but when the issue turns into a fight or flight reaction, it's a phobia. The rest of the world thinks that a needle phobic person must be wimpy, or that they could just simply get over it by looking away, but it can really cause a lot of stress that is unimaginable to the rest of the world. When's the last time you've heard someone to tell a patient with depression to "get over it?"

      That being said, my advice is to first figure out what exactly about the blood test you're scared of, and then take it one step at a time from there. You've said you had a few piercings and a tattoo. Were you fearful during the experience of getting them done? If you were scared, but not as scared as you would be with a blood test, your next step might be back into the tattoo studio for more piercings or tattoos, to get used to the experience of being poked with needles. If you don't want more, try desensitizing yourself by watching videos on Youtube or obtaining a needle so you can look at it until it doesn't scare you anymore.

      When you are ready for the test, make sure the doctor is aware of your phobia. If they don't take it seriously, it might help to show them an article from a medical journal. You should lie down to lower the chance of passing out (and to make it so that if you do pass out, you don't injure yourself in doing so). If your doctor is unwilling to be patient with you throughout this process, find a new doctor (which could be easier said than done).

  23. QUESTION:
    how to get over my fear of blood tests?
    I FREAK out. Even the mere thought or mention of having to get blood tests I start to throw up and start to cry. Everyone tells me it's nothing blah blah blah. I pass out most the time and throw up. I turn my head but that seems to only make it worse. It's not the blood I know that it's the needle.
    The person usually can NEVER get the vein so they poke 4 or 5 times wiggle the needle anything and still can't get it. I just need something to get over this fear!?

    Sorry if that's not understandable I'm currently in a panic attack some what cause I have to get blood tests Monday so it's freaking me out and I don't make a whole lot of sense
    Same it's the thyroid. Even when I don't eat I still throw up then I pass out from throwing up. My mom usually comes with me and tries to keep me distracted nothing works. =/. Last time I had my boyfriend come with me as well as my mom but it kinda only made it worse

    • ANSWER:
      You need to just breathe deeply and let your body relax. Nothing will or can go wrong in a blood test, and you just need to get your brain to accept that. Keep telling yourself this and sooner or later, your brain is going to accept it, and you won't freak out, at least, not as much. For example, I have a terrible fear of heights. I couldn't climb anything without freaking out. I just kept telling myself, nothing can happen, or I came up with a possible solution if something did happen. When I climb ladders or something, I freak out that I'll fall when going down, so I just keep telling myself, you're not going to fall, you're not going to fall, and I just climb back down and life goes on. So basically, continuously tell yourself you are going to be fine, even if you have to say it out loud to yourself, and you won't panic. :)

  24. QUESTION:
    How do I overcome my fear of blood tests?
    I went to have a blood test today and freaked out! Despite taking Rescue Remedy, deep breathing and listening to relaxation CD's, I just could not go through with it.

    Further to that, despite being 31, my mum came along too and had her blood taken. She said the nurse was brilliant but still, I just cried like a baby and felt so angry with myself!

    My issue is with the sensitive crook of my elbow rather than blood or needles really (not that I'm a great fan of those either). The nurse didn't suggest an alternative area, other than the back of my hand which makes me feel as bad.

    I left feeling so upset and distressed, really daft, I know!

    Any suggestions? This is a real fear. I know all the advice about looking away, wiggling toes, taking deep breaths and remembering that it'll be best in the long run to have it done, yet this mental barrier just won't go away.

    Any help would be hugely appreciated xx

    • ANSWER:
      i have the exact same problem. I don't think there's a way of overcoming it because it's just in the mind. I'm ok with needles but the thought of it going into my elbow makes me feel sick and faint. I've just built it up in my head into this big thing and now it's become insane to the point i just couldn't have a blood test... I don't think theres a quick fix to phsychologcal problems sadly. Councilling?

  25. QUESTION:
    how do i overcome my fear of blood tests?
    i'm not scared of needles...i have 6 tattoos and when i was younger i had so many lips and tongue piercings it was unbelievable. but when it comes to blood tests i cant handle it. i dont care about pain its the actual needle going into my vein and taking my blood. i don't do what most people do when they're scared i don't kick of or faint. but i mentally shut down and i just feel like im going to explode. i have a glucose test coming up which means two blood tests within two hours and unfortunatly for me i only have one arm which they can use so they will be reusing the same arm. its a few months away but its on my mind every day and i am getting worse.
    pleeease help.
    and no silly answers, this is a genuine question
    i also cant afford therapy or anything because its like 150 quid!!
    the glucose test is tosearch for diabetes in pregnancy. my mum has it due to being obese and unhealthy i am neither but they are literlally forcing me tohave it.
    i have a blood test then drink a bottle of lucozade wait two hours then have another blood test. lke i said it doesnt hurt and i can see the logic behind it all but when it comes to my mind just breaksdown and my heart goes fast and my stomach churns. i for a few hours after i still feel anxious even though its done

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately there isn't really anything you can do other than CONVINCE yourself that it doesn't hurt, nothing's wrong, it's not going into your vein. Just keep telling yourself that you're being silly, and eventually you'll be OK about it and wonder what you were worried about.

      Sorry that's the only advice I can give: I'm SIXTEEN and recently had several blood tests, and I cried like a baby. I know what you mean: I can't bear the thought of it going into my vein and my heart started beating really fast when you said that because it just makes me feel terrified even the idea of it.

      Good luck, and it will be over soon! x

  26. QUESTION:
    How to overcome fear of blood test?
    I know the pain is only for seconds. But I have a mental fear about blood test which disturbs me even 10 days before when I had to give the test. How do I get rid of this mental monster? I get some holes in stomach by thinking about blood test and cant keep my mind away from thinking...

    • ANSWER:
      You're not alone; lots of people have an irrational fear of needles. I'm one of them. It used to take four or five people to give me a shot or draw blood. I had to lie down for it, because I often fainted. I even used to have to cover a textbook picture of a hypodermic with paper so my hand wouldn't touch it. Rational approaches to handling the fear generally don't work well, because it is not a rational fear.

      Some people find it helps to not look, so they don't see it coming, but that approach backfired on me. A well-meaning nurse thought she'd just sneak up on me with the shot and it would be all over before I could react. Unfortunately, I had excellent reflexes; I jumped so fast and so hard that I jammed the needle into the bone and broke it off there.

      This is the method I use, and now I don't require anybody to hold me down, or even to accompany me, and I can take it sitting up. First, I tell the nurse or tech beforehand to ignore leaking tears and just do the job. Then, while the muscles in the rest of my body tense into knots, I have learned to relax the arm, buttock, or wherever else the needle might go, until the muscles there are like jello, and I concentrate on keeping them that way until it's all over. It still creeps me out, and I often have to go take deep breaths or splash cold water on my face before I'm fit to drive home, but I've come a long way.

      You should try anything you think might work for you. Try not to think about it ahead of time so you don't make holes in your stomach. Then bring along a friend to embarrass you into brave behavior. Bring along a lucky charm to hold or a small stuffed toy to hold in your other hand or a big one to hug. Sip soda or juice while it's happening. Pray. Hum "I Will Survive." Lie back and think of England (That's what mothers used to tell their daughters on their wedding night back in the days when women weren't supposed to enjoy sex). Whatever you think might help you through it. You'll find something that works for you. Once you do that, it gets better.

  27. QUESTION:
    how can I stop my fear of blood tests?
    everyone has fears. mine is getting blood takein. every time a doctor tells me to take blood i refuse and i think it may be hurting my health. But im always re playing in my mind, the pain, how it looks, where its going, what its doing. This disturbs me. I feel as no one understand because even my docter smirks when i tell her I have an issue with getting blood takin also involving me passing out several times and bad past expirience with it.

    So if you have any ideas of how i can get rid of this feeling of fear or atleast make this feeling less please leave ur messages below.

    • ANSWER:
      well most people tell the doctor if you do pass out take my blood then. are you scared of the blood or the needle? the needle is gonna hurt im not going to lie i get shots all the time bcz of allergy tests and most of my shots werent up to date. but the needle is going to hurt for about 4 seconds because the air is sucking the blood out but when the blood starts to come out it is going to be the COMPLETELY painless and if u are scared of the blood ask for a blood container that doesnt show u the blood it only shows it to where the doctor can see. also if you are at a pediatrician they have butterfly needles which are pretty much reduce the pain by 50%. you could aslo get this ball which you squeeze if you want to jump up or make any sudden movements. or bring music a parent there to keep you occupied by telling jokes or making funny faces or something that will occupy you. my sister always has one of her friends with her when she gets her blood taken or a shot.

  28. QUESTION:
    How to get over my fear of blood tests?
    I Recently got over needles in my side arm for like immunizations and the Novocain in my gums for dental work. but i just cant stand the thought of having a needle inside of my veins it just makes me shudder every time i think about it and ive only had 3 blood tests in my entire life due to being afraid of them and im 16 years old. the last 2 were when i was 13 and i cried like crazy 10 minutes before and once it was over i stopped crying. it was weird. it dosnt hurt its just the thought of it.
    also is there any other way to check for whateer they check for on a normal blood test checkup?

    • ANSWER:
      I have this same fear. I hate needles in my veins!!! I wish I could offer some advice, but I need the same help. I have not had blood drawn in 15 years (and I am 30).

  29. QUESTION:
    Fear of blood tests? Someone help!?
    well every time i go for a blood test i freak out until someone like my sister calms me down, but when they actually start taking blood i look away thinking everything will be fine and then my vision gets blurry, my head starts to drop and i FAINT. Im going for a test next week and i hate fainting because someone has to carry me out. Im forced to fast for the blood test.. Is there any way that i can prevent fainting? thanks!
    thanks! ill try this stuff out :D

    • ANSWER:
      I hate blood testing, too. (My bad reaction actually occurs after they take the needle out for some reason.) In addition to the other suggestions, it might help if you lay flat for the test, and prop your legs up a little bit if possible. Also, stay in that position for at least a few minutes after the test, to give your blood pressure a chance to stablize and avoid a drop in blood pressure that can occur when you sit up.

  30. QUESTION:
    How do you get over your fear of needles (shots, blood tests..)?

    • ANSWER:
      i hate getting shots, but i always know that the anticipation of it is worse than the actual thing. i think the more "positive" experiences you have with needles, the more you can rationally say to yourself that it will be over quickly and it's never as bad as you think it will be. i'm a big baby and this seems to work for me. ALSO, a nurse had me stand up and just hang my arm at my side while she gave me the shot. suprisingly, it didn't hurt as much this way.

  31. QUESTION:
    very extreme FEAR of NEEDLES! BLOOD TESTS and VACCINATIONS Freak me out! what am I gonna do?
    EVERYTIME I NEED TO GO TO THE DOCTORS, I ALWAYS NEED VACCINATIONS AND/OR BLOOD TESTS! NEEDLES FREAK ME OUT AND I'M NOT GOING AFTER WHAT HAPPENED! I ALWAYS RUN OUT OF THE EXAM ROOM WHEN THE DOCTOR GOES TO PREP THE INJECTION! THE SAME HAPPENS WHENEVER I NEED TO GO FOR A BLOOD TEST! I CAN'T STAY CALM WHEN I'M ABOUT TO BE "PHYSICALLY TORTURED"! TRUST ME, GETTING VACCINATIONS AND GOING FOR BLOOD TESTS IS PAINFULL TORTURE! IF YOU WANNA KNOW WHAT HAPPENED I'LL TELL YOU, BUT IT WAS FREAKY! ONE TIME I HAD TO GO FOR A BLOOD TEST AND IT JUST FREAKED ME OUT, SO RAN OUT OF THE EXAM ROOM. I MADE TOO EASY FOR THE NURSE TO FIND ME BECAUSE I WAS JUST STANDING OUTSIDE OF THE ROOM SHAKING IN FEAR. SHE HAD TO CALL FOR ANOTHER NURSE TO HOLD MY HEAD TO KEEP ME FROM LOOKING. NOW IT GETS TO THE POINT WHERE I'M GONNA YELL! I WAS STUCK WITH NEEDLES FIVE TIMES IN EACH ARM! IT TOOK ONE HOUR TO GET THE TEST DONE AND IT WAS TORTURE! I DON'T WANNA GO THROUGH THE TORTURE AGAIN, WHAT AM I GONNA DO TO AVOID FREAKING?

    • ANSWER:
      This fear probably originated very early in childhood. You have associated a bad experience (probably someone holding you down for a shot) with the thought of needles/syringes. Think of Pavlov's dog. Your the dog (sorry), the sight/thought of the needle/syringe is the bell, and your intense fear is the saliva. You need to desensitize yourself from the needles. Perhaps your doctor or nurse would agree to letting you come in and sticking you with a very small needle (size of couple strands of hair) like on a heparin syringe and build you up from there. Maybe they can give you some valium before. Is it the stick that bothers you or what follows? Whenever you know that you have to have a blood draw, you should make sure that you are well hydrated, it makes the veins easier to stick. I have had several pts tell me that they fear needles and I simply lie them down with a cool washcloth on their forehead and help them with breathing. If you make your fear known, any compassionate nurse, dr, phleb will help you through it. I always reassure the pts that I am "The One" and have had many ask if I've started yet when I am almost done. I would NEVER let anyone stick me more than 2X. Ask for The One. Virtually every drs office/hospital has one.

  32. QUESTION:
    I have a fear of blood, and I am about to have a blood test. What can I do to prepare myself?
    I have to go to the doctor next Tuesday. The visit includes having to take a blood test. I have a fear of blood. What should I do to prepare myself, and not get freaked out before or during the visit?

    • ANSWER:
      Take it from me, blood tests are nothing to be afraid of. Fear of blood and needles are common phobias, many people don't even recognise they have them until they are sitting there with the band tied around their arm :)

      In fact, they are so common that some nurses will enforce that the patient not look at the needle whilst the blood is being drawn.

      Best thing you can do is to relax. Remember that the people drawing the blood are rigorously trained professionals who have probably performed the procedure a million times. They've seen it all, stoics and scaredy-cats alike. They won't let any harm come of you.
      Also, for a blood test, they will only take a little of your blood. Once a vein has been found, it only takes a couple of seconds. Close your eyes if you feel squeemish.

  33. QUESTION:
    I'm extremely scared of getting blood tests how can I get over this fear?
    Everytime someone mentions them I go sick. I go the hospital with a relative quite often and I go all sweaty and dizzy and sometimes faint when they have to have them.Ive had this fear since I was 7 when I had to be tested for diabetes.

    • ANSWER:
      I draw blood a lot and the best way to get over it is to lay down if possible. Try to relax it doesn't hurt that much it's like a quick poke and it goes really fast. Tell the doctor office that you are scared and they will get the best person to do it.It's important to try to relax and it's important to let them no that you feel faint so that they can make appropriate arrangements which is you laying down. If you get to worked up some people can constrict there veins and no blood can come out. It's not so bad it's just the idea that gets people worked up. I had a patient one time who had a needle phobia and was trying to overcome it and I talked her right through everything but we discussed thing that didn't pertain to what I was doing and it was over before she new it. just discuss everything with the doctor or nurse ahead of time and they will make you comfortable. If you are getting it done at a lab be aware that this is all these people do all day long and they are experts. Good luck

  34. QUESTION:
    Blood test fear?Other ways for testing thyroid?
    I have an extreme fear of blood and especially veins. I feel sick and faint even talking about them. I have to get a blood test to test my tsh and antibodies for the past week I've been trying to get my blood taken I can make it into the doctors right up until I'm on the chair & the needles coming then I absolutely freak out, I go into some state of shock & I can't breathe , I have even screamed and have had no memory of screaming.

    I have tried absolutely everything..Looking away, numbing cream even hypnosis!

    Does anyone know any of other way of testing my tsh ?
    Saliva test?
    Blood spotting test?
    Anything that doesn't involve veins?

    Please help!:)

    • ANSWER:
      I get my blood drawn to check my thyroid every three months. If the person does it right, I don't even feel a single thing! Maybe a half second pinch, then nothing. It doesn't hurt afterwards. I don't like blood, so I don't watch. It's over before I know it.

      There's no other way to get around checking your thyroid besides drawing blood. I think you're going to have to look at this like it's a challenge you're going to tackle. Take it head on, face it, and defy it. You can do it!

      They say the way to get over your fears is to experience something. Just remember YOU are the only thing that controls YOU. YOU have the power to beat this fear!

      Also, I don't know if you're a female or not, but your thyroid is super important when it comes to reproducing. If you have high antibodies you have a super high chance of miscarriage. If your thyroid hormones are out of whack, you might not be able to get pregnant at all because you won't ovulate. Get it looked at!!

  35. QUESTION:
    How do I get over my fear of blood being drawn/blood tests when I am considering becoming a nurse?
    This sounds SOOO stupid, like ridiculously stupid, but I am actually considering training to be a nurse, but I have an extreme phobia of drawing blood and blood tests, I can't personally have one myself I never have had one.

    When i think about it, i feel really funny like my feet go weak. I cant watch it without having a horrible sensation.

    But i know 100% that in a nursing career you are required to draw blood from patients, and at one point in my life I am going to have a blood test.

    Do you think watching clips on youtube of people having their blood drawn will help me get over the phobia?

    thankyou :)

    • ANSWER:
      phobias are hard wired unfortunately. however with the help of a certified psychologist, you can help to make the symptoms less severe. although i would consider a different career path.

  36. QUESTION:
    Blood test fear..help please?
    I have a massive massive fear of needles, I've avoided getting injections for a few years because of this.
    But today I will have to have a blood test, I've never had one before and I am petrified, I barely slept last night!

    Can anyone tell me how much does it hurt?
    Is it like an ear piercing or worse?
    Also if I'm getting a local anaesthetic cream put on me before I get my blood taken, how much will this lessen the pain?

    Please help :s
    Thankyou :)

    • ANSWER:

  37. QUESTION:
    Freaky Fear of NEEDLES, I Get a very SICK feeling when i go for BLOOD TESTS?
    I'M VERY APPREHENSIVE AROUND NEEDLES. WHENEVER I HAVE TO GO FOR A BLOOD TEST, I GET THIS SICK FEELING WHILE SITTING IN THE ROOM. I FEEL LIKE I'M GONNA HAVE A PANIC ATTACK ONCE THAT NEEDLE IS NEAR ME! I CAN TELL THAT A PANIC ATTACK WILL RESULT BECAUSE I'M SWEATING PROFUSELY AND MY HEARTRATE RISES! EVERYTIME THAT HAPPENS THE NURSE CALLS FOR ANOTHER NURSE TO HOLD MY HEAD IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION TO KEEP ME FROM LOOKING. I'M VERY SCARED OF NEEDLES AND CAN'T BEAR THE TORTURE! WHAT AM I GONNA DO TO AVOID FREAKING OUT?

    • ANSWER:
      To get over this, tap gently, (or have someone else do it) on both temples.

  38. QUESTION:
    Blood Test Fear...............?
    I'm having a blood test tomorrow, and I'm getting this cream that is sort of like EMLA Cream only stronger, and I will also having Xanax. It's been about 4 years since I last had a blood test and that was a horrible expirence. I'm not sure how bad it will hurt? Help please!

    • ANSWER:

  39. QUESTION:
    BLOOD TEST FEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?
    im getting a blood test tomorrow to test for iron, (something to do with my thyroid) and to check my blood levels. Im kinda scared because this is the first time i have had to get blood taken and i am afraid i will take a dizzy head. I'm 15 and it's not that im afraid of needles because im not and im not squeimish at blood, but i dont want to take a dizzy head because that's part of the reaon i went to the doctors (having alot of freaky light heads). I was wondering is there anything i can do tomorrow morning to prepare myself so that i wont have a dizzy head when the blood is taken? thx alot!!

    • ANSWER:
      It's never as bad as people imagine - take deep breaths and ask if you can lie back instead of sitting upright, talk about something else to friend/nurse while blood being taken. It's only a teeny jag and is over in seconds - much worse things in life.

  40. QUESTION:
    Blood test fear! can anybody help me?
    Ok so when I was younger (about 10 years old) I had my second blood test which I wasnt worried about because I had one before, but this time I passed out and was violently sick when I woke up not I am absolutely hysterical at the thought of a blood test I cant even have someone hold onto my inner elbow without feeling ill (although I had it done in my hand 2nd timebecause they couldnt find my vain!) and flinch away from having that area exposed. So I know sometime I'm going to have to have another blood test no matter how much I beg my doctors,, any help or ideas PLEASE! P.S I also now panic about any needle

    • ANSWER:
      When I first got my blood taken I was so nervous and I almost fainted when it was over. They even had to take me to a back room until I felt better. Now, I am still a little squeamish when it comes to blood, but I don't feel too nervous and I don't get sick after wards. Here are some tips for your problem:
      1. Eat before getting your blood taken (unless your doctor tells you not to)
      2. Ask to lye down when getting your blood taken v. sitting (I did this the last time and it definitely helped me!)
      3. Try not to think about it while getting your blood drawn...think about something else, occupy your mind
      4. Don't look it!
      5. If you can, get someone to go with you, ask them to come in the room, they can hold your hand or just talk to you while getting your blood taken. It will distract you and before you know it, it will be over.

      I hope I helped! Good luck!

  41. QUESTION:
    Intense fear of injections? (Vaccines, blood tests etc)?
    Ever since I was little, I've always hated injections. When I had my vaccines at four years old, I found it hurt so much I cried and I tried to avoid it because the needle scared me. I had to have a blood test today, but I felt very sick and faint and my insides were churning. The nurse said I had to get some numbing cream and come back on Friday to have it done. It's the thought of the pain because I can remember what an injection's like, and I hate looking at it going into my skin. I feel sick at the thought of it.

    What could be wrong with me? Mum says it's nonsense but it really terrifies me.
    Thanks!
    I keep telling myself this, but I really can't do it. Do I have a phobia or something?

    • ANSWER:
      The fears are real, but the actual outcome is trivial. So weigh the reality of it.

  42. QUESTION:
    How can I overcome my fear of having a blood test?
    I just have a huge fear and I always think of the pain and I just do not know how to overcome it.

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Don't look at the needle, try to keep talking to them when they do it so you don't know when they will prick you ( i notice they try that on me every time)
      It does not hurt much, trust me!! It will hurt for 5 seconds and goes away - that is minimal for a very helpful test.

  43. QUESTION:
    Pregnancy: How can i overcome blood test fear?
    I have no idea why i get all anxious before it but i do, i've had tattoos and loads of injections in the past, nothing which bothered me! When i think about getting blood drawn i start sweating, feeling lightheaded and dizzy and eventually be sick.

    I don't know why i'm so scared, i've not had one done before so i can guess that of being the reason why i'm so scared but i hate the sick and other things i get. How can i overcome this before i get it done next week? I'm not fussed of the pain of it at all, just the cold sweats, lightheadedness and stuff.

    HELP??!
    Just me - I know theres nothing to be worried about, thats what i'm trying to overcome, my fear of the fear (if that makes sense)?

    • ANSWER:
      I have the EXACT same problem. But Im 29 weeks. I have such bad anxiety before I get my blood taken. Sometimes I even freak out and cry. The only thing that really helps me, is if I bring a friend or relative with me, so they can talk to me or distract me while Im getting the blood taken. Plus with them there, I try to compose myself more because I dont want to embarrass myself and cry in front of them.

  44. QUESTION:
    can they do blood tests in other places then the crook of you arm?
    i have the absolute worst fear of getting a blood test and the thought of it being taken from the crook of my arm knocks me sick. I dont think i'd be as bad if it could be taken from somewhere like the back of your hand, does anybody know if they can do it anywhere else like that?

    • ANSWER:
      Yeah they can take the blood from the back of your hand, aswell as your forearm. They prefer the crook of your arm because the veins are big and easily pricked. I'm sure if you asked the lab tech taking your blood he/she will do it in another place.

  45. QUESTION:
    Extreme fear of getting blood work?
    Please help me.....I've always suffered from a fear of blood work (and shots too). In a week I'm getting blood work done and am terrified. I've passed out before and had some near misses other times, where I've gotten lightheaded (I'm 18 btw). As I type this, I am getting weak and am laughing (I laugh when I get nervous, idk why lol). I typed in "cure for fear of blood tests" on YouTube and almost passed out when I saw screen shots of blood tests!

    I know it doesn't hurt that bad, I just hate the idea (Ive had electrolysis done on my face which is TONS more painful, but it was the concept that was different, so it was ok).

    Now, what can I do to at least ease my fear...I hate having panic attacks and passing out, it's not fun. I fully plan on taking a zanex the day of (I have a prescription but I never use them..I may try it for this occasion, as recommended by my doctor, but I understand not getting dependent on meds). Any other ideas that might help?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Bellisima,

      One thing you can do is learn some relaxation exercises.
      These are medically recognized techniques that, with practice, can be helpful:
      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/relaxation-technique/sr00007

      Here is another related approach:
      http://www.wikihow.com/Use-Self-Hypnosis-to-Stop-Anxiety-Attacks

      Best of luck to you.

  46. QUESTION:
    Will hypnotherapy remove my fear of blood and needles?
    This has been my top fear since I have a conscience. I need help, I want to be able to take a blood test without that anxiety. I want to know if hypnotherapy really works and will it help me overcome this fear? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      20% of people are highly suggestible; a similar amount moderately so. Around 20% are not suggestible. You could try the free hypnosis weblink, perhaps for memory improvement, to establish which type you are, but keep in mind that an experienced hypnotherapist is well versed in using hypnotic induction techniques, then deepeners: http://www.freehypnosistreatment.com They rely on donations to keep the free service operating, so, if helped, kindly contribute a little.

      Aichmophobia (Fear of Needles) It sometimes develops into a phobia, often from seeing a hypodermic needle as a child, before vaccinations/dental procedures, then experiencing pain, and coming to associate the sight of needles with pain; wanting to avoid the pain, resulting in the development of a phobia. Examine the http://1-800-therapist.com/ and http://www.metanoia.org/choose/ websites, and use the locators at http://your-mental-health.8m.com/index.html and phone book (but only if necessary) to find a suitable therapist, preferably a clinical psychologist. Systematic Desensitisation Therapy is known to be an effective treatment.

      I am informed that children are less likely to complain if they are given something sweet (it probably helps them get their mind off it). Some people ask to lie down for their shots. Others ask where it will be administered, and to be told just before, so that the person about to have the needle can smack that place, after which that tiny pinprick has considerably less effect: (the nerves which transmit pain have already started work, from over a considerable area, and the pain messages of the small additional amount of pain, from a very tiny area, tend to get flooded by the others).

      Obviously this can't be used for dental procedures, but you could explain your phobia, and ask that they touch the sites for the injections with a tool, and you could could jab them lightly with the top of a pen, or pencil, to desensitise yourself. It may help to look away, and think of something pleasant, and promise yourself a nice reward, once it is over. As someone who doesn't like them, either; I consider that it is mostly the anticipation of pain, which is the problem, and once you take that away, by inflicting a little bit on yourself, the "shock value" is gone, in a similar way to how you can't tickle yourself.

      Read: "Overcoming Medical Phobias: How to Conquer Fear of Blood, Needles, Doctors, And Dentists", by Martin M. Antony and Mark A., M.D. Watling (Paperback - Mar 3, 2006), from your bookstore, or Amazon.com also has various other media about overcoming fear of needles. Most people are suggestible, to some degree, so you could either seek professional hypnotherapy, or more along such lines is at your-mental-health.8m.com/blank_20.html about phobias.

  47. QUESTION:
    How to stop a blood test from hurting? Help would be soooo much appreciated!?
    I have the biggest fear of blood tests. How can i stop the pain? Please don't answer with a comment such as 'be brave' or 'it hardly hurts' as this isn't really constructive or helpful. thanks so much for your help. i really need this!

    • ANSWER:
      I guess you could request the lab put some special numbing liquid (topical lidocaine) on your skin....which is usually reserved for little kids. Make sure you make those arrangements BEFORE you go in for each blood test though.

  48. QUESTION:
    Does it matter which vein on your body doctors take blood tests from?
    ok well i have this this fear of blood tests. im not afraid of blood or needles, its just im afraid of them in veins on sensative parts of my arm & stuff.

    ok so i have big veins. all throughout my arm. sometimes they show, sometimes they dont.

    i have a big vein on the outside of my hand, would it be possible if they could take the blood test out from there? i hate when they take them from the inside of my elbow. is there anyplace else they could take it out from?

    THANK YOU! :)

    • ANSWER:
      It will hurt more from your hand than from inside your elbow. Your hand skin has far more nerve endings.
      The skin inside the fold of your elbow is much thinner, with less nerve ending bundles. That's why they usually take it from there.

      I used to be like that, and HATED having blood drawn. Most people do.."Oh PLEASE, could you stick a big needle into me and take my blood? Goodie!" Not!)
      Blood technicians train REALLY hard anymore to be quick and efficient, and if you get a good one (which you more than likely will ~ They try not to hire butchers...), you honestly will not even hardly feel it, just a quick little prick, and the hardest part is over. They have vacuum tubes attached, so it's really quick and almost pain free.

      Even so, It took awhile before I trusted it.

      2 Tips.
      FIRST, after they tie your arm, flex a fist five or six times. This will get the vein to "pop up" better, which makes it easier for the tech to see it and hit it with the needle. The easier you make it for them, the less chance for them to have problems which could cause pain.

      SECOND, CLOSE YOUR EYES as they tie your arm. If you don't watch them, you don't give yourself a chance to freak out.
      I did this ALL the time. The techs will usually brace you with "This might sting a bit," or "You'll feel a little stick now," before they jab you, so you don't flinch of jump. And then, it's done.

      I don't even have to do that anymore (you get over the fear eventually), and tell them, "Oooh. You're a GOOD 'vampire'!" when it doesn't hurt at all (and the good techs ARE so good, you honestly feel a slight pressure, but so little pain it isn't even noticeable.

      Chin up, be brave. Imagine how hard it must be for troops fighting the war to be hurt, and you can put a little blood test in better perspective.

      Best of success to you!
      ~Moz

  49. QUESTION:
    how do you get over the fear of needles as i hate having blood tests?
    they make me faint

    • ANSWER:
      I have had a lot of sugeries and that involves needles,I still hate needles but the best thing to do is look away when they do it.

  50. QUESTION:
    What should I do to get over my fear of needles and blood?
    I know I'm going to need one eventually. I've had my ears pierced and at the dentist, I've gottne needle. Just thinking about getting blood tests, and blood makes me feel like I'm having a pianic attack. What should I do?

    • ANSWER:
      You're not alone. You have what is known as a "phobia".
      Per WebMd.com (Anxiety & Panic Disorders)

      Blood-injection-injury phobias: These involve a fear of being injured, of seeing blood or of invasive medical procedures, such as blood tests or injections.

      What Are the Symptoms of Specific Phobias?
      Symptoms include:

      Excessive or irrational fear of a specific object or situation.
      Avoiding the object or situation, or enduring it with great distress.
      Physical symptoms of anxiety or a panic attack, such as a pounding heart, nausea or diarrhea, sweating, trembling or shaking, numbness or tingling, problems with breathing (shortness of breath), feeling dizzy or lightheaded, feeling like you are choking.
      Anticipatory anxiety, which involves becoming nervous ahead of time about being in certain situations or coming into contact with the object of your phobia. (For example, a person with a fear of dogs may become anxious about going for a walk because he or she may see a dog along the way.)


Fasting Blood Tests

Fasting is a great way to lose fat and improve your health. Sadly, education about the benefits of fasting is still in it's infancy so most people think that fasting is dangerous

On the other side of the issue, some people say that fasting is safe but only truly beneficial if it's dry, meaning that no food OR fluid is ingested during the fast.

First, let's address the safety issue.

There's an unfortunate misconception that long-term fasting and short-term fasting have the same effect on the body. For some mysterious reason, critics don't read the many well-conducted (and NOT funded by industry and therefore less biased) research on short-term fasts.

Short-term fasting is often referred to as 'intermittent fasting'. Study after study has shown that intermittent fasting is safe and effective for fat loss and other biomarkers of health.

The critics quote data from studies on *long-term* fasting. Long-term fasting is indeed dangerous and unwise, leading to many serious health consequences such as malnourishment, muscle wasting and eventually death.

Short-term fasting usually means going 16-36 hours without food or drinks that contain calories. Studies show that it's safe AND has health benefits that are similar to exercise, including boosting human growth hormone levels.

As long as weight-bearing exercise is done weekly, there is no loss of muscle tissue during a short-term fast.

There doesn't seem to be a risk of hypoglycaemia. Blood sugar levels remain in the normal range unless the individual has been medically diagnosed as hypoglycaemic *before* attempting fasting. This surprises people who experience light- headedness when they don't eat for a few hours. What they're actually experiencing is a drop in blood sugar levels, but not a dangerous one. They may also be feeling the shift the body goes through when it starts to burn body fat for fuel instead of food. Sometimes discomfort may be due to withdrawal from caffeine or other foods that they are actually sensitive to.

On the other side of the fasting debate are people who claim that 'dry fasting' is the superior way to do an intermittent fast. Dry fasting means that you avoid food AND fluid during a fast. This means no water. Advocates believe that avoiding fluid, including water, helps the body cleanse itself of toxins and therefore it's the only way that a person can get the full 'healing' effect of fasting.

So far there isn't credible evidence that dry fasting is superior or even wise. People's hydration levels differ so one person might do fine going a day without water, another might suffer from headaches and other ailments related to dehydration. The humidity of the air, exercise levels, and other factors will influence hydration beyond fluid intake.

Often dry fasting advocates suggest going more than a day without fluid which can, at the very least, be uncomfortable, and at the very most, will be dangerous and even life threatening. People who feel bad during a dry fast are said to be 'detoxifying' more than those who don't feel as poorly. Outside of anecdotal reports, there isn't enough data to support this claim. Until more research is done on dry fasting, it's best to stick with methods that have been properly studied, as intermittent fasting has.

If you'd like a fast and safe way to lose fat and improve other aspects of your health, a short-term fast done once or twice a week is worth a try, but until proper studies are conducted with dry fasting, it's best to avoid food, not water, on your fasting days.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Are my fasting blood sugar blood tests healthy?
    Hello,

    I'm wondering if two fasting blood tests of 110 are healthy. They were taken because I have been constantly thirsty and urinating often for the past three months. I have been reading that it is healthy and that it is a little on the high side. If anyone is a professional and can provide me some feedback, I'd really appreciate it!

    • ANSWER:
      Surely Pre-diabetic. Here are the numbers.
      Normal Fasting Blood Sugar
      A normal fasting blood sugar (which is also the blood sugar a normal person will see right before a meal) is:

      83 mg/dl (4.6 mmol/L) or less.

      Many normal people have fasting blood sugars in the mid and high 70 mg/dl (3.9 mmol/L) range.

      Though most doctors will tell you any fasting blood sugar under 100 mg/dl (5.6 mmol/L) is "normal", there are several studies that suggest that testing with a fasting blood sugar in the mid 90 mg/dl (5 mmol/L) range often predicts diabetes that is diagnosed a decade later.
      Post-Meal Blood Sugar (Postprandial)
      Independent of what they eat, the blood sugar of a truly normal person is:

      Under 120 mg/dl (6.6 mmol/L) one or two hours after a meal.

      Most normal people are under 100 mg/dl (5.5 mmol/L) two hours after eating.

      I would act as if I was diabetic. Today.

      There are 4 key steps to controlling glucose levels.
      Here are the 4 keys:
      1) Knowledge- http://www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/index.ph… This is a great site for info
      2) Meds. Metformin to start. Never , ever take Actos or Avandia. They may kill you. Bone fractures, heart problems and what diabetics really don't need is that they change Bone Stem Cells to Fat Cells.
      3)diet- A low carb diet is in order. I can't count carbs so I use Mendosa's Glycemic Index Diet. Great for the whole family. http://www.mendosa.com/gilists.htm
      4) EXERCISE- Walking is fine but Nordic Walking is Great. Exercise also lowers Glucose levels , lowers Cholesterol and lowers Blood Pressure. Google it.

      Good luck to you

      Tin

  2. QUESTION:
    Keep getting boil's had fasting blood tests and anti-boitics but keep getting them what do i do?
    Been to the doctors a few times, had two lanced, and they keep returning within 3 weeks of eachother, I have had fasting blood tests done for them and they came back clear, what do i change to make these go away?

    • ANSWER:
      If you have recurrent problems with boils after treatment, it's time to get a bacterial culture done. A bacterial culture, usually taken from the nose with a cotton swab, will help the doctor identify whether or not your boils are caused by staphylococcus aureus and allow them to plan a way to get rid of your boils. If it turns out that it is staph, then they will find an appropriate antibiotic to help you get rid of staph infections.Keeping your wounds clean is the key to getting rid of boils. Because most boils are caused by that skin dwelling bacteria called staph for short, it's best to keep open boils and other skin wounds as clean as possible. Wash all wounds with antibacterial soap on a daily basis and make sure to change any bandages or dressings when they start to look nasty. One or more of your family members may need to be treated to really get rid of boils. If your boils are indeed caused by the staph bacteria, one or more of your family members may be carrying the bacteria and passing it on to you without knowing it because the staph carrier often doesn't show symptoms. It is recommended that each family member you've had recent contact with get a bacterial culture done so that you can get rid of boils for good.

      Vitamins A and E are good supplements for preventing boils and other skin problems. Both vitamins are essential for replenishing your epidermus, and are therefore naturally beneficial when fighting things like boils and skin infections.

      Magnesium sulfate is said to be a good natural cure for boils. Essentially a paste is created with water and is then applied to the boil as a natural antiseptic antimicrobial agent to kill surrounding bacteria and as a means of absorbing the moisture from the wound and drying the boil out to cure it. Some bath salts like Epsom's contain Magnesium sulfate. Soaking in epsom salts always works the best as it softens and draws it out where you really experience relief without the harshness of lancing.

      My doctor has always had the belief that the boils come from our diet. He stated that if your diet consists of sugar and your resistance is low your skin will suffer esp. with boils. I find that if I eat too much sugar I do find that boils are always on the horizon.

      Check with your doctor ask about the bacteria culture test and also try the epsom salt soak its worked for me, hopefully, you'll get the same relief.

      Hope this helps.

  3. QUESTION:
    Do all blood tests require fasting beforehand?
    I have to go to the hospital on Monday for a series of tests, some of which are blood tests. I had some blood tests done about 3 months ago, so don't know if these will be the same or looking for something different. Anyway, this time neither my doctor or the letter from the hospital says anything about fasting before I come. So will it be ok for me to have breakfast that day?

    • ANSWER:
      Every time i have had a test i was told ether
      not to have food or a beverage,tea OK but
      no milk or sugar,some blood tests you can
      eat and drink,for such as anaemia,thyroid,
      and a few others.To be on the safe side
      have black tea or coffee but no eating.

  4. QUESTION:
    Can someone make a list of the fasting blood tests there is: be specific?

    Thank you so much for someone who helps me!

    • ANSWER:
      renin, TSH, bilirubin, hemoglobin, insulin, iron, potassium, testosterone, red blood cells, eosinophilis, creatinine, glucose, triglyceride, phosphate

  5. QUESTION:
    chewing gum prior to fasting blood tests will it affect the results?
    If I chewed gum 15 minutes prior to fasting blood work will it affect the results for glucose?

    • ANSWER:
      yes, and definatley if it has sugar in it!

  6. QUESTION:
    Does eating sugar a night before the fasting blood sugar test affect the results ?
    I would like to know if eating sugar a night before the fasting blood sugar test affect the results next morning. For eg if I eat some good deserts on the night before my fasting blood sugar test the next day, will it affect the results drastically or mildly or none at all ?
    I am sure it affects the PP test results but does it affect the fasting tests as well ?

    • ANSWER:
      No.

      A fasting blood test should be 6-8 hours without any food or sugar, but the night before shouldn't matter. If your body is deficient, your own glycogen (sugar from your liver your body uses when you've not eaten in a while) will be enough to raise your blood sugar for the fasting glucose test. That's why it's fasting- anything your body needs to do to show how well it works on its own can be managed overnight. Even a type II diabetic should be medicated well enough to stay within the normal blood sugar levels of a non-diabetic.

      Your body will have managed the desserts, poorly or not, by morning. You will be below 110 or your function is impaired- and if you ate sugar 6 hours ago and you're still above 110, you ARE impaired. Even if you didn't eat sugar, if you are impaired, your liver will put you high on its own sugar.

      If anything concerns your doctor about the results, he/she will order an HbA1c- hemoglobin A1c. This gives clean, decisive records of the average blood glucose levels over the past 2-3 months. It can't be altered by your eating, just shows your body's function. If you aren't 4-6% on this test, you're impaired. If you're between 6-7%, you need meds, but you aren't causing secondary damage yet. If you're above 7%, you are likely causing complications down the line. You need to cut all sugar and starch until the medicines get worked out.

      Eat your ice cream- just not within 6-8 hours of your test- and if you're diabetic or even slightly overweight, you should stick to sugar-free if possible. Use common sense. If your test is routine, ignore all the rest and eat desserts!!

      Cheers!

  7. QUESTION:
    Is it okay to fast more than 12 hours for a fasting blood test?
    I took a fasting test on Tuesday and it was a 12 hour fasting test. I stopped eating at six on Monday night and took the blood test around 11 on Tuesday. Since I fasted for more than 12 hours, would the results be skewed (such as appearing normal because I haven't ate for a long time)?

    • ANSWER:
      I don't think so but I would ask yout Dr. to be sure. I think it would probably give them even better results. I think they just want to be sure you fasted at least that long.

  8. QUESTION:
    I have a fasting blood test reading of 6.4 What does this mean?
    Can diet and exercise make a difference in lowering this number. I have had three fasting tests over the past six months and the number is not changing much.

    • ANSWER:
      Ange, This is pre-diabetes numbers.
      Normal Fasting Blood Sugar
      A normal fasting blood sugar (which is also the blood sugar a normal person will see right before a meal) is:

      83 mg/dl (4.6 mmol/L) or less.

      Many normal people have fasting blood sugars in the mid and high 70 mg/dl (3.9 mmol/L) range.

      Though most doctors will tell you any fasting blood sugar under 100 mg/dl (5.6 mmol/L) is "normal", there are several studies that suggest that testing with a fasting blood sugar in the mid 90 mg/dl (5 mmol/L) range often predicts diabetes that is diagnosed a decade later.

      Possibly you could be diabetic. But for sure damage is being done to your body , as we speak.
      Your post meal numbers would be high.
      It is now recommended that with numbers like your , is to start on Metformin. The earlier you start the better the outcome.
      But to lower your numbers now a Low glycemic diet is in order. He's a website for 2,480 food and their impact on your glucose levels. It's a great way to eat for the whole family. A way that we all should be eating. Diabetic or not...http://www.mendosa.com/gilists.htm

      Now for the next part , YES , I know most people don't want to hear it ::EXERCISE> Walking is fine , but Nordic walking is great. Google it. Exercise is as important as diet. For a diabetic its the third piece of the puzzle. Meds, diet and exercise. All equally important. So many diabetics do not exercise and as a result they never get control of their blood glucose levels.

      So ange if you start today you may put off this terrible disease. That Glycemic Index , if you study it for a week , you will automaticly know what to eat and what not. I have trouble counting carbs , so thats why I use it.
      Remember , when you get good number , the fight is not over. Its a lifetime thing. Always lurking.

      Good luck with your new lifestyle. I think you will be pleased..

      Tin

  9. QUESTION:
    Fasting for blood tests?
    Should I take my Statins in the morning that I am to take a fasting blood test for cholesterol ?? If I don't the cholesterol reading goes up, and if I do, the fasting glucose reading goes up ??

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. But why take a drug that may damage you forever ? Statins can cause musle damage . Which includes your heart muscles. Exercise can accomplish the same thing. High or normal has no bearing on your life expectancy. And you can take that to the bank. I believe that if the fda wasn't taking bribes , that statins would be taken off the market. Shame on your Doctor...

      To each his own

      Tin

  10. QUESTION:
    What do they test for during fasting blood test?
    I had a fasting blood test a couple of weeks ago and everything came back normal. What else do they test for when they're test for hypothyroidism? Do they test for pregnancy?
    i should say.. do they do a pregnancy test if something is wrong with the results? or is that added in there just in case?

    • ANSWER:

  11. QUESTION:
    How will this dose of ibuprofen affect a fasting blood test?
    If a patient had a 400 mg dose of over-the-counter ibuprofen 4 hours prior to a fasting blood test, how would it affect the outcome of the test? Would the water that was taken with the medicine affect it at all?

    • ANSWER:
      Water will not affect the blood work. Ibuprofen shouldn't be a problem either. I assume this is for a lipid panel, cholesterol and such. I don't think that even if the blood work were to include a fasting blood sugar it would be affected. Any sugar that might be in the ibuprofen would be out of your system after 4 hours.
      Good Luck!

  12. QUESTION:
    What is the next step after a positive fasting glucose blood test for diabetes?
    I tested positive for diabetes on my fasting blood test, now my doctor is doing a random blood test just to make sure, if thats positive too will I have to go into the hospital? or what will be the next step

    • ANSWER:
      No!! you won't go to the hospital!!! Nothing will be different tomorrow from what it is today with the exception of your doctor maybe telling you that you have Hyperglycemia "and to watch your sugars"!!!

      Most doctors don't bother to explain what "watch your sugars" actually means. They poke a prescription at us and say take these pills and come back for another blood test in three months!

      I recommend you find a book entitled "Type 2 Diabetes: The First Year" and read it. This will explain more of what you will be going through for the next phase of your life!! It does more than Certified Diabetes Educators or Nurses can do when you meet with them.

      I am an email away for your peace of mind!! Write me with woes and doubts!
      I have been there and done that and have the t-shirt hanging on the clothes line to prove it.

  13. QUESTION:
    What does at fasting blood test look for?
    My doctor has me doing a fasting blood test to look for diabetes. What are they looking for? High Sugar? Low Sugar? Some Protein? I like to know why things are being done to me but I'm going to a clinic and the doctor really didnt take the time to explain it to me.

    • ANSWER:
      Glucose: This is a measure of the sugar level in your blood. High values are associated with eating before the test, and diabetes.

      The normal range for a fasting glucose is 60 -99 mg/dl. According the the 2003 ADA criteria, diabetes is diagnosed with a *fasting* plasma glucose of 126 or more. A precursor, Impaired Fasting Glucose (IFG) is defined as reading of fasting glucose levels of 100 - 125. Sometimes a glucose tolerance test, which involves giving you a sugary drink followed by several blood glucose tests, is necessary to properly sort out normal from IFG from diabetes.

      Be aware that variations in lab normals exist. Also, Europeans tend to use a 2 hour after eating definition of diabetes rather than a fasting glucose. Using the European standards tends to increase the number of people who are classified as having diabetes.

  14. QUESTION:
    How long will it take to get a fasting blood test back?
    I just had a fasting blood test today. Will they only call if they found something?

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on what they are looking for. If its for cholesterol then it will be back in 3 to 4 days. If the blood is being tested for other things like liver and kidney functions it can take up to a week. Some blood tests take longer than others.

  15. QUESTION:
    Does what you eat the day before affect a fasting blood test?
    Can the results of a glucose test change depending what you ate the day before and in what way?
    I know that tests for things like iron are affected by what you eat, what about your blood sugars?

    • ANSWER:
      No, as long as you don't eat anything (or drink anything other than water) for 8-12 hours before the test. I'm not aware that iron levels are affected by what you ate the day before, either.

      If you have somehing called a glucose tolerance test (where you are given a sugary drink) then the results of that can be falsely low if you eat a low-carbohydrate diet before the test.

  16. QUESTION:
    What time to stop eating before fasting blood test?
    Ok at 9:15am on monday morn I have a fasting blood test, how many hours before should I not eat anything and drink only water? :)

    • ANSWER:

  17. QUESTION:
    Should I worry now - my fasting blood tests were 95mg/dl dowm from nonfasting level of 168mg/dl?
    UPDATE: TEST RESULTS NOW IN.

    when I took my blood test 1 hour after eating a large piece of marble cake and large coffee with sugar the glucose lever was 168mg/dl. I dont know if it was a sugar spike, but my fasting glucose blood test was 95mg/dl after 9.5 hours of fasting. Will not drinking enough water being in a aggreviated state also cause you sugar to rise as I have a lot pressure looking for a job..

    • ANSWER:
      A FASTING blood sugar of less than 100 is NORMAL!!!! so you can relax!

      100 to 125 is suggestive of Pre-Diabetes but more tests need to be done...

      Anything over 126 is suggestive of type 1 or type 2 diabetes along with classic signs/symtpoms of the disease...

      But again, more tests need to be done to confirm any diagnosis....

      Your FASTING level is normal!!!!

      As for the 168... you ate a large piee of cake and sugar in your coffee... its a sugar spike!

      You are fine... Just keep your weight down, and quit smoking if you do smoke... Just cuz you don't have diabetes now doesn't mean that you won't get it in the future!

      Good Luck to you,
      Nurse Angie

  18. QUESTION:
    14 hour fasting for blood tests- can I drink water?
    Just want to make sure- I think you are allowed to, right?

    • ANSWER:
      Yep! Water is fine.

  19. QUESTION:
    Can you use mouthwash before a fasting blood test?
    May seem like a dumb question lol Im having a blood test tomorrow (fasting) Is it ok to still use mouthwash or will that effect the results in anyway? Also im drinking water?? I thought its best to keep hydrated.
    ok i wont use it :) but water is ok to drink ?

    • ANSWER:
      Neither the mouthwash nor the water should affect the test.

  20. QUESTION:
    Can I drink water before a fasting blood test?
    My surgery advised me to only have sips of water, however, a nurse my mum knows who actually does blood tests said you need to drink lots of water otherwise its difficult to find the vein!

    • ANSWER:
      Water is the only thing you CAN have before any type of test.

  21. QUESTION:
    What blood tests need to be fasting?
    What blood tests need to be fasting and which ones do not. Can someone list those that need fasting?

    • ANSWER:
      Certainly Glucose and Cholesterol but there are more esoteric tests that may need to be fasting. Usually the doctors don't even know and they have to either rely upon the lab mannuals to look up which tests need to be run on fasting blood.

  22. QUESTION:
    Can a medic please advise on blood test fasting?
    I am having a blood test to-morrow to check the effects of pills for my High Blood Pressure on my Kidneys. Can't remember if this is a fasting blood test or not. Can someone advise me please?

    • ANSWER:
      most likely it isn't , as your urinary and electrolytes E + U can be done regardless of fasting, you are most likely on a medication called a ACE inhibitor or a angiotensin receptor antagonist, in which you would have had a blood test before you started it ie a baseline or rerference reading and now you will be having another test after you have been on this medication to see if its stuffed up your kidneys

  23. QUESTION:
    what does high plasma mean from fasting blood test ?
    i was wondering if anyne could give me a understanding of what high plasma is from a fasting blood test results as i rung my docter back and he really confused me and didnt seem to know what he was saying. is this something to worry about ?

    • ANSWER:

  24. QUESTION:
    Can my doctor tell if I have type 2 diabetes by doing a non-fasting blood test?
    My doctor suspects I have type 2 diabetes because I had a child that was over 10 lbs. (8 years ago) and now I am experiencing chronic (2-3 a month) yeast infections. My appointment was in the evening last week and she drew blood, but I did not fast before the test. Some coworkers tell me that there is no way she could tell if I have diabetes using that method. Opinions?

    • ANSWER:
      She can tell if you have diabetes, but it's more difficult because an extra variable--food--was introduced. If your reading is more borderline, she'll probably want to re-run a fasting test.

      Sometimes blood sugar is so high that there can be no doubt. Any random reading over 200 mg/dL is considered in diabetic range. Any reading over 140 mg/dL, regardless of what was eaten or when, is cause for concern.

      Also, there's another diabetes test that does not require fasting and it's called an HbA1c or A1c for short. It's approximately a three-month average of your blood sugar levels and isn't affected by anything you ate that day. She might've been drawing blood for the A1c.

  25. QUESTION:
    Will eating one blackberry in the morning affect the results of a "fasting" blood test?
    I was supposed to have a fasting blood test this morning but forgot & ate one blackberry while walking the dog this morning. Will this matter?
    The test is for cholesterol (doctor's notation says VAP Cholesterol LpLla2)? My last real meal was at 7:30 last night. How long should I wait now?

    • ANSWER:
      when cholesterol is checked, blood sugar is also checked because they compare blood sugar with trigylcerides, so yes, that black berry will skew your results, would reschedule the test for another day when you have fasted for 12 hours prior.

  26. QUESTION:
    I had a fasting blood test this morning but exercised 3 hours before it. Now what?
    I had some lab work done to try to see if something is going on that is causing me to not become pregnant. It was a low impact body sculpt workout that lasted less than 30 minutes. I did not realize I shouldn't exercise. I did not feel weekish or anything from the workout. If my levels are all normal, should I mention to my doctor about the exercise? Would exercise make my tests falsely normal?

    • ANSWER:
      Exercising won't make much of a difference for most of the lab results - it primarily lowers blood glucose levels and triglycerides, but maybe some hormones could be affected by exercise. It would be a good idea to mention it to your doc, just in case there is some specific test that is sensitive to exercise. If you are exercising regularly like this, the test might more accurately reflect your lifestyle by exercising beforehand..

  27. QUESTION:
    How much/little can I eat the night before a fasting blood sugar test?
    Tomorrow morning at 8:30 am I have a fasting blood sugar test. I finished eating dinner tonight around 8:30, but I ate way too much until I felt sick and ate mainly sweets and junk food. Even though I'll have a full 12 hours of fasting before the blood test, is what I ate and how much I ate going to skew the results?

    • ANSWER:
      If you are truly non-diabetic, then what you ate 8+ hours beforehand shouldn't impact your blood sugar results tomorrow.

      Non-diabetics typically return to pre-meal levels (<100 mg/dL) within 2-4 hours of a meal, regardless of the carbohydrate count. A fast for 12 hours gives a non-diabetic body more than enough time to bring blood sugar back to that range.

  28. QUESTION:
    Glucose blood tests- Fasting?
    I'm seeing a number of specialists for a rheumatological condition, possibly Lupus or Sjogren's. Today I saw a dental/dry mouth specialist as this is one of my symptoms. I did a saliva flow test, 5 minutes and produced 0.3mls (anything under 1.5mls is a positive result). I also drink a lot of water, about 4 liters a day.

    She is trying to look outside the obvious (Lupus/Sjogren's) and wants to rule out Diabetes (especially with my thirst and I also have Celiac Disease).

    I'm having the glucose blood test next week. I've heard the term 'fasting glucose blood test'. They didn't say whether I should eat before or not.

    So should I fast before my test? Or does it not matter?

    Thanks.
    Noocie, I drink that much water because my mouth is dry and I'm thirsty.
    Buff, thanks. But the professor I saw yesterday didn't recommend citrus/lemon. She said that it will increase your saliva production, but it'll create an uneven amount of acid in your mouth causing bacteria to grow faster. She recommended sugar free chewing gum.

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  29. QUESTION:
    Fasting Blood Tests...?
    My stepdad received a letter from his GP saying he needs some fasting blood's taken. Am I right in thinking this is most likely due to needing a retest of glucose levels? What else could it be and whats most likely?

    • ANSWER:
      There is a large number of tests that need to be taken from a patient who is fasting not only blood glucose levels. The best people to ask why would be your dads doctors as only they will know the real reason for the test.
      Not knowing your dad or his medical history people on here will not be able to give you an informed opinion.

  30. QUESTION:
    Fasting before blood tests - is water ok?
    Hello, I have to have a blood test early tomorrow morning to check out my cholesterol, glucose and Iron levels, and B vitamins. The form I have also says 'liver profile' and U&E (no idea what that is?) The doc said I have to fast from 10pm tonight until the test, but does that mean no plain water? Thanks for advice.

    • ANSWER:
      You can drink just plain water it wont be a prob.

  31. QUESTION:
    I just had my yearly physical and my blood test showed a fasting glucose of 115?
    My doctor has ordered a test at the hospital to check my glucose levels--It was 115 on the fasting blood test in the office. I have never had a problem before--my cholestral is 135 and my blood pressure is great. Do I have diabetes or might this be a fluke? I will have the test but am very worried. Any experience with this issue?

    • ANSWER:
      That is a normal figure, you should not worry. My sister who is an insulin dependent diabetic, typically tests above 400. When I was helping care for an elderly friend just home from the hospital we were told by her doctor if she tested around 125 first thing in the morning she didn't need insulin.

  32. QUESTION:
    How much of an effect does not fasting before a blood tests impact the results, and what are the specifics?

    • ANSWER:
      It really depends on what they're checking for. When I went in for a physical last year and I didn't fast, they said I had high cholesterol. I had the test redone after fasting and got correct results (my new doc knew I didn't have high cholesterol). I'd do it and if you didn't, tell your doc so s/he can judge your results better.

  33. QUESTION:
    fasting blood test and glucose blood test question?
    Next week i have to have a fasting blood test and a glucose blood test for the glucose blood test what do they do? Do i have to drink glucose?

    • ANSWER:
      This is also know as a glucose tolerance test is a medical test in which glucose is given and blood samples taken afterward to determine how quickly it is cleared from the blood. The test is usually used to test for diabetes, insulin resistance, and sometimes reactive hypoglycemia or rarer disorders of carbohydrate metabolism. There are different standard doses of glucose, different routes of administration, different intervals and durations of sampling, and various substances measured in addition to blood glucose.

      The most common version is-

      Preparation:

      The patient is instructed not to restrict carbohydrate intake in the days or weeks before the test. The test should not be done during an illness, as results may not reflect the patient's glucose metabolism when healthy. A full adult dose should not be given to a person weighing less than 43 kg (94 lb), or exaggerated glucoses may produce a false positive result. Usually the Oral Glucose Tolerance Test is performed in the morning as glucose tolerance can exhibit a diurnal rhythm with a significant decrease in the afternoon. The patient is instructed to fast (water is allowed) for 8-12 hours prior to the test.

      Procedure:

      1. A zero time (baseline) blood sample is drawn.
      2. The patient is then given a measured dose (below) of glucose solution to drink within a 5 minute time frame.
      3. Blood is drawn at intervals for measurement of glucose (blood sugar), and sometimes insulin levels. The intervals and number of samples vary according to the purpose of the test. For simple diabetes screening, the most important sample is the 2 hour sample and the 0 and 2 hour samples may be the only ones collected.

      The results can take dependenteek to arrive dependant on the extra tests carried out and the hospital.

  34. QUESTION:
    Will moderate exercise shortly before an 8 hour (fasting) blood glucose test result in a lower test number?
    I use niacin, and this sometimes results in a blood glucose fasting test result of just above 100. This seems to worry my doctor, but it doesn't worry me. The niacin works wonders for me. Therefore, I'm looking for a way to bring the test under 100, and keep the doc happy.

    • ANSWER:
      I think your priorities need shifting. Who cares whether the doc is happy or not? As long as you're happy, you're under 110mg/dl, and your HbA1C is under 6, it really doesn't matter what the doc thinks.

      Oh, to answer your question... a twenty minute brisk walk or jog will do wonders for lowering your blood glucose. Just park a mile or two from the doctor's office a half hour before your next appointment.

      Monica: There are two standards for measuring fasting blood glucose. Mean plasma and whole blood. Before we start correcting each other, it would be helpful to define exactly which one we're talking about. BTW... it's "affect" not "effect". You should know that by now. Mean time, let's not nit pick. :)

  35. QUESTION:
    Can you tell me if you can chew gum when you have a fasting blood test? Will it make a difference to result?
    if you haven't eaten for 12 and a half hours and you chew sugar free gum. We it make alot of difference to your fasting blood test.

    • ANSWER:
      The gum has sweeteners in it instead of the sugar, so yes it is said to affect the results. Its best to have this tests in the morning, so you can fast over night.

  36. QUESTION:
    What happens in a fasting blood test?
    Hi I was wondering what exactly happens in a fasting blood test because I have been booked in for one next week because I have nearly every symptom of diabetes (I understand the whole fasting bit I just want to know how they collect and test my blood) . Basically the question is in the title, thank you very much if you reply :) x
    E.g. Will they use a glucose meter to test it, or will they collect some blood from my arm like a normal blood test.

    • ANSWER:
      You have been asked to fast for a blood test to get a baseline of what your normal analytes are, for example what your glucose level is in you body without your body being exposed to food and drink that will raise your glucose levels. Since I don't know what you blood form has been ticked for in terms of test, I can only speculate. You may be asked for a fasting glucose level and a further blood sample 2 hrs after drinking a known glucose laden drink eg lucozade, this test is known as a glucose tolerance test which is good to see how well your body deals with the glucose load. The blood will be taken from a vein in your arm.

  37. QUESTION:
    Can i drink a cup of coffee before a fasting blood test for Cholesterol?
    I never leave the house before my morning coffee but I have to have a blood test done...just a little coffee, please?

    • ANSWER:
      nope...nothing until after the test

  38. QUESTION:
    Getting blood tests for "Fbc/esr/U+E/LFTS/TFTS/fasting 1pp/glucose". What does this mean in English please?
    Anyone know how long I'd need to fast for before these blood tests? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      ESR= a sedimentation rate (or a test for general inflammation)
      LFTs= liver function tests
      TFTs= thyroid function tests
      Fasting 1 hr pp glucose= is a fasting glucose and one hour after ingestion of glucose level
      (YOU FAST 12 hours)
      Fbc I am not familiar with, U +E could be urine

  39. QUESTION:
    Fasting before blood tests...question...?
    I'm taking a blood test that requires fasting 6-8 hours beforehand. The problem is, sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and can't get back to sleep w/o a small amount of aspirin (and water to take it with). I have itchy, dry skin and we live near a field, which I think makes it worse being allergy season. I'll take a tiny amount (quarter tablet) just to stop the inflammation. Someone at the clinic told me this was ok and wouldn't affect the test the last time I had bloodwork drawn. But this time I'm having tests done on my kidney function in additional to the routine bloodwork, so just wanted to make sure it wouldn't make a difference. Does "no eating and drinking for 6-8 hours" even include water and medicine, or would it be best to abstain from that, too? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Usually when you fast it is ok to take a small amount of water and your medications, unless you doctor specifically told you not to.

  40. QUESTION:
    does a fasting glucose blood test of 110 indicate i am or will be diabetic?
    i'm wondering since this is very borderline and was done during a fasting test. i'm supposed to go in for a followup and avoid alot of sugar in my diet. I've never had any problems before this but i have native american blood so i'm always concerned i could get diabetes (although i don't a big percentage of indian heritage).

    • ANSWER:
      It is boarderline.
      "What level suggests prediabetes?
      If your fasting blood sugar level is 100 mg/dL to 125 mg/dL, you have impaired fasting glucose — commonly known as prediabetes. To confirm the diagnosis, your doctor may repeat the fasting blood sugar test several days to a week later."

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/blood-sugar/SA00102

  41. QUESTION:
    Can I drink alcohol the night before a fasting blood test?
    (not a glucose test or donating blood, just a blood test)

    • ANSWER:
      Sure, so long as you begin fasting when they say you should.

      Be aware that alcohol can dehydrate you, so be sure to drink water before the fasting begins (assuming you can't have anything by mouth).

  42. QUESTION:
    How much blood is taken in a fasting blood test?
    Title says it all really, I had one today and the woman took 4-5 of those vials, I only took a quick look but it was a bundle of at least 4. Is that normal? I read online that 3 is the maximum amount taken normally.
    Many thanks :) x

    • ANSWER:
      It's perfectly normal and depends on what the test(s) are for. Different tubes have different properties/chemicals in them, like the red top tube for a chemistry test, which lets the serum separate, and the blue for a CBC, which has the opposite effect......it's still not that much blood taken.

      Edit: See the "Additives" part here:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venipuncture

  43. QUESTION:
    Can I exercise before a fasting blood test?
    I have the test about 4pm and I want to workout at 5am. Is that enough time between the workout and test?

    • ANSWER:
      Absolutely! There is no reason why you can not work out. Just make sure you don't eat or drink anything besides water for 12 hours prior.

  44. QUESTION:
    What can my gp tell about a fasting blood test?
    I know they can tell if there's anything wrong with your thyroid, but what else?

    • ANSWER:
      A fasting blood test, depending upon what is ordered, can tell the overall function of your body - your cells, your bone marrow, your kidneys, your pancreas, your liver, your thyroid (if this was ordered and is not usually part of the standard testing which is a CBC and chemistry panel).

  45. QUESTION:
    What is a fasting blood test?
    Tomorrow I'm going to get my blood taken for the first time. But it's a fasting blood test. Can I drink water before it? And will it hurt? I don't like shots, by the way.

    • ANSWER:
      When you are going for blood work to measure blood sugar levels, you are required to fast for 12 hours before the blood test. It is always good to schedule your appointment in the morning, so that you can fast through the previous night and then go in for your blood tests in the morning. Make sure that you do not consume anything for 12 hours. For more information, refer to fasting blood glucose test.

      Often people wonder "can you drink water when fasting for blood work?". To find an answer to this question, you will have to inquire at the lab where you are taking the test. Normally drinking water is permitted, as it does not have any kind of effect on the blood tests.

      Along with all the instructions for fasting for blood work, I will recommend that you be honest to yourself and your doctor, when you take your blood test. If a 12 hour fasting for blood work is required, but you have fasted only for 8 hours as you have eaten something, it is important that you talk to the lab doctor, before you actually take the blood test.

      The lab tech will find a vein in your arm and poke a needle in it (not a large needle) and draw blood and fill the vials for the tests. These are professionals and it usually does not hurt at all just a small prickly feeling, its not like a shot, its drawing blood from a vein in your arm.

      Good luck. Hope this helps.

  46. QUESTION:
    Fasting blood sugar (FBS) tests measure blood glucose after you have not eaten for at least 8 hours.?
    My fasting blood sugar test results are 117, pre-diabetic. What SPECIFIC foods, herbs, spices, etc can I eat that will lower this number.

    What SPECIFIC foods, herbs, speices, etc. would be bad.

    • ANSWER:
      Despite what some people say, herbal remedies just won't fix you. But perhaps you just meant healthy eating? You should avoid foods full of refined/simple sugars - examples include candy bars, processed breads, simple pastas; focus on eating complex carbohydrates, veggies, and low fat meats. You can start the ADA diet - diabetic diet - which we should all probably be on, anyway.

      Also, diabetes occurs more frequently in overweight people, so depending on your current weight, you may benefit from weight loss, and be able to get your sugars down that way.

      Good for you for being proactive. Good luck.

  47. QUESTION:
    If I have a fasting blood sugar of 146, should I be on diabetes medicine?
    (I have had one blood test. My doctor says that if I have two blood tests with a fasting blood sugar level over 126, then I am definitely diabetic. So, if my next diabetes test is in the same range, I wonder if I will be on medicine.)

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. The most likely medication is Metformin. Its THE gold standard of oral diabetes meds and the safest one to take. It can also help with weight loss.

      It can cause some stomach upset when you first start taking it, so they put you on a very low dose and gradually increase it.

      If it still causes problems for you try the yogurt treatment I discuss in this post
      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AgR8Lp5lhCM9Qnt3DPrI_rLty6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20100207070811AAdfFVB&show=7#profile-info-Y3DR1EBUaa

      Your doctor may tell you to cut back on carbs, and get more exercise, which should help, but you really should be on metformin with those numbers, not just diet and exercise alone.

      Good luck!

  48. QUESTION:
    How long do you have to fast for blood tests?
    I am having blood tests done in the morning (CBC, glucose, urine, etc.). How long are you supposed to fast? 8 hours? 12 hours?

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on what the tests are specifically. For FBS(fasting Blood Sugar) and cholesterol tests you need to fast for 8 hours. For RBS (random blood sugar), CBC, and some other you do not need to fast.If you are unsure I would fast for 8 hours and make sure to tell the phlebotomist so that you don't pass out. Good luck

  49. QUESTION:
    Does a person feel weak after a fasting blood test?
    I am concerned because, I normally get shaky if I don't eat after I have been awake for a few hours. In the past when I have had blood taken, I have gotten weak.

    • ANSWER:
      If you tend to be hypoglycemic (low blood sugar), it is certainly possible that you may feel weak in the hours leading up to getting your blood drawn. The weakness is the hypoglycemia, though, not the blood test itself. I would suggest that you get the blood test done as soon as possible in the morning as the clinic will let you. Also, take a snack with you, so you can get some food in your system as soon as the blood test is done.

  50. QUESTION:
    How long do you have to fast before taking the Glucose Fasting blood test?

    • ANSWER:
      they have 2 fasting glucose tests-4 hr and 8 hr tests. good luck always


Extremely Low Thyroid Levels

A big reason why natural treatment methods can be so effective with autoimmune thyroid disorders is because they address the underlying cause of the condition. Rather than just controlling the symptoms through medication, a good natural treatment protocol will attempt to strengthen the weakened immune system, address the adrenal glands and other areas that might be contributing to the problem, and will ultimately restore the normal function of the thyroid gland when this is possible.

Now just imagine that the gland is secreting these hormones in greater than normal quantities. Not only is this going to derail all the normal activities of your body, but it is also going to show symptoms of hyperthyroidism, which may start with heart palpitations. In fact, your complete metabolic system is going to be over stimulated. Your metabolic rate is going to work at twice the speed, which means that your body is going to be using up energy at an increased rate.

Hypothyroidism is a condition where our thyroid output has slowed down to almost a halt. We're not producing enough T3 and T4 hormone causing very low energy and weight gain. It's really a very vicious cycle, one that has been difficult to break out of.

Although the condition called hyperthyroidism, which is due to excessive action of the thyroid gland, was first observed around 1830, a really complete understanding of the condition did not develop until 1890. Excessive action of the thyroid may occur at any age. The condition is much more frequent in women than in men. In areas in which goiter is infrequent, women may have excessive action of the thyroid gland in a proportion of four women to one man.

I felt it is time to take a new decision. I talked to my husband about it and we together decided to try alternative medicine. We came to know of Thyromine. It is the only over-the-counter medicine which did not contain stimulants like caffeine. I started using it. Within a week it showed results. Now I am using Thyromine regularly. I am free of all the symptoms of hypothyroidism.

Thyroid conditions are very common in the western world today, with over 11 million people in America suffering today. This condition causes very low energy and weight gain, we just don't feel like ourselves at all, we can't concentrate and feel sluggish all the time.

Thyroid conditions are extremely common in United States and elsewhere in the developed world. There are many different causes for a thyroid condition but in every single case the victim suffers from very low energy and weight gain. If you're been diagnosed or have self diagnosed yourself with hypothyroidism then you can eliminate your symptoms with natural therapies.

If you have been diagnosed with Graves' Disease, want to avoid taking medication if at all possible, and don't even want to consider treating your condition with radioactive iodine, then the information you're about to read can be life changing. I am a licensed healthcare professional and was personally diagnosed with Graves' Disease.

People with thyroid problems, usually hypothyroidism, have trouble concentrating and also have trouble losing weight and getting healthy. Our glands, especially the thyroid have an enormous effect on our entire body, they are like the generals of the body. They effect every cell in the body. So, getting out hormones balanced, especially the thyroid gland, is imperative.

Thyroid disorder is one of the most common and often misdiagnosed health conditions affecting Americans. Approximately 58 million people suffer from some form of thyroid disease; unfortunately, these disorders often go untreated. While there are many disorders of the thyroid, the most common is related to abnormal thyroid hormone production.

The best foods to include are fruits and vegetables - especially egg yolks, garlic, seafood, mushrooms, and radishes. Adding the above foods into your hypothyroidism diet can help your thyroid to produce more hormone. Eating these foods cooked is better for a healthy diet than eating them raw. But eating them raw is still better than eating foods, like those in paragraph below, that could exacerbate your hypothyroidism.

Low thyroid function, whatever its cause, leads to heart attacks, fibromyalgia, auto-immune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, adrenal failure, and on, and on. All added, of course, to the pile of symptoms you start with.

Medical experts have found that a malfuctioning thyroid can also contribute to other malladies such as heart disease and that explains why any disorders affecting this gland need to be taken seriously.

People who maintain an acidic pH level in their bodies can also cause damage to their thyroid. The pH level can be affected by diet and other medication one may be taking.

The thyroid gland is part of the endocrine system, which includes the hypothalamus, pituitary, pineal, thyroid, parathyroid, adrenals, pancreas, and reproductive glands.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    I have an extremely low thyroid level. i have also managed to gain 3 1/2 lbs in the past week.?
    My doc says its because my levels are so low. Thyroid cancer runs in my family in the girls. My mom had it in her 20's and my sister was diagnosed last christmas (she was 20 years old), my aunt is getting her thyroid removed to prevent cancer. they haven't really had any issues with their weight, i had a baby 8 months ago and i still have about 10 pounds left to lose from that. So i was wondering if anybody else had this problem. It would be so awesome if someone could help me with this. I cant stand being this heavy. PLEASE HELP ME!!!

    • ANSWER:
      The thyroid makes T4 which is converted by the body to T3 - the active hormone which burns fat...

      You should be on synthroid (t4), cytomel (t3), and/or armour thyroid (which has both T4 and T3). If your TSH is over 3, then you are hypothyroid....and it's very hard (if not impossible) to lose weight if you don't have thyroid hormone in your body.

      Also, muscle burns more fat at rest...so lifting some weights will help you loose fat - though your weight will stay the same (muscle weighs more than fat)

  2. QUESTION:
    my thyroid levels are extremely low and my doctor can't get them to level out what can i do?

    • ANSWER:
      Iodine and take only natural Armour Thyroid.. Lugal's solution or Iodoral for iodine supplement. You need 50mg per day to start.

  3. QUESTION:
    How long will it take for my thyroid medication (Synthroid) to kick in?
    I'm 19 and was just diagnosed with hypothyroidism yesterday and I was prescribed Synthroid. I've suffered the majority of symptoms associated with a low thyroid hormone level for about 3-4 years but the most bothersome have been the extremely low energy and stomach cramps. Would I see an improvement in energy with the first dose I take or could it take days or even weeks for me to see results?

    • ANSWER:
      Synthroid will be fully in your system between 3-8 weeks, it varies person to person. With that, you most likely won't see an improvement with the first few weeks, and definitely not the first dose. It will be a while, but you'll be feeling back to normal soon!

  4. QUESTION:
    Can barium and or iodine from an upper GI affect your thyroid?
    After drinking barium and iodine for x-rays on my esophagus the left side of my neck was extremely sore for about five days. I have had low thyroid levels and all the symptoms of hypothyroidism before this test. I am not taking any thyroid medications. Could there be a connection?
    The iodine was given to me seperate from the barium.

    • ANSWER:
      There is no iodine containing contrasts used for a UGI study. You drink barium, but it does not contain iodine. I haven't experienced patients complaining of a sore neck after UGI studies. You should probably talk to your physician regarding this, as I am thinking it is coincidental. Best wishes....

  5. QUESTION:
    Thyroid deficiency and conceiving?
    My doctor has told me that thyroid levels are extremely low. I have been trying to conceive for a year and few months now, and ever since August 2008 I have had scanty (spotting for a day only) or no periods at all. The doctor says it's fixable. I wanted to hear some real stories though. Is anyone on the thyroid pill? And have you been able to successfully have a baby?

    • ANSWER:
      HI don't know if this will help but all i know is that my aunt was TTC for a few years and when she went for tests it showed she had a problem with her thyroid and the doc told her to stop TTC until they got the problem under control which did not take long and now she has 6 and 7 year old boys, she conceived quickly after getting the problem sorted.

  6. QUESTION:
    complications with diet pills?
    So, my mom has a friend who took diet pills and almost died from extremely low thyroid levels and bloodclots in her lungs. Could these symtpoms have anything to do with the diet pills, because if not, I was going to buy some . (She bought jillian michaels diet pills and I want to buy the burn pack from GMC.

    • ANSWER:

  7. QUESTION:
    I am 14 and currently taking the drug Levothyroxin. Since my thyroid levels were low.?
    I am on only 25 mg, and i was wondering if this will make me lose any weight. I am 5`2 and a half and weigh 115 sadly. My doctor told me maybe and that i shouldnt gain any, well i have gained like a pound & i was expecting to lose weight since it was speeding up my metabolism. I have also been taking it for a month and i went back for bloodwork and my levels are normal now. Will i soon? If your a doctor you help would be EXTREMELY appreciated or if your taking it also. haha. thanks.
    I also have went to my doctor and have gotten my bloodwork checked and it is normal now. & thankyou nurse! I will be sure to do that. and quiting fast food is so hard these days! haha. and thats weird barb that your doctor told you that? Its usually the other way around if you are taking medicine to slow down your thyroid...

    • ANSWER:
      My doctor told me it would NOT help me lose weight and the medication AND that fact that I have a thyroid condition would make it HARDER to lose the weight...but lose it I did with watching my diet and exercising.

  8. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to get your vitamin D levels up?
    My doctor checked my thyroid and said that my vitamin D levels were extremely low. I know that being in the sun is the best way, but what are some other things I can do help absorb vitamin D better, what not to do, etc.

    • ANSWER:
      10 minutes of sunshine gets you wayyy over your daily vitamin D. so soak up the sun!

  9. QUESTION:
    What is a "normal" range number for thyroids?
    I went to the ER this past summer (I have mild heart rythm problem- but was throwing symptomatic pvc's) and after a long night, the doctor told me that my bloodwork came back, and I have "extremely" low thyroid level- hypothyroidism. My number was 22. Is that really low? I'm just now going to the doctor to get a check up for my thyroid this month, but was wondering if someone could tell me what my number means. (I would have gone sooner, but we don't have insurance, and it costs a ton to see my doctor)

    • ANSWER:
      Is that 22 or .22? There is a huge difference. It's probably a 22 if the doctor is saying you have hypothyroidism. The range for TSH at Quest is 0.3 to 5.5. AACE recommeds that it should be 0.3 to 3.0 and some doctors believe the range should be 0.3 to 2.0 because changes happen in the body once the TSH is over 2.

      Remember every time you have a TSH to test first thing in the morning. TSH will be higher in the morning verses an afternoon reading and you ant to have medication adjusted by its high point.

  10. QUESTION:
    Does thyroid hormone effect estrogen level?
    I am 28 yo female. I had my thyroid taken out about 11 years and have been on synthroid ever since. I never really had a problem with my dosage level accept until last year. My husband and I want to start a family and I was told that I have hypothalmus ammenoreah and needed to put on about 15 lbs due to low body fat (I wasn't having periods). I got my hormones checked and my estrogen level was extremely low (again, due to low body fat) As I put on the 15 lbs, my thyroid level went out of wack. It was too high, then too low, then too high. At this point, I am hyperthyroid and getting TOO much thyroid hormone. My estrogen level seems to be decreasing. Does too much thyroid hormone decrease your estrogen level? Or does it not have anything to do with it?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. The Thyroid is probably responsable to that problem with the estrogen level. Ask your doctor.

  11. QUESTION:
    What can having a lack of potassium do to me?
    I've recently been treated (with radiation) for thyroid cancer. My TG levels are extremely low (which is good), but I still haven't been feeling well. I went to the doctor the other day, and had a blood test. Same ol' same ol'. They called yesterday and said that I need more potassium and leafy greens. They didn't tell me why. What could the possible reasons be? I just would like to know what they could have found that was possibly wrong this time?

    • ANSWER:
      Low potassium is called hypokalemia.
      The heart muscle needs potassium to beat properly and regulate blood pressure.
      Low potassium can result in weakness, tiredness, cramping in the arm and leg muscles, tingling and numbness in the extremities, constipation, and abnormal heart rhythms. There are many other symptoms as well.

      Severe deficiencies can cause death but it does not sound like your doctors is concerned about such low levels.

      Bananas are loaded with potassium.

      .

  12. QUESTION:
    How can I help my depressed brother who doesn't want to take medications?
    After losing his house, relationship and going through a heart attack scare, for the past year my brother has been severely depressed , sluggish(sleeps 12 hrs a night) spacey, extremely anxious and seems incapable of making decisions.
    Blood tests have shown him to have low thyroid levels,low cortisol and low serotonin levels also, but he balks at taking an antidepressant or other medications. It seems clear to me what he needs to do but he seems to lack motivation to follow any consistant plan of action.so nothing is happening .
    He constantly complains how rotten he feels but resists my efforts to set up appointments or get him into treatment. He thinks he should go off and live at a yoga commune where he'll get regular meals an not have any responsibilities to stress him out. I respect yoga but I don't think he'll be getting the treatment there that he needs.
    Any suggestions?

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Can you please give me directions on how to find this yoga commune? I seriously want to go there too.

  13. QUESTION:
    Anyone ever had any thyroid problems during pregnancy?
    I have been diagnosed with pregnancy-induced hypothyroidism. My T4 levels were .02, which is extremely low. I read online that there are possible developmental delays in the baby, and even risk for me to get gestational diabetes because of it. I'm really upset and it would be nice to hear about anyone who has been through this.
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Yeah, i have hypothyroidism and take levothryoxin daily so that my thryoid level will be normal. As long as you are put on medication both you and the baby will be fine. I am 18 wks 6 days.

      Good luck to you and your little one!

  14. QUESTION:
    Low Free T4 level?????? Hypothyroidism?
    I am 28 yrs. old and started out having tingling/pins and needles in my feet upon getting out of bed in the morning. Now, nearly 6 months later it's gotten worse and does it throughout the day and my hands are also "tingly" at times - moreso when I have them bent. (lying on tummy while typing) All of this also seems worse at night.

    I had some lab work done today, but have to wait 4-5 days for the rest of it. My T4 levels were within the normal range, but on the lower end of normal, but my Free T4 levels are EXTREMELY low. The normal range is 6-9.6 and my level is 0.16!!! I am so freaked out, but can do nothing until the other test results are back.

    Has anyone ever experienced tingling in hands and feet and been diagnosed? Was it a thyroid problem? Hyper/hypothyroidism? Has anyone ever had low Free T4 levels?
    I actually just called my doc a bit ago (he's a friend of mine so it was out of the office) to double check the range level for Free T4 and it is indeed 6-9.6. I know some labs are different with their "numbers" for normal ranges. Is that what you mean?
    My regular T4 level was 5.9 out of a range of 4.7-13.3.

    • ANSWER:
      You need to recheck the free T4 reference range again as it seems you quoted the total T4 reference range. Check the units also, micrograms/dl (total T4) vs ng/dl for free T4.

      Edit

      I am not familiar with your reference range for your free T4.

      The reference method or gold standard for free T4 is by equilibrium dialysis. See the link below and the reference range which is similar to other free T4 nondialysis methods.

      You don't state your TSH result. With that result it would be very low (pituitary deficiency) or very high primary thyroid dysfunction. There might be interference by the methodology in your results if one does not have expected TSH results which is why an alternate method for free T4 direct by dialysis would be worth having. Some testing is impacted by heterophil antibodies causing spurious results in some cases high or low unexpected results.

      Good luck.

  15. QUESTION:
    Would you take your child to a partner of a Dr. who mis-diagnosed him?
    I took my child to a specialist because I suspected some type of hormone disorder. He dismissed my concerns, chuckled and said he would test the thyroid level if it would make me feel better.

    Six months later, our family Dr. found an extremely low level of a crucial hormone and suggested the same office of doctors to determine the underlying cause of the deficiency.
    The causes could (among others) be caused from a tumor in the brain to a chromosomal abnormality.
    Because of the lack of having this crucial hormone, long-term infertility is a possibility. Would a Dr. try to cover for his partner's lack of care or should I seek a different office for treatment?

    • ANSWER:
      I would ask to be referred to a different office. Usually a group of doctors will share the same practice beliefs. And if one doctor misdiagnosed something like that, I would go elsewhere. Your child's health is so important. Don't risk it by going to the same place.
      I hope this advice helps! Good luck!

  16. QUESTION:
    Desperate for help finding boyfriends problem? Low THS, high AST & ALT, twitching in sleep? Please read?
    Background: My boyfriend suffers from bipolar disorder and generalized anxiety. He also has hypothyroidism, but that's under scrutiny right now. He takes Cymbalta for depression, Lithium for mania, Cytomel and Synthroid for his thyroid, and Dupleek (I think this is an aid of sorts to help all his pills work together). He's been on medication for his bipolar disorder for years, and recently they put him on adderall for a week in June to deal with ADD, but they discontinued after he began itching all over from it. The itching disappeared the day he stopped taking it.

    For the past couple of months, he has been twitching in his sleep. Not little twitches. Full body jerking, really, but not quite like a seizure. We've spoken to his psychiatrist and his physician, and the psychiatrist was the only one who really talked to us about it. He basically said that the twitching was causing mini awakenings that he didn't remember, and that it kept him from sleeping deeply (he sleeps all day because he isn't actually getting rest). His psychiatrist doesn't believe sleeping aids will help, and that our best bet would be to deal with the underlaying issue. We have no idea what that issue could be.

    In May we had become very ill, and he got his blood work drawn. He had high AST and ALT scores, and the doctor immediately jumped to Hep A. He had another metabolic panel done in June, and they were EVEN HIGHER. He drew more blood for a hepatitis panel (I don't understand why he didn't do it in the first place), and he had a liver ultrasound done on friday. We're waiting for results, but they keep jerking us around.

    ON TOP of all this, his TSH levels were extremely low. The psychiatrist and doctor are having a debate about whether or not that means he needs to continue with his hypothyroidism medicine, all the while we're just sitting around waiting for someone to tell us what the hell is going on.

    I know this seems like a lot of random information, but can ANYBODY help us figure out where to go from here? Have any of you experienced anything similar. HELP.

    • ANSWER:

  17. QUESTION:
    Should I be worried about low thyroid?
    T4 level is 4.17 L
    T-UPTK is 34.4 ( considered normal range)
    T7 is 3.6 L
    TSH 0.540 ( considered normal range.
    Only the T4 and the T7 were LOW. While the other 2 are normal. I have just recenlty undergone extreme stress in my life and was told it could be temporary to have my thyroid out of wack due to my adrenal glands going crazy from stress, . Does anyone have insight on this? I have an appointment Monday with my medical Dr. but was just wondering before I go, if I should be extremely worried or not.

    • ANSWER:
      Don't worry mate. Just see the doctor ASAP. he'll prescribe you some pills to active your thyroid gland.
      If you don't do something for yourself, it may threat your life.
      Just see the doctor as soon as you can. Because I had the same situation , I was in stress for a short time that it leads to changing my thyroid function. but doctor prescribe me some medications that could really work.
      I hope you become as healthy as you were before.
      Take care

  18. QUESTION:
    Pregnant, weak and shaky HELP?
    Hi, I am around 8 weeks pregnant with my second child. My first pregnancy I had virtually no symptoms other than extreme fatigue so I just slept a lot. Now, it is beyond awful to say the least. I have been extremely nauseous, practically starving myself because my body is so nauseous it doesnt want to eat, but I still do force myself to eat a little. I started taking my prenatals only a couple days and then stopped when the nausea became unbearable. So its been a while since I've taken my prenatals. My heart races, I'm shaky, I feel so weak and light headed sometimes it scares me so much. I just cry because the symptoms are wearing me out, I want this to be over I don't know how much more of this I can take. To give you some insight on my medical background, I have always been anemic, however last time I tested which wasnt very long ago they said my anemia wasnt too bad. I dont have any other illnesses (ie, diabetes, high blood pressure) but I have seen an endocrinologist (doctor who specializes in hormones, sees diabetics and other related illnesses) and I have extremely low THS levels, yet my thyroid seems normal so there is no answer yet as to what is wrong in that department. I don't know if that could be playing a role in why I feel so bad, but I don't think that is the problem. Can anyone relate to this? Any experience or suggestions? I have a doc appointment scheduled already, but I just want to know if others out there know anything at all about what I'm going through. Thank you for taking your time to read this. (yes this is a repost for more answers)

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like you are hypoglycaemic and suffering from low blood sugar because you can't eat much. Try to eat a little something every hour or two instead of trying to make yourself eat whole meals, and talk to your doctor. There's now a medication approved for nausea during pregnancy which will help you get back to eating more normally.

  19. QUESTION:
    Pregnant, very weak and shaky HELP?
    Hi, I am around 8 weeks pregnant with my second child. My first pregnancy I had virtually no symptoms other than extreme fatigue so I just slept a lot. Now, it is beyond awful to say the least. I have been extremely nauseous, practically starving myself because my body is so nauseous it doesnt want to eat. I started taking my prenatals only a couple days and then stopped when th nausea became unbearable. So its been a while since I've taken my prenatals. My heart races, I'm shaky, I feel so weak and light headed sometimes it scares me so much. I just cry because the symptoms are wearing me out, I want this to be over I don't know how much more of this I can take. To give you some insight on my medical background, I have always been anemic, however last time I tested which wasnt very long ago they said my anemia wasnt too bad. I dont have any other illnesses (ie, diabetes, high blood pressure) but I have seen an endocrinologist (doctor who specializes in hormones, sees diabetics and other related illnesses) and I have extremely low THS levels, yet my thyroid seems normal so there is no answer yet as to what is wrong in that department. I don't know if that could be playing a role in why I feel so bad, but I don't think that is the problem. Can anyone relate to this? Any experience or suggestions? I have a doc appointment scheduled already, but I just want to know if others out there know anything at all about what I'm going through. Thank you for taking your time to read this.
    To the person who criticized me by saying I had enough energy to write this, yes I do. I said I feel weak and shaky, I didn't say I was in my death bed. Watch the things you say because being as insensitive as you are, brings nothing but negativity your way.

    • ANSWER:
      You need to eat. And if you have a history of anemia, the prenatals are vital! You might even need an iron supplement. If the nausea is keeping you from eating, see your doctor. He may give you something like Zofran to ease it and let you eat.

      In the meantime, you might try something like Ensure or SlimFast to get some of the nutrition you're missing out on by not eating.

  20. QUESTION:
    What does a Vitamin D level of 12 ng/mL indicate and have you had experiences with this issue?
    I went to the doctor last Friday and had some blood tests run... to check for rheumatoid, thyroid stuff, Vitamin D and lots of other stuff. My symptoms were extreme joint pain and stiffness, weakness and fatigue. I also can't seem to NOT get sick, even though I'm a germ-o-phobe. Lol. I am a 25 year old female, at a healthy weight, if that matters... The rheumatoid was negative (thank goodness), thyroid levels were slightly low (he did some more tests today) and vitamin D was 12 ng/mL. I was told that was extremely low. He prescribed 50,000 iu of vitamin D once a week for 3 months.

    Please share any experiences you may have had with this problem or the treatment or any information you can give me. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      well, all i know if you get too much vitamin A, I, and D you get AIDS

  21. QUESTION:
    Fetal heartbeat seen at 7weeks 3days from LMP?
    but the ultrasound tech said it looked like I was 6weeks 5days, my OB/GYN said I would still go by my LMP because it was only a 5 day difference, anyway, Dr. calls me a few days after bloodwork to tell me I have low thyroid levels for being pregnant but they are normal for a non-pregnant woman, so I am extremely worried/paranoid because I have no pregnancy symptoms at all, no m/s, no sore breasts, no cravings, just slight cramping and feeling hungry all the time and slightly tired.
    I had a previous miscarriage at about 6 weeks in Oct. 08 and I can't help but be worried, my Dr. says nothing to worry about unless I have spotting which I dont. I am worried about a miscarriage I've been reading so many stories of women losing their babies after the heartbeat has been seen and I am scared to go to my next Dr appointment on Tuesday 05/19 and get bad news. I know I shouldnt worry and that I should be grateful becuase I havn't been sick but everyones been telling me that being sick is a good thing, does anyone have a similar experience to share as far as being diagnosed with low thyroid levels with pregnancy or not have any symptoms at all??

    • ANSWER:

  22. QUESTION:
    Is it normal to have a growth spurt at 24 years of age?
    I started having a lot of pain in my ligaments, muscles, and bones after I had some sort of viral infection. This pain was on going for a long time so I went to see the doctor who did some blood tests. The results were that I had a ridiculously high number of normal red blood cells and a high ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate, which measures inflammation). All my hormone levels were normal, with the exception of an extremely high level of testosterone and DHT. No I do not do steroids. Despite my not eating almost at all I my muscles started to grow like crazy (I have stretch marks from growth and increased weight gain). My bodyfat has gone down to extremely low levels (almost dangerously). I also started to grow again which was confirmed each visit by my doctor who is baffled at what is happening (I have grown over 1 inch in 3 months. I have to do more blood tests now. They have ruled out anything systemic and they have also ruled out cancer of the pituitary gland, thyroid or any other cancer.What could this be?
    I also want to note since someone said people hit puberty later that:
    -I have had a thick beard since around 16 years of age
    -I was muscular before the growth started (15 inch arms and 24 inch legs before. After: 16.5 inch arms, 25 inch legs)
    -I had a deep voice by 13
    -I had stopped growing at 18 until now of course
    - I had crazy acne before (which is gone now and hasn't returned despite high testosterone and DHT)
    - This is making me tired all the time and I stopped working out a week before this started to happen
    -I also stopped all my supplements prior to this

    • ANSWER:
      at age of 25, i 'suddenly' filled out
      gained a bunch of pounds
      grew a chest, legs filled out
      lots of stuff
      so no worries about you

      ©©©

  23. QUESTION:
    Does anybody have hypothyroidism? or know enough about it? PLEASE read if you do :( ?
    Sorry this is alot to read but i really would like somebody who knows about this to help me :(

    I am almost positive i have it, but i think my doctor is just blowing it off as high blood pressure. Because symptoms of high blood pressure can mimic a few of hypothyroidism, the only thing is that High blood pressure is also a symptom of hypothyroidism..

    But i have alot more symptoms of hypothyroidism. Including feeling weak, sore, tired, confused, very dry skin. I could probably go on but it is really getting worse. When my daughter is in daycare i come home and sleep literally all day i need an alarm to wake me up. I have to drink like 3-4 cans of diet coke a day so i can be awake and able to take care of my daughter. I do feel fine sometimes but the majority i feel like crap. And I feel like if i didnt set an alarm i wouldnt wake up, it sucks because i go back to school on monday and i know it is going to be extremely hard with how bad i feel. I never felt like this until i was pregnant and after i had my daughter but it has been 3 months since she was born :(

    My moms boyfriend is a pediatrition and thinks my doctor is being an idiot and is trying to help me out, i am just trying to get all my test results from the doctor so he can see them. My doctor told me that one of my tests showed i had low thyroid levels and he said it was fine.. obviously it isnt. I am on high blood pressure medication which IS making my blood pressure go down, because it gets water out of my bloodstream to make the pressure go down, it is still above the normal blood pressure though, it probably averages about 125/185 which isnt bad but not as low as it should be. but i still feel like crap! i am going crazy i really wish somebody could help me figure out what to do to make myself feel better. I have already asked a few questions about this and got some answers that pretty much assured me this really is the problem i am dealing with.

    I just want to know what i can do to feel better in the meantime? Especially with starting school on monday. And i plan on seeing another doctor but i just dont have time right now i dont know what to do

    I dont expect to get alot of answers i am just hoping somebody will be able to help me out a little bit? i probably sound pathetic but i feel awful.

    Not to mention i am a pretty young mom so it is hard enough as it is, i do not need another thing like this added on top of it . I want to be healthy for my daughter, and for myself i just dont know what to do :(

    • ANSWER:
      If you have an under active thyroid, there is nothing you can do to feel better until you are diagnosed and being treated. That silly little gland helps regulate just about every system in your body, and the only treatment for hypothyroidism is replacement hormones. You should try to get daily exercise to help keep your metabolism from taking a complete nosedive, and make sure you're not dehydrated, which can cause/worsen those symptoms as well.

  24. QUESTION:
    Bilirubin High, Liver or thyroid problem?
    My doctor said my bilirubin is high but regular blood work & liver enzyme tests come out normal. I suffer from extreme tiredness at times, joint pain, irritability, & sometimes depression. I also have a strange problem with the Thyroid where my T3 & T4 levels are normal but my TSH is extremely low. They tell me it is Hyperthyroidism but I have all the symptoms of Hypothyroidism except the weight gain, I am actually very thin. Lastly I am European and have a history of anemia and feel my skin color is on the yellowish side. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      While I cannot give you a diagnosis, it would sound on the face of things that you may have a liver disorder of some kind or one of the anemias (hemolytic or pernicious). You might want to pursue this with a hepatologist.

  25. QUESTION:
    Constant Non-vertigo Dizziness?
    I am a 19 year old female. I have had 3 concussions within 6 months of each other two years ago. I had had constant migraines for a year after the last concussion. I have since then received a DHE infusion treatment for the migraines. I am now pain free for a year, but a constant non-vertigo dizziness with periods of debilitating light-headiness has decided to stick around. I have been given multiple sets of blood work including lupus, lyme, B-12 deficiency, CBC, and Thyroid. Blood work revealed an extremely low iron level, for which iron supplements were given and the levels are back to normal if not slightly higher. Still the dizziness persists. I have had multiple MRI scans to find out if the dizziness and pain was from the concussions and the only thing found was a small shadow in my left frontal lobe, which was determined to be normal and to have most likely been there for years. I have had a ECG and a halter monitor which showed nothing but my heart leaning a little farther to the left, but normal and non harmful. My blood pressure is normal as are my sugar levels. If anyone has any similar symptoms and has had success in finding out the cause or seeking a treatment please let me know. I am not a sophomore in college and am transferring closer to home because of doctors appointments. My next step is acupuncture, but I am not really hopeful at this point.

    Thanks
    I have seen an ENT specialist twice as well, all is well in that department. I have seen a vestibular therapist who has not been able to shed any light on this nor give me suggestions. I have been cleared of any anxiety and panic disorders by a psychologist, who was quite confused as to why I was there at first. I have been on a plane three times since the accidents and they have not seemed to make this dizziness worse during or after. Medications have not worked.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Sloan,

      I am an acupuncturist.

      I have had a patient who experienced similar dizziness (not from an accident) and was found to be experiencing this somewhat rare disorder called, Mal de debarquement syndrome. It doesn't typically come on from an accident. However this patient had terrible migraines before the dizziness as well. It may be worth just looking into just to see if there are any similarities.

      I wish you well and hope the acupuncture is helpful.

  26. QUESTION:
    Non vertigo dizziness. Help!?
    I am a 19 year old female. I have had 3 concussions within 6 months of each other two years ago. I had had constant migraines for a year after the last concussion. I have since then received a DHE infusion treatment for the migraines. I am now pain free for a year, but a constant non-vertigo dizziness with periods of debilitating light-headiness has decided to stick around. I have been given multiple sets of blood work including lupus, lyme, B-12 deficiency, CBC, and Thyroid. Blood work revealed an extremely low iron level, for which iron supplements were given and the levels are back to normal if not slightly higher. Still the dizziness persists. I have had multiple MRI scans to find out if the dizziness and pain was from the concussions and the only thing found was a small shadow in my left frontal lobe, which was determined to be normal and to have most likely been there for years. I have had a ECG and a halter monitor which showed nothing but my heart leaning a little farther to the left, but normal and non harmful. My blood pressure is normal as are my sugar levels. If anyone has any similar symptoms and has had success in finding out the cause or seeking a treatment please let me know. I am not a sophomore in college and am transferring closer to home because of doctors appointments. My next step is acupuncture, but I am not really hopeful at this point.
    I have seen an ENT specialist twice as well, all is well in that department. I have seen a vestibular therapist who has not been able to shed any light on this nor give me suggestions. I have been cleared of any anxiety and panic disorders by a psychologist, who was quite confused as to why I was there at first. I have been on a plane three times since the accidents and they have not seemed to make this dizziness worse during or after. Medications have not worked.

    It is NOT motion sickness. TRUST ME. None of those drugs work.

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:

  27. QUESTION:
    Can i rule this out with my anemia?
    my doctor said my iron levels were extremely low so i'm taking iron pills for 6 weeks and going back for more blood work. it's been 4 weeks so far and i feel no different. if anything, i feel MORE tired! i was just wondering, i've had my thyroid and lots of other organs checked.. so could there be anything wrong with my bone marrow? i'm a 20 yr old girl

    • ANSWER:
      There are very many causes for Anaemia ,here it can be enumerated.It does not seems Iron deficiency anaemia.
      Ask your Doc. for other reasons like Vit B12,Folic acid deficiency.
      If all other causes are ruled out then you will have to go for bone marrow aspiration cytology to know actual cause.

  28. QUESTION:
    Can someone help me with thyroid issues?
    Well around one month ago my doctor tested my thyroid levels as constantly suffering fatigue, depression etc. It came back with TSH of 0.01 (very low) and T3 was 11.1 (extremely high). It reflects hyperthyroidism which makes no sense as have no energy and struggle with my weight. Have been on Neomercazole for 3 weeks and feeling no different. Also taking Deralin as I have too much adrenaline to my heart and pulse over 100. Going for nuclear thyroid scan today but what else can I do to feel better? Also I am looking to join the gym. Will this effect my heart rate in a bad way?
    Just letting you know the doctor has just kept telling me to give the medication time to work but that is not much help for me when I am working two jobs and have to feel somewhat alive at both of them.

    • ANSWER:
      hyperthyroidism makes people tired as well esp in teh first stages of the diease are its an autoimmune problem.. aslo the deralin is a b blocker heart medication that has significant fatigue and tiredness as a common side effect

  29. QUESTION:
    Do I have and autoImmune problem? I have increasing fatigue and joint pain. but neg lupus and rheumatoid tests?
    I am 40 yrs old and over the past year or so have increasing severe fatigue, pain and aching in my back, neck, hips and shoulders. I now have about 10 "good" days out of each month. I also have been sick a lot, have had reoccurring shingles. I get hives out in the sun and burn in only a few minutes. And I get weird rashes on my body -usually down my back or my upper neck and chest area. I have low thyroid (but levels are in control with low dose of med) and occasional anemia. I am a healthy weight, healthy diet, and very active but now if I push myself too much with activity I get extremely nauseated. Rheumatoid and Lupus tests came back negative but my Igg (?) was low. Also a few weak positives. My doctor is trying to get me referred to a rheumatologist or immunologist but it has been months going through the hoops with poor medical insurance provider and still trying. Maybe a change in my diet could help if I knew what was wrong? I'm becoming more frustrated by the day.I have 4 months of nursing school left and have got to get better to make it through and finish! Any ideas whats wrong with me? Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      I am going to suggest two types of things that you may be eating that may be causing you problems.

      The first is gluten containing foods if you have developed celiac disease or a gluten intolerance. You can get tested for celiac disease by continuing to eat gluten found in wheat, rye and barley until you get tested with blood work and an endoscopy. Even if the tests are negative, go gluten free for 3 months to see if you have nonceliac gluten intolerance.

      The second type of foods are called nightshades which are tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, eggplant and a few others. They can cause joint pain and in some people, cause rashes, hives and other problems. You would have to quit eating them and see what happens.

      I see what you said about insurance providers so if you want an answer without testing, then you just go on a gluten free diet and see if you get better. After that go nightshade free if the problems persist.

      If the problems persist after the diet attempts, then you may need to see a team at a research hospital about the possibility of vasculitits or another autoimmune disease.

  30. QUESTION:
    Are there natural nonprescription alternatives to supplement hormone for thyroidectomy or thyroid surgery?
    I had a full thyroidectomy and am now taking levothyroxine hormone supplement. During the first few months after my surgery while my level of hormone was still being regulated I was doing well, sleeping well and was in a good mood. I had to keep having my level increased and when I got up to 2.0 strength I felt like I was wide awake in the middle of the night and couldn’t get to sleep until extremely late. I also became much more irritable as if I had a hormonal imbalance. This time after my blood test my doctor said my level was right, but I feel so much worse. I was wondering if there was something I could do, like go to a lower level and then try to do something in my diet to make up the difference. I also hear that some people respond better to the armour thyroid medicine? Does anyone know anything about these things? Thank you so much.

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathic Treatments for Thyroid Disorders, (Thyrotoxicosis:- The state produced by excessive quantities of endogenous or exogenous thyroid hormone, and for, Hypothyroidism :- Thyroid gland synthesize, store and secrete two hormones - Thyroxine and tri-iodo thyroxine; iodine is an essential constituent of these hormones. The decreased function of thyroid gland is called Hypothyroidism. The main symptoms are Oedema, weight gain and thickening of skin and mental derangements, it is more common in ladies during the age of 30 to 50 years.

      Thyrotoxicosis :-

      Though eats well but losses weight Iodium 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Eats well but losses weight; worse after a shock or grief Natrum Mur 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Intercurrent remedy Thyroidinum 200 or 1M, 4 hourly.
      ______________________________...

      Hypothyroidism :-

      Lack of self confidence; absent minded; easily offended; loss of memmory; feels better after eating Anacardium Or 30 or 200, 6 hourly

      Shy; childish behaviour; aversion to strangers; chilly patient Baryta Carb 200 or 1M, once weekly (3 Doses)

      History of abortions; weight gain; oedema of extremities and face Pyrogenium 200 or 1M, once weekly (3 Doses)

      In chronic cases; as an intercurrent remedy Tuberculinum Koch 1M, once fortnightly (3 Doses)

      In unmarried persons; forced to celibacy; old bachelors and maids Conium Mac 200 or 1M, once weekly (3 Doses)

      Melancholy, irritabilty and restlessness; desires sweets, cannot stand opposition Thyroidin 3X or 30, 4 hourly

      With restlessness; eats well yet emaciates Iodium 30, 4 hourly

      Fear of darkness and thunderstroms; delicate, anaemic patients, craves for cold and salt preparations Phosphorus 200, once weekly (3 Doses) .

      For hot patients; sweats easily; worse in warm damp weather. Better from any motion, exercise and at sea Bromium 30, once weekly (6 Doses).

      Take the remedy which is similar to your symptoms. No side effects or complications if taken as directed, please do not exceed the given dosage and under any circumstances do not try to mix any remedies and avoid Chocolates, Mints, Coffee, Red Meat, Alcoholic and Carbonated drinks, Spicy Rich Food while taking any Homeopathic remedies, and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat strong smells and perfumes and do not store them in the fridge.

      Curing without any side effects or Complications Thats the Beauty of Homeopathic Medicine.

      Take Care and God Bless You !

  31. QUESTION:
    Adderall and hypothyroidism?
    Why/how does adderall cause hypothyroidism? My blood test results showed up and i have an extremely low TSH level. My medications don't work because my thyroid has problems.

    What should I do, what should I eat, and what should I know about this to treat it? I really don't want to stop my meds yet.

    • ANSWER:
      Well TSH, thyroid stimulating hormone, is released by the hypothalamus in the brain. As adderLl is a psycho stimulant, it could be that it is interfering with the release of TSH from the hypothalamus, resulting in a lack of stimulation to the thyroid, and hypothyroidism.

  32. QUESTION:
    pro bbt charters??? anwhere? :D 10 pts to best answer?
    Does my chart look normal to you. I had a miscarriage in February and have been charting since then and have noticed my temps are extremely low. So low that I had to override and set my date of ovulation. I am sure I ovulated on the date I set it to and I seem to have low post ovulation temps. I'm getting my progesterone levels checked today and my thyroid levels on monday, i hope if im pregnant that monday will be soon enough to recieve meds.

    Here is my chart. Tell me what you think.

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    • ANSWER:
      Im having trouble opening it.. can you repost the link?

  33. QUESTION:
    Synthroid?
    I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's about 5 years ago. During this time I have had several bouts of thyroiditis, leaving me constantly fluctuating between hyper and hypo states. I had a particularly bad bout of thyroiditis in May, and, after having my levels checked several weeks ago, I was found to now have an extremely underactive thyroid (low T4, TSH of 114). My endo started me on 75mcg synthroid a week ago. I haven't had any ill effects from it, nor have I really noticed any major improvements, but I know I won't see changes for at least a couple weeks/until my levels are regulated. I am thankful to finally have started on meds to get this under control, but I'm wondering what others' experiences with synthroid are? My endo already warned me I might experience some hair loss and puffiness. However I've read a lot of people complaining of weight gain with the drug, which, as a biologist, makes zero sense to me. Anyone out there on synthroid, what has your experience been?

    • ANSWER:
      I have been on Synthroid for a couple of years with no problems. Of course my thyroid doctor has had to readjust the mg dosage every year or so, depending on what my TSH reading is. I have never experienced hair loss or puffiness or really any symptoms from taking the Synthroid.

  34. QUESTION:
    Thyroidless and can't tolerate thyroid medication?
    I had my thyroid completely removed due to nodules, 11 years ago. At the time of the removal, I had been on birth control pills. I remained on them for 10 years. I took Synthroid, and never had a problem. I felt great! I got off the BC pills 2 years ago, and all of a sudden, I am unable to tolerate my synthroid. Especially after ovulation! I become extremely stimulated by it, and can only take 1/4 of the pill at a time. It seems to get better when I approach ovulation, when my hormone levels are the highest. My ability to tolerate my synthroid seems to follow my menstural cycle. And I ovulate every OTHER month. This causes me to constantly go from hypo to normal to hypo to normal. As I approach ovulation, I am able to take my entire correct dose of synthroid, and end up with a good TSH. However, then I ovulate and all of a sudden can't tolerate my thyroid pill for about 3-4 weeks after! So, this causes my TSH to go high. I've had my hormones tested and my estrogen and progesterone levels are always low. Do you think this is the reason why I'm unable to tolerate my synthroid- because of low hormone levels?? I have heard that having low estrogen causes one to be more sensitive to thyroid hormone. Anybody have any experience with this??

    • ANSWER:
      Your problem is outright because you are on one of the worst thyroid medications every invented: synthroid. It's a T4-only medication. And patients are not meant to live on T4 alone. A healthy thyroid produces T4, T3, T2, T1 and calcitonin. You are missing the other four hormones!

      Here's a page on the patient-to-patient website Stop the Thyroid Madness about T4-only and why they really suck: http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/t4-only-meds-dont-work

      And you may be having issues because the T4 is converting to too much RT3 in the presence of too much estrogen during ovulation.

  35. QUESTION:
    please put your thoughts on my Anemia? CBC test common or no?
    went to the doctors a couple months ago because im anemic and my iron levels were extremely low. i had blood work and she did a test for my thyroid and hemoglobin/iron. after taking iron for 6 weeks, my hemoglobin went up but my iron stayed the same. dr. said i wasnt absorbing it like i should. so i just went to an oncologist and he said the normal levels for iron (ferritin) are 100-200, mine is 5!! and he said my cells were very small? so he took more blood to check the iron again and do a CBC. my question is, is a CBC a common/general blood test or are they looking for something specific? what do you think my cause could be?

    • ANSWER:

  36. QUESTION:
    Is a CBC test a general thing? what do you think's my cause of anemia?
    went to the doctors a couple months ago because im anemic and my iron levels were extremely low. i had blood work and she did a test for my thyroid and hemoglobin/iron. after taking iron for 6 weeks, my hemoglobin went up but my iron stayed the same. dr. said i wasnt absorbing it like i should. so i just went to an oncologist and he said the normal levels for iron (ferritin) are 100-200, mine is 5!! so he took more blood to check the iron again and do a CBC. my question is, is a CBC a common/general blood test or are they looking for something specific? what do you think my cause could be?
    dr. also said my cells were very small?

    • ANSWER:
      A CBC is a very common test. It is a complete blood count. So it shows your red blood cell count, white blood cell count, ETC. If your oncologist is ordering the test, then he could be checking your counts to see if they indicate a cancer like leukemia that effects the blood and bone marrow. Hope everything goes well!

  37. QUESTION:
    Any advice: do I just have a really slow metabolism, or is something wrong?
    (I'm white--Welsh and English descent--and female, if you need any genetic info.)

    I was a little chubby when I was in my early-mid teenage years. But, probably only 5-10 pounds over. (I was about a size 8 or ten and fairly athletic.)

    But, my weight has significantly increased (50 lbs.) over the last few years. I'm 20 now and weigh 200 pounds. I just can't get my weight to go down.

    For example, I went hiking for three months--a tough experience--and I ate less than 1,000 calories a day. And I didn't lose a pound.

    I thought maybe I had Cushing's because I have weight mainly on my abdomen and thighs. My face is round and my cheeks are usually red.

    I told my doctor. She checked me and I have normal thyroid levels. I also did the 24 hour pee test--for Cushing's--but not only were my results negative for Cushing's, they were extremely low.

    I feel like just starving myself at this point, but I know it won't work.

    • ANSWER:
      I had the same symptoms like you. Only last week I was wondering why even thoug i exercice for 3 a day and only eat 1500 cal. A day still. In three months I only lost 5 lb.
      But finally made an apointment with my doctor and he did me some tests and found a condition that is keeping me from losing fat specially from the waist; I is hiperinsulinism or hiperinsulinemia. The insulin leves in the blood are so high that the body gets used to it and starts turning all sugars you eat into fats and keeps you from losing it. My doctor gave me meds and a more propper diet and I'm happy to tell you that in only 5 days, today I found out that I lost 2.8 lb!!!
      Perhaps you should ask your M.D. About it who knows maybe you have it too.

  38. QUESTION:
    Question about my "iron-deficiency anemia"?
    my doctor said my iron levels were extremely low so i'm taking iron pills for 6 weeks and going back for more blood work. it's been 5 weeks now and i feel like i'm even MORE tired than before! is this possible? she said that if my iron levels weren't up next time then we'd "see what's going on"...i guess my question is, if my iron isn't up, what could it be? i've had my thyroid and most of my major organs checked before so i don't even know.. any ideas? i'm a 20 yr old girl

    *i also have random joint pain all over (not serious), weakness, headaches, trouble concentrating, constant fatigue, shortness of breath, dizzy/lightheaded

    • ANSWER:
      Hmm, maybe even the pills aren't enough? Try eating bran flakes which are packed full with iron, chickpeas, and spinach(along with vitamin c to help absorb the iron) is great!

  39. QUESTION:
    Taking iron for my Anemia but it doesn't seem to be working?
    my iron levels were extremely low so i'm taking iron pills for 6 weeks and going back for more blood work. it's been 5 weeks now and my symptoms are just continuing to grow as if the medicines doing absolutely nothing. is this possible? doctor said that if my iron levels weren't up next time then we'd "see what's going on"...i guess my question is, if my iron isn't up, what could it be? i've had my thyroid and most of my major organs checked before so i don't even know.. any ideas? i'm a 20 yr old girl

    *i have every symptom of anemia but the main ones that are getting worse are the fatigue, weakness, and lack of concentration
    *also, i am tired around the clock no matter how many hours i do or don't sleep.. i fear that i might be starting to sleep too much

    • ANSWER:
      Some thing may interfere with the absorption of iron. You may be taking sufficint iron, but if you're unwittingly taking or ingesting something that inhibits the iron's absorption it's all for naught. Look up what may interfere with iron absorption. I also recommend drinking grape juice. It strengthens the heart muscles and helps get the oxygen to your brain so you don't feel like you're about to keel over.
      Also eating red meat. It's a good source of iron and it gets into your bloodstream fast. Dark leafy greens are also a good source of iron, but the iron takes longer to be absorbed in the body than through meat. These were examples listed as 'inhibitors' . I think I saw prilosec may interfere. This just means don't take your iron supplements at the same time as these. Put a several hours in between and this is by no means a 'serious' list as I just grabbed it randomly off the internet:
      Red Wine, Coffee & Tea
      Vegetables: Spinach, chard, beet greens, rhubarb and sweet potato
      Whole grains and bran
      Soy products

  40. QUESTION:
    Are my nipples normal? Am I normal?
    My whole life my nipples have been big, lightly coloured, very soft, and pointing inward. People have said I have "fat people nipples" or "girl nipples". I am not fat, and I am not a girl. Some have said it may be caused by an extremely low testosterone level? Is that true? I'm 13 and I've always been made fun of for them. My mom has a thyroid problem and is "fat". Is that problem hereditary and are my nipple preparing for what I may possibly become?

    • ANSWER:
      Nothing you can do but keep them in wraps

  41. QUESTION:
    Why didnt the iron work? Am i sleeping way too much?
    i am anemic, my dr. said my iron levels were extremely low. i've taken iron pills for the last 6 weeks and go tomorrow for more blood work to check up on it. i feel as if they've done nothing because my symptoms have only gotten worse. mainly the fatigue. i've been averaging around 14 hours of sleep at a time and when im not sleeping, i wish i was. i've had my thyroid and most major organs checked. so what do you think of this? what could be the next step? (im a 20 yr old girl)

    • ANSWER:
      As crazy as it might sound, you might be sleeping too much. Sleeping 14 hours a day throws off your sleep cycle. You should try and sleep no more than 8 hours a day, give or take an hour. Try working out during the day. It will give you a boost of energy. I know you think you are too tired to work out but it doesn't have to be strenuous. Something just like water walking or walking around the track will help get you energized.

      You might also want to look into getting a sleep test. You could have sleep apnea. Contrary to what some people say, you don't need to be overweight or obese to have it and if you are tired ALL day, that could be a reason. The test is fairly simple. You go to a sleep lab. They have you fall asleep and they monitor how many times you stop breathing while you are asleep. Then they have you sleep with a CPAP (a breathing machine of sorts) and then they look at the results. If you have sleep apnea, you can get a CPAP. Trust me, it makes a world of difference. You will go from barely functioning to living the life you should be living.
      So, that is something you might want to discuss with your doctor especially if nothing else seems to be making sense.

      Hope you get better.

      Dena

  42. QUESTION:
    Thyroid: normal TSH, high T4?
    So I took a full thyroid test (except i have not received results from my T3 test) because a year ago I had low TSH levels. This time I took the test at about noon, and my results are:: TSH is in the normal levels (0.980) and my T4 Thyroxine results were high (12.5). So I am going to an endo doctor soon, but I have a question to ask here: do these results indicate hyperthyroidism even if the TSH is normal. I have moderate acne, suffered depression, nervousness, and have extremely cold feet and hands.

    • ANSWER:
      Total T4 is an outdated test. Request them done again and the following tests (TSH, Free T3 and Free T4). If the Free's are elevated but the TSH is normal, then you have subclinical hyperthyroidism. Make sure you get these tested in the morning as they are more accurate then.

  43. QUESTION:
    Extremely fatigued....what is causing this?
    I'm extremely tired 24/7.
    I get more then enough sleep and eat well.
    I have barely any energy.

    I've seen acouple doctors that always seem to think I need to see a psychiatrist.
    I'm not crazy, something is wrong with me and all I want is for it to go away!

    I've been sick for 5 years with no diagnoses.

    Fatigue is my most serious symptom...it's ruining my life.
    My other symptoms are:
    Dizziness
    Shortness of breath
    Chronic runny nose / Sneezing
    Really dark sunken in circles around eyes
    Wounds that dont heal well (Small cuts leave scars and take forever to heal)
    Intestinal gas
    Constipation/Diarrhea
    Purple toes
    Tingling in feet
    Thick sticky saliva
    Nausea

    I've been tested for Lupus, Thyroid issues, Adrenal gland issues, Vitamin deficiencies, Celiac, Diabetes..
    All the doctors have found is:
    Ovarian cyst, Gallbladder polyp, low-normal iron levels, and high testosterone.

    It clearly isn't something common, but it's SOMETHING
    I just wish someone could help me figure out what is causing all of this..

    any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      Rather than one problem, it sounds as though you have a combination of problems going on here.

      Dizziness, fatigue, shortness of breath and nausea can be signs of iron deficiency anaemia.

      The most usual cause of thick sticky saliva is dry mouth which can be caused by many things including medication used to treat depression and anxiety, pain, allergies (antihistamines and decongestants) and diarrhoea.

      Chronic runny nose and sneezing sounds like an allergic rhinitis, which can also cause dark circles under the eyes. Try to keep a diary of when it is worse and eliminate the cause. Both my daughter in law and I developed this, and we identified that it happened when we went into the bathroom. She had bought a new type of toilet paper!

      Slow healing wounds can be a result of lack of vitamin C, which is also essential for absorbing iron.

      There are several causes of purple toes, but all have associated symptoms which you do not display. A deficiency of Vitamin B12 can cause tingling in the feet, and the colour change may be due to lack of oxygen in the issues because of low iron. Vitamin B12 deficiency is also associated with anaemia

      Alternating diarrhoea and constipation and excess gas could be a symptom of irriatble bowel syndrome, but could eqaully well be a function of your diet.

      Suggestions:

      ANAEMIA AND VITAMIN DEFICIENCY:

      Make sure your diet has suffient B12, iron and vitamin C. If necessary, take a propritary multi-vitamin tablet as directed on the bottle.

      DRY MOUTH:
      Check any medications you are taking to see if they may be the cause. Drink plenty of fluids, snack on high-juice fruits such as oranges, pineapple etc (also full of Vit.C and chew gum to stimulate saliva

      ALLERGIC RHINITIS:

      Keep a record of when and it is worst and try to identify and eliminate the cause. Try not to take anti-allery medications, as these could be causing some other symptoms.

      If you can sort out a few of these issues, it may help focus on the real problem, if indeed there is a major problem

      Good luck.

  44. QUESTION:
    what type of hormonal issue would this be?
    i've been to so many different doctors, had blood work done innumerable times, ultrasounds, etc and no one seems to be able to provide a legitimate answer and solution. i've had a period since i've been about 11 or 12, and it was never normal. always for about two weeks if not more, extremely heavy, and a few times a year rather than once a month. it's never come at a specific time, always random (up to this day.) when i was around 14, i got a period for a month or two, extremely heavy, which drained so much blood that i was anemic for a short period of time due to low iron levels. the exhaustion appeared to parallel what friends would explain mono as (which i've also been tested for, it is not mono.) that was the main sign something was wrong and has occurred since. (also the main reason i decided to inquire.) they put me on a strong pill (a birth control pill, but a strong one not normally prescribed, don't remember the name.) and it was corrected, well, in the sense that it went how it did prior. as i got a few years older, it seemed to occur again similarly. they put me on a generic bc pill and kept attempting to patch up the issue. a gyn claimed my thyroid levels were slightly off, so slightly, to the point where it wouldn't effect anything. they also claimed i had polycystic ovary syndrome, but again, that it was so minor that there was really nothing to do about it. there were also no cysts, as proved on multiple ultrasounds. doctors have recently just been trying to patch it with different pills and methods. my current gyn wants to take me off the pill entirely and see how that works - a method that before proved to be even worse and make the bleeding heavy and more or less constant, and i don't want to go through all that just for my new gyn (old one retired) to more or less experiment. i'm currently on yaz and taking it constantly and once more reached a period of more or less constant bleeding for two months. it's quite light, but along with this, comes the extreme exhaustion, constant headaches, along with random aches, occasion stomach cramps, odd eating habits, bad skin, and extreme (and entirely random) anxiety caused over nothing particular. i'm not sure if this would play a part, but within the past year or two, i never seem to get a period unless an event is coming up, literally. the only time i got a period was a day before or after leaving for vacation, a day or on a holiday, etc. my last period started on my birthday and hasn't stopped since. i'm not sure if anything could actually cause such. it's been a huge burden on my life since starting a period and i've been to doctor upon doctor, primary physicians, emergency rooms, gyn's, etc. most can explain that something appeared off, but haven't a clue what to do for me. others write it off as hypochondria. does anyone have any advice, as i'm going back to another doctor which will likely be pointless. i've also researched this to little avail of my own. as much information as you could give would be helpful.

    • ANSWER:
      If you have PCOS that is the hormonal issue. You listed symptoms of it!!
      It's not easily diagnosed and those that know very little about it can not help you!
      You need to see an endocrinologist as OB/GYNs are not educated about PCOS, or find an OB/GYN that is educated in it.

      What tests have they ran?

      I have PCOS but no cysts. You can have it and have no cysts!
      here are my symptoms-
      Absent period/Heavy Bleeding - When I do get my period it will last from 30 days up to over 2 years!
      Oily Skin
      BAD Acne
      Overweight/Hard time losing weight
      Oily Hair/Dandruff
      Skin Tags
      Exhausted all the time
      Constant Migraines
      Anxiety/Depression

  45. QUESTION:
    In desperate need of help with my Hypochondria/Agoraphobia?
    I've been a hypochondriac since I was a little girl, I'm talking as far back as I can remember. 4 or so. I was scared of the "tummy bug" and would cry all hours of the night in total PANIC. It was awful, through the years ( I'm now 18 ) it's escalated to an extreme. I've had CT scans, numerous EKG'S, EEG'S, blood/thyroid level checked, everything is fine but I still feel like something is terribly wrong and I can't shake it.
    Lately, I am dealing with extreme agoraphobia. I will not and cannot leave the house without having a terrible meltdown because I'm scared of fainting. I fainted once 3 years ago due to extremely low blood pressure ( probably from not doing shit ) and since then I've been so scared. I have good and bad times and this time it is WORSE than ever. I feel woozy like I'll faint even just thinking about leaving. I even take Valium daily but not much has helped besides taking the edge of things.
    I just feel like I'm at a breaking point with no one to turn to, especially because I'm scared to leave I can't even see a DR.
    Does anyone here suffer from this or something similar? I feel so alone and depressed with no one even talk to besides my boyfriend who is getting sicker of me by the day.
    If so, please give me some insight, tips, what helped you overcome this, or email me @ MissJennayee@aol.com
    Thank you soo much.

    • ANSWER:
      From the time that I was a little girl, I've been a hypochondriac. I used to make my mom take me to the E.R. and give me lice checks. I used to be terrible afraid of chemicals like glass cleaner because I thought that they'd kill me. One day I was laying in my bed, totally freaked out about something or the other. And then I made a promise to myself. I told myself that I'd get through the night, if that only. Then I kept doing that until the holidays approached. I told myself I'd live till Thanksgiving, then Christmas, and so on and so on until I didn't have to anymore. I just knew. Granted, I'm still afraid, sometimes, but it really helped, now I'm not so freaked out.

  46. QUESTION:
    Vegan, anemic, and apparently having liver issues. Diet advice please?
    I have been vegan for a little over 6 months but started suffering from sharp chest pains and very low energy (I have a thyroid problem as well). Lab tests show I am anemic, low white blood cell count, extremely low ferritin, and very high AST levels. I was considering adding some animal products back into my diet. I would like to stay vegetarian and only have eggs and yogurts but I know the health benefits of both have been disputed. Any advice?
    I am gluten free as well, but my vegan diet was almost exclusively whole foods (beans, nuts, leafy greens, fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats like olive oil). I rarely ate breads or any sort of processed vegan foods, if that helps anyone :)

    • ANSWER:

  47. QUESTION:
    T3 is low, Free T4 and TSH are normal - should I be on T3 replacement Rx?
    I have been feeling unwell for over a year. I'm extremely fatigued, my body aches, I have concentration/memory problems, and feel feverish then freezing, among other symptoms. The doctors had thrown around several possibilities, including fibromyalgia, mono, lupus, and arthritis.
    Yesterday my doctor ordered several blood tests, including a thyroid panel.
    It came back with all as fine, except my T3, which was low. Here are the thyroid test results:

    T3 value - 62 (normal range 87-167 ng/dL)
    Free T4 value - 0.76 (normal range 0.6-1.6 ng/dL)
    TSH value - 0.97 (normal range 0.34-4.82 uIU/mL)

    My doc put me on synthetic T3 medication, which I started today.
    My question is - how is it that I have hypothyroidism, with normal T4 and TSH levels? From what I've read, T3, T4 and TSH all go hand in hand. Only my T3 is low.

    The diagnosis came from my general practitioner. Should I perhaps see an endocrinologist for a second opinion?
    I've been feeling unwell for quite some time, so I'd really like to make sure I have the right diagnosis, before I put medication in my body for potentially the wrong illness.

    Any insight would be greatly appreciated, as I'm entirely new to how the thyroid and related disorders work. Everything I've read thus far has provided conflicting information.

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I had the same problem and saw an endocrinologist, who then referred me to a rheumatologist. I was diagnosed with lupus with (hyper) thyroid involvement. Hope that helps and hang in there!

  48. QUESTION:
    When I wake up in the morning...?
    For the past several years, I have noticed this:

    When waking up in the morning, I notice that my body tingles...I feel light-headed...dizzy...woozy...off-balance..."out-of-body"... it's odd. When I walk to the bathroom or begin getting ready for work, it takes me a good bit to "get-with-it"... My breathing is very shallow...I see discoloration around my eye-sight..I tremble.

    It does not occur every morning... just every so many days.

    I have had loads of blood work... nothing interesting.

    I am taking Thyroid medication...low doses...my levels are slightly off, but nothing extremely serious.

    I do not drink alcohol.
    I do not smoke.
    I do not take drugs... minus my thyroid meds, birth control and asthma inhalers.
    *I don't take ILLEGAL drugs...I should say.

    I know I have carpel tunnel...so the tingling in my hands is pretty normal.

    Do you experience this?
    What could it be?
    Anything?

    • ANSWER:
      The tingling you are experiencing is caused by a spirit. They typically are involved with people when they sleep, or are about to sleep, as this is when the subconscious (ones own soul) is most active.

      You can confirm this spirit's existence by using your own telepathic abilities (thought), to speak with it. Start by thinking (you need not say the words), "hello, are you there?" You will hear the response in your mind as if you thought it. You may then communicate with it at will.

  49. QUESTION:
    Too much hormone and miscarriage?
    I have been to several doctors for severe fatigue and anxiety. My GP tested my hormone levels and said that they were fine. My aunt gave me her GP's # and said that she focuses on hormones. After lots of blood work and a saliva test, she said that I was considered in the normal range but she diagnosed me with hypothyroidism and prescribed me 210 mg of Armour thyroid. My progesterone was extremely low (according to saliva test) so she prescribed 100 mg of natural progestone capsule. After 7 months of taking hormone and TTC, I got pregnant. But had a blighted ovum at 5 weeks and then a D&C. I have done lots of research and saw where too much and too little hormone can cause miscarriages. Could taking the Armour thyroid meds be giving me too much hormone? Has this ever happened to anyone else? I just wonder since they said that they are just treating my symptoms and my levels seem to be in the normal range. Any advice will help!!! I am stressing!!!

    • ANSWER:
      The Thyroid and the progesterone issues are two different things. The Thyroid issue relates to the balancing of iodine salts which is why you take it every day. The progesterone should only be taken in the second part of your cycle and that's what help sustain pregnancy.

      However, I suspect that neither of them have anything to do with the blighted ovum -- sometimes these things just happen. Your best idea is to go back to the doctor to talk about dosage if you feel that you're taking the wrong amount of either.

  50. QUESTION:
    I take a thyroid pill for over 2 years, lately I have been very anxious?
    I am a nurse and I draw blood, all of a sudden I have become vvery anxious about drawing blood and I dont know if it is related to taking thyroid medication. I think I want to stop taking it to see if my anxiety decreases, but I have read that too low of a level can also cause palpatations and anxiety.This anxiety only manifests when drawing blood. It could also be related to a patient that got very upset with me 4 weeks ago after I drew his blood, I dont know if he has caused me to be apprehensive about drawing blood. FYI-- I have drawn blood for over 18 years and I am considered one of the best in my agency, but all of sudden I have become extremely anxious. the last 3 patients I was a wreck. Please help, is the thyroid medication or did that patient cause some sort of psych damage.

    • ANSWER:


Famous People With Hypothyroidism

Applying self tanner on the body is a fairly easy process once you've done it a couple of times, but it's always been difficult to know how best to apply it to the back of your hands. After all, you don't want pale hands looking out of place compared with the rest of your body. There are actually a couple of very easy ways to apply self tan to the backs of hands to finish off your tan and make it look flawless.

The simplest way is to use a self tanning mitt. Use the mitt initially to apply the self tan all over the body. The mitt will hold a certain amount of the self tan lotion within the sponge- enough so that after you've finished applying tan to your body you'll have enough left in it to brush over the backs of your hands and give them a nice light natural looking colour without any streaks. Be careful on the dry areas (such as the knuckles) that you don't apply too much pressure as by doing so may mean too much tan is absorbed resulting in too dark a tan developing in these areas alone.

If you don't have a self tanning mitt, try putting a small amount of self tanner on the back on one of your hands, then gently rub the backs of both hands together in circular motions watching that the lotion absorbs evenly and covers all the desired places.

These methods will help ensure your hands develop the same colour as the rest of your body and you have a natural-looking all-over tan.

Famous Dave

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Why am I so scared of dying?
    In previous questions, I said how my friend was moving and she's out of control, guys,etc. Well, I'm kinda scared for myself now. I have this bump on my arm and it's growing. I have hypothyroidism, and there's a bump on my neck from it. I'm just like fucking scared of this "thing" like killing me with cancer or something. Whenever I push down on it, it's like something is underneath it. My mom who I'm not biologically related to had breast cancer before I was born. She said she'll take me to her oncologist in February which is her next appointment. I asked her before and she said she'd ask the doctor about it (it was small then, wasn't raised really on my skin). He said it was unlikely it was anything, but I'm known to have odd things happen to me. I'm only 12, not many people know about the "tumor" and I'm in 8th grade. I'm so afraid of dying! I want to do so much (I want to be an endocrinologist/medical researcher/singer or famous somehow or another when I grow up) and I don't want to die. I mean, sure I'd like to know who would care cause there are some pretty heartless people in my school that would laugh (they need to dieeeeeeee!)

    • ANSWER:
      at your age death should not be on your mind, there are so many simple things a lump can be, a cyst for example.your 12 years old the only thing you should be worrying about is clothes and boys, by calling it a tumour your only scaring yourself, if your parents thought it was something to worry about they would have you to the doc so fast your head would spin, stop worrying


Enlarged Thyroid Treatment

Thyroid dysfunction may be defined as the malfunctioning of the thyroid gland. A thyroid gland malfunction is in terms of secretion of the thyroid hormone. As a result, it can over produce the hormone or under produce the hormone. Over production may be called as hyper thyroidism and under production is termed medically as hypothyroidism.

As we all know, iodine is required for the production of the thyroid hormone and any kind of imbalance in the dietary supplementation of iodine hampers the thyroid hormone secretion. But did you know another fact that there are some substances that inhibit the thyroid hormone production. These substances are called as the goitrogens. The normal source of goitrogens is the food itself. There are some foods that are rich in goitrogens and consumption of these foods can result in thyroid gland dysfunctioning.

The goitrogens hampers the thyroid hormone secretion by actively competing in the uptake of iodine molecule in the blood by the thyroid gland cells. Finally as a result, since iodine absorption is disrupted, the hormone secretion is also affected.

Interestingly the mane goitrogen came to existence from the word goitre. Goitre is the enlargement of the thyroid gland due to excessive thyroid hormone secretion. They get enlarged and can be easily visible as a small lump under the neck region. They are approximately 3 cms in diameter lying towards both the sides extensively.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Why would my enlarged thyroid or goiter shrink in size without any treatment?

    • ANSWER:
      iodine niggaa

  2. QUESTION:
    Will Synthroid Shrink My Thyroid So It's Not Enlarged? Or Will It Stay The Same Size?
    I have an enlarged thyroid and someone told me that Synthroid was the treatment for an enlarged thyroid, but will my thyroid stay the same size, or shrink?

    • ANSWER:
      An enlarged thyroid often points to Hashimotos disease, which is very common and is an autoimmune attack on your thyroid. Read this page from the patient-to-patient website Stop the Thyroid Madness and see if it fits you: http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/hashimotos You'll need the two antibodies labs done to confirm it. And yes, being on a thyroid med will help shrink it, because by shrinking it, you are stopping the attack.

      And understand that though doctors have a love affair with Synthroid or any other T4-only thyroxine medication like it, that does not mean it's the best treatment. It's definitely not. Read this page about how lousy those medications are: http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/t4-only-meds-dont-work

      And here's a page on what medication patients all over the world find is doing a far better job: http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/natural-thyroid-101

  3. QUESTION:
    What is the treatment for thyroid cancer?
    I have enlarged nodules and am wondering about treatment for thyroid cancer, if in fact I do have cancer. I have enlarged nodules on my left and right side.

    • ANSWER:
      You have a 95% chance of NOT having thyroid cancer. The treatment for thyroid cancer varies depending on the type and stage. The most common types of thyroid cancer (Papillary and Follicular) always have a surgical removal of the thyroid and (sometimes) follow up treatment of Radioactive Iodine (I-131) to destroy any remaining thyroid tissue. Levothyroxine is needed for life since a total thyroidectomy results in one not being able to produce thyroid stimulating hormone. Try not to worry, good luck with everything! http://thyca.org

  4. QUESTION:
    . Jane lives in Appalachia and suffers from hypothyroidism. Her thyroid gland is enlarged, her body temperatur?
    . Jane lives in Appalachia and suffers from hypothyroidism. Her thyroid gland is enlarged, her body temperature is low, and her hair and skin look brittle and dry. Blood tests show very low levels of circulating iodine, T3, and T4, but high levels of TSH. What is your diagnosis? Why did this occur? What treatment would you recommend?

    • ANSWER:
      Iodine deficiency....
      Her Thyroid Stimulating Hormone is good, her thyroid gland is working hard, hence it is enlarged; but it doesn't have the necessary raw materials.
      She lives far from the ocean, so it would be easy to lack iodine in the diet.
      Treatment: iodine supplementation.
      Once she gets better, iodized salt in the kitchen might be enough to keep her thyroid healthy.

  5. QUESTION:
    what are the signs or symptoms of an enlarged thyroid? what are the treatments?

    • ANSWER:
      I think you may be referring to low/high thyroid levels. I have given several links below to read & perhaps you can read through & understand the different thyroid symptoms & problems.
      Here is some information about myself, plus some symptoms since you seemed to be interested:
      I have low thyroid. I've had it for 10 years. I got it after I had my second child at about the age of 25. If you have low thyroid...here's a great question to answer: Can you see the floor of your house? That was what was asked of me at one point, and to my amazement, the answer was no!
      My signs are: messy house, no desire to do anything...go anywhere, spend time with my kids or my guy, sleep a lot, hard to keep my eyes open at times, HUGE weight gain that over the past years have not found an easy way to take off...so I give up a lot, I have terribly dry hair & don't wash it a lot so it stays strong, I have bumps on my face...not like pimples, but I think it's from dry skin, and perhaps some others that I can't remember at this time...that's another symptom--forgetfullness.
      Here are the "GENERAL" signs for most people: fatigue and lack of energy. Women suffering from underactive thyroid experience heavier menstrual periods. Sluggishness and forgetfulness are symptoms of underactive thyroid problem. Other symptoms of this thyroid disorder are dry skin and hair and constipation.
      If you have high thyroid, or an overactive one, the signs are: increased body metabolism. This is followed by weight loss and excessive warmth and sweating. Persons suffering from overactive thyroid experience trembling hands, irritability and rapid heartbeat or palpitations. Women with overactive thyroid or hyperthyroidism may experience shorter or lighter menstrual periods.
      I take medication, and sadly will have to take 1 pill everyday for the rest of my life. There's a blood check that they will do to see if you have low or high. I hope i've helped you!!

  6. QUESTION:
    What kind of treatment can I get for a Goiter when I am allergic to iodine and donot want surgery?
    OK... I was just (5 minutes ago) diagnosed with Goiter (enlarged thyroid). I have had the blood work and ultrasound so it is definitly the problem. I have read up on it when I was warned it may be problem but I cannot find anything about treatment for someone who is ALLERGIC to IODINE. I can have it in very small amounts (I can eat seafood a couple times a month spread out) but if I have large doses or even cook with it daily my throat swells, I get hives and have breathing difficulties. Once I passed out after I ate too much seafood and my airways were blocked because of the reaction and and I had to be admitted to the hospital because of it. I would prefer a natural remedy but I am open to all suggestions and information. Thank You.
    I was told by a nurse from the clinic I went to. I have no insurance at my job, so I have been refered to the local Charity Hospital Surgery Center and they can take a month or more to get back to me. I have a friend that used to work there and it is not the place I would want to be. They have been known to perform proceedures that were unnecessary.

    • ANSWER:
      I am a registered nurse, that knows of a natural supplment for thyroid disorder. It REALLY works. contact me angiecamz@triad.rr.com

  7. QUESTION:
    Which should I choose for thyroid treatment?
    Okay , I'm a 15 year old girl and about a year ago I began feeling very tired and just in a bad mood. I didn't really think too much about it but then I began to have VERY intense stomach aches and if I ate anything 10 minutes after eating I would have to go to the bathroom, sometimes I would just be in agony from the pain in my stomach. I got a appointment with my regular doctor and he diagnosed me with IBS (Irritable bowl Syndrome). He gave me medicine but it didn't help I tried dealing with it I missed a lot of school because of it and I began losing weight I went to the ER and had test done and they didn't ever tell me what was wrong they didn't know while I was in the ER they noticed my heart rate was very very high and almost admitted me but I just stayed in the ER over night and when they got my rate to go 120 they sent me home. My stomach pains randomly started to disappear but then I was having throat pain so I went to the doctors to get checked out when the doctor was feeling my neck she noticed that where my thyroid gland was it was very enlarged, she sent me over to the head and neck doctor and he took a look and recommend me to a endocrinologist. So me and my parents drove to the closet children endocrinologist to me which is about an hour away. I had blood tests done and she found out I had hyperthyroidism in January of this year 2011. She told me she thought it was caused by Graves' disease so I was put on medication trying to normalize my thyroid levels. The enlargement the first doctor felt was thought to be a goiter. I was taking my medication and my thyroid levels improved a little but not normalized during my summer vacation my neck began to hurt and I went to the ER the endocrinologist that was on call came in to check me out and he told me he thought I had hashimoto thyroiditis. They just sent me home and said nothing more about that. My endocrinologist just last week put in a order for me to get a thyroid scan to see what was causing my hyperthyroidism. I got the scan done and what is causing it is a nodule that is on my thyroid gland and it's making it produce to much of the hormones. I was concerned that it could be cancerous because cancer runs in my family my mother and grandmothers and there mothers all have had cancer but the endocrinologist said in most causes the nodules are not cancerous. They gave me two options to get ride of it radioactive iodine therapy or surgery. My uncle got his thyroid gland out as a kid. I have no idea what one I should get, i'm really hesitant to get the radioactive treatment because I don't want that messing up my body or having any future problems. The surgery option also just scares me because it is surgery. I'm only 15 and I don't know what the best option would be for me.

    • ANSWER:
      "They gave me two options to get ride of it radioactive iodine therapy or surgery. My uncle got his thyroid gland out as a kid. I have no idea what one I should get, i'm really hesitant to get the radioactive treatment because I don't want that messing up my body or having any future problems. The surgery option also just scares me because it is surgery. I'm only 15 and I don't know what the best option would be for me." WHOA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      If Hashi's is suspected, DO NOT LET THEM DO ANY OF THE 3 HYPer TREATMENTS UNTIL THEY FIND OUT!!!!! HypER from Hashi's is MUCH different than plain HypER. HypER from Hashi's is just a TEMPORARY hypER state....With Hashi's the body eventually goes hypO & stays. Going on Synthroid can cause the body to let the drug take over in regulating the amt of thyroid hormone that your body is producing, thus keeping you from going to the hypER cycle anymore.

      ALL THREE POSSBLE TREATMENTS FOR HYPER/GRAVES, IS AGAINST YOU IF IT IS HASHI'S w/ A TEMPORARY hypER CYCLE INSTEAD!!!

      READ THIS CAREFULLY:

      You need testing for thyroid ANTIBODIES as well as TSH. TSH ‘norm’ should be .3 – 3 (w/ most feeling best at < 2) but, for diagnosis, would not matter if ANTIBODIES are present. Indicative of Hashimoto’s Autoimmune Thyroiditis (CYCLES BETWEEN HYPER & HYPO AT START)…main cause of HypOthyroid & is worse (...OR Graves Disease - HypERthyroid).

      THERE ARE DIFFERENT ANTIBODIES ACCORDING TO WHETHER Hashis or Graves.

      WARNING: Doctors seem not to want to find/treat thyroid disease. You may have to go to more than one doctor before you get the right tests, interpretation, and treatment. Best wishes.

      Ck these:
      http://thyroid.about.com/bio/Mary-Shomon-350.htm
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/
      http://www.thyrophoenix.com/index.html
      http://thyroid.about.com/cs/newsinfo/l/blguidelines.htm

      God bless

  8. QUESTION:
    What is the best treatment for mild hyperthyroiism?
    According to blood work it is mild but it does need treatment because of symptoms. Extreme nervousness & anxiousness, insomnia, rapid heartbeat, heat intolerance, constant low grade fever.There are no nodules so I don't think surgery is an option. It may probably caused by a slightly enlarged thyroid or possibly graves disease.
    I have appointment with Dr. I'm just trying to do my research

    • ANSWER:

  9. QUESTION:
    I Have An Enlarged Thyroid, How Can I Treat It?
    A couple years ago my mom and dad noticed I had an Enlarged Thyroid and went to get tests to make sure nothing was wrong, everything came out A-OK, but I still noticed it everyday in the mirror and didn't think it look normal, so one day I decided to look up symptoms of an Enlarged Thyroid and noticed I had a lot of them, like: Feeling cold, heavier periods, irritability, trouble swallowing, fatigue and mental dullness (difficulty thinking/concentrating). My dad and I started talking about it today and he said maybe we could go see specialist about it, but told me to look up ways to treat it before we did, but I can't find a single site that explains any type of treatment for it. Help me out please?

    • ANSWER:
      Between your goiter, and your other symptoms, it sounds like you have hypothyroidism. The treatment is synthroid.

  10. QUESTION:
    I have an enlarged thyroid gland (goiter), would taking Synthroid be right for me?
    When I was a child, I got tests done on my thyroid functions and they came back saying I had tested positive for Hashimoto's antibodies. Ever since then every time I've seen a doctor they've pointed out that my thyroid glands feel very enlarged. Recently I've had problems with hypertension, anxiety, insomnia and depression and I was referred to an endocrinologist by my physician, he said my TSH, T3, T4 and all other hormone levels were normal and that I didn't have Hashimoto's thyroiditis or hypothyroidism, but he did say that if I wanted I could take Synthroid to try to decrease the size of my goiter. I'm unsure whether it will actually help my situation due to the fact that I've read some of the main side effects are anxiety and insomnia. I'm worried about the side effects of this drug and whether the benefits will outweigh the consequences for me. If anyone's used this drug for treatment of a goiter I'd really like to hear whether you'd suggest it or not. Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      curious that you exhibit the signs and symptoms of HYPERthyroidism but that your thyroid hormone levels have returned normal after testing. but even more curious is the fact that you are exhibiting HYPERthyroid symptoms at all: Hashimoto's thyroiditis (or, autoimmune thyroiditis) can sometimes manifest as hyper thyroid function in the very acute stage of inflammation (auto-immune antibodies attacking the thyroid and the thyroid releasing much of it's pre-made thyroid hormone) but once the indolent stage of the disease sets in it typically results in a HYPO thyroid state, that may or may not be accompanied by goiterous enlargement of the gland itself.

      unusual.

      Endocrinologists are pretty smart peeps so maybe give it a try. I'm not personally aware of Synthroid being able to shrink the thyroid gland itself.

      I do know that radioactive Iodine (either the costly I-123 or cheaper and more abundant I-131 radio-isotopes) can effectively shrink an enlarged thyroid, but the long term effect of this is almost always a hypo thyroid state (that is to say, after taking the radio active Iodine then you will need Synthroid for life in the future in order to stave off symptoms of having too little thyroid hormone). It's a very cheap treatment and comes in a pill form. You go visit the doctor and he gives you the radioactive pill to swallow, you go home, and he follows your thyroid levels for life and eventually places you on Synthroid medication to take for life.

      Surgical treatment of thyroid goiter is not ideal in most people, especially since it can be treated medically.

  11. QUESTION:
    What is thyroid ? What are the symptoms ? If untreated could it yield to enlarge of the heart or heart attack?
    Six years ago, I was diagnosed to have toxic thyroid. My doctor gave me medicine and when my thyroid is in normal level, my doctor recommend a radioactive treatment. But I never undergo a radioactive treatment. Just this afternoon, I happen to met a long highschool friend who is now a successful doctor. He told me to have a medical check up immediately because my heart might start to enlarge due to non treatment of thyroid. Is there any doctor out there who can share us ?

    • ANSWER:
      The thyroid is the gland found in front of your throat or trachea. It produces hormones that are necessary for metabolism of your body. Your thyroid can be hyperfunctioning (hyperthyroid) meaning it produces more than what is needed, hypofuntioning (hypothyroid) when it produces less than what hormon is needed or it can be euthyroid, it means you have enough. there is also a small gland located in the brain that stimulates or control your thyroid, so even if basically your thyroid is ok, if the pituitary gland is abnormal, it can cause your thyroid to either produce more or produce less hormones. The more hormones it produce, the larger the gland gets.
      You had toxic thyroid, it means thay you have a hyperfunctioning gland. the problem with this is that the hormones produced cause faster metabolism, therefore you can have increased heart rate, increase metabolism of the body so weight loss, poor tolerance to heat and cold, tremors, etc. eye problems can also manifest, like proptosis or protruberance of the eyeballs.
      You have to have your hormone levels check to see if its normal, whether you need supplements or anti-thyroid hormones. Your heart enlarges because the greater/faster metabolism exerts a higher toll in your body, increase HR, so the muscles in the heart are overdeveloped (just like when you do weight lifting, if you keep exercising the muscle, it grows bigger!)

  12. QUESTION:
    what is an enlarged thyroid, and what are the symptoms?
    Are there treatment options? what causes this condition I was just diagnosed!! Help Please!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Check Webmd for hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism for symptoms. Yes there are treatment options. Medication can control it if you are of child bearing age. A "radioactive cocktail" if you are passed that age. In some cases, such as my own, it needs to be removed. The important thing is to get an excellent endocrinologist (specializes in thyroid disease and diabetes, which are not related). Going to any other specialist or you family doctor would be taking a big chance, and the thyroid effects everything in your body, from skin, hair and fingernails to heart, fertility and mental/emotional condition. Good luck, don't be afraid, just educate yourself about the thyroid as much as you can. Become the expert!!

  13. QUESTION:
    THYROID test results *** need help understanding?
    I recently went in for a physical and due to an enlarged thyroid my doc suggested a thyroid ultrascan and a TSH blood test. The scan found some nodules in my thyroid and the blood test found my TSH levels to be high. (some websites say that it can be up to 5 and still be normal, but my test results said 0.34-2.50 UIU/mL were normal range) My result was 2.53. He explained that having a high TSH level means that my thyroid is producing the hormones but the nodules were more than likely blocking them from being released and that was the explanation for the high result (that's how I understood it at least) I do have an appointment this week to take a little pill and 24 hours later go in for another scan of the thyroid and to determine what needs to be done with the nodules. But here's my question...

    Are my health issues linked to this? Weight gain, ALWAYS tired, can't sleep at night, depressed and headaches.

    Will these go away after treatment?
    What are typical treatments for nodules?

    • ANSWER:
      A TSH of 2.53 could mean mild hypothyroidism or the enlarged thyroid could be causing sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is when your throat become obstructed or partially obstructed while you sleep. While hypothyroidism will cause tiredness and weight gain. Sleep apnea will cause tireness, will wake you from your sleep, and lead to headaches. Hypothyroidism also worsen sleep apnea, so it could be a combination of the two.

      I do not understand what the doctor meant by nodules block hormones release.

      I heard of cold nodules, nodules that do not produce hormones. They can find those with a radioactive iodine test.

      If the nodules are non-cancerous which is the more likely scenario, they may do nothing or if causing discomfort or you insist surgically removing the nodules. The also could try to kill nodules with a high dose of radioactive iodine.

      If cancerous the whole thyroid will be surgically removed. Radioactive iodine is the follow up to this.

      Treatment may include thyroid medication, which is actually thyroid hormone. If non-cancerous it will be a small dose, and in some case may shrink the nodules. If your thyroid is fully removed you will need thyroid medication also but a larger dose.

  14. QUESTION:
    my friend might have thyroid cancer !!?
    ok so i'm 20 and my friend is 21
    this semester we got kind of close and oh i have GAD which case me to worry too much
    do you believe that doctor suspected i had breast cancer and i worried LESS than when my sister was suspected the she might have BC as well ?? although my and my sister relationship is bad
    i don't know i worry about people ALOT and LESS about myself
    back to the topic today i was talking to this friend and she mentioned that she have thyroid problems and she did some medical tests and she is NOT have hyper- or hypo- thyrosim
    but i guess the doctor found something in her thyroid and she is given an oppt next month
    she said something like "they think it might be cancer bu i hope it's not" i got so worried and i have been thinking about it all day
    in a worst case scenario if she does have cancer
    what will happen ??? i looked up the symptoms she does not have an enlarged thyroid and she is otherwise healthy (21)

    if it was cancer (any type of thyroid cancer) what will be the treatment ??
    do you think it will be spread already ?? she had problems with thyroid for some years now

    • ANSWER:
      Obviously, the worst case scenario would be getting diagnosed with the worst type of thyroid cancer...Anaplastic, but you have a better chance of winning the lottery.

      If it does turn out to be cancer, then she will have a total thyriodectomy, and if it has spread to the lymph nodes (it's common, 50% of people have it and it doesn't decrease prognosis) she might have some removed, and possibly have Radioactive Iodine after (only for the two most common types of thyroid cancer, papillary and follicular) to kill remaining thyroid cells. She would need to be on Synthroid the rest of her life since she won't make any thyroid hormone anymore.

      At that age, the chances of being diagnosed with thyroid cancer are slim. I'm an odd ball out. I was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer July 2008 at 21. Honestly, try not to worry!! She has probably less than a 5% chance of it being cancer, and that's if she has noticeable indicators.

  15. QUESTION:
    what are the causes of hormone imbalances in women? Are there any ayurvedic treatment for this?
    can anyone explain to me the problems and precautions one should know about hormonal imbalance?the doctor said my thyroxine level is low normal and the thyroid gland is slightly enlarged.
    I have irregular menstrual cycle and put on a lot of weight. I found its very difficult to reduce weight. Please give me a solution for this problem.

    • ANSWER:
      Contact Ayurvedamana. Visit www.ayurvedamana.com

  16. QUESTION:
    Thyroid Help with TSH levels?
    Hi

    Just a question reguarding blood test results.
    In Nov 2009 doc noticed enlarged thyroid, did bloods TSH was 1.84

    Since then Ive been getting sicker and sicker, and my thyroid is swollen to 5cm. Had more bloods, TSH has now dropped to 0.76 T3 5.2 and T415.0

    I have every symptom of hyperthyroidism and family history of both. I also had an ultrasound the other day, awaiting results.

    Is it Normal for Thyroid levels to drop so much in a short amount of time? Because the labs here in NZ reguard them as being in Normal range still!

    Tho my mother is hypo and is on border and still reguarded as normal but receiving treatment and made her feel sooo much better. I'm thinking this maybe the case with.

    • ANSWER:

  17. QUESTION:
    Hyperthyroid/Graves Disease treatment options?
    I am 24 years old and have recently been diagnosed with this condition after starting to display symptoms of it three years ago. I discussed the treatment options with my doctor and while I know that I've got to do something about it, all three options that he mentioned sort of scare me. I do not want to make any sort of hasty decision and give the okay to eliminate an important organ from my body forever, but I also do not want to take a chance on a treatment that could produce negative effects. Is there no completely safe way around this? I have been shown to have an overactive, enlarged thyroid with no nodules. My doctor wants me to go through with RAI, but I do not look forward to becoming hypo. Is there no option that could just make me normal again, instead of trading one extreme for another? =(

    • ANSWER:
      I don't blame you for not wanting to add another disease (hypothyroidism) to your repertoire. With RAI, you just end up with Grave's disease, plus hypothyroidism. RAI is not a cure for Grave's disease, no matter what your doctor may say to try to talk you into it. Don't do it. You will still have Grave's disease after RAI. RAI only treats one symptom of Grave's disease - the hyperthyroidism. I doesn't do anything for the other symptoms, or for the disease itself.

      All you need is methimizole - a simple, cheap, generic, prescription medication. Don't believe any of the scare tactics your doctor will use to frighten you away from the methimizole and into RAI. If you have a reaction to the methimizole, you just stop taking it. It's as simple as that. And there is still another medication available, PTU, in case you are the one in a million who can't take methimizole. Everyone can take one of these two medications. Now, if you have a bad reaction to RAI, what do you do? Learn to live with it. There is no going back once you have RAI.

  18. QUESTION:
    How do they treat Graves Disease - is it the same as the treatment of Hyperthyroidism?
    I have had the blood test 2 of them one to investigate an enlarged Thyroid and my TSH levels uptake level was 1.25 an ultra sound and also the Nuclear medicine scan the Doctor then got my T3 and T4 levels done but they showed up - nothing to report
    It showed I have Hyperthyroidism
    The printed report my GP gave me from the blood test results and those of my scan images is not suggestive of Graves or Hashimoto's although a negative cannot be ruled and it goes on to say the most likely possibilities may be:
    * Thyroid replacement
    * autonomous nodular activity withing the gland
    Images from the nuclear medicine Scan are compared with the ultra sound examination this documented a multinodular goitre.
    I have very recently been prescribed Neo Mercazole 2x 3 tablets a day - 5mg I am waiting on an appointment date to see the Endocrinologist
    I

    • ANSWER:
      There are several ways to treat hyperthyroidism. There are medicines, methimazole and propylthiouracil, that prevent the synthesis or block the effects of thyroid hormone on the body. When dosed correctly, they can make you have a more "normal" thyroid level.

      The definitive therapy is removal or destruction of part or all of the thyroid gland, because the medications above can affect your immune system. Surgical removal or radiation to the thyroid will destroy the gland and stop the problem, but you will have to take thyroid replacement for the rest of your life. I know this sounds like an extreme measure, but hyperthyroidism is a dangerous condition to have for a long time and it is much safer to go this route in most cases. Best of luck.

  19. QUESTION:
    just diagnosed with 'a little' overactive thyroid - Hashimotos but should i feel this awful?
    the endo was all happy about how easy and cheap treatment would be, but i feel like i need to be in the hospital! heart racing, hot then cold, light headed, nausea, weepy, weak, out of breath. is that normal for "a little" overactive thyroid? my thyroid is enlarged too. i stopped taking Enbrel for psoriasis and arthritis 2 mos ago, and wonder if that triggered this. how long before the Tapazole makes this better? i need to teach high school like a normal person and feel like i'm losing it! please no bible quotes..i'm freaking out here and need some real answers. thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Seems like you having anxiety. I have hypothyroid myself.

      Maybe seeing some mental counseling how to cope with some of those factors may help.

  20. QUESTION:
    This is about Thyroid patient?
    Hay my relative is a Hyperthyroid patient so my simple question is that a Hyperthyroid patient with 138.0 TSH should gain weight but he is loosing weight rapidly below are the resent test report.
    patient present age/gender/weight : 54/m/61
    Thyroid function test resent
    -----------------------------

    Triiodothyronine(T3)=====> 11 ng/dl (70 - 200)

    Thyroxine(T4)=========> 0.80 ug/dl (3.4 - 13.6)

    Thyroid stimulating hormone(TSH) ====> 138.0 ml (0.17 - 6.0)

    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    First detected and treatment taken date : Sept 6, 2000
    Thyroid scan report Findings on sept 2000: Thyroid gland appears moderately enlarged.
    uniform increased tracer uptake is seen in the gland
    Diagnosis/Impression: Grave's Disease
    Treatment given on sept 2000: 7mCi of I-131 administered orally on siptember 06,2000 (patient weight was 60)
    After this treatment patient weight was 71 after 3months that is on 01/2001 and all was fine.
    -----------------------------------------------------
    Test function on 2002 :T3(1.60) 0.75-2.1, T4(15.30) 4.7 - 11.1, TSH(0.10) 0.2 - 5.0

    Test function on 02/2008 :TSH (67.10) 0.2 - 5.0
    Test function on 06/2008 :TSH (38.5) 0.2 - 5.0

    Medicine taken by patient from 2000 to may 2010 is :Eltroxin 1 tablet(100mg)/day
    Medicine taken by patient from june 2010 till present date is :Eltroxin 1.5 tablet(150mg)/day
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    problems faced by patient now is:
    The patient is feeling full body ache and rapidly loosing weight his weight was 71(2008) now 61
    and also he has acidity problem he is not eating sufficient food

    so please inform me what is going on and what effective measures should be taken .....? Thank u

    • ANSWER:
      Hyperthyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland makes too much thyroid hormone. The condition is often referred to as an "overactive thyroid." Weight loss is one of the symptoms of hyperthyroidism.
      Graves disease is the most common cause of hyperthyroidism. It is caused by an abnormal immune system response that causes the thyroid gland to produce too much thyroid hormones. Graves disease is most common in women over age 20. However, the disorder may occur at any age and may affect men as well.
      The range for normal values of Triiodothyronine (T3) is 100 to 200 ng/dL (nanograms per deciliter).
      A typical normal range of thyroxine (T4) is 4.5 to 11.2 micrograms per deciliter (mcg/dL).
      Normal values of TSH are 0.4 - 4.0 mIU/L.
      In some cases of hyperthyroidism, T3 may be increased but T4 may be normal.
      Greater than normal levels of T4 along with low levels of TSH may be due to conditions that involve an overactive thyroid, including Graves disease.
      If you are being treated for a thyroid disorder, your TSH level should be between 0.5 and 3.0 mIU/L.
      In iodine-131 (radioiodine) radioisotope therapy, radioactive iodine-131 is given orally (either by pill or liquid) on a one-time basis, to severely restrict, or altogether destroy the function of a hyperactive thyroid gland.
      Consult your Endocrinologist.

  21. QUESTION:
    just a survey for my project.to all nursing student i need your answer to my question..?
    questions:
    1.a 20 yrs old female complain of dizzines naisea/vomiting and cut loss for month patient has a family Hx of dm(diabetes mellitus).
    a.whatcouldbe your primary diagnosis for the patient?
    b.as a nurse what is your dietary advise?
    c.nurse teaching you should give this patient?
    d.treatment consideration?

    2.a 10 yrs old female complained of anterior neck mass, with easy patigability with loss, lab.work up, increase T3,T4,TSH enlarged thyroid.

    • ANSWER:
      1. Oh my God. 20 years old. Too young. She must have consumed a lot of glucose during her childhood. Ok, the nursing diagnoses for this one is as follows;
      a> 1. Body image disturbed r/t gangrenous left foot(if there's any)
      2. Hyperthermia r/t dehydration
      3.Ineffective Therapeutic management r/t health beliefs

      Actually, there are a lot of NDx for this case. I wont tell you the primary NDx. The primary NDx for this should focus on the Diet plan, the management of the treatment, hygiene. Go figure that out.

      b.> Dietary advise? Ofcourse, less carbs like rice. Why? carbohydrates' end product is glucose. Protein should be taken 15-20% of kcal intake. Fats should be "low" in saturated fats. Fiber is good for DM. Sodium's recommended daily intake is 1000mg per 1000kcal, not to exceed 3000mg.

      To make the long story short:
      - moderately low carb intake
      - less salt intake(sodium)
      - less protein
      - Limit fat intake
      - Gradual increase in Fiber
      - Some suggest the use of Artificial Sweeteners, but for me it's a no no. Considering it could contain Aspartame, which have been found out to complicate DM.
      - NO ALCOHOL and SMOKING, please.

      c.> Again, proper diet, foot care, hygiene, proper diet, treatment management(insulin)

      d.> treatment considerations.this topic is too long, research on this one.

      2. Did you mean easy fatiguability? question number two is incomplete and not constructed as it should be. please re-construct and put the questions, because there are no questions to answer this one. Thanks.

  22. QUESTION:
    Do I have Thyroid Cancer?
    I have been a thyroid patient since 2009
    I should have +10 while in my report my thyroid was (-47.3)
    I took treatment for 3 months and stopped further.Now i am getting these symptoms:
    My heart feels like it's skipping a beat, racing and I feel like I'm having heart palpitations
    My pulse is unusually fast
    My pulse, even when resting or in bed, is high
    I'm having increased perspiration
    I am losing weight inappropriately
    I am losing weight but my appetite has increased
    I feel like I have a lot of nervous energy that I need to burn off
    I feel nervous or irritable
    My skin looks or feels thinner
    My muscles feel weak, particularly the upper arms and thighs
    I am having difficulty getting to sleep, staying asleep, or going back to sleep after awakening in the middle of the night
    My hair is coarse and dry, breaking, brittle, falling out
    My skin is coarse, dry, scaly, thin
    I have a hoarse or gravely voice
    I have pains, aches in joints, hands and feet
    I am having irregular menstrual cycles (shorter, longer, or heavier, or more frequent, or not at all)
    I feel depressed
    I feel fatigued, exhausted
    I feel restless, or anxious
    I have had panic attacks
    I've recently been diagnosed as having panic disorder, anxiety disorder, or panic attacks
    I have puffiness and swelling around the eyes and face
    In the morning my eyes seem to be enlarging, or getting more "bug-eyed" looking
    My moods change easily
    I have feelings of worthlessness
    I have difficulty concentrating or focusing
    I have more feelings of sadness
    I seem to be losing interest in normal daily activities
    I'm more forgetful lately
    My hair is falling out
    I can't seem to remember things
    I have no sex drive, or am having sexual performance problems
    I am getting more frequent infections, that last longer
    I feel shortness of breath and tightness in the chest
    I have neck swelling left side but not any lump or nodule
    Please tell me is it cancer?

    • ANSWER:

  23. QUESTION:
    Endocrinology Center?
    Complete diagnostic in our thyroid cancer operation center to prevent thyroid gland disorders symptoms.
    Most often the first symptom of thyroid cancer is a nodule in the thyroid region of the neck. However, many adults have small nodules in their thyroids, but typically under 5% of these nodules are found to be malignant. Sometimes the first sign is an enlarged lymph node. Later symptoms that can be present are pain in the anterior region of the neck and changes in voice.Thyroid cancer is usually found in a euthyroid patient, but symptoms of hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism may be associated with a large or metastatic well-differentiated tumor.Thyroid nodules are of particular concern when they are found in those under the age of 20. The presentation of benign nodules at this age is less likely, and thus the potential for malignancy is far greater. In the thyroid cancer operation center we do all of the diagnoses in a range that we can cure every patient. The treatment of thyroid cancer may require surgery. Common surgeries include thyroidectomy, lobectomy, and tracheostomy. Radioactive Iodine-131 is used in patients with papillary or follicular thyroid cancer for ablation of residual thyroid tissue after surgery and for the treatment of thyroid cancer. Patients with medullary, anaplastic, and most Hurthle cell cancers do not benefit from this therapy. External irradiation may be used when the cancer is unresectable, when it recurs after resection, or to relieve pain from bone metastasis. Some can cause a calcium deficiency after thyroidectomy, our after service we can manage and monitoring the symptoms.

    http://www.vejthani.com/web-english/thyroid-cancer-disorders-operation-center.php

    • ANSWER:
      If you say so!

  24. QUESTION:
    Gross Medical Neglect/Misconduct?
    Here are the issues that I have with my family practice:

    1. Went to the Dr. when my blood pressure went through the roof @ 35 weeks pregnant. At which point I had 3 residents around me. One told me that they were going to admit me, One told me that I needed an emergency C-Section and that my baby would be in the NICU, and the other telling me that they were going to send me home. They all kept freaking out me and my family needlessly. They ended up keeping me for 2 days, running up a medical bill for me to pay and then sent me home.

    2. After having my daughter I had depression. I talked to my doctor about it who referred me to the counseling services. I was given paperwork to fill out pertaining to my mental health, where I disclosed alot of personal and confidential information. I never received a call about getting help and call 2 times about it and no one would return my calls. They said that my confidential paperwork is missing. No one seemed to try really hard to find it, it's been 5 months and have still not gotten help for that.

    3. I went in to my doctor crying saying how bad I felt, tired and depressed etc. I asked him to test my thyroid because thyroid issues run in my family. They tested my levels and found my thyroid was enlarged and hardly functioning. This accounted for all the depression etc. They said it was enlarged and sent me to have an ultrasound. They said it would take 2-3 days to get results. I called at least 4 times over the course of 5-6 WEEKS to get my results to which they said they could not find them or no one returned my call. It turns out yet again that they finally found them and they were misplaced in another patient's records!

    4. The nurse then tells me that I have a mass growing on my thyroid and need a biopsy right away because it could be cancer. The treatment is radioactive pills which make it so I cannot hold or be within arms length of my baby girl for months (christmas and her birthday) I wait TWO more weeks to go see an endocrinologist yesterday. When I arrive I ask where they were doing the biopsy. They tell me they are not doing one....they never were. That it is such a small node that they are just changing my meds and keeping an eye on it.

    Does this sound ridiculous to you? What should I ask for in compensation. I have already had a numerous amount of apologies over the weeks and I am really not interested in that. I have been out numerous medical expenses over this whole thing.

    • ANSWER:
      What a story, If I were you go to your local Citizens Advice Centre with this information, and be guided by them, the advice is free, they might advise you that you have a strong case for compensation, and help you get it....Hope this helps and good luck

  25. QUESTION:
    Recently diagnosed with hyperthyroidism?
    I just received the results of a thyroid test, and it showed I have hyperthyroidism. My TSH was very low (0.004), my T4 was high (14.1) and my T3 was high (298). I haven't been able to get into an endocrinologist yet. What, exactly, do these kinds of levels indicate? Are they severe levels, or do they indicate something like Graves Disease? Also, I'm concerned about the treatments. I've heard horror stories about the meds, and I had a small reaction to iodine dye in a CT scan, so I don't know if RAI is an option.
    I also have had almost no symptoms; in fact, I showed symptoms of HYPOthyroidism. I sweat very little, I've been having weight gain, my hair is thick, I'm sensitive to cold, not heat, heavy/long menstrual periods, constipation, hoarseness, muscle aches. I have no Graves symptoms. I do have breathing problems, but I smoke. My thyroid is enlarged.
    Has anyone heard of being diagnosed with hyperthyroidism when most symptoms are opposite? Also, what can I expect from treatment?
    I also suffer from depression, like hypothyroidism causes, but I also am a nervous twitchy person as well. Also, despite the weight gain, my appetite hasn't changed, in fact, my diet has improved because of it, as well as exercise, to no avail. No problems with nails, except that they're thin/weak, no myxedema, no clubbing of fingers. No signs of Graves' opthalmology except for occasional dry eyes and frequent blinking.

    • ANSWER:
      Hyperthyroidism is a condition caused by the effects of too much thyroid hormone on tissues of the body. Although there are several different causes of hyperthyroidism, most of the symptoms that patients experience are the same regardless of the cause (see the list of symptoms below). Because the body's metabolism is increased, patients often feel hotter than those around them and can slowly lose weight even though they may be eating more. The weight issue is confusing sometimes since some patients actually gain weight because of an increase in their appetite. Patients with hyperthyroidism usually experience fatigue at the end of the day, but have trouble sleeping. Trembling of the hands and a hard or irregular heartbeat (called palpitations) may develop. These individuals may become irritable and easily upset. When hyperthyroidism is severe, patients can suffer shortness of breath, chest pain, and muscle weakness. Usually the symptoms of hyperthyroidism are so gradual in their onset that patients don't realize the symptoms until they become more severe. This means the symptoms may continue for weeks or months before patients fully realize that they are sick. In older people, some or all of the typical symptoms of hyperthyroidism may be absent, and the patient may just lose weight or become depressed.

      It seem as if you will be around for awhile. Hope this helps.

  26. QUESTION:
    What is the average amount of money it costs for hypothyroidism treatments?
    At my last check up, the doctor told me my thyroid gland felt enlarged. I have put off getting tested for it because I don't know how much it costs for lab fees and Dr.'s visits for that matter, also I want to know about how much the treatment is for this problem so I can get this taken care of. An idea of how much money I would need to save to get tested for, pay lab fees, and pay for pills or treatment for hypothyroidism, would be a great help. I know I have all they symptoms, and it was suggested by my OB/GYN to get tested for this. Anyone with any knowledge of this disease please help me with these answers, or what you payed when you got tested and what not, physicians that specialize in this area or endocrine medicine and such are more than welcome and preferred. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my question.

    • ANSWER:
      Pills for hypothyroidism are relatively inexpensive in their generic form, and are generally taken once daily. Even without insurance, the price would likely be under per month. Levothyroxine (the generic hypothyroid pill commonly prescribed) is part of Wal-Mart's generic program. The testin for hypothyroidism is a simple blood draw, although without insurance I am unsure what the cost would be.

  27. QUESTION:
    for those studying medicine/in the medical profession - what is my diagnosis?
    Ok,I obviously know what illness I have, but I am curious to know whether any of you will know it.

    Ok, from these indicators, do you know what it is:

    1. intrauterus growth retardation
    2. haemaglobin of 5g/dl on admission to hospital in 2006, previous history of requiring blood transfusion
    3. cardiac surgery at 6 years old, ASD repair
    4. treatment including blood transfusions and failed use of prednisolone steroids
    5. predisposition to cancer
    6. accumulation of iron overload, particularly in heart and liver requiring iron chelation treatment
    7. three phalangeal right thumb

    Additional notes on medical history

    *Bronchiolitis at 3 months
    *Steven Johnson syndrome aged 5 years - leading to discovery of ASD
    * enlarged liver, and thyroid with a mass of 2.7 x 1.9cm

    Thanks for taking the time to do this!

    Good luck, and i look forward to seeing what you come up with and how you get on.
    Not a test as such, just an experiment out of curiosity. Dont worry if you dont have time or dont want to do it, but i thought it would be interesting.
    I'm a 22 year old female, but this illness is *usually* diagnosed earlier.
    Asmed - I will put the diagnosis on the notes when the question closes. Its a shame you dont allow emails from other users, i was going to email it to you to put you out of your misery, i dont want to spoil if for those who may be enjoying the light entertainment!! haha! :p
    Sorry guys, its not Fanconi! I was tested for that, as it is similar, but it is not what it is.

    • ANSWER:
      Fanconi's anemia is my first thought. Small stature, thumb anomalies, anemia and/or pancytopenia are common. They are predisposed to leukemia and other cancers. My guess is that iron overload is from repeated transfusions, not the disease itself. If I am correct, what do your doctors say about the possibility of bone marrow transplant or the use of stem cells? I know next to nothing about this type of treatment.

      Malformations secondary to maternal thalidomide intake crossed my mind, but I think that diagnosis is a stretch.

      Edit: Not Fanconi's? With liver enlargement, perhaps Gaucher's disease. Another storage disease such as Nieman Pick disease is less likely. You didn't mention any neurological problems, so I ruled out ataxia-telangectasia. Bloom syndrome is a possibility, but most patients are quite retarded, and you sound very intelligent. Ditto for Nijmegan breakage syndrome. I discounted the bronchiolitis as coincidental, and I cannot fit Stevens-Johnson syndrome and the thyroid mass into the diagnosis.

  28. QUESTION:
    Thyroids enlarging???please?
    ma mom thyroids are enlarge and she has a symstom of fatique.but are their treatments and can this call death.is weight loss a symtom.and how do u protected from becoming larger?

    • ANSWER:
      i would get her to go and see a doctor. i dont no if it is but my boyfriend has an over active thyroid which is on his neck and you can tell because it is enlarged, he is on tablets for it for the rest of his life. he also has to go for blood tests every 3 or so months.

  29. QUESTION:
    old cat not eating or drinking?
    My cat is nearly 19 years old. She has an over-active thyroid and has been taking Felimazole tablets since about 16 years old; this treatment has been very successful and her thyroid levels have been kept within safe limits. She also has arthritis and so takes it easy and stays in doors where it's safe and warm.

    Over the last few weeks she has been eating less and sleeping more.

    2 weeks ago she stopped eating and I took her to the vet. She had a swollen/sore throat and was given an anti-biotic injection and an anti-inflamatory injection. Within 30 minutes of getting home she was eating, drinking, and lively again.

    2 days later she stopped eating and drinking again so I took her back to the vet. She had a blood test and it showed that all vital organs (liver, kidney, heart) were working perfectly well. Her heart beat was faster than normal as she was not taking the Felimazole tablets with food. She was anaethetised to examine her throat and all the vet could find wrong was slightly enlarged tonsils. She had an x-ray and no blockages, no tumours and no cancer was found. Again she was given the anti-inflamatory injection and as before within 30 minutes of getting home she was eating, drinking, and very lively.

    And now 2 days later she has stopped eating and drinking again. Apart from giving her an appetite enhancer we have run out of ideas. She is starving herself to death which is very upsetting.

    Have you got any more ideas we could try?
    Thanks for your replies.

    I don't really want to have her put to sleep when there is nothing wrong with her other than being an old cat.

    The vet checked her mouth etc. She had bad teeth removed already. Some tartar was removed recently. .

    The vet gave me a bottle of Metcam (http://www.metacam.co.uk/cats/cats.html) to give her either after eating or in food. But as she is not eating I can't give her the drug that would help her out with the aches and pains.

    I've tried Waltham Recovery food, which is soft and easier to eat, but she isn't keen on it.

    I tried freshly cooked chicken and fish, but that only worked on the day of the anti-inflamatory injection.

    I'm going to call the vet on Monday and maybe another visit.
    I just got her to eat some cheese with Marmite. So later I will try some warm chicken or fish with Marmite before adding her medication. :)
    http://www.marmite.com/

    • ANSWER:
      Ask your vet if this is an allergy problem..because my son who has allergies has bad cases of sore throats..His allergies ONLY acts up when the season drastically changes..I also have 2 cats who have allergy problems and takes medicine for them. If the allergies get bad, they stop eating as well and I have 00.00 just in the 1 cat's vet bills. It sounds like an ongoing allergy problem. My son can not have his tonsils removed because he has a brittle bone disease and the specialist said, that the chances of him getting his neck broke due to the position he would be in during surgery was almost `100 %..We both was like **** that!!!!!!!! Unfortunately, your cat is old and would not be able to handle surgery..Is she on pain management for her arthritis???? I hate to say it because God knows my son and I still grieve for our beloved dog Simba..but, we made a promise to him as a pup that when the time came, we would not let him linger on in pain to save us the emotional pain. We still cry and we will never celebrate another holiday..he was not just a dog, he was my 2nd son and my son's little brother and we feel blessed to have had him 11 yrs..but, when a freak accident happened and he took a turn for the worst several hours after the vet seen him, we had to let him go. If it would have made a difference, I would have sold everything I own to have kept my son from losing his best friend and the tears are flooding my face even as I type...I hope she get's well soon..but, please keep her pain in mind, when debating on when it is time. Once we knew..we didn't spend but a couple minutes saying goodbye..because we didn't want him to suffer..1 minute longer than he had already. But, it took about an hour for us to leave him..Even once we got to the car, we couldn't leave..It destroyed us to lose him.
      A week later we got his urn back. I'm sorry..I know our pets are loved as family for some people..mine are anyway..I wish you both the best!!!!!!!! Sincerely, Julia

      Edit..You can add Nutri Cal for dogs/cats "dietary supplement" to her food as well...it's full of vitimins and calories to help her. Most pet stores carry this.

      ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥R.I.P. SIMBA WE LOVE YOU♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

  30. QUESTION:
    Diagnosed with Goiter....?
    I was diagnosed with Goiter and a 3mm cyst on my thyroid after an ultrasound on my thyroid. I just today went and had a TSH blood test to determine is I have Hypothyroid. The question I have is my Doctor said I wouldn't need to take medication for the goiter if my blood test came back fine but I have read differently on the net. Does anyone out there that has goiter take thyroid meds for it? or do I just leave it enlarged and not do anything about it? I am confused. I do have a family history of hypothyroid. Both my sisters have it. I will know more once the blood tests come back but do I still need treatment with just a goiter?
    and I have had really bad fatigue in the past month of so. It got really bad about 3 weeks ago when my body felt sick but I had no symptoms of a cold or flu and I was extremely tired and felt achy.

    • ANSWER:
      Do you understand what conditions cause goiter? Take a look at this.

      The thyroid gland can be enlarged if it makes too much hormone, too little or even sometimes when it's functioning normally. The thyroid is controlled by the pituitary gland, the "master" gland, which secretes thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) in response to the amount of thyroxin in the blood. TSH increases the amount of thyroxin secreted by the thyroid and also causes the thyroid to grow.

      In hyperthyroid goiter if the amount of TSH is excessive, the thyroid enlarges and secretes too much thyroxin. The end result is hyperthyroidism with goiter.

      Then there is euthyroid goiter in a normal thyroid. The thyroid is the only organ in the body that ues iodine. If dietary iodine is slightly inadequate, too little thyroxin will be secreted, the pituitary will sense the low levels in blood and produce more TSH. The thyroid gland will enlarge enough to make sufficient thyroxin.

      In hypothyroid goiter, if dietary iodine is severely reduced or restricted, even an enlarged thyroid will not be able to make enough thyroxin. The gland will keep growing but it will never be able to make enough thyroxin.

      Something that may apply to you is that excess TSH or similar hormones, cysts and tumors will enlarge the thyroid. This is where I'd need to know if your goiter is local or general. TSH enlarges the entire gland but cysts and tumors enlarge only a part of it. Therefore if your thyroid function tests come back within normal limits, it may be that the cyst is responsible for the goiter and it may not be replacement hormone therapy that you need after all. Wait for the results and discuss possible effects of the cyst when you have your follow up visit to go over your labs.

  31. QUESTION:
    Scheduling an "infertility" visit soon?
    Hello all (: I have recently been blessed with an amazing job with a great insurance plan through Aetna, Who covers infertility diagnosis, meds and treatment with up to 6 iui!
    Im am thinking of scheduling our first "infertility" visit. but I have some fears! First to get a background, I am 21 and my husband is 24, My husband had been on steroids for horrible asthma since he was a kid, and is overweight. I have always had irregular and very light periods since I started getting them when I was 8 years old! I was on depo from about 13 until 17 which made me gain alot of weight. I went off the depo shot at 17 and began taking birth control pills instead I went from weighing 130lbs to 210lbs in a year!! I don't eat out, I walk daily and I actually eat HEALTHY.. very healthy At previous "annual" appointments My OB mentioned she thought I had thyroid issues as my weight sky rocketed in no apparent reason and because it felt "enlarged" after 2 separate blood exams, everything checks out. but for the past year I have gained another 30lbs leaving me at whopping 240lbs. My hair falls out like crazy, i am growing hair on my stomach and chin (disgusting, believe me i know!!) and most importantly, My husband and I have been having unprotected sex for 3 years with NO success what so ever, with 1 of the 3 years , full on "trying" for a baby. We both have great careers, a nice home and a great marriage, now we are just missing the baby!! But Im have concerns that a doctor will tell me lose weight before he/she will do anything! But I have tried and tried, and Im not getting anywhere, I also have concerns with my age. Im afraid a doctor will look at me and go " your 21.. get out of here" LOL
    what can I expect from our first visit and should I be worried about these things?
    THANK YOU TO ALL THAT CAN HELP!! (: Have a great weekend and god bless!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Please please listen carefully.

      It sounds to me like a combination of thryoid issues (have a COMPLETE panel done not just TSH levels) and PCOS.

      Based on your history alone you need to go straight to a reproductive endocrinologist for help. Please do not waste your time with an OBGYN. They are useless in cases like this. All you'll get is the runaround, useless advice, and probably a "treatment" that really isn't going to help you. An RE is highly trained and experienced in this area and will properly test, diagnose, and treat you. Both you AND hubby need to be evaluated. He needs a complete sperm analysis and you need a really good ultrasound and complete hormone panel in addition to checking your thyroid, testosterone, and insulin levels. An RE will know to do all of this, especially if you give him/her the detailed history you gave us.

      This isn't about you losing weight. It's about you fixing your endocrine and hormone issues to restore your fertility. Once you do that, your weight will take care of itself. You may need medicine to help restore your hormone imbalance... but it's not birth control. It's other hormones. That's the other thing... OBGYNs stupidly think they can cure everything with hormone-based birth control. Do not fall into that trap. In your case ALL that will do is mask the REAL problem(s).

      No RE will dismiss you because of your age. Not with your history and symptoms. But an OBGYN might. Be proactive and relentless. Take advantage of your insurance coverage and see an RE ASAP.

      I'd really like to follow your story. Please keep me updated on how things are going. There's no reason why you can't be pregnant by the end of this year.

      Good luck.

  32. QUESTION:
    Thyroid Help with TSH levels?
    Hi

    Just a question reguarding blood test results.
    In Nov 2009 doc noticed enlarged thyroid, did bloods TSH was 1.84

    Since then Ive been getting sicker and sicker, and my thyroid is swollen to 5cm. Had more bloods, TSH has now dropped to 0.76 T3 5.2 and T415.0

    I have every symptom of hyperthyroidism and family history of both. I also had an ultrasound the other day, awaiting results.

    Is it Normal for Thyroid levels to drop so much in a short amount of time? Because the labs here in NZ reguard them as being in Normal range still!

    Tho my mother is hypo and is on border and still reguarded as normal but receiving treatment and made her feel sooo much better. I'm thinking this maybe the case with.

    • ANSWER:
      The testing range is very large, and each lab has a different numbering system. Please talk with the people at this link. These are medical people and patients with thyroid disease. The site is well monitored and the help is honest and credible. No crack-pots. In the upper right of the page you will find a link to the bulletin board. You will get the help you need. Saved my life when I went into thyroid storm. My life is certainly different now that the thyroid is under control. I have both Graves and Thyroid Eye Disease (TED).

  33. QUESTION:
    Gross Medical Neglect/Misconduct?
    Here are the issues that I have with my family practice:

    1. Went to the Dr. when my blood pressure went through the roof @ 35 weeks pregnant. At which point I had 3 residents around me. One told me that they were going to admit me, One told me that I needed an emergency C-Section and that my baby would be in the NICU, and the other telling me that they were going to send me home. They all kept freaking out me and my family needlessly. They ended up keeping me for 2 days, running up a medical bill for me to pay and then sent me home.

    2. After having my daughter I had depression. I talked to my doctor about it who referred me to the counseling services. I was given paperwork to fill out pertaining to my mental health, where I disclosed alot of personal and confidential information. I never received a call about getting help and call 2 times about it and no one would return my calls. They said that my confidential paperwork is missing. No one seemed to try really hard to find it, it's been 5 months and have still not gotten help for that.

    3. I went in to my doctor crying saying how bad I felt, tired and depressed etc. I asked him to test my thyroid because thyroid issues run in my family. They tested my levels and found my thyroid was enlarged and hardly functioning. This accounted for all the depression etc. They said it was enlarged and sent me to have an ultrasound. They said it would take 2-3 days to get results. I called at least 4 times over the course of 5-6 WEEKS to get my results to which they said they could not find them or no one returned my call. It turns out yet again that they finally found them and they were misplaced in another patient's records!

    4. The nurse then tells me that I have a mass growing on my thyroid and need a biopsy right away because it could be cancer. The treatment is radioactive pills which make it so I cannot hold or be within arms length of my baby girl for months (christmas and her birthday) I wait TWO more weeks to go see an endocrinologist yesterday. When I arrive I ask where they were doing the biopsy. They tell me they are not doing one....they never were. That it is such a small node that they are just changing my meds and keeping an eye on it.

    Does this sound ridiculous to you? What should I ask for in compensation. I have already had a numerous amount of apologies over the weeks and I am really not interested in that. I have been out numerous medical expenses over this whole thing.

    • ANSWER:
      Either you hire an attorney and sue them or make a lengthy letter about your complaints and send it to the director to the facility. Make sure you copy them and mail by certified so you can get the receipt that they indeed received it. Then wait for their reply. Good luck.


Excess Iodine And Hypothyroidism

When the thyroid is functioning properly, it absorbs the iodine found in many of the foods we eat and converts it into two kinds of hormones: T3 and T4. These two hormones are released into the bloodstream to control and monitor all the body's metabolic processes. However, if the thyroid produces too much of these two hormones, a condition known as hyperthyroidism occurs. This means the body's metabolism speeds up abnormally, which can lead to an increased heartbeat (or even heart palpitations), sweating, overheating, fatigue, swelling of the thyroid gland (goiter), hair loss, insomnia, and weight loss.

Hyperthyroidism usually occurs in people between the age of 20-40, as well as pregnant women or any individual undergoing a great deal of stress. One of the most common manifestations of this disorder is Grave's disease, in which the pituitary gland -- the "master" gland located at the base of the brain which controls all the other glands in the body -- mistakenly instructs the thyroid to release too many T3 and T4 hormones. The opposite of this condition is of course hypothyroidism, wherein the thyroid does not produce enough of the hormones required to maintain a proper metabolic rate. Ironically, however, many of the symptoms are the same in both conditions.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Anyone knowledgeable about PCOS & Hyperthyroidism?
    I was diagnosed with PCOS 2-3 years ago when I was around 15 or 16. I started taking Metformin and a year later, I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism as well. After diagnosis, I lost 20lb in one month. I was so excited because I though I would shed all the excess weight. But then I ran out of presc for the metformin and I asked the dr to prescribe me some more but he kept on telling me that he would after he "dealt" with my hyperthyroidism. He still hasn't.

    My questions are:
    1. Was the combination of the metformin and hyperthyroisim the cause of me losing weight?
    2. If I kept on taking the metformin, would I have lost all or most of my excess weight?
    3. Does PCOS cause weight gain or weight gain causes PCOS (my mother also has PCOS)?
    4. Since I took the radioactive iodine pill to kill my overactive thyroid, will I gain tons of weight because i will have HYPOthyroidism plus PCOS?
    5. Can I ever be at my normal weight?
    6. If yes, any suggestions on how to lose the weight?

    THANK YOU!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Yes PCOS can contribute to weight issues and insulin resistance making weight loss much more difficult. Deal with all this now while you're young. As you get older it gets harder to lose the weight as the insulin resistance really gets entrenched in your system. You need to find a good gyno who will help you learn and deal with the PCOS.
      http://www.4woman.gov/faq/pcos.htm

  2. QUESTION:
    progesterone cream for fibroids?
    I have been reading about fibroids been caused by oestrogen dominance and progesterone cream working for them, so I ordered a jar, I thought I would find someone on here who had tried it, but after searching under fibroids, several have recommended surgery.

    I have been advised against surgery as I am a high stroke risk due to other disabilities and congenital hypothyroidism.

    I have seen fibroidclear and another one I cant think of name but involves taking serracor, which I can't find a supplier in UK. I think Fibroidclear is from US also.

    I'm taking kelp as iodine is meant to help and also help thyroid and B6 is meant to help liver break down excess oestrogen as well.

    Has anyone ever tried herbal ways to shrink fibroids or the progesterone cream and did it work?

    • ANSWER:
      The only way to get rid of fibroids is surgery. If the cream worked it would be prescribed to women with fibroids as it would be much easier and cheaper than surgery. I would also NOT recommend taking unregulated doses of hormones, you can cause other health problems like this.
      Why not talk to your GP or gynaecologist about what you CAN do instead of reading stuff on the net. Most of the stuff posted there is rubbish and/or dangerous.


Enlarged Thyroid Symptoms Weight Gain

You may have heard of a condition known as an enlarged thyroid. In fact, you may suspect that you or someone you know has this condition. This article explores the nature of this organ, the causes of an enlarged thyroid, and 3 frequency-asked questions about this condition.

What Your Thyroid Does for Your Body

Your thyroid is part of your body's endocrine system, a network of glands that release important hormones for the regulation of normal bodily functions. It is a small organ less than an ounce in weight (under normal conditions) and divided into two halves or lobes. The lobes are joined by a band of tissue called an isthmus.

The thyroid's job is to convert iodine into thyroid hormones, known as T3 and T4. These hormones control metabolism, the conversion of oxygen and calories into energy. Every cell in the body is dependent upon the thyroid hormone for its normal functioning.

This organ's function is activated by the pituitary gland, found at the base of the brain. When the body's thyroid hormone gets too low, the pituitary gland releases TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) to tell the thyroid to produce more T3 and T4.

Causes of an Enlarged Thyroid: 3 FAQs

Some people develop an enlarged thyroid gland, a condition also known as goiter. When it becomes enlarged, the thyroid can be seen from the outside as a mass inside the neck.

In some cases, goiter results in the overproduction of thyroid hormone and/or becomes malignant. In other cases (non-toxic goiter), the thyroid becomes enlarged but there is no over-production of the hormone.

Here are 3 frequently-asked questions about the causes of this condition:

1. What causes an enlarged thyroid? There are a number of possible causes of goiter, or enlarged thyroid. Only your doctor can tell you for sure what is causing your condition.

2. Can a diet deficient in iodine cause enlarged thyroid? Technically, someone who does not eat enough iodine in their diet can experience an enlarged thyroid. However, given that iodine is found in abundance in many common foods, this is usually not the cause of goiter.

3. What else can cause an enlarged thyroid? The more common cause is a defect in the synthesis of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) that is released by the pituitary gland in the brain.

Treatment Options

If your thyroid problem is small or moderate-sized, it can be treated with thyroid hormone. This is taken as a pill. This is an effect treatment because the thyroid hormone supplied in the pill causes the pituitary to make less TSH, which will result in the stabilization of the thyroid gland. While this will not decrease the size of the thyroid, it will stop it from growing.

More commonly, a doctor will recommend the removal of the parts of the thyroid that are causing compression in other parts of the neck, such as the trachea or esophagus. Compression can lead to frequent coughing, a change in the voice, or nighttime choking.

If the goiter is determined to be malignant, it will almost certainly be recommended for removal via surgery. Fortunately, less than 5% of enlarged thyroids are malignant.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Multiple Symptoms of thyroid disease but all test were normal?
    I have been going through several signs of Hypothyroid for about a 1 1/2 and have had several test and US and they all have come back normal except multiple cyst on both sides of my thyroid as well as it is enlarged. The symptoms have ranged from excessive weight gain, fatigue, heart palpitations, coarse hair and my skin around my nails have gotten thick and crack, sores in my mouth and I could go on on. Went to several Endo's and they have said that my thyroid is very enlarged with bilateral cyst. But there is one symptom that is getting worse. I feel like there is something in my throat and cant swallow or that I'm being choked and at times it gets very bad like I cant breath and if I try having a conversation I will lose my voice almost immediately and then it will all subside. Oh and some soreness or pain in my neck. Looking for anyone who has gone through the same thing and can offer some insight or advice. I have been try to read everything I can and the Endo I have now is good so far, willing to listen and that is a first. It is frustrating to have all this and have all the test come back normal when you are already trying to tell your self that you are not crazy.

    • ANSWER:
      Well, the first thing to do is to get your labs and go over them yourself. For one thing, the lab values that are being considered hypothyroid have changed dramatically in the last few years. I had my thyroid checked and my doc said it was fine, but being a nurse, I want to look at every test, so I looked them up myself and found out that they were using an outdated scale. I was well into the range of hypothyroidism. That's number one. Also, physicians are now starting to recognize subclinical hypothyroidism, which is where you have all the symptoms, but your labs are normal. I went to a new physician after the thing with the labs and she insisted on checking my lab values again, so she drew blood for them that day and as I was leaving she handed me a prescription for thyroid medicine. And I'm sitting there like, um, I can't believe she just took my word for it. So I asked and she said that she could tell my thyroid was low just based on my body temperature. I run about 97.0. She said that anything below 98.0 is highly suggestive of thyroid dysfunction.

      The second thing you need to look into is the fact that something else may be at work here. I personally have celiac disease, which is an autoimmune disease caused by gluten intolerance, that among other things destroys your thyroid. I had the symptoms of hypothyroidism long before my labs dipped below the cut off for a hypo diagnosis. Since I started on the gluten free diet my thyroid levels have actually gone back to normal. It can cause all of those symptoms too even if your thyroid isn't the cause. I have an enlarged thyroid with cysts too. You can speak to your doctor about this, although with that many symptoms, you might be able to try a gluten free diet on your own to see if it relieves your symptoms. Here are a few links about celiac disease and it's link to thyroid problems:

      http://thyroid.about.com/cs/latestresearch/a/celiac.htm
      http://www.celiac.com/categories/Celiac-Disease-Research:-Associated-Diseases-and-Disorders/Obesity,-Overweight-&-Celiac-Disease/
      http://www.csaceliacs.org/celiac_symptoms.php
      http://www.celiac.com/articles/1106/1/Celiac-Disease-Symptoms/Page1.html
      http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/celiac/

      I'm a nurse and I accept private messages if you have any questions :-)

  2. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of a thyroid diorder in a child age 9?
    My daughter's tyroid seem enlarged and I was curious if she may have an underactive thyroid. She had gained weight in the last year.
    And what causes thyroid problems

    • ANSWER:
      o poor memory and concentration
      o tiredness & fatigue
      o depression
      o irritability
      o weight gain
      o muscle weakness and cramps
      o intolerance to cold weather
      o deteriorating or slowing growth rate
      o constipation
      o dry, coarse, itchy skin
      o brittle hair
      o a croaky, hoarse voice
      o slow reflexes
      o slow heart rate
      o delayed as well as precocious sexual development
      o high cholesterol levels
      o girls may suffer from increased menstrual flow

      NB: children and adolescents with under activity of the thyroid may have almost no symptoms or signs other than weight gain or slowing growth.

  3. QUESTION:
    Congenital Hypothyroidism and an Enlarged Thyroid?
    My child has Congenital Hypothyroidism (CH). She showed no symptoms of CH at birth, and had gained weight and height at her one week check up, prior to synthroid usage.

    Her first blood test was done within 24 hours of her birth, and showed elevated TSH. She underwent tests: her bone age was "at least" 36 weeks, and she was born at 38 weeks. An ultrasound revealed an enlarged thyroid.

    I understand that an enlarged thyroid may be caused by a genetically recessive trait, or maternal thyroid antibodies during gestation. Are there any other reasons for an enlarged thyroid?

    Could this be a transient condition?

    • ANSWER:
      Around the world, the most common cause of congenital hypothyroidism is iodine deficiency, but in most of the developed world and areas of adequate environmental iodine, cases are due to a combination of known and unknown causes.

      Congenital hypothyroidism is a condition that affects infants from birth (congenital) and results from a partial or complete loss of thyroid function (hypothyroidism). The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped tissue in the lower neck. It makes iodine-containing hormones that play an important role in regulating growth, brain development, and the rate of chemical reactions in the body (metabolism).
      Congenital hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland fails to develop or function properly. In 80 to 85 percent of cases, the thyroid gland is absent, abnormally located, or severely reduced in size (hypoplastic). In the remaining cases, a normal-sized or enlarged thyroid gland is present, but production of thyroid hormones is decreased or absent. If untreated, congenital hypothyroidism can lead to mental retardation and abnormal growth. In the United States and many other countries, all newborns are tested for congenital hypothyroidism. If treatment begins in the first month after birth, infants usually develop normally.
      Most cases of congenital hypothyroidism are sporadic, which means they occur in people with no history of the disorder in their family. An estimated 15 to 20 percent of cases are inherited. Many inherited cases are autosomal recessive, which means two copies of the gene in each cell are altered. Most often, the parents of a child with congenital hypothyroidism are carriers of one copy of the altered gene but do not show signs and symptoms of the disorder. Some inherited cases (those with a mutation in the PAX8 gene or certain TSHR mutations) have an autosomal dominant pattern, which means one copy of the altered gene in each cell is sufficient to cause the disorder.

      Further Outpatient Care:
      Children with congenital hypothyroidism should be monitored clinically and biochemically. Clinical parameters should include linear growth, weight gain, developmental progression, and overall well-being.
      Laboratory measurements of T4 (total or free T4) and TSH should be repeated 4-6 weeks after initiation of therapy, then every 1-3 months during the first year of life and every 2-4 months during the second and third years. In children aged 3 years and older, the time interval between measurements may be increased, depending on the reliability of the patient's caretakers. As dosage changes are made, testing should be more frequent.
      Formal developmental and psychoneurological evaluations should be considered in all infants with congenital hypothyroidism. Such evaluations are especially important in children whose treatment was delayed or inadequate. As mentioned previously, infants diagnosed early but with detectable signs of hypothyroidism at the time of diagnosis are also at increased risk of developmental problems. As with any child, school progression should be monitored and parents encouraged to seek early evaluations and interventions as soon as problems are recognized.
      Thyroid hormone replacement and medical monitoring are required for life.

      Below are some websites with more info.

  4. QUESTION:
    enlarged spleen and unusual symptoms?
    Enlarged spleen can it cause weight gain and bloating?
    Can enlarged spleen cause weight gain and bloating?
    Can having an enlarged spleen cause bloating and weight gain?

    already went to the doctor
    having a CAT scan on my gastro tract

    then going to see a hemotologist

    I have low platelets of 68

    I also had my thyroid checked and it is fine
    I am 18. I had mono last year without knowing. My platelets went from 90 to 103 then down to 68.

    • ANSWER:
      My first guess is a viral infection but it depends on your history and you need more tests to be sure.

  5. QUESTION:
    Enlarged lymph node........ for 8 months??
    A little background first........
    Back in March I stated losing my hair and having severe fatigue and weight gain. I had some thyroid problems for a while, but they have since resolved and my TSH levels are normal. A few weeks after I noticed the thyroid symptoms I also noticed an enlarged lymph node. The endocrinologist noted it as 1.5 cm. My hair kept falling out even after my thyroid function returned to normal, and I eventually lost it all. It has been 8 months since I first noticed the enlarged node and it still hasn't gone away. I don't know if it is related to the thyroid problems or a separate cause altogether. I have had no infections or anything before or during the time that the node became enlarged. It doesn't feel awefully big (a lot bigger than the others though) when you press on it, but if you lightly run your hand across my neck you can easily feel it. You can also see it protruding from my neck. It doesn't feel hard, but it is firm. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      Find a Doctor fast!

  6. QUESTION:
    Enlarged lymph node........for 8 months?
    A little background first........
    Back in March I stated losing my hair and having severe fatigue and weight gain. I had some thyroid problems for a while, but they have since resolved and my TSH levels are normal. A few weeks after I noticed the thyroid symptoms I also noticed an enlarged lymph node. The endocrinologist noted it as 1.5 cm. My hair kept falling out even after my thyroid function returned to normal, and I eventually lost it all. It has been 8 months since I first noticed the enlarged node and it still hasn't gone away. I don't know if it is related to the thyroid problems or a separate cause altogether. I have had no infections or anything before or during the time that the node became enlarged. It doesn't feel awefully big (a lot bigger than the others though) when you press on it, but if you lightly run your hand across my neck you can easily feel it. You can also see it protruding from my neck. It doesn't feel hard, but it is firm. Any ideas?
    I had the tests ran twice by my endocrinologist and my regular doctor and both times the TSH levels were normal. (They were taken 2 months apart). It's not a goiter on my thyroid, the node is on the right upper side of my neck (a little toward the back), far away from my thyroid.
    I didn't have anything done to it. They originally said that it was Hashimoto's, but the endocrinologist said that it was most likely due to the recent birth of my twins (they were 10 months old at the time) and that it would most likely resolve it's self. So we didn't do anything except for keep a close watch on it.

    • ANSWER:
      I have Thyroid troubles too, and my hair still falls out after 11 years! Did you have surgery or have your thyroid irradiated? If not it could be an enlarged piece of your thyroid...(goiter). They also come around if you have an infection(but 8 months is a little long). I have some enlarged nodes under my br3asts and they are very firm, and movable and are called Lypomas.

      Check with your doctor please, don't let it go any farther......

  7. QUESTION:
    The right side of my thyroid is enlarged. What does this usually mean? And what can be done about it?
    I'm a 35-year-old female. Three years ago, the doctor noticed a bulge on the right side of my thyroid. He ran bloodwork and I guess everything was normal because I never heard anything further. This year at my physical, I brought up the possibility of hypothyroidism because I have had some symptoms over the last several years (weight gain, fatigue, depression, cold intolerance, visual sensitivity to light, etc.) and also because both my mom and her mother suffer from hypothyroidism. The doctor felt the lump on my neck, which I mentioned because it seems bigger than it was 3 years ago, and he sent me for bloodwork and a thyroid ultrasound. I was told the bloodwork results were normal and I had the ultrasound a couple of days ago. I'm just wondering whether it's likely that they will do something about the bulge in my neck. It's not quite visible to others (at least not that I have been told), but it can be felt very easily and I don't want some big goiter sticking out of my neck.

    • ANSWER:
      It doesn't seem concerning, you and your doctor should continue to watch it for changes. Sometimes thyroid meds can shrink a goiter or you can use radioactive iodine. If it's not bothering you, you really can't do anything. What is your TSH exactly? You much have sub clinical hypothyroidism.

  8. QUESTION:
    Thyroid Problem, test came back negative?
    A few months ago I had a test done to see if I had a thyroid problem. had all the usual symptoms; an enlarged neck, massive weight gain, tired all of the time and even family history of thyroid problems (half of my entire family is on medication). However, when I got my test done it seemed there was nothing wrong with my thyroid levels and all they found was a small nodule (sp?) that is too small to even do a biopsy on. However, I am still have the same symptoms as before and I practically pass out everyday when I come home because Im so tired.

    So are blood tests always right or in some instances could people still have a thyroid problem when the test comes back negative? Does anyone know of anything else I might have that can cause massive weight gain, neck enlargement or extreme tiredness?

    Thanks in advance. :3

    • ANSWER:
      It has been known for the last 50 years that Thyroid Function Tests are not reliable and that people with perfect blood tests could have advanced hypothyroidism. Find a doc in your area (in sources) that treats to symptoms.

      Myth #1: The TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) blood test is the only way to diagnose hypothyroidism/low thyroid.

      Facts: First, there is no perfect test in medicine—not the TSH or any other. Second, nearly a century before the TSH test was developed, doctors made the diagnosis of hypothyroidism without any tests at all. They listened to their patients and examined them. Since then, there have been many tests that have been blindly followed until they proved to be unreliable and were discarded.

      To this day, there are at least three types of hypothyroidism for which the TSH test does not even test. The TSH is not a useful test for hypothyroidism caused by dysfunction of the pituitary gland or of the hypothalamus (part of the brain,) or for hypothyroidism caused by "tissue resistance" to the effects of thyroid hormone.

      My conclusion: The TSH test can miss the diagnosis of hypothy-
      roidism. To most accurately identify hypothyroidism, I start with the approach that has worked for over a century. I listen to the patient and look for evidence of low thyroid function. If the patient appears hypothyroid, I order blood tests including the TSH, but I also (1) check basal body temperature,1 and (2) check the urine thyroid hormone levels.2 I then interpret all test results in the context of the
      individual patient.

      Myth #2: Normalizing the TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) blood test is the best way to treat hypothyroidism.

      Fact:Many studies have shown adjusting thyroid doses to normalize the TSH blood test leaves many patients with symptoms of low thyroid. World-renowned thyroid specialist, Sir Anthony Toft, MD, discussed this sad fact in 2002. In a speech to the British Endocrine Society, Dr. Toft reviewed some of the evidence that demonstrated that the modern TSH-centered approach was ineffective. He concluded, "...the treatment of hypothyroidism is about to come full circle"—going back to the approach that worked so well before all of our modern tests and treatments were invented.3

      My conclusion: Using the patient as my guide, I focus on reversing the signs and symptoms of low thyroid function while avoiding side effects or signs of thyroid excess. When the TSH is normal but the patient continues to be symptomatic, I prefer to err on the side of treating the patient—not normalizing the blood test.

      Myth #3: Thyroid treatment that reduces the TSH to below the normal range (TSH suppression) has been shown to be harmful, causing atrial fibrillation (a heart rhythm abnormality) and bone thinning.

      Facts: When thyroid hormone is given to a patient, TSH levels decrease. Some say that thyroid treatment that reduces the TSH to below the normal range causes bone thinning and atrial fibrillation.

      Before the TSH test was invented, generations of patients flourished on doses of thyroid medicine that routinely suppress the TSH. To this day, patients with thyroid cancer who are given doses to intentionally suppress the TSH, do very well on this regimen. In 2004, after review of the scientific literature, the US Preventive Services Task Force—a leading authority—addressed the question and concluded that despite the multitude of studies, there remains no proof that TSH suppression
      is dangerous.4

      My conclusions: Listen to the patient, examine the patient and adjust treatment until the patient is well. A century of medical experience and scientific evidence indicate that giving a patient enough thyroid hormone to make them well is a reasonable and safe approach. Blood tests, urine tests and tracking body temperatures all provide additional information, but no one test should be blindly followed.

      Myth #4: Natural thyroid extracts are dangerous because they are not regulated and not consistent in dose.

      Fact: Natural thyroid extracts such as Armour Thyroid are FDA approved prescription medications that contain all 4 human thyroid hormones (T1, T2, T3 and T4.) They are prepared in accordance with the U.S. Pharmacopeia.5 Synthetic thyroid extracts, such as levothyroxine contain only T4 and are also FDA approved.

      Ironically, synthetic T4 preparations seem to have had many more problems with dose consistency than has Armour Thyroid. FDA records show repeated problems with potency and consistency for T4 products including Synthroid.6,7

      My conclusion: There is no evidence that natural thyroid extracts such as Armour Thyroid are unsafe or any more dangerous than synthetic thyroid treatments. In fact, my experience is that natural thyroid extracts are much more effective at restoring normal metabolism and, therefore, very likely better for one's health.

      Myth # 5: Once you start thyroid hormone, you need to take it for the rest of your life.

      Fact: Taking thyroid hormone w

  9. QUESTION:
    Why would my dad be gaining weight when he has swollen lymph nodes in 4 different areas?
    My dad has hurthle cell carcinoma(thyroid cancer). He has been gaining weight over the last few months. But he also has been having lymph nodes that have been swollen or enlarged. He has had no fever, night sweats, or weight loss. But he does have some of the symptoms of lymphoma. He also has fluid on the lungs, copd, a trach from the tumor, emphysema, lots of breathing problems... Thank you for your advice or any knowledge you have on these issues.

    • ANSWER:
      There are a couple reasons that your dad might be gaining weight. These two are the most common, but only his doctor can say for sure, so he should see him/her as soon as possible.

      First is fluid retention throughout the body caused by the same mechanism that causes the fluid to build up in the lungs. Are his legs swollen? When you push on the skin (firmly) does it leave a "pit" or depression behind? If so, then he may need to be on a diuretic (helps to remove excess fluid) and to restrict salt in his diet.

      The second reason is that his thyroid may be badly underactive from the destruction caused by the cancer or the treatment he has undergone. A simple blood test will show whether this is the case. Make sure that his doc tests for all three thyroid hormones: T3, T4, and TSH.

      In any case, he should get to the doctor as soon as possible.

  10. QUESTION:
    do you think i could have a thyroid problem?
    ok i already know i suffer from depression and anxiety but am not sure why. i stopped talking the medication though cuz it had no effect on me

    also im tired a lot but i have trouble sleeping

    also i dont get periods ever. and i'm gonna be 18 in a few months.
    and sometimes i feel a throbbing pain in the center of my throat, i have kinda a lump there, but its not super noticeable. another thing is my hair doesn't grow like it used to. it's been 2 years since my last hair cut and it isnt even shoulder legnth. my hairs gotten thinner too.

    i've read about thyroid problems and it seems like i have some of the symptoms, but from the pictures i've seen on google of people with enlarged thyroid glands seem to be much more severe then mine and the symptoms i have are.

    i've been having all this for the past 8 months and have just dealt with it. i went to the doctor who just said i was too thin and i sould gain weight and everything will be fine, but idk do u think something is wrong or not???

    • ANSWER:
      I do see alot of thyroid symptoms in your post. Get a second opinion. Go to an ENDO who specializes in thyroid.

  11. QUESTION:
    I have a thyroid goiter and want to shrink it, anyone have any advice?
    I have had a MRI for a unrelated car accident and it showed that I had a chronic 2.3 cm round mass lesion within the left lobe of my thyroid gland. I took a blood test and my T3,T4 and TSH levels were within normal range. I then had an ultrasound and it said I have a toxic nodular goiter. The left lobe of the thriod is enlarged measuring 4.8x1.4x1cm. The isthrnmus is within normal limits. Normal homogeneous symmetric pattern to the thyroid parenchyma. Heterogenous complex nodule involing most of the left lobe 4x2.2x2.6cm. Both cystic and solid components with color doppler flow in it.

    The doctor wants me to have the uptake test and needle biopsy. From there no matter what the results, 3 different doctirs told me to just take it out in case it develops into something down the road. I have no other signs or symptoms beside some weight gain from my thyroid issue. I don't want surgery unless i have cancer and I would rather stop at this point but the next two tests are being presented as a must based on the size. What do you think about the tests and surgery based on this information and is there anything that would shrink it. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      It's interesting that you're gaining weight with a toxic goiter. Also interesting that TSH is normal, since toxic nodules put out excess hormone and depress TSH. That usually causes weight loss, but sometimes weight gain.

      I believe you could have radioactive iodine to inactivate your thyroid if you don't want to have surgery? However, that would cause you to be on hormone replacement indefinitely. I'd follow any advice from your doctors, especially if they seem worried about the nodule. Hope you feel better soon!

  12. QUESTION:
    My husband had blood work done and his TSH level came back as 24.67. How bad is that?
    He has symptoms like weight gain, forgetfullness, dry skin, thinning eyebrows and his neck is enlarged. Could this be thyroid cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      It's quite high (not massively high), consistent with an underactive thyroid - by far and away the most likely explanation. Thyroid cancer does not increase TSH like this. An increase in TSH is the body's way of shouting at the thyroid gland to work harder.

  13. QUESTION:
    If its not my thyroid, what is it?
    This is going to be long so just a heads up for you. This is going to be over the course of about a few months. I started using exercise videos about 3 to 4 months ago. I wanted to lose some weight because I was 5'8'' or 5'9'' and weighed about 140 or 145. I wanted to weigh 120 or 125. After a few weeks I noticed I was getting no results what so ever. I kept exercising thinking maybe I just had to give it some time. But eventually I begin to get fatigued and just simply didn't have the energy to go anymore. My exercising got less frequently until I had to give it up altogether. I begin researching on the internet and stumbled across thyroid problems. I had a lot of the symptoms. My hair was coming out, fatigue, weight gain/inability to lose weight. So I brought up the thought to my parents and we went to my doctor. He took some blood and sent it to the lab. I had to wait a week and during that time things went downhill rather fast. It got to the point to where I didn't want to get out of bed. Then I ended up getting a stomach virus and it took me well over a week to even feel a little better. So when the results finally came back he said my levels were a little high. So he sent me to an endocrinologist. She felt around and asked questions. She said my thyroid was a little enlarged. She ordered more blood to be taken. So I had to wait another week :( . She called and said the results were NORMAL. She said I could develop thyroid problems later in my life but at the time it was normal. But how can it be normal when she plainly said my thyroid was enlarged? My throat feels like something is swollen in it. Sometimes it causes me to choke a little. Now my symptoms are changing. I have been struggling with acid reflux for over a week. It seems to get better and then it gets worse again. But here is the strangest thing some days I can feel absolutely fine and other days I don't get out of bed. I have no appetite one day and the next day I feel like I'm starving! The only thing I want to eat is sugar. I want to eat sugar and drink sugar (cokes). Sometimes my chest has these odd sensations, if you want to call it that. Last night I felt breathless and had a hard time breathing for only a moment. Also I would be sitting in school and the teacher would be talking I would just like ''spaz'' out. I would not even notice the teacher talking and I would be thing about something completely irrelevant. I just don't know what to do anymore. I need to find out what the problem is. What do you think could be wrong? Thanks so much, it means a lot :)
    I forgot to add I have been having headaches that are off/on. They will come one day and last for a whie then go away and not come back for another day or so.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds to me like Hashimoto's disease. You should get copies of both labs. TSH should be .3 -3 but even that may not be the answer...THEY HAVE TO DO ANTIBODIES TEST!!!! And good luck on getting them to.

      They may know that it is this & just want to use a 'wait and see approach' (as it goes up & down in the beginning) and many people just do not go back to the doctor...they end up thinking the doctor 'found nothing wrong'.

      You need an Endo that will do all tests and that will let you know if they are doing the 'wait & see' (as it eventually goes hypO and stays [or so I'm told]).

      I wish you well.

      God Bless You

  14. QUESTION:
    do these things mean i have a thyroid disease?
    i turned 15 in may i am about 5 foot 2-3in and i only weigh about 80 pounds i really really hate it and im so self conscious about it!!! it makes me really sad and mad to think that people are thinking im anorexic because i am definitely not!
    i was tested for thyroid because it has been passed down through one side of my family (but my older sister doesnt have it and she is skinny also but more on the normal side) their blood tests didnt showw that i had any problems that was about 2-3 years or so ago, could that have changed by now? and i really really REALLY hate blood tests and im scared to get more done like i wouldnt do it for money!! and i didnt have an enlarged/inflammed thyroid, also is there any way i could get checked for thyroid problems with out blood tests or could they put you to sleep or give you laughing gas for a blood test at a special doctor?
    anyways i am even drinking ensure plus and trying to eat a lot but its hard to gain stil, i have gained 10 pounds since the beginning of the last school year (witthout things like ensure) but i was also a lot shorter then
    i get panic attacks/high anxiety, sometimes i am tired in the morning (is that normal)i dont really know how to explain it like my muscles will sometimes feel weak in the morning or night, underweight/hard to gain weight, constipation (good with a pill i take for it) and i havent started my period yet probably cause im so thin
    do you think this stuff is just how i am and i dont have anything wrong with me, just fast metabolism and stuff?? cause i think those are symptoms of both?
    sorry its long :( (

    • ANSWER:
      Take you body temperature. If it is normaly below 98.2 F, then you can assume you have an isue with your metabolism/thyroid. And then take some times and read this website: http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com

      However, it may just be that since you are not yet physically mature, and your sex hormones haven't kicked in yet, you're just where you need to be right now. I was the same at your age and I have matured well. Also I did not get my period until I was 16, and really that is quite normal.

      By the way, I also totally hate blood tests. I used to ick and scream when I had to get one, but now I just hold my breath and look away when they take blood from my arm. It seems to work for me...

      I hope this info helps.

  15. QUESTION:
    Is it hypothyroidism or something else?
    I have alot of symptoms that point to hypothyroidism, but I've had two seperate blood tests done, and they both said my thyroid levels were normal. I did have a blood test done a few years ago that said my levels were slightly low, but since then I've had the other 2 tests that came back normal. My symptoms are unexplained weigh gain, its nearly impossible for me to lose weight no matter how much I diet and exercise, my eyebrows are thinning, I'm always tired, fatigued and sluggish, I am frequently cold when others are not, and I have dry itchy skin, mostly on my legs. I do not have the symptoms of constipation or a puffy face. Maybe I have something that mimics hypothyroidism, but is something else? Oh yeah, I also had an enlarged thyroid on the right side that has been recently removed to check for cancer, which it was not. And I had all my symptoms before the surgery. Any info would be helpful!

    • ANSWER:
      Sure sounds like you were hypothyroid. Did they do an antibody test to check for Hashimoto's thyroiditis? Are you currently taking thyroxine? Have your symptoms disappeared or are they persisting?

  16. QUESTION:
    Hypothyroid and PCOS?
    Hi, I just had my blood tests done to check my thyroid and my TSH is a 5.0 and my Free T4 was a .7- The lab says everything is normal. My symptoms include: infertility, weight gain (I eat very healthy and exercise 4-5 times a week), very hard to lose weight, hair loss, always have cold hands and feet, my basal body temp is normally 96.5 to 97, shortness of breath ( I just can't get enough air in with a really deep breath), brain fog, I also seem to have a hearing problem that just started a few months ago, I never have a lot of energy, I can fall asleep anytime in the day but the minute I want to go to bed at night I just can't, no sex drive at all, enlarged thyroid (my dentist pointed it out), dry cracked feet, I have extremely brittle hair, irregular periods, etc. I also have symptoms of PCOS like: more facial hair than I would like (it seems to be getting worse), acne, no ovulation. Please give me some advice, I need help! Thank you!
    I actually called and they ordered a blood test and since my test came back in the "normal" range they won't get me in until next month. I am 25 years old, so I don't think these symptoms are age related....but who knows! Anyway, I'll try to make this short. I had a still born baby in 2004 due to surgery complications that had nothing to do with my pregnancy. I was 6 months along. Before then I had always had a hard time losing weight and whenever I did lose weight, I gained it right back within a short period of time. I always had very irregular periods (sometimes I'd miss a month or two). After we lost our baby I gained a lot of weight, went through severe depression, and ever since then I cannot get pregnant. All the symptoms I previously mentioned have started or gotten worse.

    • ANSWER:
      A TSH of 5.0 os not normal, either is the 0.7 free T4. You are hypothyroid. AACE changed the range a few years ago to 0.3 to 3.0 for TSH. Gather sme info on this and show your doctor. You need to be on thyroid medication.

      Have you had a total and free testosterone and progesterone? a glucose and insulin? These tests can find out if you may have PCOS. Quite common in both hypothyroidism and PCOS are low progesterone levels. Also, glucose and insulin levels may be elevated.

      Whenever you test the thyrrid again, test within 1 hour of waking. THis is when metabolism is near its high point.

      Some links below about TSH levels.

  17. QUESTION:
    Is it a thyroid problem?
    Ok- long story short (as short as I can get!)....

    For the last 5 or so years my Grandmother has been convinced that I have a thyroid problem. She had a major problem with hers that the Doc's didn't catch for years. I have just about every symptom of hypothyroidism including pretty sudden weight gain, sudden panic attacks, swallowing problems, hoarse voice and many many more. I have seen 5-6 different doctors (pretty large practice) and EVERY time I see one for the first time the first question they ask is if I have a thyroid problem just by looking at my neck.

    Here's the kicker...
    I have had blood test done to check for problems that always come back fine and I have also had an ultrasound done and they said my thyroid was large but not enlarged. One of the doctors wants to send me to an endocrinologist which is about 2 hours from me.

    My question is have any of you experienced something like this or know someone who has? Is it possible that there could be a problem even though the blood tests/ultrasounds are fine? Any help would be appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      Did they test your TSH and thyroxine levels? Were tests performed accurately?

      You should see a specialist-endocrinologist since your family doctor at most is just familiar with cholesterol levels and prescribing antibiotics.

      I would go to the clinic that did your blood tests and get a copy of your blood tests to see if the TSH levels are high or low. I would check my intake of iodine-in salt-to make sure I have enough of it in my diet...........Thyroid makes thyroid hormones from iodine, pituatary controls thyroid by realeasing TSH which stimulates the thyroid to make its hormones. Just remember that for the hormones to be created the thyroid needs iodine in your blood.

      Always leave Clinic with a copy of any blood tests that your Insurance and you paid for-THEY ARE YOURS!

      Check....http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hypothyroidism/DS00353/DSECTION=tests-and-diagnosis

  18. QUESTION:
    Does it sound like a thyroid problem?
    Ok- long story short (as short as I can get!)....

    For the last 5 or so years my Grandmother has been convinced that I have a thyroid problem. She had a major problem with hers that the Doc's didn't catch for years. I have just about every symptom of hypothyroidism including pretty sudden weight gain, sudden panic attacks, swallowing problems, hoarse voice and many many more. I have seen 5-6 different doctors (pretty large practice) and EVERY time I see one for the first time the first question they ask is if I have a thyroid problem just by looking at my neck.

    Here's the kicker...
    I have had blood test done to check for problems that always come back fine and I have also had an ultrasound done and they said my thyroid was large but not enlarged. One of the doctors wants to send me to an endocrinologist which is about 2 hours from me.

    My question is have any of you experienced something like this or know someone who has? Is it possible that there could be a problem even though the blood tests/ultrasounds are fine? Any help would be appreciated

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, this does sound like a thyroid problem. Yes, sometimes a thyroid problem can be missed even in spite of the bloodwork especially if one was only getting one called the thyroid stimulating hormone. In order to find out if a thyroid problem is going on some other tests for the thyroid must be done like for T3 Free T3.

      Also, if someone has an issue with the pituitary gland it can cause some of the symptoms that you are describing.

      I would recommend asking the doctor if there is another endocrinologist that might be closer to you to get an opinion of your situation.

      I am also going to include the link to a site that may help you find more information: http://thyroid.about.com

  19. QUESTION:
    Can someone give me (22 yr old female) advise based on my list of symptoms and concerns?
    i am a 22 yr old female, just getting stable on my own and i am currently waiting on health insurance. my parents split when i was 15 and i have not been on insurance or seen my family dr since then. i have a few concerns and i dont know if they are worth concerning or not...here they are:

    ever since my cycle started ive been irregular. (like 14 yrs old with a 10 day period, or 15 and scared i could be pregnant, even it was almost 100% not an option lol)
    -i recently started to keep track of my cyles and had a scare. i started mar 4, had a normal 7 day period, but when aprl 4, may 4, then june 4 then july came n went it became disturbing. i eventually started on july 5th but it was like i was just spotting for 5 days. then i stopped and a couple days shy of 2 weeks-shockingly, started again, heavy at first painful (not severe) and lasted 7 days.

    i also noticed i dont have a regular or even daily bowel movement. sometimes maybe 3 times a week...sometimes more sometimes less. my stomach is always upset. when i wake up i have to brush my teeth immidiately bc my stomaches already uneasy and morning breath doesnt help. (water makes it worse for some reason) sometimes i can tell that im really backed up because of sharp pains in my stomach or gas that hurts...on the inside?!?!? dont know any other way to describe it...ive tried laxatives, appropriately, but it gives me sharp pains too

    also when i was about 19 i woke up one moring and had an unexplainable swolen foot, ankle, and part of my calf. i could push on my skin and it would leave a distinct dent for about 30 mins. er said i must have sprained my ankle n gave me a cast, but it didnt hurt other than the pain of my foot feeling like it was about to explode and my toes pop off. every week was diff, then it went to both feet, it comes and goes randomly-sometimes longer than others-for about 4 years now.
    havent been able to pinpoint what causes it or what makes the swelling go down, it just happens.
    this past may my mom took me to her dr because of my attitude and apperance yoyoin (stress)
    he overlooked my swelling problem bc it wasnt swollen by the time i got in to see him, and gave me antidepressants-fyi: not neccesary bc i gained alot of weight and financial issues n wutever else was the only reason i was stressed so noticeably, but he said he notice my thyroid looked swollen and that could be the cause of my weight gain and loss thruout the years. he gave me an ultrasound and he said they were enlarged but no nodules, nothing to be concerned with and sent me on my way.

    i feel that i have too many possibles to have a dr just rule EVERYTHING out without noting all my symptoms or concerns, and not look into anything and just send me away. this is the first dr ive been to since i was a teen so i thought i could get some answers and i got...the ambition to search the internet. :)

    last important detail, ive been with my husband for 5 years and for 4 years now we havent used any protection to prevent pregnancy. we've not tried, tried, tried while ovulating and nothing. my mom was diagnosed with endometriosis a few years ago and i thought that might be the explanation to everything. ive mentioned my moms condition to a dr after stating some of my concerns but that was all the further it went. ive researched endometriosis..never had an absolute "yes!" moment from wut ive found but i havent ruled it out either.

    i hope theres someone who can give me advise, or info or suggestions or something so i can live a long happy healthy life. just that should be enough to help someone, not insurance or money. Anything will help, and is appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      A lot of your symptoms are similar to PCOS - poly cystic ovarian syndrome - a condition where numerous harmless cysts form in your ovaries. It's not a dangerous condition and is easily treated with hormone therapy - usually birth control type pill with the birth control part taken out, and additional hormones. The cysts aren't cancerous and they do not raise your chances to get cancer either.

      An ultrasound ordered by your doctor is all that's needed to test for it - they will either do it on your lower belly thru the outside, or with an internal probe done vaginally.

      The most common symptoms of PCOS are: extremely irregular periods from the time you first started menstruating, unexplained weight gain, difficulty to lose weight even on exercise programs and diets, hair growth on face chin and neck (more than the standard peach fuzz), and difficulty in getting pregnant. All these should diminish once treatment is started. There can be further issues if left untreated - not from the syndrome or the cysts, but the weight gain, what every overweight person is at risk for, like diabetes, heart problems, high blood pressure etc.

      If you do get checked out for this and it turns out to be PCOS, let your doctor know that you would like to get pregnant, as that can change which type of hormone treatment they will use.

  20. QUESTION:
    Could the doctor have missed something?
    I am a teenage girl I don't know if this will help but I just thought I'd mention it. I went to the doctor about a month ago for persistent symptoms. I had my parents ask for a blood test to check for thyroid problems. The doctor said my levels were high (I forget what he called it) and he scheduled an appointment with a Endocrinologist. She felt around and said my thyroid was enlarged. She ordered another blood test. I had to wait a week still having to deal with the symptoms and go to school miserable. She called back and said my levels were NORMAL. I am at my wits end I don't know what to do and my parents don't know what to do either. Should I go back to the doctor and ask for something more complex to test for thyroid problems?. I seem to be getting new symptoms every few days as if whatever it is is getting worse :( The strangest thing is some days I can feel good and the next day I don't want to get out of bed. Just like today it was warm (its winter where I live) and I went outside to enjoy the warmth. I was out maybe an our and had to come back in. My symptoms are worse at night and evening hours. Here are my symptoms:
    fatigue
    weight gain
    sometimes when I swallow I get choked because of something swollen in my throat
    headaches that disappear and come back
    tonight I think I might have a slight fever
    dry skin
    hair falls out
    mild depression
    irregular periods (I was expecting my period over a week ago)
    nausea
    trouble concentrating/trouble remembering things
    my joints ache
    acid reflux
    stomach upset (this is becoming less frequent though)
    One day I can feel like I can't get enough to eat and the next day I don't want to look at food
    I had a stomach virus that took me over a week to even feel better
    Sometimes my throat feels like it is very small and I have trouble breathing because of it
    I wake up at night a lot
    I get hot/cold easily
    My voice is all out of whack if you know what I mean
    I seem to have less muscle strength in my legs

    The endocrinologist thought I might of had Hashimoto's Disease.
    What should I do now? My symptoms are getting harder to deal with. Thank you very much :)

    • ANSWER:
      With Hashimoto's disease, your TSH level can just happen to be, at the time of testing, in the normal range .3 - 3, & then the next day it could be up or down! That is the way it is ... like a roller coaster (til it goes HypO & stays!). Sounds as though you need a new Endo (one that does more than diabetes!) Perhaps the one you had did not know that you needed to be tested for ANTIBODIES!

      Check these out:
      http://thyroid.about.com/bio/Mary-Shomon-350.htm
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/

      God bless

  21. QUESTION:
    Graves disease/Hyper???
    Hello, My Endo last week says I have very begining stages of Graves. My tsh level is low my T4 and T3 are normal I have an enlarged thyroid and a very small nodule. I have had 2 Ultra Sounds done and a thyroid uptake scan next week I'm going to a blood test that shows if I have certain anitbodies that is associated with Graves and a bone density test. I do not have any Graves Symptoms at all in fact I have more symptoms of Hypo then anything else....alittle weight gain, tired, always cold, a slow heart rate and constipation.?? Does Graves disease progress or can I stay at this level for a long time. over all I do feel good and eat healthy, don't smoke and workout 6 days a week. any advise? thanks!!!! When I do my cardio workout my heart rate does not climb up that easy.

    • ANSWER:
      Get a second opinion. If your Dr is not an endocronoligist, see one.

  22. QUESTION:
    Hashimoto's and normal tsh levels? Possible to feel hypo?
    Any tips from others dealing with this would be greatly appreciated and would make me feel like I'm not crazy. :)
    I had doctors telling me my thyroid gland felt enlarged since January 2010,they'd test my tsh and everything was normal. Finally this May a different doctor ordered an ultrasound of my thyroid gland, radiologist and my doctor agreed it is "mildly enlarged", they also found that 2 of my parathyroid glands are also enlarged. I was sent to an endocrinologist late May and she ordered a load of labs, parathyroid function, kidney function,tsh, metabolic panel, vitamin d and tested for thyroid antibodies.My tsh was .93 (late may), my last tsh was this january and was 1.9. I tested positive for thyroid antibodies and my level was 69, my vitamin d is also low and is the supposed reason for my parathyroid glands being enlarged,am now taking 1000 units of vitamin d daily now.
    At my initial appt. with my endo she talked to me mainly about hyperthyroidism because of they way my level dropped, I told her I have none of those symptoms. She called me at work to tell me I have Hashimoto's and low vit d levels, take vitamin d daily and she will recheck my tsh and vit d in 6 months. She had no time to answer any questions and said absolutely no to any medication.. so I did my own research. I have just about every symptom of HYPOthyroidism and have had them for years. My mother had hashimotos and no longer has a thyroid gland, almost every one of her siblings is hypo and a few are hyper (there are 9 total). I called her back w/my concerns and still said absolutely no to treating it.
    I've had pain in the joints of my fingers x 3 years
    pain/swelling in my knees x 8-9 yrs (i do not have lymes or arthritis, mri and xray done on my knees show nothing wrong at all) I've seen orthopedic doctors for this.
    my muscles ache all the time in all sorts of places, legs,arms, back.
    my skin is very dry and seems to be bad yr round, am now using a prescription scalp solution for my horribly dry scalp that seemed to come out of no where 2 yrs ago.
    I cannot get pregnant again (5 yrs of trying-finally gave up and decided it was'nt meant to be), i missed 2 days of birth control 9 yrs ago and got pregnant instantly.
    I could sleep all day if I did'nt have a life, I am tired all the time and feel like I'm in a fog. I have been on 3 antidepressants (over 5 yrs) the doctors threw at me and nothing really worked so I just stopped them.
    I used to be someone who never really got nervous or scared about things..over the past few yrs I have anxiety over many stupid little things that shouldnt bother me,even meeting w/friends for dinner and sometimes break out in hives on my chest and back when my anxiety is bad.
    my weight fluctuates every couple months w/ no change in diet. I gain about 10 lbs and a month or so later I lose that plus maybe some more. (i am not a large person, so this usually goes unnoticed by most people)
    I have and have had bad menorrhagia for many yrs. but usually don't get anything to stop the bleeding because I have a clotting disorder already and extra hormones puts me at higher risk for a clot.
    the list goes on...
    If my tsh was only .93 in May, why do I feel like someone with hypothyroidism? Maybe it's just coincidence? I have a very slim neck and my enlarged thyroid is a tiny bit noticeable (by my endo and now me since she showed me) Why is this a "wait and see" disease? Why would they allow your thyroid gland to get bigger? It does'nt make sense.I would rather feel hyper than hypo any day, I have felt like crap for way too long.
    (fyi- i am 28 yrs old..going on 80) I have an appt with a new endo on Thursday but he works alongside with the last one I saw so I'm guessing he wont be of any help either and just a waste of another copay.

    • ANSWER:
      Oh my goodness, the TSH test as the only thyroid test, and no treatment? ugh
      This is NOT a wait-and-see disease. The thyroid is one of the most
      important glands in the body. It regulates the entire metabolism, and when
      the thyroid is not functioning properly it can affect everything from
      adrenals, sex hormones, bones, circulation, hair, and weight, to energy,
      mental acuity, eyesight, and so on...

      Here is an article that might help you find a better doctor:
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/how-to-find-a-good-doc

      Here is the Hashimotos article:
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/hashimotos

      Lots of great thyroid treatment info:
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/things-we-have-learned/

      Recommended tests:
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/recommended-labwork/
      What the test results mean:
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/lab-values/

      There are a couple of thyroid groups that I think will benefit you:
      http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/Naturalthyroidhormones/
      http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/thyroidless (co-mod has Hashis)

      I sincerely hope this info helps you.

  23. QUESTION:
    Should i get a second opinion?
    Okay i went in for a routine physical and my doctor noticed swelling on the right side of my thyroid. she never asked me anything about how i was feeling or anything. went home and read up on the thyroid and i have a whole lot of the symptoms of hyperthyroid except for the weight loss mine is weight gain. well anyways i have a huge family history of thyroid disorders (im only 22 by the way) on the women's side of my moms family. it does all the way back to my great grand mother. my doctor ordered the labs and had me schedule a ultrasound. results of the blood tests are TSH 0.89, Ft4 1.27, Ft3 3.8. after i did my ultrasound a week later my doctor emailed me the very next day with results ( just the night before i was trying to eat a hamburger with the family on memorial day and i could not even get it down without alot of effort) im going to paste what my doc sent me. " I wanted to let you know that I received the results of your thyroid ultrasound...

    IMPRESSION: Mildly enlarged heterogeneous thyroid.
    Two small hypoechoic nodules, six month follow-up to document
    stability suggested.
    The two nodules were only 7mm which is still too small to do any biopsies so the repeat ultrasound in 6 months is our good next step. If they did not change then they are ok and you probably had them for a long time and the follow up would be to get TSH each year which is a thyroid lab. Karen Semones, MD" i just think there is something else she should be able to do. any insite from others or some doctors?
    oh i already eat plenty of acai berry lol.

    • ANSWER:
      Your doctor plan sounds plausible and workable. The method of letting you know may have not been sufficient. Call the doctor and have her explain the labs., why they were taken and the results as to what they indicate. I suggest you go to record release, sign a release of information to you and have them mail it to you. You can study the report, know the normals, have documentation if you do decide to see someone else. It'll have the labs., doctors plan, physical as to what she found recorded. By law it must be provided to you upon request. There is usually no charge for this.

  24. QUESTION:
    Recently diagnosed with hyperthyroidism?
    I just received the results of a thyroid test, and it showed I have hyperthyroidism. My TSH was very low (0.004), my T4 was high (14.1) and my T3 was high (298). I haven't been able to get into an endocrinologist yet. What, exactly, do these kinds of levels indicate? Are they severe levels, or do they indicate something like Graves Disease? Also, I'm concerned about the treatments. I've heard horror stories about the meds, and I had a small reaction to iodine dye in a CT scan, so I don't know if RAI is an option.
    I also have had almost no symptoms; in fact, I showed symptoms of HYPOthyroidism. I sweat very little, I've been having weight gain, my hair is thick, I'm sensitive to cold, not heat, heavy/long menstrual periods, constipation, hoarseness, muscle aches. I have no Graves symptoms. I do have breathing problems, but I smoke. My thyroid is enlarged.
    Has anyone heard of being diagnosed with hyperthyroidism when most symptoms are opposite? Also, what can I expect from treatment?
    I also suffer from depression, like hypothyroidism causes, but I also am a nervous twitchy person as well. Also, despite the weight gain, my appetite hasn't changed, in fact, my diet has improved because of it, as well as exercise, to no avail. No problems with nails, except that they're thin/weak, no myxedema, no clubbing of fingers. No signs of Graves' opthalmology except for occasional dry eyes and frequent blinking.

    • ANSWER:
      Hyperthyroidism is a condition caused by the effects of too much thyroid hormone on tissues of the body. Although there are several different causes of hyperthyroidism, most of the symptoms that patients experience are the same regardless of the cause (see the list of symptoms below). Because the body's metabolism is increased, patients often feel hotter than those around them and can slowly lose weight even though they may be eating more. The weight issue is confusing sometimes since some patients actually gain weight because of an increase in their appetite. Patients with hyperthyroidism usually experience fatigue at the end of the day, but have trouble sleeping. Trembling of the hands and a hard or irregular heartbeat (called palpitations) may develop. These individuals may become irritable and easily upset. When hyperthyroidism is severe, patients can suffer shortness of breath, chest pain, and muscle weakness. Usually the symptoms of hyperthyroidism are so gradual in their onset that patients don't realize the symptoms until they become more severe. This means the symptoms may continue for weeks or months before patients fully realize that they are sick. In older people, some or all of the typical symptoms of hyperthyroidism may be absent, and the patient may just lose weight or become depressed.

      It seem as if you will be around for awhile. Hope this helps.

  25. QUESTION:
    pregnancy symptoms, negative tests ... Please help i need a lot of answers!?
    Okay this is going to be a long one but please if you could take your time to read it i would really appreciate it...

    Okay so my fiance and i have been together for 3 years. I haven't been on birth control for around about 2 years and when i was on it, it wasn't for a long time only a few months. I am 19 and my partners 21.We always used protection such as condoms, On may 16th was the last time i got my normal period. We had sex in my unprotected a few times. I started getting what i thought was a few symptoms such as : Nausea,I had a really high temp of 39.2 and flu symptoms that only lasted one day, headaches,extreme fatigue,sore breasts,etc. I also just "felt" pregnant. I was meant to get my period on the 11th june but instead it was a day late and was just spotting only when i wiped and no period pains at all only a few here and there but nothing like my normal heavy/painful period. I thought that might have been implantation bleeding but when i got negative blood and urine tests i just put it down to a short period. I thought i would just wait and see what happens with my next period-i assumed i wasn't pregnant, but just couldn't shake feeling like i was pregnant. I had a few scares before but nothing like this. we still had unprotected sex during June because we thought well if im not pregnant we are ready for a child either way! both financially and mentally. Through the month of june i started getting blue veins,still sore breasts and enlarged! morning sickness comes and goes. I thought maybe i was just expecting my period.

    So on the 8th july i was expecting my period and it never came. Its 5 days late... on the 6th july(2 days before my period) i started getting what i thought was asthma and turns out to be heartburn and a lot of cervical mucus (which is unusual cause usually im really dry before my period) Only way i can explain it is, it was like nasal mucus- I thought nothing of it but come the day of my period i thought i got it and went to check was just more mucus i just kept feeling wet and everytime i wiped it was there this lasted up until yesterday and the cramps stopped yesterday (12th june) and now i still have no signs of my period. its so confusing but the doctor thinks i'm not pregnant. But he said it could be to early. I figured by my records that i ovulated on the half way through the day on the 26th than finished half way through the day on the 27th (is this normal????)
    This was going off the egg white discharge(fertile) on the 27th i got the white stain in my underwear-what does that mean???

    These are the dates that i tested-
    14th June- doctors urine test(was still spotting)
    17th june-hpt
    20th june-got blood test was negative doc said may be to early
    5th july- negative test (so i pretty much new i wasn't pregnant from this month)
    6th july-got blood test im pretty sure it said 5hcg the doctor didn't tell me just said was neg
    8th july- period due, neg test
    10th july- negative test (today would have been 2 weeks after ovulation IF i conceived on the 26th

    all these tests were done with early morning urine and im going to test again in a few days. But is it possible i could be pregnant from may and not show on the tests??? or do you think its more likely to be pregnant from June?????? i ovulated later in the month and only have a 26 day cycle its really confusing and my doctor wouldn't talk to me about any of this. I had all my levels checked like thyroids,iron,etc and i have no stds. I don't have pcos or ovarian cysts. i am not "hoping" to be pregnant meaning im not thinking about it a lot but i would not mind at all if i was pregnant !!!! Im not stressing and haven't lost weight or gained it nothings new and i have asked my doctor all the reasons what could be going on. He said next step is an ultra sound but if i was pregnant now i should wait til i would be around 8 weeks for an ultra sound and by than im hoping a test would show and if im not pregnant than see whats going on

    I have been having my period for 7 years now and never been late always on time and i get a feeling when im getting my period i'm pretty in touch with my body.

    Im sorry this is so long but i really need help im going insane!! I just want to know whats going on :( has anyone at all had similar problems like this?

    • ANSWER:
      The only thing that I can tell you is to wait a couple days or a week and test again. I would think that if you did get pregnant than it would be from june. Good luck!

  26. QUESTION:
    A once off exposure to chlorine developed hypothyroidism. If chlorine blocked the iodine receptors how unblok
    The chlorine exposure was a once off large one while cleaning furniture with a strong pool chlorine wash. The hypothyroidism was picked up on a regular blood test with TSH level of 20 a couple of weeks ago. I have a diet high in iodine - kelp, sushi, iodised salt, and no symptoms of hypothyroidism (eg lethary, weight gain etc). If this chlorine exposure blocked my iodine receptors I figure all i need to do is unblock them so the iodine can again be utilised. Thyroid is also enlarged. Can anybody help please?

    • ANSWER:
      Iodoral is the product I use. Much better than eating all the salt, sushi and kelp. You only need to take the iodoral for 6 months and then your done more than likely. Taking it in this form will give you a better way to tell how much you are getting.

      Im sure once you have enough iodine in yoru system it wont really matter and the thyroid will go down in size. Lucky you caught it before the weight gain.

  27. QUESTION:
    Anyone take levothyroxine for hypothyroidism?
    I went to see my doctor today because over the last few months I have been experiencing several signs and symptoms that are indicative of hypothyroidism, including hair thinning/loss, dry skin and mouth, generalized fatigue, weight gain no matter how much I work out and eat healthy, and more recently occasional diarrhea and anxiety issues, which all relate to thyroid dysfunction. I am 26 years old and have always been very healthy and fit and almost never get sick. My doctor said that my thyroid felt mildly enlarged, so I had a TSH blood test done and will get the results tomorrow. If I do have hypothyroidism, which I'm fairly certain I do, my doc is going to have me start taking levothyroxine. Has anyone else had good results with this medication? I and just so sick of feeling tired and lousy with all of these symptoms and want to be able to be my normal happy, healthy, and energetic self again.

    • ANSWER:
      I know it's scary knowing that you're gonna need a pill every day forever.
      I'm proof, there's NOTHING to worry about. I've been on Levo since 1996.
      If given the option, have your thyroid completely removed. It will save you MUCH hassle.
      If you just "supplement", you'll always have blood tests and changing dosages all the time.
      Drop me a line, I'll answer any other questions you have.

  28. QUESTION:
    persistant sore throat?
    Hello, has anyone had a persistant sorethroat? My throat is not red, do not hurt when i swallow, and does not have a infection from the cultures my doctors done a couple months ago. This throat doctor wanted to take my tonsils out, he said my tonsils are a little enlarged, but he also do not see any infections. He gave me some antibiotics, but of course I do not have an infection so they did not work. He did not give me thorough exam, so he will not make money off of me for something that is not the issue. Im seeing another specialist at University of Pennsylvania Hosp. this month

    I did my own research and I think it maybe: Laryngitis, Mono, or Thyroid disease, my mom had thyroid surgery 2yrs go, so it may be hereditary.

    Symptoms

    sore throat
    very slight ear ache (not often)
    fatigue
    weight gain/slow metabolism

    Thanks,

    • ANSWER:

  29. QUESTION:
    Cood this not be cancer?
    Ive left a lot of post about my symptoms and I'm freaking out rite now. So I've had generalized lymphadenopathy for about 7 months or so...the swollen lymph nodes dont hurt and they dont really grow that much, but I do notice a few more every few weeks or so. I had a CT scan and it didnt show the lymph nodes were swollen, but I cood feel and see them. My spleen was slightly enlarged though. A blood test showed no sign of infection, and mono test came back negative. Thyroid was also normal. We thought it wasn't anything after the CT scan, but the lumps never went away. So recently i keep feeling a fluttering in the middle right part of my chest, so that scares me. I've also been constipated for months, and a few days ago, i noticed blood in my stool and in the toilet, a good amount of blood also. So my mom is contacting a cancer doctor in a few days to see what he has to say. I also lost 15 pounds in a few months, but it seemed like i gained a few pounds over the summer which is a plus. But i still think something is going on...the swollen lymph nodes are in my pelvis, collar bone, neck, and head just to be clear. So i'm posting this because i need to know if this cood b something rather than cancer, like some sort of non life threating thing cuz im only 16! weight is 140 at about 6'0...thanks, please feel free to comment back ill take all answers as a consideration!

    • ANSWER:


Enlarged Thyroid Symptoms Thyroid Nodules

The not so familiar term, Hypothyroidism is basically characterized by bouts of depression, a very depressing powerlessness to free oneself from weight issues, very sweet urges and the most common symptom called fatigue. One other very important factor that currently largely contributes to the above mentioned symptoms is your thyroid. And this could be necessitated once your doctor overlooked testing your thyroid for whats called autoimmune thyroid disease.

This would be the prudent thing to do taking into consideration that the Hashimotos autoimmune thyroid is the major cause of Hypothyroidism. The way the autoimmune thyroid works is to generate destructive antibodies that particularly kill the thyroid glands cells, consequently leading to Hypothyroidism.

Now above the Hashimoto thyroiditis we also have a further cause of Hypothyroidism which pegged on the many treatments. The moment you go to a surgeon to help you with your thyroid menace, the surgeons will be forced to get rid of some parts of the thyroid glands which by extension, you may be left with very few cells in your thyroid glands to protect you in case of further attacks. For those who really get lucky the doctor may just get rid of a nodule at the glands and everything will be well, but sooner than later, as the problems persist the glands may never keep up with expectations.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Enlarged spleen, thyroid nodules, swollen lymph nodes in neck?
    I just found out that my spleen is swollen, and that is what is causing the pain in my upper left abdomen. I've had thyroid nodules for years, but recently they are much larger, and the nodes near them are swollen now. I am waiting for results of CBC, Hepatic Panel, and mono spot, and have a thyroid ultra-sound scheduled for tonight. Does anyone else have similar symptoms? What could be causing all this?

    • ANSWER:
      First off, you have ALL the classic signs and symptoms of Mono, so I'm glad they are doing a mono spot!

      Enlarge spleen is a condition that normally happens when you have mono due to the fact its a 'filtering' organ and trying to remove the infection. Same with the enlarged lymph nodes in your neck. I'm curious to know if you have a sore throat or have been weak for the last couple of days!

      As for thyroid nodules, experts know that thyroid nodules run in families. This means you are more likely to have a thyroid nodule if one of your parents has had a thyroid nodule. Or they can form when a person has been exposed to to much radiation.

      Hope this helps!

  2. QUESTION:
    Thyroid Nodules and Uptake Scan....Help?
    I had an ultrasound done a few weeks ago, and it confirmed I had enlarged thyroid nodules (and its obvious when you look at my neck). It was large enough for the doctor to consider me getting a biopsy done, which I hope I can get next week. I have some symptoms of both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism, but I'm pretty sure everyone experiences those sometimes

    I did a thyroid uptake & scan today and yesterday, all I remember seeing on the computer, was it saying "outside of normal range", I saw some percentages: 33.3% and 37%. I asked the tech if he could explain and he said he doesn't have the right to do that. I have to wait til sometime next week to hear the results and I'm curious. I have bloodwork done and my TSH levels seemed normal...what could this mean? Tnx in advance

    • ANSWER:
      First of all I have to tell you NOT to WORRY,ok? :) I had this problem just as you described, I had ultra sound, radio scan, and an FNA which is the biopsy with a fine needle right from your thyroid nodules. Do it! it will make you sure that there's nothing wrong with you and empties the nodules which are now full of blood. :) (it will say at last: Noduler Guiter has been detected)

      You can ask the tech that your nodule is warm or cold. Warm nodules are less dangerous( I mean no danger at all!)

      And finally your dr prescribe you Levothyrixin one each day an hour before breakfast, that will regulate your thyroid gland. :)

  3. QUESTION:
    Recently diagnosed: Thyroid nodules AND moderate enlargement, what do I expect next?
    I went into my doctors office for a sinus infection, and he found that my thyroid seemed enlarged. Ultrasound results showed that I have 2 nodules on the left side, and the overall thyroid is moderately enlarged. My blood test (for thyroid function) came back fine. So my question is, what will be next? I have an appoint with a specialist in like 6 weeks :( . I thought if the thyroid is enlarged or shrunken, that would mean that it is not working properly? If my blood test were okay this time, could it change later? Can it fluctuate? I have had some of the symptoms: major fatigue, headaches, I have a hard time keeping weight off (even with a VERY healthy diet and exercise), mood swings. My maternal grandmother has had a thyroid problem most of her life.....don't know if that matters or not.
    Thanks in advance for any help on the subject.
    I have looked at the symptoms, and it seems like I do have some of the lesser symptoms (MAJOR fatigue (for like YEARS now), headaches (for like years as well), trouble loosing weight, bouts of depression, ect. So I don't know way I would have some of the symptoms but OK bloodwork.

    • ANSWER:
      Like you I went in for something different, allergies. I was shocked to find out my thyroid was enlarged but when I looked up the symptoms it made sense. My counts were off though. I had a sonogram which should nodules and then I had the radioactive iodine uptake test. I went to a specialists and he was fantastic, I started on 112 mg of synthroid and my counts were normal within 4 weeks and my thyroid shrunk back down. I take a pill everyday and am just fine.

      The answer above sound much more complicated than just an underactive thyroid with a goiter which is what you sound like you have.

  4. QUESTION:
    THYROID SYMPTOMS???? PLEASE HELP!!!!?
    ok before I begin I would like to start by saying I would really appreciate REAL help and not people saying "go to the doctor" or "call your doctor" as I know I need to see doctors and been to tons of doctors and hospitals this past year and continue to do so. Now im just looking for people who have the same symptoms as I do, or can offer any help thanks!

    here are the symptoms,,, I constantly feel drowsy like im on medication or something
    feeling of being off balance. for example if im sitting on a chair i feel as if im tipping over
    or I feel like im on a ship constantly moving side to side (not actually moving)
    I keep twitching in my legs, butt, and toes
    my arm hurts all the time and my fingers go numb
    I have horrible pressure in my head along with face pains and pressure.
    I cant stand on my feet or walk very long because I start to feel as if im going to faint
    if im standing i need to hold on to something
    I get hot flushes and chills
    sleep a lot
    burning mouth and my tongue looks white with tiny red dots all over (feels like I burned it with hot tea or something)
    sometimes I get ear aches or burning in my ears too sort of like i rubbed pepper in my ears
    sometimes same thing happens in my eyes
    I dont sneeze,itch,or have a stuffy nose so i dont think its due to allergies
    ive tried everything for sinuses, but nothing helps, and i dont even feel my sinuses are swollen.
    my head feels heavy all the time and insane pressure on a daily basis.
    I am a 26 year old female. also had an enlarged thyroid with nodules on it which i had removed 2 months ago and am on levathroxine thyroid replacement medication. i go get my levels tested regularly and the doctor says my levels are "perfect".

    tests ive had done
    testing for anemia. Negative
    brain ct scan. Normal
    cbc. normal
    thyroid levels. normal
    neck mri. normal
    other bunch of blood work. normal
    ekg. normal

    PLEASE HELP IF ANYONE IS GOING THROUGH ANYTHING LIKE THIS OR HAS ANY IDEA WHAT COULD BE WRONG WITH ME!

    im constantly going to doctors and they cant figure anything out... i dont even go to work anymore because most of the time i cant get out of bed or walk out of the house with out feeling as if im going to faint. one other thing thats on my mind and might sound crazy is menopause??????
    could this be possible at my age?

    • ANSWER:
      Honestly, have you sought psycho therapy? You sound depressed, severely depressed.

  5. QUESTION:
    I have several thyroid nodules and normal hormone levels. "wait and see"from Dr. Should I push for FNA biopsy?
    My Thyroid is so enlarged in addition to the nodules that I have been told I have a goiter. I have several symptoms of Grave's disease but normal hormone levels. I am starting to feel choked all the time. How do I convince the Dr. that I don't want to wait and see. The egotistical jerk I have to put up with in rural Ky instead forces acid refux medicine on me and talks to me like I am stupid. I want a new dr but they are hard to come by here, atleast those that are specialist. Can a general practitioner order the FNA? I am desperate and getting more miserable everyday. I am tired of being sick all the time and now I am deformed too. My eyes look so gross and I have read that "the bug eye" is erreversable. I am only 37.

    • ANSWER:
      I had Thyroid cancer and I had to change doctors in order to find one who would take it seriously. My first doctor kept dismissing it as "nothing." You need to get at least an FNA to find out what you're dealing with. I highly recommend finding a good center with expertise in Thyroid disease. You can find them on the web. Thyroid disease, even if it is cancer, is very treatable. But time is of the essence. Good luck. You're too young to have these issues. Find a better medical practice and go to them. I just did a google search on Thyroid Centers Kentucky and the University of Kentucky Medical Center comes up. You should check them out. In my experience, The university hospitals are generally up on the latest information.

  6. QUESTION:
    enlarged thyroid. scared. help!?
    i have had an enlarged thyroid since i can remember. (20 or 21?) i am a 27 year old female. doctors have always noticed it and took blood tests which have always come back normal. they have felt no nodules on the thyroid. it doesn't bother me at all. sometimes choker necklaces feel tight but that's it.
    today my doctor commented on how large it is. she said i should get an ultrasound done. she felt no lumps on it at all. why would i need an ultrasound. can you have nodules or lumps that can't be felt? could i have thyroid cancer? i have no symptoms of hyper/hypo that i can think of. (some bleeding in between periods and sometimes i have a hard time falling asleep at night but i think it's stress related.) i don't have my ultrasound until next month. i am gonna go crazy until then. please help!

    • ANSWER:
      If the gland is uniformly enlarged and the hormones are within normal range, the condition is called diffuse nontoxic goiter. Thyroid needs iodine to work correctly: if there is a lack of iodine in diet, the thyroid will grow to keep its hormone level normal. Have you ever being living in the areas with known low iodine content in drinking water? Also note that the fluorine from drinking water and toothpaste is preventing iodine to be absorbed. The ultrasound test will determine the thyroid volume and also show if there are some impalpable small lesions called nodules are present.

  7. QUESTION:
    I have a large mass in my left thyroid from an enlarged nodule.?
    It is probably not cancerous, but it is slowly chocking me. I have a constant gagging sensation, nausea and I am frequently light headed. for the past few weeks I have also been having symptoms similar to panic attacks. I was told to see an ENT, but no one in the area takes my insurance. When is this a situation to go to the ER?

    • ANSWER:
      If it is cyst, the ER personnel can drain it, but chances are the cyst can reoccur.

  8. QUESTION:
    Can a thyroid expert answer my question?
    Back in late June i when to get my blood tests done for my type1 diabetes (since i was eleven and now im seventeen), you know the A1c and that other stuff done. I get the results and my a1c was 10.9 (i when thru a period of stress) Anyways, when my mom saw my T3 level, it showed that is was high. I went to my endocrinologist around 5 days later and he said to go do a thyroid sonogram because i could be developing hypothyroidism. Then around early october i go do the same blood work routine done for my diabetes and i had the thyroid sonogram results already (it showed enlarged thyroid and two nodules) I lowered my A1c to 6.7 :) and my t3 and t4 and ths were normal, but in september i start to feel sick: extreme fatigue, my skin was dry everywhere and peeling off, i became constipated (went to the bathroom every 5 days to go do u know what). I went to him and he said that my t3,t4 and ths were normal and that i didnt have hypothyroidism so i said why do i have these symptoms and he said to eat more fiber and change my soap. So he said that should biopsy these nodules. Honestly he didnt care the consult lasted around 5 mins and i stepped out crying. I went o another endocrinologist the day after and i told him my symptoms and he said to go to a thyroid scan and i just had it done and it revelead mild thyromegaly and mild inhomogeneous tracer uptake/ mild increase trapping function mor prominent in the thyroid gland. So why do i have hypo symptoms.?????

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  9. QUESTION:
    Normal TSH level, but enlarged thyroid... what's the problem?
    I've had an enlarged thyroid for a few years now, it's somewhat noticeable. I also feel uncomfortable if I wear close-neck shirts or necklaces, I keep pulling it away from my neck.

    I have some symptoms of hypothyroidism, so I had a thyroid ultrasound which shows a nodule. I then had a needle biopsy which showed it was benign.. but every time I have a blood test, my TSH level is normal. (My test about a week ago showed a TSH level of 1.64 uIU/mL).

    What should I do to reduce the enlargement when hormone therapy is obviously not needed? What could the problem actually be if not hypothyroidism? Please help me understand what's going on..

    • ANSWER:
      I would suggest a test for antibodies. I had hashimotos, which is an autoimmune disease of the thyroid. sometimes it was big, and I was a bit hyperthyroid and sometimes it shrunk back and I was hypo. It took years to get the correct diagnosis....but when I look back at old photos, I can see it! Also, at one point, my daughter had thyroiditis, which is an inflammation of the thyroid.
      as to nodules, when they do your blood work, you should keep track of your tg levels, if they are going up, it could be a time for more tests. If your nodules and thyroid are making you uncomfortable, at some point your doctor may suggest a removal. I am giving you my thyca web site (which is for thyroid cancer), not because I think you have it, but because of all the resources...endos, surgeons, studies, etc. The recovery was so much easier than you would think! I also learned alot from the mayo clinic (look under nodules) and there is a book called the complete thyroid book by dr. ain which was pretty good. Learn all you can about nodules and hashimotos etc...and if your endo is mostly diabetes, you may want to look for a specialist. there is a thyroid chat group in the yahoo health groups...not cancer, just about thyroid and maybe they would be able to help as well. good health.

  10. QUESTION:
    Why do I need to have a thyroid biopsy?
    My T3 and T4 are normal. In June my TSH was 0.510 then six weeks later my TSH was 0.214. My ultrasound revealed enlarged thyroid with multiple nodules... one 2.3 X 1.5 cm the other 1.6 X 2.2 cm. I understand that it is very rare to have thyroid cancer so I'm not sure why my endo says she doesn't think anything is wrong with my thyroid but she wants me to have a biopsy on the largest nodule. I am so exhausted for the past 3 months and really thought perhaps it was hypothyroid (experiencing other symptoms as well) but now am wondering if it is all just "in my head"? :) I don't want to have a biopsy unless it is absolutely necessary. I guess my question is why have the biopsy if nothing is the matter with the hormones and the nodules are quite likely not cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      Have the biopsy, either it's nothing - cool, or it's something, then it's very good to know asap.

  11. QUESTION:
    Enlarged thyroid + breathing problems?
    My thyroid gland is enlarged. I can’t exhale very well, which is weird, but it doesn’t feel like something is stuck in my throat or windpipe. It feels like my windpipe is smaller or something. I haven’t been hungry, I’ve been tired, and I keep getting extremely hot or cold. I’ve also been losing hair. This was happening to me before, from the end of March until the beginning of June. I saw an endocrinologist at the beginning of June. However, most of my symptoms had subsided by then, which is when I had my hormone levels tested, and they came back fine. He wasn’t worried even though my neck still felt a little bigger than it used to (but not as bad as it had been) and the doctors found 2 nodules in my ultrasound. The nodules were really small so the doctors decided they weren’t causes of concern.

    Now that the symptoms are back, and have been for the last week or two, I’m concerned again. Is it possible for a thyroid gland to be active then inactive intermittently like this? If I do have a thyroid problem, would it be possible that my thyroid wasn’t secreting excess or a shortage of hormones at the time of my blood test, making my levels come back fine?

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  12. QUESTION:
    thyroid nodules - what happens next..?
    I've had an enlarged goiter for awhile now (found by a routine physical) yet I have normal thyroid results. I switched PCP's recently and she also could feel the goiter. I have A LOT of hypothyroid symptoms... which seem to get worse over time. I'm always cold, memory loss (never had it so bad), dry skin, coarse hair, inability to lose weight, constipated all the time.. (tmi) - severe menstrual cramps and irregular as well, trouble concentrating, fatigue, among other symptoms. I sometimes have shortness of breath and have a random cough that comes and goes.. I sometimes choke on my own saliva! i also notice my neck feels 'tight' when i lay down, like i may choke or feel like i can't breathe. I had an ultrasound that showed 2 nodules.. My PCP referred me for a second opinion with an endocrinologist. My appointment is on the 29th.

    What should I expect with this appointment? Will they do a biopsy there at the appointment if they feel that it's necessary? Is it normal to have an enlarged goiter and all these symptoms with normal results? Can they tell what kind of nodules it is from the ultrasound? And would the ultrasound have been able to tell if the enlarged gland is what is causing the tight feeling in my neck & coughing..
    so many questions, i know !!

    thanks !!

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like you haven't had an ultrasound yet, so they will probably make you get one. The endocrinologist should palpate your neck to see if they feel goiter, and they will probably order some blood tests too. I highly doubt they would do a biopsy before seeing the ultrasound results, they might just watch it. An ultrasound can tell if the nodules are solid, calcified, or cystic in nature. Try not to worry, good luck!

  13. QUESTION:
    thyroid symptoms and the pains it causes please if anyone had information i really need help thank you?
    i was recently told that i have an enlarged thyroid, along with a cyst and nodule on it.. i have to get a thyroid scan in 2 weeks before they can treat me, i have really bad head aches and now for the first time ever have menstrual pains,, horrible pains i was wondering if anybody has information about this i would greatly appreciate it. thanks!
    yea i know the wait is killing me, it was actually 3 weeks, but one has passed. but the doctor did do the blood work and my thyroid levels were up, so i guess this could be reason for the painfull periods.. ive never had pains before and this is just horrible pain. thanks for the help

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  14. QUESTION:
    Enlarged thyroid, not hypothyroidism?
    Recently I was told I have an enlarged thyroid. She felt my neck and stated that it was "very diffuse" and repeatedly asked if I was having trouble swallowing because of it. She said that she didn't feel any lumps or nodules. Since I have a family history of hypothyroidism, she did some testing to see if I had it and the test came back negative. Now I have to go to the hospital to get an ultrasound on it. (I don't know when that will be yet.)
    So far I don't think that I really have any symptoms (my appointment that it was detected in was for something completely different) of anything being wrong. The only thing I can think of is bruising. I got the blood drawn on Friday and there's still a bruise on my arm that's about 1.5X2 inches. I've donated blood before and I don't remember getting that big a bruise from that, so I don't know if the bruise from this would be considered "outside of normal" or not.
    Anyway, I'm just wondering if anyone with medical training knows if this sounds like something is really wrong. I had a friend go through this same thing a few years ago and ended up being diagnosed with thyroid cancer, so I'm worried to say the least. Basically, I just really want to know what other possibilities there are.
    The only blood testing they did was TSH testing for hypothyroidism. It's possible for TSH testing to be negative for hypothyroidism but there to still be a problem.
    April, you obviously don't have "medical intelligence." If you did, you would know that having normal TSH levels doesn't mean that everything is fine. Once again, I had a friend that had thyroid cancer and...guess what, she had normal TSH levels. Her experience started off the same way mine did. A blood test then on to an ultrasound.
    I asked for people with medical TRAINING, not simply an encounter with the medical system. If I wanted that, I would be asking the person that I know who had a problem with the organ that I'm concerned about.
    April, this will be the last thing I say to you. Your doctor apparently has a cause for your enlarged thyroid: radiation treatment. I don't have something like that to account for it. Therefore, it is important to figure out what is causing it. Body parts don't normally just become enlarged for no reason at all. Regardless of the malignancy of the cause, there is some reason that my thyroid is enlarged and my question was looking for ideas as to what that cause may be. Your answer did not adequately address the question.

    • ANSWER:
      You should really get Free T3, Free T4 with the TSH. " TSH determination is diagnostically misleading and only free hormone measurements are reliable for thyroid function assessment." http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12915350?ordinalpos=1&itool=EntrezSystem%202.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pub%20med_SingleItemSupl.Pubmed_Discovery_RA&l%20inkpos=4&log$=relatedreviews&logdbfrom=p%20ubmed People have enlarged thyroids for various reasons; some do not have any symptoms that go along with it.

      Your doctor is doing an ultrasound to make sure there aren't any small nodules or anything else unusual. It seems kind of common to get a thyroid U/S if there is familial hypothyroidism as well as an enlarged thyroid. If the radiologist finds something out of the ordinary, they'll likely want to biopsy it.

      Oh, and your doctor saying your thyroid is very diffused is a good sign. People who have symmetrical and diffuse enlargement of the thyroid are less likely to have thyroid cancer. Good luck with everything!

  15. QUESTION:
    Thyroid problems frustrated?
    Okay I went to the doctor for a yearly check up figured I would have all my blood work done as well. She noticed my throid was enlarged on the right side. My tsh came back and was low .251 L uiu/mL. So I went to see an endocrin. Test came back t4 and t3 were normal but my thyroid antibodies are elevated. She wants to see me in six months. Oh I had an ultrasound as well and results were enlarged diffusely abnormal thyroid, no discrete or dominant thyroid nodule. Anyways my frustration is I didnt have any symptoms prior going to the doctor. Now I sometimes feel like I have a lump in my throat and is hard to swollow. I am thinking this is more from anxiety because I have didnt have this prior to knowing. Am I just suppose to wait 6 months until my throid is completely distroyed? Should I just wait 6 months and see what happens or should I get a second opinion.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes I would get a second opinion. I had a similar experience and had my right thyroid removed, now all my test are normal. I still have to keep a close watch on my t-uptake levels etc. But luckily they removed the right side before it could grow in size and cause potential damage to something else. I did have a nodule though. If they decide to remove it, the surgury is not that bad you just have a sore throat for about a week and 1/2. I have no side effects. The scar is barely visable. But I would def. check into a second opinion. Esp. if that dr didn't put you on any meds. because if your thyroid isn't working properly it effects alot of different functions in your body including fertility.

  16. QUESTION:
    multinodular goiter with normal thyroid levels cause thyroid symptoms?????????
    ok so for months now ive had a lot of thyroid symptoms and have had many many thyroid tests done through blood work. and they always come back normal. recently i had an ultrasound done and my thyroid is really enlarged and multinodular. had it tested and wasnt cancerous. doctors are reccomending for me to have my thyroid removed, but they dont guarantee that my symtoms will go away because they dont know if its caused by the thyroid or not. my symptoms are anxiety attacks, depression, heart palpitations, fatigue, pains in my arm, sometimes finger tips are numb, dizziness, off balance feeling, more painfull periods, and a bunch of other stuff. they only thing i dont understand is how can my thyroid be so enlarged that the doctors say its hude with nodules on it and function normally???? i dont know if i should go through with the surgery or not? please if anyone has information or has experienced anything like this i would really appreciate your help. i keep asking doctors and they just seem to not know whats going on.

    • ANSWER:
      You need to get copies of your labs and get a second opinion too. once you have your thyroid removed there is no going back. I have a multi nodule thyroid and it has been like that for 12 years. Have your doctor test ALL thyroid Antibodies you may have hashimoto and/or Graves. The symptoms you state are a mixture of both diseases. You also need to make sure your doctor is testing NOT ONLY your TSH (the only thing most doctors care about) but also your Free T3 and Free T4. Many symptoms can come from not enough or too much T3 or T4 and TSH can still look normal. Another thing is to have your Iron and ferritin levels check because low iron or ferritin can mimic thyroid symptoms.

      If you have your thyroid removed your symptoms will get worse before they get any better. You will have to take thyroid hormone replacements because you will not have your thyroid to make them on its own. My opinion is if your thyroid is functioning and your not having breathing swallowing problems let your thyroid and nodules alone they are not cancerous so let them alone and monitor them if they get bigger and become bothersome then consider having the nodules removed. Once its removed you may have more problems and more symptoms until hormone doage is right and for many that can be a real battle.

  17. QUESTION:
    Will they remove my thyroid or the thyroid nodule or do nothing?
    I have an enlarged lymph node, about the size of a quarter on my neck. A surgeon did a needle biopsy and there was no sign of cancer. I also have noticeably swollen lymph nodes behind my ears, about the size of peas. My doctor also said my lymph nodes were slighly enlarged in my armpits. My general doctor also found a very small nodule on my thyroid, so small that they had to do an ultrasound to make sure what she was feeling was actually there. The surgeon told me that he was relatively sure it was not lymphoma and if it was it would be very treatable because it would be in the very very early stages. He also did not think my lymph nodes were related to my thyroid because he said sometimes when it's thyroid cancer it will spread to the neck lymph nodes, but since I had other lypmh nodes swollen that was unlikely that the two were related. (I am still not sure I agree completley with the fact that my other lymph nodes were swollen...because I was sick when I saw him and it would be normal to have all my lymphnodes swollen somewhat... and I only extremely noticeable ones that won't go away on my neck) Anyways, I have been having a sore throat for like three weeks, and a hoarse voice that comes and goes, which I have only had once or twice in my life before this. A surgeon (who I actually never saw, that just reviewed the ultrasound) said the lump on my thyroid was to small for her to even do a biopsy so she is referring me to an endrocronologist. My question is, since the nodule is so small will they or could they even do anything even though I am having all the signs and symptoms of a thyroid nodule?

    • ANSWER:
      They will likely continue to monitor it with a yearly/ bi-yearly ultrasound. Surgeons tend to leave alone nodules that are not bothersome.

  18. QUESTION:
    Should I go back to the doctor about my thyroid nodule?
    About a year and a half ago it was discovered that I have a thyroid nodule. One blood test last summer (2008) showed that my thyroid levels were slightly high, but not enough to warrant medication. These tests have been repeated several times since and have always come back normal. Last February I had an ultrasound which showed a nodule about 1 cm large. My doctor said he could biopsy it if I wanted to, to ease my mind, but he didn't seem that concerned about it so I declined. The past few weeks, I have had a cough and I always feel like I have phlegm in my throat, especially after I eat or drink. Also I occasionally feel a slight stabbing pain in the fleshy part of my jaw under my chin. Today I noticed a few enlarged lymph nodes in my neck, but I also had a cold last week so that may be why. Also I have had occasional chest tightness/shortness of breath and dizziness over the past few months that the doctor blamed on anxiety as my husband had it too. The cyst on my thyroid is large enough so I can feel it, but I can't really tell if it's gotten any larger or not. If it has, it is only slightly. There is no history of cancer in my family, but my mothers paternal grandmother had her thyroid removed when she was in her 20's (my age) but my grandfather was too young when it happened to remember why. I really don't like the doctor I have right now and I feel like he doesn't take me seriously so I'm kind of afraid to go back. He was not the one who did the tests on my thyroid, etc and I cannot see that doctor as I have since moved across the state. I know that thyroid nodules are rarely cancerous, but I am really scared. Do my symptoms warrant going back to the doctor or am I just being paranoid?

    • ANSWER:
      YES! My nodule was cancerous. There was no history of cancer in my family, either Check it out.

  19. QUESTION:
    What could this be? (thyroid related)?
    Ok, so all summer I have been feeling really tired, fatigued, just crappy in general. My brain has been in this mental fog (meaning it's hard for me to concentrate) This has taken its toll on me. I have had major mood swings (not period related because they checked that out and I never get like that anyway). It's like I'm Bi-polar but I know I'm not. I have also been experiencing weight loss. I went from 130 pounds to 124.

    In addition to the symptoms above, my thyroid is enlarged. It has gotten bigger since June and is now visible and is causing discomfort in my neck. Even wearing my seat belt is uncomfortable. The doctors tested me for hypo/hyperthyroidism, pregnancy, mono, diabetes and they all came back normal. My thyrogolobulin levels are off. They found several nodules on my thyroid during an ultrasound. I have an appt with and Endocrinologist on the 14th but I just want some suggestions of what could be wrong with me.

    It's just so weird. The whole thing. I have symptoms of being hypo AND hyperthyroidism. But they both came back fine. What gives? :(

    • ANSWER:
      Thyroid nodules are very common...I have them myself. Usually they are not considered a problem unless you have just one, which is more likely to be cancerous. Even then, thyroid cancer is usually easily cured. Your symptoms may be caused by many things, including depression, or even worry about your condition. There are many things that can go wrong with the thyroid; I think you need to wait for your appt. with the endocrinologist for a definitive diagnosis. In the meantime, try to stop worrying. Most thyroid conditions can be successfully treated.

  20. QUESTION:
    DON'T KNOW WHATS WRONG WITH ME..PLEASE HELP?!?!?!?
    ok before I begin I would like to start by saying I would really appreciate REAL help and not people saying "go to the doctor" or "call your doctor" as I know I need to see doctors and been to tons of doctors and hospitals this past year and continue to do so. Now im just looking for people who have the same symptoms as I do, or can offer any help thanks!

    here are the symptoms,,, I constantly feel drowsy like im on medication or something
    feeling of being off balance. for example if im sitting on a chair i feel as if im tipping over
    or I feel like im on a ship constantly moving side to side (not actually moving)
    I keep twitching in my legs, butt, and toes
    my arm hurts all the time and my fingers go numb
    I have horrible pressure in my head along with face pains and pressure.
    I cant stand on my feet or walk very long because I start to feel as if im going to faint
    if im standing i need to hold on to something
    I get hot flushes and chills
    sleep a lot
    burning mouth and my tongue looks white with tiny red dots all over (feels like I burned it with hot tea or something)
    sometimes I get ear aches or burning in my ears too sort of like i rubbed pepper in my ears
    sometimes same thing happens in my eyes
    I dont sneeze,itch,or have a stuffy nose so i dont think its due to allergies
    ive tried everything for sinuses, but nothing helps, and i dont even feel my sinuses are swollen.
    my head feels heavy all the time and insane pressure on a daily basis.
    I am a 26 year old female. also had an enlarged thyroid with nodules on it which i had removed 2 months ago and am on levathroxine thyroid replacement medication. i go get my levels tested regularly and the doctor says my levels are "perfect".

    tests ive had done
    testing for anemia. Negative
    brain ct scan. Normal
    cbc. normal
    thyroid levels. normal
    neck mri. normal
    other bunch of blood work. normal
    ekg. normal

    PLEASE HELP IF ANYONE IS GOING THROUGH ANYTHING LIKE THIS OR HAS ANY IDEA WHAT COULD BE WRONG WITH ME!

    im constantly going to doctors and they cant figure anything out... i dont even go to work anymore because most of the time i cant get out of bed or walk out of the house with out feeling as if im going to faint. one other thing thats on my mind and might sound crazy is menopause??????
    could this be possible at my age?

    • ANSWER:
      Low Iron, Your probably losing blood in your stool. That would explain half of your symptoms with being so tired and stuff. Eat some raw pasta such as macaroni from the box, that boosts your bodies iron, for the time being that will help you with the whole drowsy thing.

  21. QUESTION:
    Thyroid bloodwork normal, Uptake not?? Suggests I am Hyperthyroid?
    Hey guys! First question so bare with me. Back in Jan 09' I went to the doctors because I have the luck of a harmless reoccurring lump in my neck that I have had surgery on in March 06, but now its back in a different location. She recommends that I get a Ultrasound done of my neck and also thyroid along with some blood work. My blood work comes back normal and my Ultrasound reveals that the right side of my thyroid is enlarged and I have a nodule a few millimeters in size. She sends me for further testing which was my thyroid uptake. It said that i was hyperthyroid. I have been having the symptoms of it for 6 months now. (I need 13+ hours of sleep to even function for an hour yet I am dead tired after 2. I can be very active, eat tons of food yet not gain a pound, restless, tremors, palpitations, lightheaded) I never really took it as being hyperthyroid because I started an overnight job almost a year ago so I contributed the symptoms to my new job schedule (13 hour overnights, 3 days in a row) So my question is, Can I be Hyperthyroid with an Uptake highly suggesting it and the numbers to prove it, while having normal blood work? And if so what does the endocrinologist do for it? Is that what they mean by a hotspot? I am being referred to one but I was wondering if anyone else has gone through this.

    • ANSWER:

  22. QUESTION:
    Blood test results and thyroid gland ultrasound scan?
    Im 17 female on 25 mg thyroxine and i was told by one doctor i had hyperthyroid and other said i had hypothyroid and put me on medication which i understand because my tsh and t4 are both abnormal. the symptoms i have are abnormal heartbeat, shortness of breath and hair loss. im asking this question because im sure im diagnosed wrong. here are my blood tests and my thyroid ultra sound scan,

    Thyroid peroxidase antibody 30iu/mL
    Serum testosterone 1.40 nmol/L
    Serum TSH 7.40 miu/L
    Serum free T4 18.50 pmol/L
    LH 1.9 iu/L
    FSH 3.6 iu/L
    Sex H.B.Globulin 29 nmol/L
    Testosterone/SHBG Ratio 4.5

    And my thyroid ultra sound scna says: 'The thyroid gland shows multiple nodule in both lobes. No enlarged cervical lymph node Is noted. Normal apperance of the submandibular glands. Impression: Multi nodular goitre.

    Also my thyroid gland feels more swollen and now is MORE noticable two weeks after my ulta sound scan and feels hard also theres no pain just a little bit discomfort when i swallow.
    What rong with me? i also feel VERY depressed:(

    • ANSWER:

  23. QUESTION:
    blood test results and thyroid gland ultrasound scan?
    Im 17 female on 25 mg thyroxine and i was told by one doctor i had hyperthyroid and other said i had hypothyroid and put me on medication which i understand because my tsh and t4 are both abnormal. the symptoms i have are abnormal heartbeat, shortness of breath and hair loss. im asking this question because im sure im diagnosed wrong. here are my blood tests and my thyroid ultra sound scan,

    Thyroid peroxidase antibody 30iu/mL
    Serum testosterone 1.40 nmol/L
    Serum TSH 7.40 miu/L
    Serum free T4 18.50 pmol/L
    LH 1.9 iu/L
    FSH 3.6 iu/L
    Sex H.B.Globulin 29 nmol/L
    Testosterone/SHBG Ratio 4.5

    And my thyroid ultra sound scna says: 'The thyroid gland shows multiple nodule in both lobes. No enlarged cervical lymph node Is noted. Normal apperance of the submandibular glands. Impression: Multi nodular goitre.

    Also my thyroid gland feels more swollen and now is MORE noticable two weeks after my ulta sound scan and feels hard also theres no pain just a little bit discomfort when i swallow.
    What rong with me? i also feel VERY depressed:(

    • ANSWER:
      You have an enlarged thyroid is benign lumps/nodules. If you are taking Thyroxine, you are hypothyroid. I sugget you go switch doctors if you don't like them. Good luck.

  24. QUESTION:
    Fed up and frustrated with the thyroid. ?
    For about 10+ years I have been having the same symptoms. I get the jitters after not haven eaten for a while, and sometimes, just beacause. My doctor gave ma a fasting diabetes test, and of course, it was normal. My throid has tested low a few times, and most often it is normal. My thyroid is enlarged, you can tell when you see it. I also have a cold nodule on the left side of my thyroid that was biopsied, and showed normal resuls. My weight wouldn't be a problem, (I've put on a few) but I'm too exhausted from sometimes doing "nothing" for no reason. So I don't get out there and work out, I have low energy all the time. I'm not the healiest earter, but I do consume some fruits and veggies. Oh, and I'm always "hot" when everyone else is "cold". I have an acne problem, ..... the list of little complaints can go on and on......whats wrong with me??? Can some one out there help? I'm in my early thirties, I've had two children, and with both I've had post pardum depression. I have asthma, its mild though, I think thats pretty much it. Thanks in advance :)

    • ANSWER:

  25. QUESTION:
    Hyperthyroid/Graves Disease treatment options?
    I am 24 years old and have recently been diagnosed with this condition after starting to display symptoms of it three years ago. I discussed the treatment options with my doctor and while I know that I've got to do something about it, all three options that he mentioned sort of scare me. I do not want to make any sort of hasty decision and give the okay to eliminate an important organ from my body forever, but I also do not want to take a chance on a treatment that could produce negative effects. Is there no completely safe way around this? I have been shown to have an overactive, enlarged thyroid with no nodules. My doctor wants me to go through with RAI, but I do not look forward to becoming hypo. Is there no option that could just make me normal again, instead of trading one extreme for another? =(

    • ANSWER:
      I don't blame you for not wanting to add another disease (hypothyroidism) to your repertoire. With RAI, you just end up with Grave's disease, plus hypothyroidism. RAI is not a cure for Grave's disease, no matter what your doctor may say to try to talk you into it. Don't do it. You will still have Grave's disease after RAI. RAI only treats one symptom of Grave's disease - the hyperthyroidism. I doesn't do anything for the other symptoms, or for the disease itself.

      All you need is methimizole - a simple, cheap, generic, prescription medication. Don't believe any of the scare tactics your doctor will use to frighten you away from the methimizole and into RAI. If you have a reaction to the methimizole, you just stop taking it. It's as simple as that. And there is still another medication available, PTU, in case you are the one in a million who can't take methimizole. Everyone can take one of these two medications. Now, if you have a bad reaction to RAI, what do you do? Learn to live with it. There is no going back once you have RAI.

  26. QUESTION:
    What is the best treatment for mild hyperthyroiism?
    According to blood work it is mild but it does need treatment because of symptoms. Extreme nervousness & anxiousness, insomnia, rapid heartbeat, heat intolerance, constant low grade fever.There are no nodules so I don't think surgery is an option. It may probably caused by a slightly enlarged thyroid or possibly graves disease.
    I have appointment with Dr. I'm just trying to do my research

    • ANSWER:

  27. QUESTION:
    My blood tests are coming back with various hormonal imbalances. Causes?
    Over the last few weeks, my blood and urine tests have come up with various hormonal problems. I've been suffering from these problems for at least 10 years, but it took me a long time to realize that they were abnormal. Sometimes we get used to our own suffering.

    Symptoms include flushing, excessive sweating, bad headaches (with pounding pulse), palpitations, constipation, cold feet, occasional numbness in extremities, and anxiety. After hearing the symptoms, my doctor suspected pheochromocytoma, but wanted to check the bloodtests.

    The bloodtests came back with very high metanephrines, low creatinine, high TSH, and low testosterone. CT scans found nothing on my adrenal glands, but a sonogram found a slightly enlarged thyroid with a few nodules.

    I guess I'm trying to figure out if there is some overarching condition causing all of this. I guess it's possible I could have several separate endocrine problems, but I'm worried that there may be a problem with the pituitary.

    • ANSWER:
      The endocrine glands are all tied together. The high TSH is indicative of a low thyroid condition. All glands will enlarge to compensate for a lack of minerals that feed that particular gland. The thyroid is no exception. If it is enlarged, it is most likely due to low iodine. Iodine and the amino acid, tyrosine are required to make the thyroid hormones. Additionally, if you have a bad balance of fats in your diet, your liver is not going to be able to produce the steroid hormones that need to be generated to produce the thyroid and sex hormones.

      This is very typical of American diet that is low in fat. These LOW FAT, HIGH CARB diets, combined with bad oil choices are causing huge problems in America like the ones you are having. Especially if you add SOY products to your diet. SOY is terrible for you and will cause many of the problems you are having.

      If you are stressed and eat a high carb diet, this will put a huge burden on your blood sugar balance and you will have to fix that problem before even trying to attempt to fix your endocrine problem. Your diet needs to be balanced so that you get 40% carbs, 30% fats, and 30% protein. The fats should be in the following balance: 60% monounsaturated fats (like olive oil), 30% saturated fats (like you get in grass fed beef, real butter made from RAW cream, coconut oil), and 10% polyunsaturated fats (omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids in a 1:1 balance).

      l would concentrate on accomplishing the above before getting more tests because if you are not eating a balanced diet, all the tests are going to focus on a specific problem and they are all related, so it is a "system" problem.

      Do a quick iodine test by buying a small bottle of "tincture of iodine" from the drug store. Paint a 2" x 3" patch on your forearm. Note the time of day. If it disappears in less than 24 hours, you are deficient. If it takes only a couple hours, you are very deficient. It's very easy to become deficient of iodine in America today. Fluoride is the culprit. If you brush with fluoride toothpaste, get fluoride treatments at your dentist, drink fluoridated water, drink soda pop, this will cause severe iodine deficiencies. The lunatics that put fluoride in the water cause huge problems for people, especially babies!

      Headaches, especially migraines are generally due to food allergies and food preservatives.

      Low testosterone is indicative of a "pregnenalone steal" or high stress due to excess carbs (especially sugar), drinking coffee that causes excess adrenal hormone production and exhausted adrenal glands.

      If your body is perceiving you are in a stressed state, your liver will prioritize you away from producing those steroid hormones for sex and thyroid, leaving your limited amount of pregnenalone precursor to be used for making cortisol instead. Low fat diet will add to this problem greatly, especially if you are eating high carbs.

      I would seek out a Certified Nutritional Therapist that can test you to see where your deficiencies are and to recommend a diet that will get you on the right track. Then if you still feel bad, see the doctor.

      good luck

  28. QUESTION:
    Do i have hypothyroidism?
    im seventeen and i have an enlarged thyroid and two small nodules. the thing is that my tsh and t4 and t3 are normal but i have been having these symptoms: really bad dry skin and hair, fatigue 24/7 and im always tired,and severe constipation (so severe that i spent 14 days without going to the bathroom) and i can barely breathe, when i wake up its like i never slept oh! and im cold no matter what. Ive been like this for about 3 months and im extremely tired of feeling like this. It worries me cos im a diabetic( since i was eleven). im desperate please anyone help me. i feel like im dying at times. i think its hypothyroidism. dont worry i drink plenty of water,i follow a very strict diet for my diabetes, i never miss my insulin shot but i dont do much exercise cos ofa hip problem i have but any ways what are my other symptoms???

    • ANSWER:
      Additionally, the following measurements may be needed:

      24-Hour urine-free T3[21]
      Antithyroid antibodies — for evidence of autoimmune diseases that may be damaging the thyroid gland
      Serum cholesterol — which may be elevated in hypothyroidism
      Prolactin — as a widely available test of pituitary function
      Testing for anemia, including ferritin
      Basal body temperature

      Check with your doctor about these tests as you continue to have symptoms that indicate an abnormal thyroid. Your doctor can make a definitive diagnosis and start treatment in order for you to feel better. Hope this helps.

  29. QUESTION:
    i feel like im dying ?
    im seventeen and i have an enlarged thyroid and two small nodules. the thing is that my tsh and t4 and t3 are normal but i have been having these symptoms: really bad dry skin and hair, fatigue 24/7 and im always tired,and severe constipation (so severe that i spent 14 days without going to the bathroom) and i can barely breathe, when i wake up its like i never slept oh! and im cold no matter what. Ive been like this for about 3 months and im extremely tired of feeling like this. It worries me cos im a diabetic( since i was eleven). im desperate please anyone help me. i feel like im dying at times. i think its hypothyroidism.

    • ANSWER:
      Go to the dr. and at 17 what ever it is they can probably fix you up as good as new..It is the pitts to feel that way isnt it? Good Luck

  30. QUESTION:
    I have a thyroid goiter and want to shrink it, anyone have any advice?
    I have had a MRI for a unrelated car accident and it showed that I had a chronic 2.3 cm round mass lesion within the left lobe of my thyroid gland. I took a blood test and my T3,T4 and TSH levels were within normal range. I then had an ultrasound and it said I have a toxic nodular goiter. The left lobe of the thriod is enlarged measuring 4.8x1.4x1cm. The isthrnmus is within normal limits. Normal homogeneous symmetric pattern to the thyroid parenchyma. Heterogenous complex nodule involing most of the left lobe 4x2.2x2.6cm. Both cystic and solid components with color doppler flow in it.

    The doctor wants me to have the uptake test and needle biopsy. From there no matter what the results, 3 different doctirs told me to just take it out in case it develops into something down the road. I have no other signs or symptoms beside some weight gain from my thyroid issue. I don't want surgery unless i have cancer and I would rather stop at this point but the next two tests are being presented as a must based on the size. What do you think about the tests and surgery based on this information and is there anything that would shrink it. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      It's interesting that you're gaining weight with a toxic goiter. Also interesting that TSH is normal, since toxic nodules put out excess hormone and depress TSH. That usually causes weight loss, but sometimes weight gain.

      I believe you could have radioactive iodine to inactivate your thyroid if you don't want to have surgery? However, that would cause you to be on hormone replacement indefinitely. I'd follow any advice from your doctors, especially if they seem worried about the nodule. Hope you feel better soon!

  31. QUESTION:
    Should i get a second opinion?
    Okay i went in for a routine physical and my doctor noticed swelling on the right side of my thyroid. she never asked me anything about how i was feeling or anything. went home and read up on the thyroid and i have a whole lot of the symptoms of hyperthyroid except for the weight loss mine is weight gain. well anyways i have a huge family history of thyroid disorders (im only 22 by the way) on the women's side of my moms family. it does all the way back to my great grand mother. my doctor ordered the labs and had me schedule a ultrasound. results of the blood tests are TSH 0.89, Ft4 1.27, Ft3 3.8. after i did my ultrasound a week later my doctor emailed me the very next day with results ( just the night before i was trying to eat a hamburger with the family on memorial day and i could not even get it down without alot of effort) im going to paste what my doc sent me. " I wanted to let you know that I received the results of your thyroid ultrasound...

    IMPRESSION: Mildly enlarged heterogeneous thyroid.
    Two small hypoechoic nodules, six month follow-up to document
    stability suggested.
    The two nodules were only 7mm which is still too small to do any biopsies so the repeat ultrasound in 6 months is our good next step. If they did not change then they are ok and you probably had them for a long time and the follow up would be to get TSH each year which is a thyroid lab. Karen Semones, MD" i just think there is something else she should be able to do. any insite from others or some doctors?
    oh i already eat plenty of acai berry lol.

    • ANSWER:
      Your doctor plan sounds plausible and workable. The method of letting you know may have not been sufficient. Call the doctor and have her explain the labs., why they were taken and the results as to what they indicate. I suggest you go to record release, sign a release of information to you and have them mail it to you. You can study the report, know the normals, have documentation if you do decide to see someone else. It'll have the labs., doctors plan, physical as to what she found recorded. By law it must be provided to you upon request. There is usually no charge for this.

  32. QUESTION:
    What Can Cause A Lymph-Node On Your Mastoid Bone To Stay Enlarged For Years?
    I have a history of sinus infections and tooth abscesses. I no longer have a sinus infection, but when I do get them... they stay for months and sometimes, even years. I have to take antibiotics to get rid of them. I plan on going to the dentist for my teeth, as well. Also, I have a thyroid nodule and it's been hanging around for quite a few years. I do get it checked on from time-to-time, though. Anyway, could any of these cause a lymph-node on the mastoid bone to stay enlarged for years... or, do you know of any other possible causes? I'm scared that it could be a symptom of lymphoma, or even thyroid cancer. I do plan on seeing a doctor about this issue, so no need to tell me that - lol. I'm just a hypochondriac and like getting extra advise, even if it only puts my mind at ease for a minute.

    • ANSWER:

  33. QUESTION:
    Thyroid Problem, test came back negative?
    A few months ago I had a test done to see if I had a thyroid problem. had all the usual symptoms; an enlarged neck, massive weight gain, tired all of the time and even family history of thyroid problems (half of my entire family is on medication). However, when I got my test done it seemed there was nothing wrong with my thyroid levels and all they found was a small nodule (sp?) that is too small to even do a biopsy on. However, I am still have the same symptoms as before and I practically pass out everyday when I come home because Im so tired.

    So are blood tests always right or in some instances could people still have a thyroid problem when the test comes back negative? Does anyone know of anything else I might have that can cause massive weight gain, neck enlargement or extreme tiredness?

    Thanks in advance. :3

    • ANSWER:
      It has been known for the last 50 years that Thyroid Function Tests are not reliable and that people with perfect blood tests could have advanced hypothyroidism. Find a doc in your area (in sources) that treats to symptoms.

      Myth #1: The TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) blood test is the only way to diagnose hypothyroidism/low thyroid.

      Facts: First, there is no perfect test in medicine—not the TSH or any other. Second, nearly a century before the TSH test was developed, doctors made the diagnosis of hypothyroidism without any tests at all. They listened to their patients and examined them. Since then, there have been many tests that have been blindly followed until they proved to be unreliable and were discarded.

      To this day, there are at least three types of hypothyroidism for which the TSH test does not even test. The TSH is not a useful test for hypothyroidism caused by dysfunction of the pituitary gland or of the hypothalamus (part of the brain,) or for hypothyroidism caused by "tissue resistance" to the effects of thyroid hormone.

      My conclusion: The TSH test can miss the diagnosis of hypothy-
      roidism. To most accurately identify hypothyroidism, I start with the approach that has worked for over a century. I listen to the patient and look for evidence of low thyroid function. If the patient appears hypothyroid, I order blood tests including the TSH, but I also (1) check basal body temperature,1 and (2) check the urine thyroid hormone levels.2 I then interpret all test results in the context of the
      individual patient.

      Myth #2: Normalizing the TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) blood test is the best way to treat hypothyroidism.

      Fact:Many studies have shown adjusting thyroid doses to normalize the TSH blood test leaves many patients with symptoms of low thyroid. World-renowned thyroid specialist, Sir Anthony Toft, MD, discussed this sad fact in 2002. In a speech to the British Endocrine Society, Dr. Toft reviewed some of the evidence that demonstrated that the modern TSH-centered approach was ineffective. He concluded, "...the treatment of hypothyroidism is about to come full circle"—going back to the approach that worked so well before all of our modern tests and treatments were invented.3

      My conclusion: Using the patient as my guide, I focus on reversing the signs and symptoms of low thyroid function while avoiding side effects or signs of thyroid excess. When the TSH is normal but the patient continues to be symptomatic, I prefer to err on the side of treating the patient—not normalizing the blood test.

      Myth #3: Thyroid treatment that reduces the TSH to below the normal range (TSH suppression) has been shown to be harmful, causing atrial fibrillation (a heart rhythm abnormality) and bone thinning.

      Facts: When thyroid hormone is given to a patient, TSH levels decrease. Some say that thyroid treatment that reduces the TSH to below the normal range causes bone thinning and atrial fibrillation.

      Before the TSH test was invented, generations of patients flourished on doses of thyroid medicine that routinely suppress the TSH. To this day, patients with thyroid cancer who are given doses to intentionally suppress the TSH, do very well on this regimen. In 2004, after review of the scientific literature, the US Preventive Services Task Force—a leading authority—addressed the question and concluded that despite the multitude of studies, there remains no proof that TSH suppression
      is dangerous.4

      My conclusions: Listen to the patient, examine the patient and adjust treatment until the patient is well. A century of medical experience and scientific evidence indicate that giving a patient enough thyroid hormone to make them well is a reasonable and safe approach. Blood tests, urine tests and tracking body temperatures all provide additional information, but no one test should be blindly followed.

      Myth #4: Natural thyroid extracts are dangerous because they are not regulated and not consistent in dose.

      Fact: Natural thyroid extracts such as Armour Thyroid are FDA approved prescription medications that contain all 4 human thyroid hormones (T1, T2, T3 and T4.) They are prepared in accordance with the U.S. Pharmacopeia.5 Synthetic thyroid extracts, such as levothyroxine contain only T4 and are also FDA approved.

      Ironically, synthetic T4 preparations seem to have had many more problems with dose consistency than has Armour Thyroid. FDA records show repeated problems with potency and consistency for T4 products including Synthroid.6,7

      My conclusion: There is no evidence that natural thyroid extracts such as Armour Thyroid are unsafe or any more dangerous than synthetic thyroid treatments. In fact, my experience is that natural thyroid extracts are much more effective at restoring normal metabolism and, therefore, very likely better for one's health.

      Myth # 5: Once you start thyroid hormone, you need to take it for the rest of your life.

      Fact: Taking thyroid hormone w

  34. QUESTION:
    Graves disease/Hyper???
    Hello, My Endo last week says I have very begining stages of Graves. My tsh level is low my T4 and T3 are normal I have an enlarged thyroid and a very small nodule. I have had 2 Ultra Sounds done and a thyroid uptake scan next week I'm going to a blood test that shows if I have certain anitbodies that is associated with Graves and a bone density test. I do not have any Graves Symptoms at all in fact I have more symptoms of Hypo then anything else....alittle weight gain, tired, always cold, a slow heart rate and constipation.?? Does Graves disease progress or can I stay at this level for a long time. over all I do feel good and eat healthy, don't smoke and workout 6 days a week. any advise? thanks!!!! When I do my cardio workout my heart rate does not climb up that easy.

    • ANSWER:
      Get a second opinion. If your Dr is not an endocronoligist, see one.

  35. QUESTION:
    Endocrinology Center?
    Complete diagnostic in our thyroid cancer operation center to prevent thyroid gland disorders symptoms.
    Most often the first symptom of thyroid cancer is a nodule in the thyroid region of the neck. However, many adults have small nodules in their thyroids, but typically under 5% of these nodules are found to be malignant. Sometimes the first sign is an enlarged lymph node. Later symptoms that can be present are pain in the anterior region of the neck and changes in voice.Thyroid cancer is usually found in a euthyroid patient, but symptoms of hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism may be associated with a large or metastatic well-differentiated tumor.Thyroid nodules are of particular concern when they are found in those under the age of 20. The presentation of benign nodules at this age is less likely, and thus the potential for malignancy is far greater. In the thyroid cancer operation center we do all of the diagnoses in a range that we can cure every patient. The treatment of thyroid cancer may require surgery. Common surgeries include thyroidectomy, lobectomy, and tracheostomy. Radioactive Iodine-131 is used in patients with papillary or follicular thyroid cancer for ablation of residual thyroid tissue after surgery and for the treatment of thyroid cancer. Patients with medullary, anaplastic, and most Hurthle cell cancers do not benefit from this therapy. External irradiation may be used when the cancer is unresectable, when it recurs after resection, or to relieve pain from bone metastasis. Some can cause a calcium deficiency after thyroidectomy, our after service we can manage and monitoring the symptoms.

    http://www.vejthani.com/web-english/thyroid-cancer-disorders-operation-center.php

    • ANSWER:
      If you say so!

  36. QUESTION:
    Need insight on lab results?
    My biggest concern is lymphoma. I am being seen by my primary, and endocrinologist due to a thyroid nodule, and a neurologist. I’m trying to educate myself to help find answers. I've tried researching elevated B12 and the only things I could find said either Hepatitis or some cancers. My Hep tests (and liver enzymes) are negative/normal ranges. These labs were ordered by my neurologist because I currently have an Idiopathic Autonomic Nervous System Disorder due to sensory loss in feet and ankles according to him. (I won't see him till after first of year) Other symptoms are low BP; bad itchy skin - lower legs, behind knees, perimeter of armpits year round, rest of torso in winter months, loss of appetite, fatigue, pain beneath/behind collarbones (for @ 6 months). Also have a solid nodule (was complex until after FNA) on thyroid along with smaller cystic nodules. Do not have Hashimoto's antibodies. Have had an enlarged inguinal lymph - right side - for over 1 year, and for at least a week, enlarged lymph node right side - above voice box and under tongue.
    There are some from 3 months ago listed for comparison reasons.

    Test - 9/26/08 - 12/02/08 (ref value)

    WBC - 9.32 - 8.4 (4.0-11.0 k/uL)
    RBC - 4.49 - 4.59 (4.2-5.4 M/uL)
    HGB - 14.4 - 15.1 (12.0-16.0 g/dL)
    HCT - 43.1 - 44.1 (37-47%)
    MCV - 96.0 - 96.1 (80-100 fL)
    MCH - 32.1 - 32.9 (27-34 pG)
    MCHC - 33.4 - 34.2 (32-36 g/dL)
    PLT - 243 – 235 (150-400 k/uL)
    RDW-CV -12.4 - 12.6 (11.7-15.0%)
    MPV - 10.9 - 11.6 (H) (7.3-11.1 fL)

    Neutrophil 63.1 - 58.7 (40-70%)
    Abs Neutrophil 5.88 - 9.93 (1.8-7.7 K/uL)
    Lymphocyte 23.5 - 28.6 (22-44%)
    Abs Lymphocyte 2.19 - 2.40 (1.0-4.0 k/uL)
    Monocyte 9.5 (H) - 7.9 (H) (0-7.0%)
    Abs Monocyte 0.89 (H) - .66 (0-.08 K/uL)
    Eosinophil 2.9 - 3.8 (0-4%)
    Abs Eosinophil .27 - .32 (0-0.4 k/uL)
    Basophil 1.0 - 1.0 (0-1%)
    Abs Basophil .09 - .08 (0-0.2 K/uL)

    Misc Labs 12/08 for reference

    ANA by EIA – 1.7 (H) (low: <1.5 OD)
    (Anti-SM, Anti-RNP, Anti-SSA, Anti-SSB, Anti-Jo-1, Anti-SCL-70 – all negative)
    Vitamin B12 - 710 (H) (221-700pg/mL)
    Hep B Core Ab, total – Neg
    Hep C Antibody IA – Neg
    HBsAg – Neg
    HepB Surface Ab Qual – Neg
    HIV 1 & 2 Ab EIA – Non Reactive

    There is a high incident of cancer in my family.
    Father's side:
    My grandfather and 4 of his brothers had cancer.
    GF - prostate, Gr.Unc.1 - Thyroid, GU2 - bladder, GU3 - prostate
    Reason to believe Great Grandfather had cancer as well. He committed suicied in 1928 due to "health reasons"
    Cousin - recently passed away from an aggressive leukimia
    Mother's side:
    Mother has CLL, also a breast cancer survivor, Great Grandmother - stomach cancer.
    Would appreciate any insight into all this.
    I tried answering the responses, and this is the only way I found to do it. Don't know the ages of diagnosis, other than my mother. Both CLL and Breast Cancer were under 50 years old. I mention lymphoma because of the thyroid nodule. According to the National Cancer Society - because we have a family member that had a thyroid cancer, and because my father also has a multi-nodular goiter - I am at an increased risk of developing thyroid lymphoma. If the nodes don't go down by the time I see my neuro for follow up - I will ask about biopsy. From what I understand, that is the only true way to test for lymphoma. I will be getting tested this coming Monday - EMG, QSRT, Tilt table and skin biopsies (looking for nerve damage).My sister also has a low BP problem, and mine has been like this for a few years - regardless of my fluid and salt intake. That is in part why the neuro tests.
    Auto-immune disorders also run high on dad's side, including me - I have morphea scleroderma.
    Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      The high B12 is barely high, if you are taking multivitamins this could cause this.

      Almost all of your labs are normal, your monocyte % and absolute are a bit high, this can be from a number of reasons. The fact that you have multiple enlarged lymph nodes, you may want to ask your primary physician about getting these possibly biopsied to rule out any malignancies. I have included a website that I recommend to everyone and use it when I need to do quick research at work.

      Hope this helps.
      NS - Clinical Lab Scientist

  37. QUESTION:
    Do I have Thyroid Cancer?
    I have been a thyroid patient since 2009
    I should have +10 while in my report my thyroid was (-47.3)
    I took treatment for 3 months and stopped further.Now i am getting these symptoms:
    My heart feels like it's skipping a beat, racing and I feel like I'm having heart palpitations
    My pulse is unusually fast
    My pulse, even when resting or in bed, is high
    I'm having increased perspiration
    I am losing weight inappropriately
    I am losing weight but my appetite has increased
    I feel like I have a lot of nervous energy that I need to burn off
    I feel nervous or irritable
    My skin looks or feels thinner
    My muscles feel weak, particularly the upper arms and thighs
    I am having difficulty getting to sleep, staying asleep, or going back to sleep after awakening in the middle of the night
    My hair is coarse and dry, breaking, brittle, falling out
    My skin is coarse, dry, scaly, thin
    I have a hoarse or gravely voice
    I have pains, aches in joints, hands and feet
    I am having irregular menstrual cycles (shorter, longer, or heavier, or more frequent, or not at all)
    I feel depressed
    I feel fatigued, exhausted
    I feel restless, or anxious
    I have had panic attacks
    I've recently been diagnosed as having panic disorder, anxiety disorder, or panic attacks
    I have puffiness and swelling around the eyes and face
    In the morning my eyes seem to be enlarging, or getting more "bug-eyed" looking
    My moods change easily
    I have feelings of worthlessness
    I have difficulty concentrating or focusing
    I have more feelings of sadness
    I seem to be losing interest in normal daily activities
    I'm more forgetful lately
    My hair is falling out
    I can't seem to remember things
    I have no sex drive, or am having sexual performance problems
    I am getting more frequent infections, that last longer
    I feel shortness of breath and tightness in the chest
    I have neck swelling left side but not any lump or nodule
    Please tell me is it cancer?

    • ANSWER:

  38. QUESTION:
    ANEMIC?! I swear I think I have LEUKEMIA... Not anemia?
    Hey,

    I'm a 20 year old female and I honestly believe that I have some form of Leukemia... and I also believe that I am slowly, but surely, dying from this disease. Here are a few of my main concerns/symptoms and the reasons behind why I so strongly think this and in my head... know this:

    - I have been bruising a lot more than normal for the past couple of months. I constantly have bruises and they are mainly on my lower parts - as in, my legs, etc.
    - My body, also for the past couple of months, has been cramping and aching in random spots... from my feet, legs, back, shoulders, etc.
    - This I noticed yesterday, but I found more today - petechiae, forgive the spelling. I have at least, well... around 7 of them (that I know of.)
    - I seem some-what weaker than normal and kinda' off, like... fatigued. I look a little pale and I have these dark circles underneath my eyes. Oh, and yes, this all started around a couple of months ago.
    - My periods have been a little off for a few-ish months, but... to be honest... I'm not too concerned about it.
    - Once again, for the past couple of months, I sometimes get small and short headaches after I stretch, get up to fast, or go to the restroom.
    - For years and year I've had an enlarged lymph-node right behind my ear (not on my ear and kinda' right on the hair line.) I also, have a thyroid nodule, which I've had for a few years... if not more.
    - Around a month and a half ago, I got some tests done - blood tests: CBC, thyroid levels and some others, like iron. Results for the blood tests came back normal. I had an EKG and a pap-smear done and yup, all normal. The only thing that came back abnormal was my UA, which has quite a bit of protein it (around 100, or over in the trace amount.) No, I'm not pregnant... just to get that out there, but I did have a possible early miscarriage.
    - Random, but my Mom is anemic.
    - I suffer from sever depression, anxiey and other mental issues and that's also, another long story.

    So, that's about it, really. There may be more, but those are the most important symptoms and what-not. I want everyone to know that I am making an appointment at a local doctors' office in my town and I don't have medical insurence; I would rather not get in to that because it's a long story all on its own.

    Thank you and I appreciate your advise.
    P.S. I don't trust those CBC results because of my current symptoms.

    • ANSWER:
      You are having anxiety scared something is going to happen.If your scared go get more test with diffrent blood work.I use to do the same thing.Get your hormones check.

  39. QUESTION:
    I'm So Scared That I Can't Even Cry, Anymore?
    Hey,

    I'm a 20 year old female and I honestly believe that I have some form of Leukemia... and I also believe that I am slowly, but surely, dying from this disease. Here are a few of my main concerns/symptoms and the reasons behind why I so strongly think this and in my head... know this:

    - I have been bruising a lot more than normal for the past couple of months. I constantly have bruises and they are mainly on my lower parts - as in, my legs, etc.
    - My body, also for the past couple of months, has been cramping and aching in random spots... from my feet, legs, back, shoulders, etc.
    - This I noticed yesterday, but I found more today - petechiae, forgive the spelling. I have at least, well... around 7 of them (that I know of.)
    - I seem some-what weaker than normal and kinda' off, like... fatigued. I look a little pale and I have these dark circles underneath my eyes. Oh, and yes, this all started around a couple of months ago.
    - My periods have been a little off for a few-ish months, but... to be honest... I'm not too concerned about it.
    - Once again, for the past couple of months, I sometimes get small and short headaches after I stretch, get up to fast, or go to the restroom.
    - For years and year I've had an enlarged lymph-node right behind my ear (not on my ear and kinda' right on the hair line.) I also, have a thyroid nodule, which I've had for a few years... if not more.
    - Around a month and a half ago, I got some tests done - blood tests: CBC, thyroid levels and some others, like iron. Results for the blood tests came back normal. I had an EKG and a pap-smear done and yup, all normal. The only thing that came back abnormal was my UA, which has quite a bit of protein it (around 100, or over in the trace amount.) No, I'm not pregnant... just to get that out there, but I did have a possible early miscarriage.
    - Random, but my Mom is anemic.
    - I suffer from sever depression, anxiey and other mental issues and that's also, another long story.

    So, that's about it, really. There may be more, but those are the most important symptoms and what-not. I want everyone to know that I am making an appointment at a local doctors' office in my town and I don't have medical insurence; I would rather not get in to that because it's a long story all on its own.

    Thank you and I appreciate your advise.
    P.S. I don't trust those CBC results because of my current symptoms.

    • ANSWER:
      HYPOCHONDRIAC? since all results that will diagnose you in leukemia we're normal! well anyway,
      if you're having doubts about you CBC why not check your CBC again or consult the doctor right away for some further test to determine what could have caused your symptoms, it could be something else aside from leukemia!

      about your bruising,try reading this article it might help:

      http://www.buzzle.com/articles/unexplained-bruising.html

  40. QUESTION:
    Do You Think This Could Be Anemia, Or Does This Sound More Like Leukemia?
    Hey,

    I'm a 20 year old female and I honestly believe that I have some form of Leukemia... and I also believe that I am slowly, but surely, dying from this disease. Here are a few of my main concerns/symptoms and the reasons behind why I so strongly think this and in my head... know this:

    - I have been bruising a lot more than normal for the past couple of months. I constantly have bruises and they are mainly on my lower parts - as in, my legs, etc.
    - My body, also for the past couple of months, has been cramping and aching in random spots... from my feet, legs, back, shoulders, etc.
    - This I noticed yesterday, but I found more today - petechiae, forgive the spelling. I have at least, well... around 7 of them (that I know of.)
    - I seem some-what weaker than normal and kinda' off, like... fatigued. I look a little pale and I have these dark circles underneath my eyes. Oh, and yes, this all started around a couple of months ago.
    - My periods have been a little off for a few-ish months, but... to be honest... I'm not too concerned about it.
    - Once again, for the past couple of months, I sometimes get small and short headaches after I stretch, get up to fast, or go to the restroom.
    - For years and year I've had an enlarged lymph-node right behind my ear (not on my ear and kinda' right on the hair line.) I also, have a thyroid nodule, which I've had for a few years... if not more.
    - Around a month and a half ago, I got some tests done - blood tests: CBC, thyroid levels and some others, like iron. Results for the blood tests came back normal. I had an EKG and a pap-smear done and yup, all normal. The only thing that came back abnormal was my UA, which has quite a bit of protein it (around 100, or over in the trace amount.) No, I'm not pregnant... just to get that out there, but I did have a possible early miscarriage.
    - Random, but my Mom is anemic.
    - I suffer from sever depression, anxiey and other mental issues and that's also, another long story.

    So, that's about it, really. There may be more, but those are the most important symptoms and what-not. I want everyone to know that I am making an appointment at a local doctors' office in my town and I don't have medical insurence; I would rather not get in to that because it's a long story all on its own.

    Thank you and I appreciate your advise.
    P.S. I don't trust those CBC results because of my current symptoms.

    • ANSWER:
      Anemia

      If you had cancer your blood count would be very high.

      You never mentioned anything about a fever, and that is very common with cancer.

      Have you lost weight? Weight lost is very common in cancer.

  41. QUESTION:
    Anemia? Or, What...?????????
    Hey,

    I'm a 20 year old female and I honestly believe that I have some form of Leukemia... and I also believe that I am slowly, but surely, dying from this disease. Here are a few of my main concerns/symptoms and the reasons behind why I so strongly think this and in my head... know this:

    - I have been bruising a lot more than normal for the past couple of months. I constantly have bruises and they are mainly on my lower parts - as in, my legs, etc.
    - My body, also for the past couple of months, has been cramping and aching in random spots... from my feet, legs, back, shoulders, etc.
    - This I noticed yesterday, but I found more today - petechiae, forgive the spelling. I have at least, well... around 7 of them (that I know of.)
    - I seem some-what weaker than normal and kinda' off, like... fatigued. I look a little pale and I have these dark circles underneath my eyes. Oh, and yes, this all started around a couple of months ago.
    - My periods have been a little off for a few-ish months, but... to be honest... I'm not too concerned about it.
    - Once again, for the past couple of months, I sometimes get small and short headaches after I stretch, get up to fast, or go to the restroom.
    - For years and year I've had an enlarged lymph-node right behind my ear (not on my ear and kinda' right on the hair line.) I also, have a thyroid nodule, which I've had for a few years... if not more.
    - Around a month and a half ago, I got some tests done - blood tests: CBC, thyroid levels and some others, like iron. Results for the blood tests came back normal. I had an EKG and a pap-smear done and yup, all normal. The only thing that came back abnormal was my UA, which has quite a bit of protein it (around 100, or over in the trace amount.) No, I'm not pregnant... just to get that out there, but I did have a possible early miscarriage.
    - Random, but my Mom is anemic.
    - I suffer from sever depression, anxiey and other mental issues and that's also, another long story.

    So, that's about it, really. There may be more, but those are the most important symptoms and what-not. I want everyone to know that I am making an appointment at a local doctors' office in my town and I don't have medical insurence; I would rather not get in to that because it's a long story all on its own.

    Thank you and I appreciate your advise.
    P.S. I don't trust those CBC results because of my current symptoms.

    • ANSWER:
      You could have a repeat CBC run along with ferritin and a full iron study. Protein in the urine is called proteinuria (pro-teen-NUR-ree-uh) and it has a lot of causes none of which can be ascertained by its presence alone. Sometimes it can be a simple matter of having eaten a heavy protein meal but not usually. That will have to be investigated possibly with renal and liver function tests, a 24-hour urine protein and a referral to a nephrologist. Useful would be a serum and urine protein electrophoresis test to determine which proteins are being excreted and in what quantities along with a comprehensive metabolic panel (CMP) to look at albumin and total protein levels in the blood and to help evaluate kidney and liver function. I don't know which type of anemia your mother has, there are more than 400 kinds. Perhaps your vit. B-12 and folic acid levels should also be looked at and there are other nutritional anemias as well as well as anemias like aplastic, macrocytic and microcytic.

      "I honestly believe that I have some form of Leukemia... and I also believe that I am slowly, but surely, dying from this disease." -- Any persistent issues with your spleen? Fever and chills? Unexplained weight loss? Night sweats? Itching? So far you haven't convinced me that you have any form of leukemia and I presume you mean lymphoma or lymphocytic leukemia. Now, I'm not suggesting a diagnosis but anemia is common in people with kidney disease. Healthy kidneys produce a hormone called erythropoietin, which stimulates the bone marrow to produce the proper number of red blood cells needed to carry oxygen. Diseased kidneys, however, often don’t make enough erythropoietin. As a result, the bone marrow makes fewer red blood cells. Addressing the bruising and petechiae, a cooagulation disorder could be considered and tested for.

      The thyroid nodule has nothing to do with proteinuria. And what's going on with the lymph node? What does "My periods have been a little off for a few-ish months" mean? I hope you've brought this up with your doctor. In the end, because of financial constraints, you may have to restrict the extent of testing to the most essential and likely but if your doctor chooses wisely, you should get some very useful information.

  42. QUESTION:
    Does This Sound Like Anemia To You, Or Not?
    Hey,

    I'm a 20 year old female and I honestly believe that I have some form of Leukemia... and I also believe that I am slowly, but surely, dying from this disease. Here are a few of my main concerns/symptoms and the reasons behind why I so strongly think this and in my head... know this:

    - I have been bruising a lot more than normal for the past couple of months. I constantly have bruises and they are mainly on my lower parts - as in, my legs, etc.
    - My body, also for the past couple of months, has been cramping and aching in random spots... from my feet, legs, back, shoulders, etc.
    - This I noticed yesterday, but I found more today - petechiae, forgive the spelling. I have at least, well... around 7 of them (that I know of.)
    - I seem some-what weaker than normal and kinda' off, like... fatigued. I look a little pale and I have these dark circles underneath my eyes. Oh, and yes, this all started around a couple of months ago.
    - My periods have been a little off for a few-ish months, but... to be honest... I'm not too concerned about it.
    - Once again, for the past couple of months, I sometimes get small and short headaches after I stretch, get up to fast, or go to the restroom.
    - For years and year I've had an enlarged lymph-node right behind my ear (not on my ear and kinda' right on the hair line.) I also, have a thyroid nodule, which I've had for a few years... if not more.
    - Around a month and a half ago, I got some tests done - blood tests: CBC, thyroid levels and some others, like iron. Results for the blood tests came back normal. I had an EKG and a pap-smear done and yup, all normal. The only thing that came back abnormal was my UA, which has quite a bit of protein it (around 100, or over in the trace amount.) No, I'm not pregnant... just to get that out there, but I did have a possible early miscarriage.
    - Random, but my Mom is anemic.
    - I suffer from sever depression, anxiey and other mental issues and that's also, another long story.

    So, that's about it, really. There may be more, but those are the most important symptoms and what-not. I want everyone to know that I am making an appointment at a local doctors' office in my town and I don't have medical insurence; I would rather not get in to that because it's a long story all on its own.

    Thank you and I appreciate your advise.
    P.S. I don't trust those CBC results because of my current symptoms.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes it does sound like anemia, eat more red meat and try a vitamin or supplement if u don't feel better qo to the doctor

  43. QUESTION:
    Could I Be Anemic, Or Could I Have Leukemia - Should I Be Freaking Out?
    Hey,

    I'm a 20 year old female and I honestly believe that I have some form of Leukemia... and I also believe that I am slowly, but surely, dying from this disease. Here are a few of my main concerns/symptoms and the reasons behind why I so strongly think this and in my head... know this:

    - I have been bruising a lot more than normal for the past couple of months. I constantly have bruises and they are mainly on my lower parts - as in, my legs, etc.
    - My body, also for the past couple of months, has been cramping and aching in random spots... from my feet, legs, back, shoulders, etc.
    - This I noticed yesterday, but I found more today - petechiae, forgive the spelling. I have at least, well... around 7 of them (that I know of.)
    - I seem some-what weaker than normal and kinda' off, like... fatigued. I look a little pale and I have these dark circles underneath my eyes. Oh, and yes, this all started around a couple of months ago.
    - My periods have been a little off for a few-ish months, but... to be honest... I'm not too concerned about it.
    - For a few months now, I've had this "horse" cough.
    - Once again, for the past couple of months, I sometimes get small and short headaches after I stretch, get up to fast, or go to the restroom.
    - For years and year I've had an enlarged lymph-node right behind my ear (not on my ear and kinda' right on the hair line.) I also, have a thyroid nodule, which I've had for a few years... if not more.
    - Around a month and a half ago, I got some tests done - blood tests: CBC, thyroid levels and some others, like iron. Results for the blood tests came back normal. I had an EKG and a pap-smear done and yup, all normal. The only thing that came back abnormal was my UA, which has quite a bit of protein it (around 100, or over in the trace amount.) No, I'm not pregnant... just to get that out there, but I did have a possible early miscarriage.
    - Random, but my Mom is anemic.
    - I suffer from sever depression, anxiey and other mental issues and that's also, another long story.

    So, that's about it, really. There may be more, but those are the most important symptoms and what-not. I want everyone to know that I am making an appointment at a local doctors' office in my town and I don't have medical insurence; I would rather not get in to that because it's a long story all on its own.

    Thank you and I appreciate your advise.
    P.S. I don't trust those CBC results because of my current symptoms.

    • ANSWER:
      I think you have Health Anxiety.

      You sound just like my older sister. She always takes small bodily anomalies and insists she has some ridiculous disease. If medical tests show you are ehalthy, then the problem is in your head.

      Have you tried CBT? (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)

      Good luck!

  44. QUESTION:
    I Can't Stop Thinking About Death and... Cancer?
    Hey,

    I'm a 20 year old female and I honestly believe that I have some form of Leukemia... and I also believe that I am slowly, but surely, dying from this disease. Here are a few of my main concerns/symptoms and the reasons behind why I so strongly think this and in my head... know this:

    - I have been bruising a lot more than normal for the past couple of months. I constantly have bruises and they are mainly on my lower parts - as in, my legs, etc.
    - My body, also for the past couple of months, has been cramping and aching in random spots... from my feet, legs, back, shoulders, etc.
    - This I noticed yesterday, but I found more today - petechiae, forgive the spelling. I have at least, well... around 7 of them (that I know of.)
    - I seem some-what weaker than normal and kinda' off, like... fatigued. I look a little pale and I have these dark circles underneath my eyes. Oh, and yes, this all started around a couple of months ago.
    - My periods have been a little off for a few-ish months, but... to be honest... I'm not too concerned about it.
    - Once again, for the past couple of months, I sometimes get small and short headaches after I stretch, get up to fast, or go to the restroom.
    - For years and year I've had an enlarged lymph-node right behind my ear (not on my ear and kinda' right on the hair line.) I also, have a thyroid nodule, which I've had for a few years... if not more.
    - Around a month and a half ago, I got some tests done - blood tests: CBC, thyroid levels and some others, like iron. Results for the blood tests came back normal. I had an EKG and a pap-smear done and yup, all normal. The only thing that came back abnormal was my UA, which has quite a bit of protein it (around 100, or over in the trace amount.) No, I'm not pregnant... just to get that out there, but I did have a possible early miscarriage.
    - Random, but my Mom is anemic.
    - I suffer from sever depression, anxiey and other mental issues and that's also, another long story.

    So, that's about it, really. There may be more, but those are the most important symptoms and what-not. I want everyone to know that I am making an appointment at a local doctors' office in my town and I don't have medical insurence; I would rather not get in to that because it's a long story all on its own.

    Thank you and I appreciate your advise.
    P.S. I don't trust those CBC results because of my current symptoms.

    • ANSWER:
      print this and hand it to your family doctor........
      tests are simple and basically inexpensive.......

      bruising is common with anemic females especially....
      still for your peace on mind.....go to the doctors.....
      in less than a week, you will have your results.......

      peace

  45. QUESTION:
    Does This Sound Like Anemia To You?
    Hey,

    I'm a 20 year old female and I honestly believe that I have some form of Leukemia... and I also believe that I am slowly, but surely, dying from this disease. Here are a few of my main concerns/symptoms and the reasons behind why I so strongly think this and in my head... know this:

    - I have been bruising a lot more than normal for the past couple of months. I constantly have bruises and they are mainly on my lower parts - as in, my legs, etc.
    - My body, also for the past couple of months, has been cramping and aching in random spots... from my feet, legs, back, shoulders, etc.
    - This I noticed yesterday, but I found more today - petechiae, forgive the spelling. I have at least, well... around 7 of them (that I know of.)
    - I seem some-what weaker than normal and kinda' off, like... fatigued. I look a little pale and I have these dark circles underneath my eyes. Oh, and yes, this all started around a couple of months ago.
    - My periods have been a little off for a few-ish months, but... to be honest... I'm not too concerned about it.
    - Once again, for the past couple of months, I sometimes get small and short headaches after I stretch, get up to fast, or go to the restroom.
    - For years and year I've had an enlarged lymph-node right behind my ear (not on my ear and kinda' right on the hair line.) I also, have a thyroid nodule, which I've had for a few years... if not more.
    - Around a month and a half ago, I got some tests done - blood tests: CBC, thyroid levels and some others, like iron. Results for the blood tests came back normal. I had an EKG and a pap-smear done and yup, all normal. The only thing that came back abnormal was my UA, which has quite a bit of protein it (around 100, or over in the trace amount.) No, I'm not pregnant... just to get that out there, but I did have a possible early miscarriage.
    - Random, but my Mom is anemic.
    - I suffer from sever depression, anxiey and other mental issues and that's also, another long story.

    So, that's about it, really. There may be more, but those are the most important symptoms and what-not. I want everyone to know that I am making an appointment at a local doctors' office in my town and I don't have medical insurence; I would rather not get in to that because it's a long story all on its own.

    Thank you and I appreciate your advise.
    P.S. I don't trust those CBC results because of my current symptoms.

    • ANSWER:
      no. believe me. these are not symptoms of leukemia. but you may consider autoimmune diseases like S.L.E and etc. I'm a 4th year medical student.

  46. QUESTION:
    IM EFFING SCARED!! Can Anemia cause petechiae?!?!?!?
    Hey,

    I'm a 20 year old female and I honestly believe that I have some form of Leukemia... and I also believe that I am slowly, but surely, dying from this disease. Here are a few of my main concerns/symptoms and the reasons behind why I so strongly think this and in my head... know this:

    - I have been bruising a lot more than normal for the past couple of months. I constantly have bruises and they are mainly on my lower parts - as in, my legs, etc.
    - My body, also for the past couple of months, has been cramping and aching in random spots... from my feet, legs, back, shoulders, etc.
    - This I noticed yesterday, but I found more today - petechiae, forgive the spelling. I have at least, well... around 7 of them (that I know of.)
    - I seem some-what weaker than normal and kinda' off, like... fatigued. I look a little pale and I have these dark circles underneath my eyes. Oh, and yes, this all started around a couple of months ago.
    - My periods have been a little off for a few-ish months, but... to be honest... I'm not too concerned about it.
    - Once again, for the past couple of months, I sometimes get small and short headaches after I stretch, get up to fast, or go to the restroom.
    - For years and year I've had an enlarged lymph-node right behind my ear (not on my ear and kinda' right on the hair line.) I also, have a thyroid nodule, which I've had for a few years... if not more.
    - Around a month and a half ago, I got some tests done - blood tests: CBC, thyroid levels and some others, like iron. Results for the blood tests came back normal. I had an EKG and a pap-smear done and yup, all normal. The only thing that came back abnormal was my UA, which has quite a bit of protein it (around 100, or over in the trace amount.) No, I'm not pregnant... just to get that out there, but I did have a possible early miscarriage.
    - Random, but my Mom is anemic.
    - I suffer from sever depression, anxiey and other mental issues and that's also, another long story.

    So, that's about it, really. There may be more, but those are the most important symptoms and what-not. I want everyone to know that I am making an appointment at a local doctors' office in my town and I don't have medical insurence; I would rather not get in to that because it's a long story all on its own.

    Thank you and I appreciate your advise.
    P.S. I don't trust those CBC results because of my current symptoms.

    • ANSWER:
      There are a number of causes of Petechiae in adults of which Leukemia is only one.
      The Mayo Clinic lists these possible causes:Certain medications, Hemolytic uremic syndrome, Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, Luekemia, Lupus, Measles, Mononucleosis, and Rheumatoid Arthritis.
      The symptoms of Mono seem to align best with your symptoms. Visit the Mayo Clinic website at
      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/mononucleosis/DS00352/DSECTION=symptoms
      to compare your symptoms

      If you are still concerned about your platelet levels, visit this website
      http://bit.ly/h24UNP
      to learn about natural remedies for low platelet levels that don't require visiting a doctor.

  47. QUESTION:
    Could This Be Anemia?
    Hey,

    I'm a 20 year old female and I honestly believe that I have some form of Leukemia... and I also believe that I am slowly, but surely, dying from this disease. Here are a few of my main concerns/symptoms and the reasons behind why I so strongly think this and in my head... know this:

    - I have been bruising a lot more than normal for the past couple of months. I constantly have bruises and they are mainly on my lower parts - as in, my legs, etc.
    - My body, also for the past couple of months, has been cramping and aching in random spots... from my feet, legs, back, shoulders, etc.
    - This I noticed yesterday, but I found more today - petechiae, forgive the spelling. I have at least, well... around 7 of them (that I know of.)
    - I seem some-what weaker than normal and kinda' off, like... fatigued. I look a little pale and I have these dark circles underneath my eyes. Oh, and yes, this all started around a couple of months ago.
    - My periods have been a little off for a few-ish months, but... to be honest... I'm not too concerned about it.
    - Once again, for the past couple of months, I sometimes get small and short headaches after I stretch, get up to fast, or go to the restroom.
    - For years and year I've had an enlarged lymph-node right behind my ear (not on my ear and kinda' right on the hair line.) I also, have a thyroid nodule, which I've had for a few years... if not more.
    - Around a month and a half ago, I got some tests done - blood tests: CBC, thyroid levels and some others, like iron. Results for the blood tests came back normal. I had an EKG and a pap-smear done and yup, all normal. The only thing that came back abnormal was my UA, which has quite a bit of protein it (around 100, or over in the trace amount.) No, I'm not pregnant... just to get that out there, but I did have a possible early miscarriage.
    - Random, but my Mom is anemic.
    - I suffer from sever depression, anxiey and other mental issues and that's also, another long story.

    So, that's about it, really. There may be more, but those are the most important symptoms and what-not. I want everyone to know that I am making an appointment at a local doctors' office in my town and I don't have medical insurence; I would rather not get in to that because it's a long story all on its own.

    Thank you and I appreciate your advise.
    P.S. I don't trust those CBC results because of my current symptoms.

    • ANSWER:

  48. QUESTION:
    PETECHIAE... BUT A NORMAL CBC?!?!?!?!!?
    Hey,

    I'm a 20 year old female and I honestly believe that I have some form of Leukemia... and I also believe that I am slowly, but surely, dying from this disease. Here are a few of my main concerns/symptoms and the reasons behind why I so strongly think this and in my head... know this:

    - I have been bruising a lot more than normal for the past couple of months. I constantly have bruises and they are mainly on my lower parts - as in, my legs, etc.
    - My body, also for the past couple of months, has been cramping and aching in random spots... from my feet, legs, back, shoulders, etc.
    - This I noticed yesterday, but I found more today - petechiae, forgive the spelling. I have at least, well... around 7 of them (that I know of.)
    - I seem some-what weaker than normal and kinda' off, like... fatigued. I look a little pale and I have these dark circles underneath my eyes. Oh, and yes, this all started around a couple of months ago.
    - My periods have been a little off for a few-ish months, but... to be honest... I'm not too concerned about it.
    - Once again, for the past couple of months, I sometimes get small and short headaches after I stretch, get up to fast, or go to the restroom.
    - For years and year I've had an enlarged lymph-node right behind my ear (not on my ear and kinda' right on the hair line.) I also, have a thyroid nodule, which I've had for a few years... if not more.
    - Around a month and a half ago, I got some tests done - blood tests: CBC, thyroid levels and some others, like iron. Results for the blood tests came back normal. I had an EKG and a pap-smear done and yup, all normal. The only thing that came back abnormal was my UA, which has quite a bit of protein it (around 100, or over in the trace amount.) No, I'm not pregnant... just to get that out there, but I did have a possible early miscarriage.
    - Random, but my Mom is anemic.
    - I suffer from sever depression, anxiey and other mental issues and that's also, another long story.

    So, that's about it, really. There may be more, but those are the most important symptoms and what-not. I want everyone to know that I am making an appointment at a local doctors' office in my town and I don't have medical insurence; I would rather not get in to that because it's a long story all on its own.

    Thank you and I appreciate your advise.
    P.S. I don't trust those CBC results because of my current symptoms.

    • ANSWER:

  49. QUESTION:
    I know i can't diagnose myself... but i think im right about this?
    Hey,

    I'm a 20 year old female and I honestly believe that I have some form of Leukemia... and I also believe that I am slowly, but surely, dying from this disease. Here are a few of my main concerns/symptoms and the reasons behind why I so strongly think this and in my head... know this:

    - I have been bruising a lot more than normal for the past couple of months. I constantly have bruises and they are mainly on my lower parts - as in, my legs, etc.
    - My body, also for the past couple of months, has been cramping and aching in random spots... from my feet, legs, back, shoulders, etc.
    - This I noticed yesterday, but I found more today - petechiae, forgive the spelling. I have at least, well... around 7 of them (that I know of.)
    - I seem some-what weaker than normal and kinda' off, like... fatigued. I look a little pale and I have these dark circles underneath my eyes. Oh, and yes, this all started around a couple of months ago.
    - My periods have been a little off for a few-ish months, but... to be honest... I'm not too concerned about it.
    - Once again, for the past couple of months, I sometimes get small and short headaches after I stretch, get up to fast, or go to the restroom.
    - For years and year I've had an enlarged lymph-node right behind my ear (not on my ear and kinda' right on the hair line.) I also, have a thyroid nodule, which I've had for a few years... if not more.
    - Around a month and a half ago, I got some tests done - blood tests: CBC, thyroid levels and some others, like iron. Results for the blood tests came back normal. I had an EKG and a pap-smear done and yup, all normal. The only thing that came back abnormal was my UA, which has quite a bit of protein it (around 100, or over in the trace amount.) No, I'm not pregnant... just to get that out there, but I did have a possible early miscarriage.
    - Random, but my Mom is anemic.
    - I suffer from sever depression, anxiey and other mental issues and that's also, another long story.

    So, that's about it, really. There may be more, but those are the most important symptoms and what-not. I want everyone to know that I am making an appointment at a local doctors' office in my town and I don't have medical insurence; I would rather not get in to that because it's a long story all on its own.

    Thank you and I appreciate your advise.
    P.S. I don't trust those CBC results because of my current symptoms.

    • ANSWER:
      Hard to say. All of your physical symptoms can be attributed to other problems besides Leukemia. However, if your doctor does diagnose you with Leukemia, you should know that it's not an automatic death sentence like it was 20 years ago. Not that they've found breakthrough treatments during the last 20 years, but they've fine tuned existing treatments to make them more effective. You could be diagnosed with Leukemia today and still be around 20 years from now. I do hope, however, that it's nothing serious and that the doctor can give you a little peace of mind.

      Good Luck!

  50. QUESTION:
    Should I just Prepare For Death?
    Hey,

    I'm a 20 year old female and I honestly believe that I have some form of Leukemia... and I also believe that I am slowly, but surely, dying from this disease. Here are a few of my main concerns/symptoms and the reasons behind why I so strongly think this and in my head... know this:

    - I have been bruising a lot more than normal for the past couple of months. I constantly have bruises and they are mainly on my lower parts - as in, my legs, etc.
    - My body, also for the past couple of months, has been cramping and aching in random spots... from my feet, legs, back, shoulders, etc.
    - This I noticed yesterday, but I found more today - petechiae, forgive the spelling. I have at least, well... around 7 of them (that I know of.)
    - I seem some-what weaker than normal and kinda' off, like... fatigued. I look a little pale and I have these dark circles underneath my eyes. Oh, and yes, this all started around a couple of months ago.
    - My periods have been a little off for a few-ish months, but... to be honest... I'm not too concerned about it.
    - Once again, for the past couple of months, I sometimes get small and short headaches after I stretch, get up to fast, or go to the restroom.
    - For years and year I've had an enlarged lymph-node right behind my ear (not on my ear and kinda' right on the hair line.) I also, have a thyroid nodule, which I've had for a few years... if not more.
    - Around a month and a half ago, I got some tests done - blood tests: CBC, thyroid levels and some others, like iron. Results for the blood tests came back normal. I had an EKG and a pap-smear done and yup, all normal. The only thing that came back abnormal was my UA, which has quite a bit of protein it (around 100, or over in the trace amount.) No, I'm not pregnant... just to get that out there, but I did have a possible early miscarriage.
    - Random, but my Mom is anemic.
    - I suffer from sever depression, anxiey and other mental issues and that's also, another long story.

    So, that's about it, really. There may be more, but those are the most important symptoms and what-not. I want everyone to know that I am making an appointment at a local doctors' office in my town and I don't have medical insurence; I would rather not get in to that because it's a long story all on its own.

    Thank you and I appreciate your advise.
    P.S. I don't trust those CBC results because of my current symptoms.

    • ANSWER:
      If you're really concerned - voice that to your doctor! It surely sounds like something isn't right although it's not necessarily as serious as cancer. Go for a check up with your doc.


Enlarged Thyroid Symptoms Treatment

The not so familiar term, Hypothyroidism is basically characterized by bouts of depression, a very depressing powerlessness to free oneself from weight issues, very sweet urges and the most common symptom called fatigue. One other very important factor that currently largely contributes to the above mentioned symptoms is your thyroid. And this could be necessitated once your doctor overlooked testing your thyroid for whats called autoimmune thyroid disease.

This would be the prudent thing to do taking into consideration that the Hashimotos autoimmune thyroid is the major cause of Hypothyroidism. The way the autoimmune thyroid works is to generate destructive antibodies that particularly kill the thyroid glands cells, consequently leading to Hypothyroidism.

Now above the Hashimoto thyroiditis we also have a further cause of Hypothyroidism which pegged on the many treatments. The moment you go to a surgeon to help you with your thyroid menace, the surgeons will be forced to get rid of some parts of the thyroid glands which by extension, you may be left with very few cells in your thyroid glands to protect you in case of further attacks. For those who really get lucky the doctor may just get rid of a nodule at the glands and everything will be well, but sooner than later, as the problems persist the glands may never keep up with expectations.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    what are the signs or symptoms of an enlarged thyroid? what are the treatments?

    • ANSWER:
      I think you may be referring to low/high thyroid levels. I have given several links below to read & perhaps you can read through & understand the different thyroid symptoms & problems.
      Here is some information about myself, plus some symptoms since you seemed to be interested:
      I have low thyroid. I've had it for 10 years. I got it after I had my second child at about the age of 25. If you have low thyroid...here's a great question to answer: Can you see the floor of your house? That was what was asked of me at one point, and to my amazement, the answer was no!
      My signs are: messy house, no desire to do anything...go anywhere, spend time with my kids or my guy, sleep a lot, hard to keep my eyes open at times, HUGE weight gain that over the past years have not found an easy way to take off...so I give up a lot, I have terribly dry hair & don't wash it a lot so it stays strong, I have bumps on my face...not like pimples, but I think it's from dry skin, and perhaps some others that I can't remember at this time...that's another symptom--forgetfullness.
      Here are the "GENERAL" signs for most people: fatigue and lack of energy. Women suffering from underactive thyroid experience heavier menstrual periods. Sluggishness and forgetfulness are symptoms of underactive thyroid problem. Other symptoms of this thyroid disorder are dry skin and hair and constipation.
      If you have high thyroid, or an overactive one, the signs are: increased body metabolism. This is followed by weight loss and excessive warmth and sweating. Persons suffering from overactive thyroid experience trembling hands, irritability and rapid heartbeat or palpitations. Women with overactive thyroid or hyperthyroidism may experience shorter or lighter menstrual periods.
      I take medication, and sadly will have to take 1 pill everyday for the rest of my life. There's a blood check that they will do to see if you have low or high. I hope i've helped you!!

  2. QUESTION:
    what is an enlarged thyroid, and what are the symptoms?
    Are there treatment options? what causes this condition I was just diagnosed!! Help Please!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Check Webmd for hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism for symptoms. Yes there are treatment options. Medication can control it if you are of child bearing age. A "radioactive cocktail" if you are passed that age. In some cases, such as my own, it needs to be removed. The important thing is to get an excellent endocrinologist (specializes in thyroid disease and diabetes, which are not related). Going to any other specialist or you family doctor would be taking a big chance, and the thyroid effects everything in your body, from skin, hair and fingernails to heart, fertility and mental/emotional condition. Good luck, don't be afraid, just educate yourself about the thyroid as much as you can. Become the expert!!

  3. QUESTION:
    What is thyroid ? What are the symptoms ? If untreated could it yield to enlarge of the heart or heart attack?
    Six years ago, I was diagnosed to have toxic thyroid. My doctor gave me medicine and when my thyroid is in normal level, my doctor recommend a radioactive treatment. But I never undergo a radioactive treatment. Just this afternoon, I happen to met a long highschool friend who is now a successful doctor. He told me to have a medical check up immediately because my heart might start to enlarge due to non treatment of thyroid. Is there any doctor out there who can share us ?

    • ANSWER:
      The thyroid is the gland found in front of your throat or trachea. It produces hormones that are necessary for metabolism of your body. Your thyroid can be hyperfunctioning (hyperthyroid) meaning it produces more than what is needed, hypofuntioning (hypothyroid) when it produces less than what hormon is needed or it can be euthyroid, it means you have enough. there is also a small gland located in the brain that stimulates or control your thyroid, so even if basically your thyroid is ok, if the pituitary gland is abnormal, it can cause your thyroid to either produce more or produce less hormones. The more hormones it produce, the larger the gland gets.
      You had toxic thyroid, it means thay you have a hyperfunctioning gland. the problem with this is that the hormones produced cause faster metabolism, therefore you can have increased heart rate, increase metabolism of the body so weight loss, poor tolerance to heat and cold, tremors, etc. eye problems can also manifest, like proptosis or protruberance of the eyeballs.
      You have to have your hormone levels check to see if its normal, whether you need supplements or anti-thyroid hormones. Your heart enlarges because the greater/faster metabolism exerts a higher toll in your body, increase HR, so the muscles in the heart are overdeveloped (just like when you do weight lifting, if you keep exercising the muscle, it grows bigger!)

  4. QUESTION:
    I Have An Enlarged Thyroid, How Can I Treat It?
    A couple years ago my mom and dad noticed I had an Enlarged Thyroid and went to get tests to make sure nothing was wrong, everything came out A-OK, but I still noticed it everyday in the mirror and didn't think it look normal, so one day I decided to look up symptoms of an Enlarged Thyroid and noticed I had a lot of them, like: Feeling cold, heavier periods, irritability, trouble swallowing, fatigue and mental dullness (difficulty thinking/concentrating). My dad and I started talking about it today and he said maybe we could go see specialist about it, but told me to look up ways to treat it before we did, but I can't find a single site that explains any type of treatment for it. Help me out please?

    • ANSWER:
      Between your goiter, and your other symptoms, it sounds like you have hypothyroidism. The treatment is synthroid.

  5. QUESTION:
    What is the best treatment for mild hyperthyroiism?
    According to blood work it is mild but it does need treatment because of symptoms. Extreme nervousness & anxiousness, insomnia, rapid heartbeat, heat intolerance, constant low grade fever.There are no nodules so I don't think surgery is an option. It may probably caused by a slightly enlarged thyroid or possibly graves disease.
    I have appointment with Dr. I'm just trying to do my research

    • ANSWER:

  6. QUESTION:
    my friend might have thyroid cancer !!?
    ok so i'm 20 and my friend is 21
    this semester we got kind of close and oh i have GAD which case me to worry too much
    do you believe that doctor suspected i had breast cancer and i worried LESS than when my sister was suspected the she might have BC as well ?? although my and my sister relationship is bad
    i don't know i worry about people ALOT and LESS about myself
    back to the topic today i was talking to this friend and she mentioned that she have thyroid problems and she did some medical tests and she is NOT have hyper- or hypo- thyrosim
    but i guess the doctor found something in her thyroid and she is given an oppt next month
    she said something like "they think it might be cancer bu i hope it's not" i got so worried and i have been thinking about it all day
    in a worst case scenario if she does have cancer
    what will happen ??? i looked up the symptoms she does not have an enlarged thyroid and she is otherwise healthy (21)

    if it was cancer (any type of thyroid cancer) what will be the treatment ??
    do you think it will be spread already ?? she had problems with thyroid for some years now

    • ANSWER:
      Obviously, the worst case scenario would be getting diagnosed with the worst type of thyroid cancer...Anaplastic, but you have a better chance of winning the lottery.

      If it does turn out to be cancer, then she will have a total thyriodectomy, and if it has spread to the lymph nodes (it's common, 50% of people have it and it doesn't decrease prognosis) she might have some removed, and possibly have Radioactive Iodine after (only for the two most common types of thyroid cancer, papillary and follicular) to kill remaining thyroid cells. She would need to be on Synthroid the rest of her life since she won't make any thyroid hormone anymore.

      At that age, the chances of being diagnosed with thyroid cancer are slim. I'm an odd ball out. I was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer July 2008 at 21. Honestly, try not to worry!! She has probably less than a 5% chance of it being cancer, and that's if she has noticeable indicators.

  7. QUESTION:
    Hyperthyroid/Graves Disease treatment options?
    I am 24 years old and have recently been diagnosed with this condition after starting to display symptoms of it three years ago. I discussed the treatment options with my doctor and while I know that I've got to do something about it, all three options that he mentioned sort of scare me. I do not want to make any sort of hasty decision and give the okay to eliminate an important organ from my body forever, but I also do not want to take a chance on a treatment that could produce negative effects. Is there no completely safe way around this? I have been shown to have an overactive, enlarged thyroid with no nodules. My doctor wants me to go through with RAI, but I do not look forward to becoming hypo. Is there no option that could just make me normal again, instead of trading one extreme for another? =(

    • ANSWER:
      I don't blame you for not wanting to add another disease (hypothyroidism) to your repertoire. With RAI, you just end up with Grave's disease, plus hypothyroidism. RAI is not a cure for Grave's disease, no matter what your doctor may say to try to talk you into it. Don't do it. You will still have Grave's disease after RAI. RAI only treats one symptom of Grave's disease - the hyperthyroidism. I doesn't do anything for the other symptoms, or for the disease itself.

      All you need is methimizole - a simple, cheap, generic, prescription medication. Don't believe any of the scare tactics your doctor will use to frighten you away from the methimizole and into RAI. If you have a reaction to the methimizole, you just stop taking it. It's as simple as that. And there is still another medication available, PTU, in case you are the one in a million who can't take methimizole. Everyone can take one of these two medications. Now, if you have a bad reaction to RAI, what do you do? Learn to live with it. There is no going back once you have RAI.

  8. QUESTION:
    Thyroid Help with TSH levels?
    Hi

    Just a question reguarding blood test results.
    In Nov 2009 doc noticed enlarged thyroid, did bloods TSH was 1.84

    Since then Ive been getting sicker and sicker, and my thyroid is swollen to 5cm. Had more bloods, TSH has now dropped to 0.76 T3 5.2 and T415.0

    I have every symptom of hyperthyroidism and family history of both. I also had an ultrasound the other day, awaiting results.

    Is it Normal for Thyroid levels to drop so much in a short amount of time? Because the labs here in NZ reguard them as being in Normal range still!

    Tho my mother is hypo and is on border and still reguarded as normal but receiving treatment and made her feel sooo much better. I'm thinking this maybe the case with.

    • ANSWER:

  9. QUESTION:
    Endocrinology Center?
    Complete diagnostic in our thyroid cancer operation center to prevent thyroid gland disorders symptoms.
    Most often the first symptom of thyroid cancer is a nodule in the thyroid region of the neck. However, many adults have small nodules in their thyroids, but typically under 5% of these nodules are found to be malignant. Sometimes the first sign is an enlarged lymph node. Later symptoms that can be present are pain in the anterior region of the neck and changes in voice.Thyroid cancer is usually found in a euthyroid patient, but symptoms of hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism may be associated with a large or metastatic well-differentiated tumor.Thyroid nodules are of particular concern when they are found in those under the age of 20. The presentation of benign nodules at this age is less likely, and thus the potential for malignancy is far greater. In the thyroid cancer operation center we do all of the diagnoses in a range that we can cure every patient. The treatment of thyroid cancer may require surgery. Common surgeries include thyroidectomy, lobectomy, and tracheostomy. Radioactive Iodine-131 is used in patients with papillary or follicular thyroid cancer for ablation of residual thyroid tissue after surgery and for the treatment of thyroid cancer. Patients with medullary, anaplastic, and most Hurthle cell cancers do not benefit from this therapy. External irradiation may be used when the cancer is unresectable, when it recurs after resection, or to relieve pain from bone metastasis. Some can cause a calcium deficiency after thyroidectomy, our after service we can manage and monitoring the symptoms.

    http://www.vejthani.com/web-english/thyroid-cancer-disorders-operation-center.php

    • ANSWER:
      If you say so!

  10. QUESTION:
    Do I have Thyroid Cancer?
    I have been a thyroid patient since 2009
    I should have +10 while in my report my thyroid was (-47.3)
    I took treatment for 3 months and stopped further.Now i am getting these symptoms:
    My heart feels like it's skipping a beat, racing and I feel like I'm having heart palpitations
    My pulse is unusually fast
    My pulse, even when resting or in bed, is high
    I'm having increased perspiration
    I am losing weight inappropriately
    I am losing weight but my appetite has increased
    I feel like I have a lot of nervous energy that I need to burn off
    I feel nervous or irritable
    My skin looks or feels thinner
    My muscles feel weak, particularly the upper arms and thighs
    I am having difficulty getting to sleep, staying asleep, or going back to sleep after awakening in the middle of the night
    My hair is coarse and dry, breaking, brittle, falling out
    My skin is coarse, dry, scaly, thin
    I have a hoarse or gravely voice
    I have pains, aches in joints, hands and feet
    I am having irregular menstrual cycles (shorter, longer, or heavier, or more frequent, or not at all)
    I feel depressed
    I feel fatigued, exhausted
    I feel restless, or anxious
    I have had panic attacks
    I've recently been diagnosed as having panic disorder, anxiety disorder, or panic attacks
    I have puffiness and swelling around the eyes and face
    In the morning my eyes seem to be enlarging, or getting more "bug-eyed" looking
    My moods change easily
    I have feelings of worthlessness
    I have difficulty concentrating or focusing
    I have more feelings of sadness
    I seem to be losing interest in normal daily activities
    I'm more forgetful lately
    My hair is falling out
    I can't seem to remember things
    I have no sex drive, or am having sexual performance problems
    I am getting more frequent infections, that last longer
    I feel shortness of breath and tightness in the chest
    I have neck swelling left side but not any lump or nodule
    Please tell me is it cancer?

    • ANSWER:

  11. QUESTION:
    Recently diagnosed with hyperthyroidism?
    I just received the results of a thyroid test, and it showed I have hyperthyroidism. My TSH was very low (0.004), my T4 was high (14.1) and my T3 was high (298). I haven't been able to get into an endocrinologist yet. What, exactly, do these kinds of levels indicate? Are they severe levels, or do they indicate something like Graves Disease? Also, I'm concerned about the treatments. I've heard horror stories about the meds, and I had a small reaction to iodine dye in a CT scan, so I don't know if RAI is an option.
    I also have had almost no symptoms; in fact, I showed symptoms of HYPOthyroidism. I sweat very little, I've been having weight gain, my hair is thick, I'm sensitive to cold, not heat, heavy/long menstrual periods, constipation, hoarseness, muscle aches. I have no Graves symptoms. I do have breathing problems, but I smoke. My thyroid is enlarged.
    Has anyone heard of being diagnosed with hyperthyroidism when most symptoms are opposite? Also, what can I expect from treatment?
    I also suffer from depression, like hypothyroidism causes, but I also am a nervous twitchy person as well. Also, despite the weight gain, my appetite hasn't changed, in fact, my diet has improved because of it, as well as exercise, to no avail. No problems with nails, except that they're thin/weak, no myxedema, no clubbing of fingers. No signs of Graves' opthalmology except for occasional dry eyes and frequent blinking.

    • ANSWER:
      Hyperthyroidism is a condition caused by the effects of too much thyroid hormone on tissues of the body. Although there are several different causes of hyperthyroidism, most of the symptoms that patients experience are the same regardless of the cause (see the list of symptoms below). Because the body's metabolism is increased, patients often feel hotter than those around them and can slowly lose weight even though they may be eating more. The weight issue is confusing sometimes since some patients actually gain weight because of an increase in their appetite. Patients with hyperthyroidism usually experience fatigue at the end of the day, but have trouble sleeping. Trembling of the hands and a hard or irregular heartbeat (called palpitations) may develop. These individuals may become irritable and easily upset. When hyperthyroidism is severe, patients can suffer shortness of breath, chest pain, and muscle weakness. Usually the symptoms of hyperthyroidism are so gradual in their onset that patients don't realize the symptoms until they become more severe. This means the symptoms may continue for weeks or months before patients fully realize that they are sick. In older people, some or all of the typical symptoms of hyperthyroidism may be absent, and the patient may just lose weight or become depressed.

      It seem as if you will be around for awhile. Hope this helps.

  12. QUESTION:
    What is the average amount of money it costs for hypothyroidism treatments?
    At my last check up, the doctor told me my thyroid gland felt enlarged. I have put off getting tested for it because I don't know how much it costs for lab fees and Dr.'s visits for that matter, also I want to know about how much the treatment is for this problem so I can get this taken care of. An idea of how much money I would need to save to get tested for, pay lab fees, and pay for pills or treatment for hypothyroidism, would be a great help. I know I have all they symptoms, and it was suggested by my OB/GYN to get tested for this. Anyone with any knowledge of this disease please help me with these answers, or what you payed when you got tested and what not, physicians that specialize in this area or endocrine medicine and such are more than welcome and preferred. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my question.

    • ANSWER:
      Pills for hypothyroidism are relatively inexpensive in their generic form, and are generally taken once daily. Even without insurance, the price would likely be under per month. Levothyroxine (the generic hypothyroid pill commonly prescribed) is part of Wal-Mart's generic program. The testin for hypothyroidism is a simple blood draw, although without insurance I am unsure what the cost would be.

  13. QUESTION:
    Thyroid Help with TSH levels?
    Hi

    Just a question reguarding blood test results.
    In Nov 2009 doc noticed enlarged thyroid, did bloods TSH was 1.84

    Since then Ive been getting sicker and sicker, and my thyroid is swollen to 5cm. Had more bloods, TSH has now dropped to 0.76 T3 5.2 and T415.0

    I have every symptom of hyperthyroidism and family history of both. I also had an ultrasound the other day, awaiting results.

    Is it Normal for Thyroid levels to drop so much in a short amount of time? Because the labs here in NZ reguard them as being in Normal range still!

    Tho my mother is hypo and is on border and still reguarded as normal but receiving treatment and made her feel sooo much better. I'm thinking this maybe the case with.

    • ANSWER:
      The testing range is very large, and each lab has a different numbering system. Please talk with the people at this link. These are medical people and patients with thyroid disease. The site is well monitored and the help is honest and credible. No crack-pots. In the upper right of the page you will find a link to the bulletin board. You will get the help you need. Saved my life when I went into thyroid storm. My life is certainly different now that the thyroid is under control. I have both Graves and Thyroid Eye Disease (TED).


Enlarged Thyroid Symptoms Thyroid Gland

You may have heard of a condition known as an enlarged thyroid. In fact, you may suspect that you or someone you know has this condition. This article explores the nature of this organ, the causes of an enlarged thyroid, and 3 frequency-asked questions about this condition.

What Your Thyroid Does for Your Body

Your thyroid is part of your body's endocrine system, a network of glands that release important hormones for the regulation of normal bodily functions. It is a small organ less than an ounce in weight (under normal conditions) and divided into two halves or lobes. The lobes are joined by a band of tissue called an isthmus.

The thyroid's job is to convert iodine into thyroid hormones, known as T3 and T4. These hormones control metabolism, the conversion of oxygen and calories into energy. Every cell in the body is dependent upon the thyroid hormone for its normal functioning.

This organ's function is activated by the pituitary gland, found at the base of the brain. When the body's thyroid hormone gets too low, the pituitary gland releases TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) to tell the thyroid to produce more T3 and T4.

Causes of an Enlarged Thyroid: 3 FAQs

Some people develop an enlarged thyroid gland, a condition also known as goiter. When it becomes enlarged, the thyroid can be seen from the outside as a mass inside the neck.

In some cases, goiter results in the overproduction of thyroid hormone and/or becomes malignant. In other cases (non-toxic goiter), the thyroid becomes enlarged but there is no over-production of the hormone.

Here are 3 frequently-asked questions about the causes of this condition:

1. What causes an enlarged thyroid? There are a number of possible causes of goiter, or enlarged thyroid. Only your doctor can tell you for sure what is causing your condition.

2. Can a diet deficient in iodine cause enlarged thyroid? Technically, someone who does not eat enough iodine in their diet can experience an enlarged thyroid. However, given that iodine is found in abundance in many common foods, this is usually not the cause of goiter.

3. What else can cause an enlarged thyroid? The more common cause is a defect in the synthesis of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) that is released by the pituitary gland in the brain.

Treatment Options

If your thyroid problem is small or moderate-sized, it can be treated with thyroid hormone. This is taken as a pill. This is an effect treatment because the thyroid hormone supplied in the pill causes the pituitary to make less TSH, which will result in the stabilization of the thyroid gland. While this will not decrease the size of the thyroid, it will stop it from growing.

More commonly, a doctor will recommend the removal of the parts of the thyroid that are causing compression in other parts of the neck, such as the trachea or esophagus. Compression can lead to frequent coughing, a change in the voice, or nighttime choking.

If the goiter is determined to be malignant, it will almost certainly be recommended for removal via surgery. Fortunately, less than 5% of enlarged thyroids are malignant.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    enlarged thyroid gland?
    The last couple of days i have been having a wierd feeling in the throat when i swallow food or burp. It feels like there is already something in my throat when the food passes. Or if you ever have taken too big of a sip of water and it hurts going down thats what it feels like at one spot on my throat. Someone told me that this could be an enlarged thyroid gland. Does anyone know the symptoms of this or if what i'm describing could me anything else. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      thyroid is located in lower neck and unless grossly big does not cause difficulty with swallowing.
      you have a throat problem.consult a ENT doctor and get your throat examined.

  2. QUESTION:
    What are some possible symptoms of thyroid cancer (or even any kind of cancer)?
    I am a 23 year old female, I have quite a large goiter (enlarged thyroid gland) and I am worried that it may be cancerous. Please help if you can, any information would be truly useful and most appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      I am 27 and was just diagnosed with Papillary Thyroid Cancer. 80% of all masses (nodules) on the thyroid are benign. I actually didn't notice anything. How they found it was I became diabetic with both my pregnancies and the endocrinologist found it in an ultrasound. Then they did blood tests which came back inconclusive. The next step was a radoactive iodine to determine that it was a cold nodule and not a goiter like you have. The final step was an FNA (fine needle aspiration) to determine if it was cancerous. It was so I had a total thyroidectomy. I'm in week 3 without my thyroid. Waiting until 6 weeks so I can start the radiation treatment. Then I'll be on synthroid the rest of my life. Good news is that I feel good except for the off menstrual cycle and the tiredness. The scar is not large either. I really wish you well and hope that this is just a goiter. Most times medicine helps it or they'll just remove it. That is for a doctor to decide. Here is a website that I found most informitive when I was diagnosed.

  3. QUESTION:
    Is there any connection with a slightly enlarged thyroid and a head cold?
    I noticed this week for the first time that my lower neck was slightly swollen (where my neck meets my collar bone). Soon after I developed a sore throat and symptoms of a head cold. Just wondering if these two things might be connected. I plan on seeing a doctor if the swelling continues in what I assume to be my thyroid gland (uniform swelling, very slight).
    Actually, the thyroid is in front of and on the sides of the trachea. And, the swelling is in my lower front neck, not my lymph nodes or tonsils...

    • ANSWER:
      Yes there could be a connection. If you neck area is enlarged then it is very possible that you have an enlarged thyroid, or goiter. Often, a goiter is associated with thyroiditis which can not only cause your thyroid hormones to fluctuate, but cause a fever as well. The "cold like" symptoms can be an inflammatory response to the inflamed thyroid. If you are having other thyroid symptoms such as difficulty swallowing, tenderness in neck, increased/decreased energy, insomnia, heart palpitations, dry hair and skin, increased arthritic pains, or weight gain or loss...then it is very possible that there is a thyroid issue and you should see your doc. Hope this helps.

  4. QUESTION:
    Enlarged thyroid + breathing problems?
    My thyroid gland is enlarged. I can’t exhale very well, which is weird, but it doesn’t feel like something is stuck in my throat or windpipe. It feels like my windpipe is smaller or something. I haven’t been hungry, I’ve been tired, and I keep getting extremely hot or cold. I’ve also been losing hair. This was happening to me before, from the end of March until the beginning of June. I saw an endocrinologist at the beginning of June. However, most of my symptoms had subsided by then, which is when I had my hormone levels tested, and they came back fine. He wasn’t worried even though my neck still felt a little bigger than it used to (but not as bad as it had been) and the doctors found 2 nodules in my ultrasound. The nodules were really small so the doctors decided they weren’t causes of concern.

    Now that the symptoms are back, and have been for the last week or two, I’m concerned again. Is it possible for a thyroid gland to be active then inactive intermittently like this? If I do have a thyroid problem, would it be possible that my thyroid wasn’t secreting excess or a shortage of hormones at the time of my blood test, making my levels come back fine?

    • ANSWER:

  5. QUESTION:
    SVT, Enlarged thyroid, Could I have thyroiditis?
    Im 18, I just had blood work done because 2 months ago I was diagnosed with SVT. It just randomly happened one day while I was driving and since then these are my symptoms. Elevated heart rate(about 90 to 95) A massive increase in my appetite, low grade fevers (sometimes i feel hot when nobody thinks I am) Excessive sweating, panic attacks, somewhat restlessness, fatiuge, tachycardia, altho I am not sure if it is SVT or not. I was told anythng 140 bpm and up is stv, but mine are anywhere from 110 to 130, headache, some days I have higher blood pressure and other days, here is an important symptom. Within 1 day and a half, I developed a pretty large thyroid gland, its fair hard and only a little painful. It is alittle hard to swallow and eat. My question is this- Could I have some form of thyroiditis, I have only had problems for about 2 months. What makes me think I could is how I devloped an enlarged thyroid in only 2 days. The symptoms also came on very suddenly too, i failed to mention that the very next day after i experienced my first svt attack, I started getting fevers, but i have only had low ones. I failed to mention i have had palpitations too. Anyone who has had any thyroid or svt experiences would be much appreciated. I would love to hear any storys or knowlege. Can it take me near 2 months to see an englarged thyroid because of thyroiditis?
    I did have blood test done today
    I did have blood test done today
    I did have blood test done today

    • ANSWER:

  6. QUESTION:
    Thyroid surgery! What were your experiences?
    I'm having my second thyroid surgery in two weeks (total thyroid removed) my pervious surgery left lobe of thyroid was removed. I'm not hyper or hypo just have a very enlarged thyroid gland that puts pressure on my neck at times. The doctors say my thyroid levels are normal,but I have some of the symptoms of hypo such as: cold at times,low energy,fatigue,dry hair and hair loss. Just overall good and not so good days. I know after surgery I will have to take a synthic thyroid replacement. i just want to know will I have more energy and will my hair grow back? Will I just feel overall better? Need opinions.

    • ANSWER:

  7. QUESTION:
    do you think i could have a thyroid problem?
    ok i already know i suffer from depression and anxiety but am not sure why. i stopped talking the medication though cuz it had no effect on me

    also im tired a lot but i have trouble sleeping

    also i dont get periods ever. and i'm gonna be 18 in a few months.
    and sometimes i feel a throbbing pain in the center of my throat, i have kinda a lump there, but its not super noticeable. another thing is my hair doesn't grow like it used to. it's been 2 years since my last hair cut and it isnt even shoulder legnth. my hairs gotten thinner too.

    i've read about thyroid problems and it seems like i have some of the symptoms, but from the pictures i've seen on google of people with enlarged thyroid glands seem to be much more severe then mine and the symptoms i have are.

    i've been having all this for the past 8 months and have just dealt with it. i went to the doctor who just said i was too thin and i sould gain weight and everything will be fine, but idk do u think something is wrong or not???

    • ANSWER:
      I do see alot of thyroid symptoms in your post. Get a second opinion. Go to an ENDO who specializes in thyroid.

  8. QUESTION:
    is it possible to have a thyroid disease and not show up in the bloods?
    I have many symptoms to many to mention but my thyroid is painful at times.I am developing a goiter and my thyroid gland is definitetly enlarged.Yet i had two thyroid tests one before christmas and one recently but my doctors says its comeback normal again.This is so annoying as i feel sick and still know results.

    • ANSWER:
      What kind of blood test did you have? Did the doctor just do a TSH? If so that is not enough. You need to have your Ft4 and Ft3 checked. Also if you have a goiter you may be Iodine defincent. Check out the following web site.
      www.stopthethyroidmadness.com

  9. QUESTION:
    Can a thyroid expert answer my question?
    Back in late June i when to get my blood tests done for my type1 diabetes (since i was eleven and now im seventeen), you know the A1c and that other stuff done. I get the results and my a1c was 10.9 (i when thru a period of stress) Anyways, when my mom saw my T3 level, it showed that is was high. I went to my endocrinologist around 5 days later and he said to go do a thyroid sonogram because i could be developing hypothyroidism. Then around early october i go do the same blood work routine done for my diabetes and i had the thyroid sonogram results already (it showed enlarged thyroid and two nodules) I lowered my A1c to 6.7 :) and my t3 and t4 and ths were normal, but in september i start to feel sick: extreme fatigue, my skin was dry everywhere and peeling off, i became constipated (went to the bathroom every 5 days to go do u know what). I went to him and he said that my t3,t4 and ths were normal and that i didnt have hypothyroidism so i said why do i have these symptoms and he said to eat more fiber and change my soap. So he said that should biopsy these nodules. Honestly he didnt care the consult lasted around 5 mins and i stepped out crying. I went o another endocrinologist the day after and i told him my symptoms and he said to go to a thyroid scan and i just had it done and it revelead mild thyromegaly and mild inhomogeneous tracer uptake/ mild increase trapping function mor prominent in the thyroid gland. So why do i have hypo symptoms.?????

    • ANSWER:

  10. QUESTION:
    Blood test results and thyroid gland ultrasound scan?
    Im 17 female on 25 mg thyroxine and i was told by one doctor i had hyperthyroid and other said i had hypothyroid and put me on medication which i understand because my tsh and t4 are both abnormal. the symptoms i have are abnormal heartbeat, shortness of breath and hair loss. im asking this question because im sure im diagnosed wrong. here are my blood tests and my thyroid ultra sound scan,

    Thyroid peroxidase antibody 30iu/mL
    Serum testosterone 1.40 nmol/L
    Serum TSH 7.40 miu/L
    Serum free T4 18.50 pmol/L
    LH 1.9 iu/L
    FSH 3.6 iu/L
    Sex H.B.Globulin 29 nmol/L
    Testosterone/SHBG Ratio 4.5

    And my thyroid ultra sound scna says: 'The thyroid gland shows multiple nodule in both lobes. No enlarged cervical lymph node Is noted. Normal apperance of the submandibular glands. Impression: Multi nodular goitre.

    Also my thyroid gland feels more swollen and now is MORE noticable two weeks after my ulta sound scan and feels hard also theres no pain just a little bit discomfort when i swallow.
    What rong with me? i also feel VERY depressed:(

    • ANSWER:

  11. QUESTION:
    blood test results and thyroid gland ultrasound scan?
    Im 17 female on 25 mg thyroxine and i was told by one doctor i had hyperthyroid and other said i had hypothyroid and put me on medication which i understand because my tsh and t4 are both abnormal. the symptoms i have are abnormal heartbeat, shortness of breath and hair loss. im asking this question because im sure im diagnosed wrong. here are my blood tests and my thyroid ultra sound scan,

    Thyroid peroxidase antibody 30iu/mL
    Serum testosterone 1.40 nmol/L
    Serum TSH 7.40 miu/L
    Serum free T4 18.50 pmol/L
    LH 1.9 iu/L
    FSH 3.6 iu/L
    Sex H.B.Globulin 29 nmol/L
    Testosterone/SHBG Ratio 4.5

    And my thyroid ultra sound scna says: 'The thyroid gland shows multiple nodule in both lobes. No enlarged cervical lymph node Is noted. Normal apperance of the submandibular glands. Impression: Multi nodular goitre.

    Also my thyroid gland feels more swollen and now is MORE noticable two weeks after my ulta sound scan and feels hard also theres no pain just a little bit discomfort when i swallow.
    What rong with me? i also feel VERY depressed:(

    • ANSWER:
      You have an enlarged thyroid is benign lumps/nodules. If you are taking Thyroxine, you are hypothyroid. I sugget you go switch doctors if you don't like them. Good luck.

  12. QUESTION:
    Have one more thyroid disease question. ?
    My tsh is borderline low. Thyroid gland is enlarged, and I wasn't defecient in iodine. I have low tpo antibodies and the thyroglobulin antibodies are at 31. Also my thyroid is heterogenous. Could this be why I have thyroid disease symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      "My tsh is borderline low."? TSH ‘norm’ should be .3 – 3 (w/ most feeling best at < 2) but would not matter if antibodies are present. Indicative of Hashimoto’s Autoimmune Thyroiditis…main cause of HypOthyroid & is worse (...OR Graves Disease - HypERthyroid).

      WARNING: Doctors seem not to want to find thyroid disease. You may have to go to more than one doctor before you get the right tests, interpretation, and treatment. Best wishes.

      Ck these:
      http://thyroid.about.com/bio/Mary-Shomon-350.htm
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/
      http://www.thyrophoenix.com/index.html

      God bless

  13. QUESTION:
    please help what is the size of a normal thyroid gland or a link to the right dimensions doctors not helpful?
    as one said mine is enlarged, another said it is normal and the 3r said it grows if not enough thyroid hormone which they say is showing normal despite my having all the symptoms of hypothyroidism

    I went to a specialist an endrochronogist find out and he did NOT know the size of the normal thyroid nor could he answer my questions referring me back to the small doctors who told me varying things. He did get embarrassed b wtf..this is what he deals with the glands and he does not know what is normal

    My biopsy/ultrasound said I had a multinodular goiter and these are the dimensions

    left lobe- 3.9 x 1.2 x 1.5 cm

    right lobe-3.9 x 1.4 x 1.5

    is this normal size or enlarged.

    do you feel the test for thyroid is always accurate despite symptoms (t-3 and t-4 test)..if that one doctor is right and the thyroid grows bigger to help itself if not enough does this not indicate at least at one time, I did not have the right amount of thyroid hormones Z(the tests showed normal then too)

    MY old doctor just answered an email and said it is normal size as did the biopsy doctor for the thyroid. when I asked why does it say I have a goiter then, he replied oh that is old school and then would not explain as started the test..whatever that means

    I tried looking online and I thought it was about half that size if normal so this is confusing to me.

    do you have a link or l know if the dimensions above are normal or enlarged.
    well that is interesting Susan as I have thought I might have dropped organs due to continual need to urinate. I never would have realized that there might be a link had you not mentioned it. I do have a prolapse formula I made up once from Dr Christopher but only used it a day or two and something came up and I forgot to follow through. I is in his manual the school of natural healing.

    • ANSWER:
      My daughter had hyperthyroidism and my sister hypothyroidism. In 1999 my daughter had bad fall on her butt and fractured her toe - the goitre appeared two weeks later (did not connect the two).
      I spent lots of money on treatments and specialists. My daughter's readings were mixed - some up, some low and therefore difficult to treat.

      In 2004, the goitre and symptoms were corrected by an Acupressure therapist (he was also into sports therapy). A common problem with thyroids in females is a prolapsed/ dropped womb (age/ weakened muscles/ falling etc), He externally massaged from above the pubic bone to just under the rib-cage (upwards motion). He then recommended stomach exercises to strengthen the muscles to hold the womb in place. (my daughter is fine a few years now)

      In 2007, a herbal tablet (3 bottles) corrected the hormone levels for my sister and daughter: Innerlight Metabolean (http://www.innerlightinc.com/ProductPage.aspx?ItemID=26&ID=2).

      Along the way, I discovered that she reacted whenever I used mustard in my seasonings for cholesterol (a friend mentioned that it can affect people with hypertension).

      It seems that left unchecked, oveactive people can become underactive as they age - weight gain. This is compounded when the goitre is partially removed (the portion to be surgically removed is guess work) and the patient must live on a support tablet.

      A prolapsed/ dropped womb can rest on other organs (e.g. bladder) causing other problems.

  14. QUESTION:
    Hashimoto's and normal tsh levels? Possible to feel hypo?
    Any tips from others dealing with this would be greatly appreciated and would make me feel like I'm not crazy. :)
    I had doctors telling me my thyroid gland felt enlarged since January 2010,they'd test my tsh and everything was normal. Finally this May a different doctor ordered an ultrasound of my thyroid gland, radiologist and my doctor agreed it is "mildly enlarged", they also found that 2 of my parathyroid glands are also enlarged. I was sent to an endocrinologist late May and she ordered a load of labs, parathyroid function, kidney function,tsh, metabolic panel, vitamin d and tested for thyroid antibodies.My tsh was .93 (late may), my last tsh was this january and was 1.9. I tested positive for thyroid antibodies and my level was 69, my vitamin d is also low and is the supposed reason for my parathyroid glands being enlarged,am now taking 1000 units of vitamin d daily now.
    At my initial appt. with my endo she talked to me mainly about hyperthyroidism because of they way my level dropped, I told her I have none of those symptoms. She called me at work to tell me I have Hashimoto's and low vit d levels, take vitamin d daily and she will recheck my tsh and vit d in 6 months. She had no time to answer any questions and said absolutely no to any medication.. so I did my own research. I have just about every symptom of HYPOthyroidism and have had them for years. My mother had hashimotos and no longer has a thyroid gland, almost every one of her siblings is hypo and a few are hyper (there are 9 total). I called her back w/my concerns and still said absolutely no to treating it.
    I've had pain in the joints of my fingers x 3 years
    pain/swelling in my knees x 8-9 yrs (i do not have lymes or arthritis, mri and xray done on my knees show nothing wrong at all) I've seen orthopedic doctors for this.
    my muscles ache all the time in all sorts of places, legs,arms, back.
    my skin is very dry and seems to be bad yr round, am now using a prescription scalp solution for my horribly dry scalp that seemed to come out of no where 2 yrs ago.
    I cannot get pregnant again (5 yrs of trying-finally gave up and decided it was'nt meant to be), i missed 2 days of birth control 9 yrs ago and got pregnant instantly.
    I could sleep all day if I did'nt have a life, I am tired all the time and feel like I'm in a fog. I have been on 3 antidepressants (over 5 yrs) the doctors threw at me and nothing really worked so I just stopped them.
    I used to be someone who never really got nervous or scared about things..over the past few yrs I have anxiety over many stupid little things that shouldnt bother me,even meeting w/friends for dinner and sometimes break out in hives on my chest and back when my anxiety is bad.
    my weight fluctuates every couple months w/ no change in diet. I gain about 10 lbs and a month or so later I lose that plus maybe some more. (i am not a large person, so this usually goes unnoticed by most people)
    I have and have had bad menorrhagia for many yrs. but usually don't get anything to stop the bleeding because I have a clotting disorder already and extra hormones puts me at higher risk for a clot.
    the list goes on...
    If my tsh was only .93 in May, why do I feel like someone with hypothyroidism? Maybe it's just coincidence? I have a very slim neck and my enlarged thyroid is a tiny bit noticeable (by my endo and now me since she showed me) Why is this a "wait and see" disease? Why would they allow your thyroid gland to get bigger? It does'nt make sense.I would rather feel hyper than hypo any day, I have felt like crap for way too long.
    (fyi- i am 28 yrs old..going on 80) I have an appt with a new endo on Thursday but he works alongside with the last one I saw so I'm guessing he wont be of any help either and just a waste of another copay.

    • ANSWER:
      Oh my goodness, the TSH test as the only thyroid test, and no treatment? ugh
      This is NOT a wait-and-see disease. The thyroid is one of the most
      important glands in the body. It regulates the entire metabolism, and when
      the thyroid is not functioning properly it can affect everything from
      adrenals, sex hormones, bones, circulation, hair, and weight, to energy,
      mental acuity, eyesight, and so on...

      Here is an article that might help you find a better doctor:
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/how-to-find-a-good-doc

      Here is the Hashimotos article:
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/hashimotos

      Lots of great thyroid treatment info:
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/things-we-have-learned/

      Recommended tests:
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/recommended-labwork/
      What the test results mean:
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/lab-values/

      There are a couple of thyroid groups that I think will benefit you:
      http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/Naturalthyroidhormones/
      http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/thyroidless (co-mod has Hashis)

      I sincerely hope this info helps you.

  15. QUESTION:
    I have a thyroid goiter and want to shrink it, anyone have any advice?
    I have had a MRI for a unrelated car accident and it showed that I had a chronic 2.3 cm round mass lesion within the left lobe of my thyroid gland. I took a blood test and my T3,T4 and TSH levels were within normal range. I then had an ultrasound and it said I have a toxic nodular goiter. The left lobe of the thriod is enlarged measuring 4.8x1.4x1cm. The isthrnmus is within normal limits. Normal homogeneous symmetric pattern to the thyroid parenchyma. Heterogenous complex nodule involing most of the left lobe 4x2.2x2.6cm. Both cystic and solid components with color doppler flow in it.

    The doctor wants me to have the uptake test and needle biopsy. From there no matter what the results, 3 different doctirs told me to just take it out in case it develops into something down the road. I have no other signs or symptoms beside some weight gain from my thyroid issue. I don't want surgery unless i have cancer and I would rather stop at this point but the next two tests are being presented as a must based on the size. What do you think about the tests and surgery based on this information and is there anything that would shrink it. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      It's interesting that you're gaining weight with a toxic goiter. Also interesting that TSH is normal, since toxic nodules put out excess hormone and depress TSH. That usually causes weight loss, but sometimes weight gain.

      I believe you could have radioactive iodine to inactivate your thyroid if you don't want to have surgery? However, that would cause you to be on hormone replacement indefinitely. I'd follow any advice from your doctors, especially if they seem worried about the nodule. Hope you feel better soon!

  16. QUESTION:
    Normal T4, "high" TSH, no symptoms--should I be on Synthroid?
    I have gone to several different doctors who have noted that my thyroid gland is slightly enlarged to the touch (not visibly). Blood work shows that I have a TSH of 8.1 ("high") and T4 levels of 0.9 ("normal"). Aside from the fact that my thyroid is slightly enlarged to the touch, I experience none of the symptoms. I saw an endocrinologist a few days ago who put me on Synthroid (88 mcg), and since I started I have been having abdominal cramps and feeling nauseous, meaning the dose is too high and should be adjusted.

    I have been reading around online and this TSH seems to only be moderately high. I have read that Selenium (200 micrograms/day) has been shown to bring autoantibody levels back to normal in women with an underactive thyroid after 3 months of use, and I have read that regular exercise and good diet can also help lower TSH levels. I already exercise fairly often although not as much as I used to--I have no problem increasing my amount of exercise. Likewise, my diet is generally healthy, and I would not mind making a few small adjustments to make it even healthier. I eat a lot of soy right now (tofu, soymilk) which I could cut out if necessary.

    Basically I want to know if there is any reason to be taking Synthroid, which is supposed to help with the management of hypothyroid symptoms, when I have no symptoms. It seems stupid to be taking stuff which is making me sicker (cramps, nausea). I am 20 years old and female, normal BMI. I do Taekwondo 2-3 times a week and I am about to get back into swimming regularly.
    Here are the ranges for my lab:
    t4: 0.8-1.8
    TSH: 0.4-5.1

    • ANSWER:
      TSH is produced in response to the brain sensing not enough thyroid hormone. Likewise, your thyroid is enlarged as part of your body's effort to produce more surface area, and therefore produce more thyroxine. I have been hypothyroid for 20+ years and dosing has always been based on TSH, rather than T4 levels.

      Feeling nausea and cramping is unlikely to be caused by the levothyroxine, which is simply a synthetic form of what's in your body already. I can almost guarantee it's not because the dose is too high because it takes 4-6 weeks for the medication to reach full effectiveness. Two doses are probably not unlike the fluctuation you could have normally from day to day. Just as you are unlikely to feel worse from 2 days of low-dose levothyroxine, you would not expect to notice any improvement in symptoms in 2 days.

      You mentioned autoantibody levels. Being hypothyroid does not automatically mean you have Hashimoto's, the auto-immune type. You would have to be tested specifically for these antibodies.

      As far as whether you should take medication, that's your choice after considering the suggestion of your doctor. However, speaking from experience I can tell you that I am sometimes not aware of hypothyroid symptoms until they're gone. For me they include some difficulty concentrating and fatigue. Personally, I'd give the Synthroid an honest try-- meaning adjusting doses as required until your tests are normal. What have you got to lose? Just my opinion.

  17. QUESTION:
    thyroid nodules - what happens next..?
    I've had an enlarged goiter for awhile now (found by a routine physical) yet I have normal thyroid results. I switched PCP's recently and she also could feel the goiter. I have A LOT of hypothyroid symptoms... which seem to get worse over time. I'm always cold, memory loss (never had it so bad), dry skin, coarse hair, inability to lose weight, constipated all the time.. (tmi) - severe menstrual cramps and irregular as well, trouble concentrating, fatigue, among other symptoms. I sometimes have shortness of breath and have a random cough that comes and goes.. I sometimes choke on my own saliva! i also notice my neck feels 'tight' when i lay down, like i may choke or feel like i can't breathe. I had an ultrasound that showed 2 nodules.. My PCP referred me for a second opinion with an endocrinologist. My appointment is on the 29th.

    What should I expect with this appointment? Will they do a biopsy there at the appointment if they feel that it's necessary? Is it normal to have an enlarged goiter and all these symptoms with normal results? Can they tell what kind of nodules it is from the ultrasound? And would the ultrasound have been able to tell if the enlarged gland is what is causing the tight feeling in my neck & coughing..
    so many questions, i know !!

    thanks !!

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like you haven't had an ultrasound yet, so they will probably make you get one. The endocrinologist should palpate your neck to see if they feel goiter, and they will probably order some blood tests too. I highly doubt they would do a biopsy before seeing the ultrasound results, they might just watch it. An ultrasound can tell if the nodules are solid, calcified, or cystic in nature. Try not to worry, good luck!

  18. QUESTION:
    What is the average amount of money it costs for hypothyroidism treatments?
    At my last check up, the doctor told me my thyroid gland felt enlarged. I have put off getting tested for it because I don't know how much it costs for lab fees and Dr.'s visits for that matter, also I want to know about how much the treatment is for this problem so I can get this taken care of. An idea of how much money I would need to save to get tested for, pay lab fees, and pay for pills or treatment for hypothyroidism, would be a great help. I know I have all they symptoms, and it was suggested by my OB/GYN to get tested for this. Anyone with any knowledge of this disease please help me with these answers, or what you payed when you got tested and what not, physicians that specialize in this area or endocrine medicine and such are more than welcome and preferred. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my question.

    • ANSWER:
      Pills for hypothyroidism are relatively inexpensive in their generic form, and are generally taken once daily. Even without insurance, the price would likely be under per month. Levothyroxine (the generic hypothyroid pill commonly prescribed) is part of Wal-Mart's generic program. The testin for hypothyroidism is a simple blood draw, although without insurance I am unsure what the cost would be.

  19. QUESTION:
    please help! thyroid problem?
    i have had these bumps on my neck for about a week. there's one big one that i think is an enlarged parathyroid gland and then some smaller ones on that side and i have no idea what they are. i looked up some symptoms of hyperparathyroidism and i have a few but none say anything about swelling or bumps. does anyone have any idea what that would be?

    • ANSWER:
      infection or cancer

  20. QUESTION:
    Tumor in left Submandibular gland, Cncer of the JAW? LYMPHOMA?
    I developed facial and neck swelling suddenly on July 27th. i went to the ER. My other symptoms were moderate Lower jaw pain. the ER refused to run any CT or MRI scan and they shot down my GUESS of Submandibular Gland or Salivary Gland Stones or Enlargement without testing. I went to see an ENT. He ordered a NON contrast CT to look for salivary stones. CT was negative but hardly visualized everything without contrast. I am currently on PLAVIX ( have 5 stents inserted in the past year) and I have demonstrated major issues with Gallilidium dye (heart rate slowed to 46 BPM) and allergic to IONIC CT Dye (less allergic but on Plavix they didnt want to risk it as I have had a rash and all kinds of issues on Plavix).

    I went to see my old private Oral surgeon, at my request, ordered an MRI of the area. MRI report did not find a specific problem but did report "Stage 2 Lymph gland involvement. Medical correlation Suggested." I saw my Endocrinologist and she ordered a SONOGRAM of glands in neck.
    The finding was as follows ; "Left Submandibular gland enlarged compared to Right. Significance unknown. Patient also demonstrates Level II and Level III stage Lymph nodes. medical Correlation suggested. Thyroid normal. Lymph nodes NOT enlarged just painful.

    I thought I had MUMPS--blood tests were essentially negative (IGM TITER neg/ IGG POSITIVE).

    Now I am thinking I have cancer of the JAW, a Jaw infection or a submandibular gland tumor. Since the Stage 2 lymph went to Stage 3 within 50 days..I would say I need a fiagnosis QUICKLY.

    I am on PLAVIX-I can not have a surgical biopsy. And I do not know whom to see.
    An oral Surgeon?
    I already saw ENT--they dismissed
    I am seeing HEAD AND NECk-oncology TUESDAY but they DO NOT diagnose nor treat JAW disorders.
    I went to the Mount Sinai oral Surgery Clinic--they deferred to their ENT dept. Refused to do any testing of salivary, submandibular or Jaw.

    I woke up and my Jaw (LOWER JAW--this is NOT a TMJ problem--I have had TNK for 20 years--my face and upper neck NEVER became swollen.

    Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      i think you just got anxiety. you should stop asking for more tests and stop looking stuff up online. you just got swelling its not cancer.

  21. QUESTION:
    Endocrinology Center?
    Complete diagnostic in our thyroid cancer operation center to prevent thyroid gland disorders symptoms.
    Most often the first symptom of thyroid cancer is a nodule in the thyroid region of the neck. However, many adults have small nodules in their thyroids, but typically under 5% of these nodules are found to be malignant. Sometimes the first sign is an enlarged lymph node. Later symptoms that can be present are pain in the anterior region of the neck and changes in voice.Thyroid cancer is usually found in a euthyroid patient, but symptoms of hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism may be associated with a large or metastatic well-differentiated tumor.Thyroid nodules are of particular concern when they are found in those under the age of 20. The presentation of benign nodules at this age is less likely, and thus the potential for malignancy is far greater. In the thyroid cancer operation center we do all of the diagnoses in a range that we can cure every patient. The treatment of thyroid cancer may require surgery. Common surgeries include thyroidectomy, lobectomy, and tracheostomy. Radioactive Iodine-131 is used in patients with papillary or follicular thyroid cancer for ablation of residual thyroid tissue after surgery and for the treatment of thyroid cancer. Patients with medullary, anaplastic, and most Hurthle cell cancers do not benefit from this therapy. External irradiation may be used when the cancer is unresectable, when it recurs after resection, or to relieve pain from bone metastasis. Some can cause a calcium deficiency after thyroidectomy, our after service we can manage and monitoring the symptoms.

    http://www.vejthani.com/web-english/thyroid-cancer-disorders-operation-center.php

    • ANSWER:
      If you say so!

  22. QUESTION:
    "normal" range TSH but symptoms?
    I have always had "weird" things going on with my body. Since I was young I have always been hotter than most others even during the winter. Hot water is not uncomfortable to me and I am capable of taking showers on even the hottest setting. Starting in high school I began having panic attacks but never went to the doctors about it (I just tried to use breathing techniques to calm myself down). I am 20 years old and had a son at age 17. Once pregnant, my panic attacks went away. Recently they just started coming back. Racing heart, shaking hands, sweating, dizziness, and irritability were my panic attack symptoms. I have also had an enlarged gland in my neck for the past 3 weeks that hurts when I swallow or talk too loudly. I went to the doctors with the concern of the lump and also told her my symptoms (without labeling them as panic attacks). She asked if anyone in my family had thyroid problems and I told her my aunt has hypothyroidism. She did a blood test and my TSH level is 0.9 with her stated range as 0.1-5.0. I understand that my number is technically in the normal range but because I have symptoms of hyperthyroidism and a relatively low TSH level should I ask her to test my T3 & T4 or just accept that it's in the normal range? I do NOT like these "panic attack" symptoms I have been getting though. Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      That normal range you state is quite low. I know Endocrinologists usually like to stay around the .4-4.0 range. Anyways, you should ask for your Free T4, Free T3, and antibodies test since they are the most accurate at telling if there's a thyroid problem.

  23. QUESTION:
    Can someone explain these CT Results?
    Two years ago I suffered severe pneumonia after I gave birth to my daughter. I recently came across the CT report and it freaked me out. Half of the things listed sound extremely dangerous and I was never followed up on afterwards. I don't even think my regular PCP was made aware of these findings. I sent her a message last night but won't hear back until tomorrow. I am too upset and paranoid to wait until then.

    Can someone with experience in the medical field break this down for me? And should I be concerned two years later? I have no symptoms any more but I'm afraid this did damage....

    HISTORY:
    25Y/O WITH HOSPITAL ACQUIRED PNEUMONIA GETTING BETTER BUT HAS ONGOING
    EPISODES OF MIND HEMOPTYSIS ,NEED TO EVALUATE FOR CAVITATION OF
    PNA

    REPORT:
    CT scan of the chest WITH intravenous contrast, using standard
    protocol.

    COMPARISON: None

    FINDINGS:
    Lines/tubes: None.

    Lungs and Airways: There is multifocal bilateral consolidation
    and groundglass opacities predominantly in the left lung. However
    there are also foci of consolidation and groundglass opacities in
    the right lung. The major bronchi are patent.

    Pleura: The pleural spaces are clear.

    Heart and mediastinum: The thyroid gland is normal. There are
    prominent right and left paratracheal, subcarinal and bilateral
    hilar lymph nodes. A subcarinal lymph node on image 51 measures
    1.2 cm and the left hilar lymph node image 51 measures 1 cm in
    short axis.. The heart is normal in size. There is
    circumferential small pericardial effusion. There is anterior
    mediastinal soft tissue, consistent with thymus.There is an
    aberrant right subclavian artery.

    Soft tissues: There are bilateral prominent axillary lymph nodes,
    a right axillary lymph node on image 31 measures 1.3 cm in short
    axis and a left IJ lymph node on image 30 measures 0.1 mm in short
    axis.

    Abdomen: There is a small hypodensity in the liver on image 91,too
    small to be characterized. Limited contrast-enhanced views of the
    upper abdomen show no abnormality within the visualized spleen,
    pancreas, or kidneys. The adrenal glands are normal.

    Bones: The visualized bony thorax is within normal limits.

    IMPRESSION:
    Multifocal consolidation and groundglass opacities involving both
    lungs, left greater than right. The differential includes
    pneumonia, pulmonary hemorrhage and vasculitis. In chronic
    clinical setting neoplastic process should also be entertained.

    Slightly enlarged mediastinal, hilar and bilateral axillary lymph
    nodes. These may represent reactive or neoplastic lymph nodes.

    Small circumferential pericardial effusion.

    The urgent finding was discussed with Dr._, MBBS at
    the time of interpretation,6/7/2009 10:56 AM. within 10 minutes.

    I was discharged the next day after being told the pneumonia was "better" and I had no other serious issues...

    • ANSWER:
      The fact that the CT scan was done 2 years ago should be your first reason to take a deep breath and relax and not stress. the findings were obviously not serious unless you have continued to have signs and symptoms of illness.
      If you look at the Impression part of this report that is the findings and interpretation of the CT scan in terms you can somewhat understand.
      They found that you had pneumonia(lung and airway portion), your lymph nodes were enlarged which can be caused from the infection and you had a some fluid around your heart (Circumferential pericardial effusion) which could also be caused by an infection, yours was small. If the effusion was serious (which it can be if to much fluid is accumulated) you would have had symptoms of within days of your hospital release and it would have been treated because this is an emergent condition if it continues to get worse. It was probably resolved with the antibiotics you were given for the pneumonia along with the enlarged lymph nodes.

      The liver hypodensity means that the scan picked up a small area of your liver that is different than the rest of the liver. It was so small that it was not able to be categorized (according to the report) so it was probably of no concern. Esp if you have not had any symptoms of liver troubles. If it is a concern then you may need a repeat CT to see if they hypodensity has increased or multiplied and maybe a biopsy. But there may be other causes of this- such as infection which you had.

      aberrant right subclavian artery refers to a rare anatomical variant of the origin of the artery. This abnormality is the most common congenital vascular anomaly of the aortic arch. There is no need to be concerned with this unless again you have had abnormal symptoms these last 2 years. If this was a problem I am sure it would have been found while you were pregnant.

      Always, if you are having abnormal symptoms of any kind you would have consulted your doctor way before 2 years.

      I am no doctor so this is my interpretation of this CT

  24. QUESTION:
    Have any other women had these symptoms all at once?
    - sudden weight loss
    - feeling generally confused
    - inflammed neck
    - slightly sore throat
    - one off milky discharge from breast
    - weak legs/arms
    - clouded vision
    - headaches
    - problems with balance/co-ordination
    - enlarged taste buds
    - Extreme Fatigue

    What do you think it could be? Doctors are thinking I could have a problem with the functioning of my Petruitry gland. I am having a blood test first thing tomorrow to look at possible hormonal/thyroid inbalances also checking for STDS and got MRI scan booked soon to check for to possible tumors.They were also considering possibility of ME/MS?

    • ANSWER:
      I have thyroid issues and some of the symptoms definitely seem like you might have some thyroid problems check with your doc

  25. QUESTION:
    My blood tests are coming back with various hormonal imbalances. Causes?
    Over the last few weeks, my blood and urine tests have come up with various hormonal problems. I've been suffering from these problems for at least 10 years, but it took me a long time to realize that they were abnormal. Sometimes we get used to our own suffering.

    Symptoms include flushing, excessive sweating, bad headaches (with pounding pulse), palpitations, constipation, cold feet, occasional numbness in extremities, and anxiety. After hearing the symptoms, my doctor suspected pheochromocytoma, but wanted to check the bloodtests.

    The bloodtests came back with very high metanephrines, low creatinine, high TSH, and low testosterone. CT scans found nothing on my adrenal glands, but a sonogram found a slightly enlarged thyroid with a few nodules.

    I guess I'm trying to figure out if there is some overarching condition causing all of this. I guess it's possible I could have several separate endocrine problems, but I'm worried that there may be a problem with the pituitary.

    • ANSWER:
      The endocrine glands are all tied together. The high TSH is indicative of a low thyroid condition. All glands will enlarge to compensate for a lack of minerals that feed that particular gland. The thyroid is no exception. If it is enlarged, it is most likely due to low iodine. Iodine and the amino acid, tyrosine are required to make the thyroid hormones. Additionally, if you have a bad balance of fats in your diet, your liver is not going to be able to produce the steroid hormones that need to be generated to produce the thyroid and sex hormones.

      This is very typical of American diet that is low in fat. These LOW FAT, HIGH CARB diets, combined with bad oil choices are causing huge problems in America like the ones you are having. Especially if you add SOY products to your diet. SOY is terrible for you and will cause many of the problems you are having.

      If you are stressed and eat a high carb diet, this will put a huge burden on your blood sugar balance and you will have to fix that problem before even trying to attempt to fix your endocrine problem. Your diet needs to be balanced so that you get 40% carbs, 30% fats, and 30% protein. The fats should be in the following balance: 60% monounsaturated fats (like olive oil), 30% saturated fats (like you get in grass fed beef, real butter made from RAW cream, coconut oil), and 10% polyunsaturated fats (omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids in a 1:1 balance).

      l would concentrate on accomplishing the above before getting more tests because if you are not eating a balanced diet, all the tests are going to focus on a specific problem and they are all related, so it is a "system" problem.

      Do a quick iodine test by buying a small bottle of "tincture of iodine" from the drug store. Paint a 2" x 3" patch on your forearm. Note the time of day. If it disappears in less than 24 hours, you are deficient. If it takes only a couple hours, you are very deficient. It's very easy to become deficient of iodine in America today. Fluoride is the culprit. If you brush with fluoride toothpaste, get fluoride treatments at your dentist, drink fluoridated water, drink soda pop, this will cause severe iodine deficiencies. The lunatics that put fluoride in the water cause huge problems for people, especially babies!

      Headaches, especially migraines are generally due to food allergies and food preservatives.

      Low testosterone is indicative of a "pregnenalone steal" or high stress due to excess carbs (especially sugar), drinking coffee that causes excess adrenal hormone production and exhausted adrenal glands.

      If your body is perceiving you are in a stressed state, your liver will prioritize you away from producing those steroid hormones for sex and thyroid, leaving your limited amount of pregnenalone precursor to be used for making cortisol instead. Low fat diet will add to this problem greatly, especially if you are eating high carbs.

      I would seek out a Certified Nutritional Therapist that can test you to see where your deficiencies are and to recommend a diet that will get you on the right track. Then if you still feel bad, see the doctor.

      good luck

  26. QUESTION:
    Is it possible for a vet to miss an undescended testicle when neutering a male dog?
    I know it sounds crazy but my dog is 11 and seems to have all of the symptoms of testicular cancer, although he was neutered as a puppy. He has enlarged mammary glands (everyone always thinks he is a female who just had puppies) a pendulous stomach and one vet even did a test on him and said he had a large amount of estrogen in him. He also has thyroid problems (is on soloxin), skin allergies, a crusty nose and just had a tumor removed on his leg. Poor thing. The vets don't seem to ever know what is wrong with him. So, is there any chance he can still have an undescended testicle inside of him that is causing at least some of his problems?
    What I meant was, maybe he didn't miss getting both of them, he just didn't tell us he didn't get both of them, and yes, those are the symptoms of testicular cancer.

    • ANSWER:
      I suppose it is possible, but unlikely. Anybody can make mistakes, we are only human, after all. I highly doubt he has an undescended testicle.

      Poor guy, he is going through a lot. Neutering a dog does not guarantee against cancers, it just reduces the probability by a lot.

      Good luck.

  27. QUESTION:
    Blood test results and thyroid gland ultrasound scan?
    Im 17 female on 25 mg thyroxine and i was told by one doctor i had hyperthyroid and other said i had hypothyroid and put me on medication which i understand because my tsh and t4 are both abnormal. the symptoms i have are abnormal heartbeat, shortness of breath and hair loss. im asking this question because im sure im diagnosed wrong. here are my blood tests and my thyroid ultra sound scan,

    Thyroid peroxidase antibody 30iu/mL
    Serum testosterone 1.40 nmol/L
    Serum TSH 7.40 miu/L
    Serum free T4 18.50 pmol/L
    LH 1.9 iu/L
    FSH 3.6 iu/L
    Sex H.B.Globulin 29 nmol/L
    Testosterone/SHBG Ratio 4.5

    And my thyroid ultra sound scna says: 'The thyroid gland shows multiple nodule in both lobes. No enlarged cervical lymph node Is noted. Normal apperance of the submandibular glands. Impression: Multi nodular goitre.

    Also my thyroid gland feels more swollen and now is MORE noticable two weeks after my ulta sound scan and feels hard also theres no pain just a little bit discomfort when i swallow.
    What rong with me? i also feel VERY depressed:(

    • ANSWER:
      New thryoid levels are between .03 - 3.0 mU/L. Being mildly hypo is between 2 and 3mU/L. At 7.4mU/L this is hypothyroidism with a normal free T4 level - 8 - 22 pmol/L. Thyroid antibodies should be under 20 IU/ml so this indicates antibodies attacking the thyroid. A thyroid nodule is an abnormal growth of thyroid cells within the thyroid gland. One of the causes of a goiter - an enlargement of the thyroid gland - is the presence of thyroid nodules. From this, i would say you have autoimmune Hashimoto's Disease.

      Thyroid hormone replacement drugs can help shrink the thyroid but if this doesn't work, then surgery may be recommended to remove all or part of the thyroid. T4 only drugs need to be converted in the liver to active T3. Not everyone is able to sucessfully convert T4 in the body. Some patients find take T3 medication has better results and some patients find the best results on natural desiccated thryoid which treats T4, T3, T2, T1 and calcitonin.

      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/causes-of-hypo/
      http://thyroid.about.com/cs/hypothyroidism/a/hashivshypo.htm
      http://my.clevelandclinic.org/disorders/thyroid_nodule/hic_thyroid_nodules.aspx