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I went to the doctor today to get a strep test done (negative, yay). BUT she said my thyroid gland feels quite swollen and said I need to have bloodwork done. Somewhere in there she mentioned the word "goiter" and she basically lost me at that point. She was talking but all I was focused on was having a football sized goiter growing out of my neck (Seinfeld episode) and I was so distraught over the idea that I was having a tough time listening to her. Note: I do not have a football sized goiter (in fact it doesnt even look swollen to me) but the idea of it freaked me out and the word "goiter" alone is so gross to me I just wanted to cry.

Anyway I am going to have bloodwork done later this week to determine what my thyroid's deal is. From what I have researched so far it looks like I could have an underactive thyroid which I suppose is quite common and easily treated with medication? Is this something that I can help control with diet?

Does anyone know much about this topic that they would be able to share with me? Anyone else suffer from an over or underactive thyroid? Anyone undergoing treatment for it? If so, did you notice any changes after treating it (such as easier weight loss, less mood swings, less swollen gland, etc.)??

Thank you!
 

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she is checking your hormone level to see if you are either hypo or hyper thyroid. each one has a few different type illness relate to them. generally you can tell which it is by your weight, but not always. if you tend to be thin it would likely be hyper and if you tend to be chunky it would likely be hypo. if you are average it can be either. some people just have a swollen thyroid, but no actual symtoms or problems. if you have been feeling overly tired then you probably will fall into either hyper or hypo. or a sudden weight gain or loss. some people have few symtoms while others have a really hard time.

i personally have graves disease (a form of hyper) i am not any longer on meds. i have managed to control it with diet and exercise, but that is rare.

once your blood work comes back i can probably answer any questions you might have.

no need to worry right now. most things associated with the thyroid can be treated fairly easy. hypo responds well to the meds. hyper can be a little more tricky. thyroid cancers are very treatable.. so just do what you normally do and let us know how the tests come back.

also i doubt your pill has anything to do with it. the hormones in pill are related to your female hormones, but i could be completely wrong. the thyroid simulating hormone is what she is looking at and i have never know of pills to affect this.

type thyroid diseases into google and you will find a lot of sites about it. education is your best weapon.

i am sorry if i did not touch on enough. i am in a hurry, but will be around later, so feel free to ask more questions and i will do my best to help.
 

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Hi, allibaba. First of all -- don't worry. Many thyroid problems can be handled and kept under control by a daily pill that basically takes over the thyroid's duties. I have bouts with hypothyroidism, but at the moment the hypo comes and goes, so I haven't had to take any meds -- but the doctors always warn me that someday, maybe soon, I will. My mom, on the other hand, has hyperthyroid problems, and a pill keeps that under control for her -- it's just like taking a daily multivitamin. Sort of becomes routine.

Anyway, the best thing for you to do right now is not stress or worry about the situation until there's just cause to. "Hypothyroidism" or "hyperthyroidism" sound scarier than they oftentimes are.

When your tests come back, if you'd like to continue this thread, we'll be here! Sounds like between Oneness and me, we have the spectrum covered.
 

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I am going through thyroid hell right now myself! I have several large masses in my thyroid that may or may not be cancerous. I have had biopsies, an ultrasound, and an iodine uptake screen. They are now suggesting that I have a CT scan and I may have to have my thyroid removed if they can't rule out cancer. Through all this, each test indicates that my thyriod is functioning just fine. It's all very scary. I am waiting to hear from my doctor about this latest round of tests. Just wanted to know you aren't the only one and I'm here with support if you need it! If you want information about any of these tests let me know! Good luck.
 

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that's terrible, i hope it's not cancer, and i really hope they don't have to remove your thyroid! i'm keeping my fingers crossed for you! keep us updated k?

alli a goitre could be with hypo or hyper active thyroid i think, but in any case if you find out you need to go on meds it will stop swelling once your thyroxin levels are balanced. it probably won't shrink but it will stop growing bigger. so don't worry too much about it. i have one myself but it's not noticable unless i purposely show people. which i'm not in a habit of doing


i'm hypo and am hoping to get off the pills and control it through diet as well. but trust me, once you get adjusted to the pills (you might have a couple weeks of initial side effects til your body figures out what's going on) you'll feel 100% better and will realize that things about your body you thought were normal had been symptoms.

i don't have time to post more but i'll be back sometime tonight. PM me if you have any questions that you don't want posted in public.

there are quite a few of us here with thyroid conditions, you'll get lots of support either way so don't worry too much
 

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pickletatertot,

my friend had thyroid cancer and all in all it was not as bad as a lot of other cancers. she did however have to remove her thyroid and will now be on meds for life. once she gots passed the inital shock of the C word she has done well. she had the traditional surgery and now has a light scar across her neck. now that her meds are regulated to her best dose she is doing super and has no signs she was ever "sick". she was living a norm life with no noticable symtoms, so i use the word sick lightly. she could have gone many years with out any actual complications. with everything i have read thyroid cancer grows very slow and is almost always very easily taken care of in the sense that it does not require the extreme treatment that most cancers require.

she only realized she had the cancer because when i saw her i noticed a large swelling coming out from her thyroid and convinced her to go have it checked. although the thyroid was huge the cancer was tiny. most thyroid cancers can not spread beyond the tyroid, so if you get bad news try to stay calm. you should be very treatable and have a long and happy life.

good luck to you and i will keep you in my thoughts.
 

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make sure youre using iodized salt, its very important. As I understand, you can't get a goiter if you get that small amont of iodine needed.
 

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umm yeah you can *points at self*

while iodine is part of it, sometimes it's genetic. there's more than one reason for someone to have a thyroid condition. i think though in the case of iodine it's a matter of growing up with the right amount so that the thyroid develops properly as you mature. i'd posted in another thread somewhere about foods that can affect the thyroid. like for example eating too much spinach can result in an underactive thyroid or can make it worse if you already have one. which sucks, i love spinach
 

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I don't know if this has been mentioned or not, but two of the best places that I have received info. regarding my thyroid problems can be found at:

www.thyroid.about.com and

[email protected]

if you send an email to the yahoo address listed above, there is a lady there named Jan who is extremely knowledgeable. She, along with others, can help you with ANY question that you may have, as well as, help you understand your lab results. She helped me bunches. Hope this helps.
 

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I wonder if I have an overactive thyroid. I have had hot flashes and I am no where near menopause. I thought it was normal to feel hot when someone is having periods. I read this article about a woman who found out that she has an overactive thyroid due to her excess of soy protein. I am not trying to start a big debate on the benefits/ horrors of soy or something. But, I wonder if you have heard of the link between soy and the thyroid.

http://www.westonaprice.org/soy/onewoman.html
 

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if you question you may have a thyroid problem you should have the blood test done.. it is better to know and treat then it is to go living with it and if you do not have a problem then it was only a few mins of your time.
 

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i swear people just don't read my posts lol


anyway i just had a blood test done yesterday, i was in and out of the lab in 5 minutes, i'd been off my pills for a few weeks because my prescription ran out just as my cash ran out, eep. so i'm back on them now but am having my levels checked, i had them checked when i first got my prescription renewed and they were really low, duh, so i'm interested to see how they are now that i've been taking my meds. i haven't been tested in a few years
but i'm supposed to do it at least once a year, recommended twice a year. woops.

will let you all know how it goes, my hope is that by eating healthier my levels will be too high now and my dose will need to be lowered. *crosses fingers*

as much as i don't like my new doc he does seem to know his thyroid info better than my old doc. my family doctor when i first found out i was hypo had referred me to a specialist and told me that i'd probably be recommended for surgery to have my thyroid removed. scared the crap out of me, i was only 16 at the time. anyway i told the specialist what he'd said and he looked as if i told him i were really a 98 year old man. he said surgery is only an option for severly overactive thyroids and mine is moderately underactive. errrrrrrr......

so make sure you've got a good doctor or have him/her refer you to an endochrinologist or whatever they're called, if you find out you do have a hypo or hyper active thyroid. the process is much easier if you have someone with more than 2 brain cells to explain it to you
 

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Ortho-tricyclen Ã*sn´t known to interfere with thyroid hormones.

It´s endocrinologist.

Allibaba - tell us if the information given is sufficient.
 

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Underactive thryoid is really not a big deal to have. All you have to do is take a pill every day and get tested once in a while.

A few of notes about my experience with hypothyroidism:

1. I was told when I started the medication that I probably wouldn't lose any weight. I lost 20 lbs with no change to diet or exercise.

2. At the time when I was diagnosed with it, I ate soy foods probably once a month or so. These days, I usually eat soy every day or two. There has been no change in my thyroid hormone levels that corresponds logically to the variation in how often I eat soy foods.

3. In the past couple of years, my intake of soy foods has become pretty steady. However, my diet has varied greatly and frequently between the use of mostly whole foods to mostly junk. No change in thyroid hormone levels.

I guess what I'm saying is that, despite all the buzz, my thyroid function does not appear to respond to my diet at all. While I'm sure this isn't the case for everyone, I wouldn't advise anyone to get carried away with the idea of controlling thyroid through diet.

Good luck with your test, and be sure to let us know the results. About the possible cancer...best wishes to you. No matter what the results your VB friends are here for you.
 
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