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can someone explain this to me. i have a series of blood test, tsh - 0.258 (slightly low-ref.range 0.27 -4.0) then tsh irma above normal, normal free T4, thyroid scan showed thyroiditis, low level of activity according to iodine uptake. sometimes feel irritable, mild anxiety, mild nervousness, no palpitations, no high blood pressure.

Only a minor treatable condition. 3 in 10 people have it. You are slightly hyperthyroidism. They may prescribe low dose of synthroid.  (+ info)


I was recently diagnosed with hypothyroidism after the birth of my son. Have been taking Eltroxan for a month now,but my ears are still aching and it feels if there is something stuck in my throat! Get horrible neck pain and headache as well. My thyroid levels have been tested recently and it was normal. Could my thyroid be inflamed???Should I rather go and see an ear,throat and nose specialist?

Check out The American Thyroid Society at www.thyroid.org.  (+ info)

How long until Hashimoto's Thyroiditis is gone if taking meds properly?

I know that it's never really GONE, but how long until the person is back to normal.

****ALSO does Hashimoto's Thyroiditis cause a person to be hard to handle and become a completely different person?

I had the tumor remove thirty years ago, and no I didn't change at all, I don't even take syntheroid now, but losing weight is a problem.
Generally you perk up more when you get your thyroid or thyroid substitute working again.
So you might be more active or cheerful. But not manic or crazy or a completely different person.  (+ info)

What Did They Do For Your Thyroiditis if you had it?

I have thyroiditis, it is not comfortable, and my swelling seems to get more infront of my neck. I am worried about my heart, it is in good shape, but can this thyroid mess with my heart at all? Should I be worried about my heart or anything? I'm tired of the swelling but can live with it, if it is not upsetting my heart any.

You treat the cause, if possible. With the most common thyroiditis, (Hashimoto's thyroiditis) you can't treat the cause though, so you treat the symptom (the hypothyroidism) with synthetic replacement thyroid hormones.  (+ info)

Does thyroiditis have anything to do with loss of vocal range and singing ability that was once there?

I sang all through high school and have continued to sing and had an extensive range. Now, after being diagnosed with thyroiditis it has drastically decreased and many times i cant sing at all through songs i once could. is this caused by my condition and will it go away?

There is a possiblility that you have inflamation of your thyroid and you may have an enlarged thyroid, or nodules on your thyroid. There is a possibility that an enlarged thyroid is pressing on your vocal chords, due to its location in your neck. Has the doctor done a physical exam of your neck to see if you have an enlarged (called a goiter) thyroid? If not, it is time for an exam. People diagnosed with thyroiditis may have a sonogram or ultrasound to make sure the thyroid doesn't have any nodules. Nodules are almost always non-cancerous.
If the thyroid is not enlarged, then another condition may be causing your loss of vocal range. GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) or acid reflux disease can cause problems with your voice. It will start with loss of vocal range, then you may find that you cannot sing at all like you used to, or you can't make it through a song. If you have frequent heartburn or a sour taste in your mouth after you eat, then definately go see yoru doctor.
When I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism (Grave's Disease) I had a enlarged thyroid and I was starting to lose my vocal range. I used to be able to sing first soprano through first tenor. Now my voice sounds hoarse and horrible, and I cannot make it through a song. I have been treated for the thyroid problems, but still have problems with my voice. I used to think the thyroid was to blame, but it is my allergies, sinus problems and my history of acid reflux disease.
Have your doctor examine your thyroid, and if that is not the problem, explain your problems. Once the doctor determines what is going on, hopefully you can get your voice back.
Good luck.  (+ info)

Is it safe to concieve when i have Thyroiditis?

I have been diagonised as having Thyroditis & have started having hormone tablets since 2 weeks now. I have a 2.5 yr old child & I want to conceive as soon as possible for the second time. Is it safe concieve this month? What extra precaution do i need to take during preganancy? I want for sure a 100% normal child. What do I do for it?

My mom conceived 4 children with thyroiditis, and we were all completely healthy. However, it can be hard to conceive with thyroid disorders. I to am being tested for thyroid problems, and have been trying to get pregnant for the past year, and still no luck. Good luck to you!

You may want to double check with your doctor, but if you are taking a med such as synthroid, that is to balance out the thyroid hormones, and I'm pretty sure it is safe to take while trying to conceive and during pregnancy. Again, double check with your doctor.  (+ info)

What body systems are affected with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis?

And how are they affected?

Technically all body systems (and cells for that matter) are affected because your thyroid is controlling T4/T3 levels... In reality, however, only the thyroid should be of concern, and chances are you probably have already noticed it is enlarged and warm to the touch... It is fairly easy to treat as well, I might add...

Good Luck and I Hope this Helps...  (+ info)

My wife has hoshimoto thyroiditis and cannt loose any weight?

she has gained at least 120 pound in 2 years, she is seeing a personal trainer, but actually looks like she is gaining more weight, she has absolutely no sex drive at all. I love her I want to be there for her but I am loosing my attraction to her. Is there anything that will help her loose the weight, I don't want to loose her I want her to be healthy. I want my wife the way she was before this disease

Is your wife on Synthroid? She should be. She should have a blood test every 3 months or so to see if her hormones are regulating. She has to have a sono of her thyroid to make sure there are no nodules. She should, and I know this is hard, avoid carbs. No more than one fruit a day, stay away from sugar, make sure her intake of carbs is no more than 35grams a day. She should eat foods high in dietary fiber.
Say she has a rice-cake with 8g of carbs, yet that rice cake has 3g of dietary fiber, that means the total amount of net carbs is 5! 8-3=5 Easy to do! Next, along with personal training she should see a nutritionist. (if it is too much considering it is cosly, go on sparkpeople.com) it is an amazing, informitive website designed ecactly for what your wife needs, advice, tons of info, menues, personal meal plans etc. FREE!!! Good luck! It sucks to have thyroid problems, it affects sleep, weight, menstruation, mood, hair, nails, skin, etc... IT SUCKS!!! Please be kind to your wife, it is overwhelming enough to deal with this, best of luck!!  (+ info)

I was diagnosed with Hoshimoto's thyroiditis, but told there was not any treatment necessary?

I have many of the symptoms, joint pain, unable to stand cold, headaches. The doctor says that all of my thyroid levels are normal, including my t4, so no treatment is necessary. My thyroidglobulin level was 346. That is what caused my diagnosis. She said that my tyroid will be fine.I feel tired all the time. I walk and eat right. Does anyone have a further suggestions as to how I might treat this from home or with natural remedies since I require no thyroid at this time.

Read this article it may help you. It depends on your levels as to whether it needs treatment or not.
http://www.useless-knowledge.com/1234/may/article378.html  (+ info)

What is thyroiditis and how is it treated?

This going to be a long post but will answer the bulk of your questions. Hope it helps. This is taken from a powerpoint lecture on Thyroiditis so the formatting may be off.


Inflammation of the Thyroid Gland

Thyroiditis is an inflammation (not an infection) of the thyroid gland. Several types of thyroiditis exist and the treatment is different for each.

Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. Hashimoto's Thyroiditis (also called autoimmune or chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis) is the most common type of thyroiditis. It is named after the Japanese physician, Hakaru Hashimoto, that first described it in 1912. The thyroid gland is always enlarged, although only one side may be enlarged enough to feel. During the course of this disease, the cells of the thyroid becomes inefficient in converting iodine into thyroid hormone and "compensates" by enlarging (for a review of this process see our function page). The radioactive iodine uptake may be paradoxically high while the patient is hypothyroid because the gland retains the ability to take-up or "trap" iodine even after it has lost its ability to produce thyroid hormone. As the disease progresses, the TSH increases since the pituitary is trying to induce the thyroid to make more hormone, the T4 falls since the thyroid can't make it, and the patient becomes hypothyroid. The sequence of events can occur over a relatively short span of a few weeks or may take several years.

Treatment is to start thyroid hormone replacement. This prevents or corrects the hypothyroidism and it also generally keeps the gland from getting larger.

In most cases the thyroid gland will decrease in size once thyroid hormone replacement is started.

Thyroid antibodies are present in 95% of patients with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis and serve as a useful "marker" in identifying the disease without thyroid biopsy or surgery.

Thyroid antibodies may remain for years after the disease has been adequately treated and the patient is on thyroid hormone replacement.

De Quervain's Thyroiditis. De Quervain's Thyroiditis (also called subacute or granulomatous thyroiditis) was first described in 1904 and is much less common than Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. The thyroid gland generally swells rapidly and is very painful and tender. The gland discharges thyroid hormone into the blood and the patients become hyperthyroid; however the gland quits taking up iodine (radioactive iodine uptake is very low) and the hyperthyroidism generally resolves over the next several weeks.

Patients frequently become ill with fever and prefer to be in bed.

Thyroid antibodies are not present in the blood, but the sedimentation rate, which measures inflammation, is very high.

Although this type of thyroiditis resembles an infection within the thyroid gland, no infectious agent has ever been identified and antibiotics are of no use.

Treatment is usually bed rest and aspirin to reduce inflammation.

Occasionally cortisone (steroids) (to reduce inflammation) and thyroid hormone (to "rest" the thyroid gland) may be used in prolonged cases.

Nearly all patients recover and the thyroid gland returns to normal after several weeks or months.

A few patients will become hypothyroid once the inflammation settles down and therefore will need to stay on thyroid hormone replacement indefinitely.

Recurrences are uncommon.

Silent Thyroiditis. Silent Thyroiditis is the third and least common type of thyroiditis. It was not recognized until the 1970's although it probably existed and was treated as Graves' Disease before that. This type of thyroiditis resembles in part Hashimoto's Thyroiditis and in part De Quervain's Thyroiditis. The blood thyroid test are high and the radioactive iodine uptake is low (like De Quervain's Thyroiditis), but there is no pain and needle biopsy resembles Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. The majority of patients have been young women following pregnancy. The disease usually needs no treatment and 80% of patients show complete recovery and return of the thyroid gland to normal after three months. Symptoms are similar to Graves' Disease except milder. The thyroid gland is only slightly enlarged and exophthalmos (development of "bug eyes") does not occur. Treatment is usually bed rest with beta blockers to control palpitations (drugs to prevent rapid heart rates). Radioactive iodine, surgery, or antithyroid medication is never needed. A few patients have become permanently hypothyroid and needed to be placed on thyroid hormone.  (+ info)

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