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ENLARGED thyroid and normal TSH

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  • Posted By: heyheyrayray
  • November 17, 2008
  • 08:07 PM

Back in March I noticed my thyroid was enlarged. All of the women in my family have thyroid disease so I'm always aware of what to look out for. I went to the Dr. she ordered an ultrasound. The ultrasound basically said there were no nodules just an enlarged thyroid.
My blood work came back fine. My TSH was 1.87 and my Free T4 was 1.57. My Dr. said I could do the thyroid uptake scan but it wasn't necessary since the blood work was fine.

So a couple weeks ago my throat because very aggitated. It was sore on the outside, hard to swallow, I had to keep clearing my throat, and sometimes I would find myself choking without eating or anything.

I went to a different doctor today and he said "your thyroid is massive"... It's noticeably enlarged. He has me doing ANOTHER ultrasound on Thursday and did a full thyroid work up.

My question is, if my results come back normal what can be done about this enlargement?? It's really bothersome, I don't want them to just say "ok you're fine" b/c it's not fine.

Any help/thoughts would be great.


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  • A swollen thyroid can put pressure on the windpipe and esophagus, which can lead to breathing difficulties, cough, swallowing difficulties and wheezing. You can also have neck vein swelling and dizziness when the arms are raised above the head with an enlarged thyroid. Yours could be caused by an infection. But I guess your doctors would have picked up on that? I know that some people are given radioactive iodine to shrink the thyroid, but I dont know if they do it if your labs are normal. It might be worth asking about tho. Kiera
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    • November 17, 2008
    • 08:24 PM
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  • Kiera, when you say infection what kind of infection could it be? thanks for the reply Reagan
    heyheyrayray 1 Replies
    • November 17, 2008
    • 09:07 PM
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