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Do i have thyroid problems?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • November 7, 2006
  • 02:45 PM

When I was young, around 11 or 12, I developed a swollen gland on the right side of my neck, and also a small swollen gland behind my right ear. My GP at the time said it was just swollen glands and nothing to worry about.
I am now 25 and the swollen glands have never gone away! I put on a lot of wieight around the time I started puberty and have never gotten rid of it, I have heard that glands in the neck can be resoponsible for controlling your metabolism, and that, especilally during puberty, there can be an imbalance that can cause wieght gain.
Does this sound like a possible thyroid problem?
Any help or advice would be very much appreciated.

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  • The official medical line is that hypothyroid conditions (that casue too little hormon to be produced by the body) only cause marginal weight gain (10 to 20 pounds). In my own experience, I lost 15 pounds from the time I went on hormone replacement therapy to the time it came into balance. Only one sure way to know if you have a thyroid condition: get the tests done. If you have a goiter in your thyroid, this can usually be felt by the doctor, or seen in an ultrasound. Goiters can be biopsied with a needle. Also, you should get the blood tests done to check your thyroid and your pituitary glands. You might also consider getting adrenal gland testing done (a 24 hour urine sample), since conditions like Cushing's syndrome (hyperadrenalism) cause large weight gain. You should probably also be tested for conditions of the lymphatic system. The key is, get informed on these conditions, go armed with knowledge to your doctor, and insist he/she do diagnostic testing, and not simply blowing you off or throwing medications at you.
    leeirons 13 Replies
    • November 30, 2006
    • 07:18 PM
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  • I have read, that hyeprtroidism can also make you gain weight. Remeber, I only read it, so try reasearching it more. Good place to try is www.thyroidhost.proboards30.com People there help you out with any questions you may have and they, I think, all have thyroid problems. Good luck!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 1, 2006
    • 08:14 PM
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  • I have hypothyroidism and can tell you I had an issue with my glands for about 2 years and was told by my doctor nothing is wrong. I also had blood tests done for my thyroid and they came up normal. Be very persistent with your doctor on this and if possible try to see an endocronologist he or she will check everything with lab work. That is how I was properly diagnosed. As for the weight gain, everybody is different. I gained 50 lbs in about 7 months. I started out at 135 lbs. The number margins are often misleading try not to go by them. I read one reply and the person stated they lost weight. When you lose weight chances are you have hyperthyroidism. Basically your thyroid is in over drive and your metabolism which is controlled by the thyroid gland is very high. Hypothyroidism is the total opposite, you put the weight on because your metabolism is not working properly the thyroid gland slows it down. That is how it was explained to me by my endocronologist. The doctor will be able to see if you have a goiter or not. The area of your neck where the thyroid is located will be thick and somewhat swollen. It is almost like a wide band that goes around the bottom part of the neck. An ultrasound can pick up if there are any nodules on the gland and sometimes they can feel if there are depending how big the gland is. I wish you all well on your thyroid conditions and hope this info helped.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 13, 2007
    • 02:50 PM
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