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Signs of swelling , advice Please

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 6, 2006
  • 01:24 PM

We live in Thailand , and my wife has just noticed that her neck was showing signs of swelling on the bottom part , both sides.
So we went to out local Thai Hospital where the ENT doctor felt her neck and told us its a Thyroid problem, and he took a blood sample and prescribed Two
types of drugs ..

1. Prednisolone
2. Eltroxin

He then asked my wife to return in Two weeks for a check up and may be a second blood test

From our past experiences with the Thai medical system, ( not too good ) we are looking for some help along the way, from people who have experienced Thyroid problems.

Can some one please just outline what we should expect the Doctor to do next?
And any general comments or advice,

Thanks ....... Star

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  • Hi Star I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism about 6 months ago and all I can offer really is my experiences with this. I was given beta-blockers to control my heart rate (very fast which severe palpatations) and carbimazole to stop my thyroid overproducing. I have lost count of the number of blood tests taken which is apparently the norm as they need to regularly monitor how the carbimazole is affecting the levels of thyroxin in my blood as eventually there would be the risk of it making the thyroid underactive. I also had a radioactive uptake scan of my thyroid (an injection of a very small amount of radioactive iodine followed by a scan) to help diagnose what was causing the hyperthyroidism. Unfortunately for me they have been unable to determine the cause but am told I can expect to be on medication for about 18 months with the doses being gradually reduced. Once my thyroid is under control they have suggested either an operation to remove part of it or a larger dose of radiation to kill off part of the thyroid to prevent it overproducing again. I have found the internet to be an amazing resource for information on thyroid problems so I would suggest you look around. After looking on the internet I was amazed at how many of annoying little ailments I have had for a few years now was actually a result of my thyroid and not me being a hypochondriac!!! I do know that it can be a very serious problem if not managed properly but I believe that sometimes a viral infection can be cause which if this is the case it can be quickly cleared up with no lasting problems. I hope this has been of some help.
    sparkles 2 Replies
    • December 6, 2006
    • 02:37 PM
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  • Hi Star I live in the UK and was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism about 6 months ago and all I can offer really is my experiences with this. I was given beta-blockers to control my heart rate (very fast which severe palpatations) and carbimazole to stop my thyroid overproducing. I have lost count of the number of blood tests taken which is apparently the norm as they need to regularly monitor how the carbimazole is affecting the levels of thyroxin in my blood as eventually there would be the risk of it making the thyroid underactive. I also had a radioactive uptake scan of my thyroid (an injection of a very small amount of radioactive iodine followed by a scan) to help diagnose what was causing the hyperthyroidism. Unfortunately for me they have been unable to determine the cause but am told I can expect to be on medication for about 18 months with the doses being gradually reduced. Once my thyroid is under control they have suggested either an operation to remove part of it or a larger dose of radiation to kill off part of the thyroid to prevent it overproducing again. I have found the internet to be an amazing resource for information on thyroid problems so I would suggest you look around. After looking on the internet I was amazed at how many of annoying little ailments I have had for a few years now was actually a result of my thyroid and not me being a hypochondriac!!! I do know that it can be a very serious problem if not managed properly but I believe that sometimes a viral infection can be cause which if this is the case it can be quickly cleared up with no lasting problems. I hope this has been of some help.
    sparkles 2 Replies
    • December 6, 2006
    • 02:38 PM
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  • Hi Stardon't listen to people (doctors) and the previous person claiming to actually reading the info on the net.Your hyperthyroid problem is pure iodine deficiency, as 25% of this plant population. Don't let these doctors (killers) cut off your gland, you'll drastically reduce your life span being hypothyroid.Get all possible vitamin suppliments you can possibly afford (E, D, C, essential fatty acids, q-10, iodine (norvegian sea kelp), fish oil, C courses), get all possible relaxation herbs, herbs for heart rate reduction and, also very important, eat a lot of green food, cleanse your body, take a brake.good luck
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 13, 2006
    • 08:33 PM
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  • There are many reasons for thyroid problems not just iodine deficiency. Your wife may either be hyper (over-active) or hypothyroid (under-active). I have been hyperthyroid for many years now and am still experiencing problems. In my case the problem is hereditory and triggered by the menopause. With regards to the above replies, a thyroid scan is essential to eliminate the possibility of throid cancer and regular blood tests (throughout life) are also essential. Most specialists will not want to operate nowadays but radioactive iodine treatment is very sucessful (my mother is now 84 and in perfect health after the treatment in her 50's). I have rejected this from of treatment as it affects the voice from which I make my living. Everyone has a different experience with this illness and reading others experiences on the net can be comforting, however, remember that not all you read on the net is good information, anybody can write anything true, false or just plain batty. Your wife should ask to see a specialist. Although they maybe helpful, just taking vitamin suppliments is not an option, I know, I tried it. I was also warned against seaweed (kelp) and Jenny Craig diets by my thyroid specialist. Also if you wife smokes she should stop. Good Luck. Also, occasionally a virus inflames the thyroid and causes a temporary episode of hyperthyroidism. This is called thyroiditis, and usually resolves on its own.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 14, 2006
    • 00:55 AM
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  • Hi !The web is a good place to start. Just remember to talk to your doctor about what you want to take. It can if your on meds scew you up! Iodine you can't take if your going for a scan. Best advice set down with your doctor.
    ithurts 12 Replies
    • September 11, 2007
    • 03:05 AM
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  • I too have that swelling at the base of my neck, my OBGYN didn't know what it was from,the hemotologist thought it was from my thyroid, and my homeopath said lets watch it...I did have blood tests and my TSH was 282.0 (yes that is a corrrect number and my primary homeopathic MD sent me for more test 2 weeks later.) it was down to 160.0 still far from 4.0 or less for normal. I had been taking a lot of iodine because of a deficiency in my body and to help detox, I also have heavy metal poisioning along with pernisious anemia. My T3 were low indicating hypotyroidism.My homeopath put me on a very low dose of Thyrolar which we had to cut because of side affects. He only uses chemical medicine when he needs to and also includes natural stuff to help everything work better.You are in a land with a great history of accupunture and kelp (iodine) might want to watch that. Accupuncture is a great method of helping your body to get in balance. Remember to use the best of all worlds. Nothing is all bad or all good.Reserch will be your best friend.Good luckSue Vit.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 13, 2007
    • 03:32 PM
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