I have suspicion to believe that I may have hypothyroid issues. I have most of the symptoms: unexplained weight gain/inability to lose weight, body aches, always tired, etc. but the one problem I haven't experienced is constipation. Obviously I know symptoms are going to vary from one individual to the next, but how prevalent is constipation when associated with hypothyroidism? Is it one of the most common symptoms? I don't want to go through a lot of bloodwork for no reason but I do have same concerns. I may order a test online without a doctor's prescription and find out that way.
I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s a few months ago and was put on 25mcg of Unithroid (which was explained to me as Synthroid for people with sensitive stomachs). It’s the lowest possible dose, and my most recent test of TSH (1.37) and T4 free (1.1) came back in normal ranges. However, the past week my heart has been pounding even when I’m sitting completely relaxed. There has also been some diarrhea, I feel very anxious when I have nothing to be anxious about, and my already irregular period has become even weirder. I have a hormonal IUD so in theory my period could stop, but in a year and a half of having the IUD I never lost my period. This past month, I’ve gotten it on 2 separate occasions but it was very light and for only a few days each time. The cramps have returned now a few days after the second period. I’ve also lost around 10 pounds, which was partially due to reflux problems preventing me from eating much. I don’t think I’ve managed to go from hypo to hyper in just a few months on the lowest possible dosage of medicine, but I am showing symptoms of it. My endocrinologist doesn’t seem concerned because my thyroid levels are fine and I’m not anemic, but I’m very concerned. Is this something anyone else has experienced, or are there any suggestions on how to feel more comfortable like this?
We are fortunate to have free healthcare via NHS in the UK so I know it is not as common for people to go private (via health insurance etc) . However, I want to hear opinions from any of you diagnosed with hyperthyroidism/Graves disease on which one (nhs or private) you'd prefer and what you felt was better/worse/different and why.
Kinda long, so thanks in advance if you read this!
A year or two ago, I noticed my thyroid looked enlarged. I mentioned it to my mom and some friends, and no one seemed concerned. I was in college and didn't have a doctor at the time, and I don't remember if I mentioned it to the student health center or not. Basically, I just never did anything about it, but it seems to have shrunk a bit since I first noticed it.
Now I'm 23 and lost a bunch of weight last summer without trying. I finally went to the doctor last September and mentioned the enlargement to her. She said it seemed normal but ordered a blood test just in case I had hyperthyroidism. The results came back normal, so she told me I just have anxiety and brushed it off.
I found out months later that she ordered an ultrasound to get my thyroid checked out. She never told me about it. I finally got it done a few weeks ago, and I found out I have a nodule of 2.4 cm on one side and a smaller one on the other.
I have to get a biopsy done in a few weeks, and I’m freaking out. I have really bad health anxiety and am terrified of what’s to come.
If anyone has any advice or similar experiences, please share.
29M. On Thursday I went into my urgent care for some bad stomach pains, and my doctor decided we might as well do a full physical while there.
Long story short, he instantly found a nodule on my left thyroid. I had an ultrasound the same day, and it turns out it scored a TIRAD of 4, or "moderately suspicious for malignancy". The radiologist's report says it is a 3.7cm, solid, hypervascular nodule with smooth margins and no apparent calcification. Blood test is completely normal across the board.
I am terrified. Did I just miss this thing? Did it appear over night? Before it was found, I never felt it or noticed it at all. But now, I feel it 100% of the time in my throat, especially when I swallow, and I can pick it out in the mirror. Since, I feel like I have a bit of a sore throat, and a feeling somewhat like an ear infection/pressure in my left ear. Am I just being hyperaware of my body due to anxiety, or could there be something more worrying going on all of a sudden?
I am so anxious and frightened about this, despite being told the stats and how treatable everything usually is, even when malignant. I was told to just go home and enjoy my weekend, which has so far been impossible. My appointment to consult with an ENT pre-biopsy isn't until Wednesday this coming week. The anxiety of "what if", the new feeling in my throat, and the waiting game for my next appointment are killing me in the mean time. Does anybody have any insight or advice on how to deal with this? Thank you all.
My thyroid ultrasound result is really scary. I’m very freaked out. Just wondering if anyone has any thoughts what this could be besides cancer??? And how accurate ultrasounds are? I feel fine. I never spoke to the radiologist and the tech was having a ton of problems with the circular ball machine for the ultrasound. They have since referred me for a CT. Does this mean they think I have cancer and just want to confirm? Don’t most ppl just get a FNA?
Blood work taken on the same day was all normal except for high thyroglobulin antibody. Also a urine analysis showed elevated wbc and elevated wbc etirase. But maybe was because of the way the sample was done? I had a normal chest X-ray a yr ago. I’m only 29 yrs old. No family history of cancer in neck. Very long family history of goiters in thyroid and parathyroid. Very scared to get a ct. scared they will find I’m riddled with cancer.
Thyroid Ultrasound requested due to family history of goiter in thyroid and parathyroid:
The right thyroid lobe measures 5.3 x 1.4 x 1.7 in size. The left thyroid lobe measures 5.1 x 1.4 x 1.7 in size. The isthmus measures 4mm in size. The thyroid gland is homogenous in echo texture.
There is a right thyroid module as follows: Lower pole: 7x4x6 mm, well-defined margin, hypoechoic texture.
There are lymph nodes as follows:
15 x 3 x 7mm right level IV lymph node with echogenic hilum which appears morphologically unremarkable.
Left level IV lymph node measures 1.4 x 0.6 x 0.5 cm without echogenic hilum which appears abnormal.
1.5 x 0.8 x 1 cm mass is seen to the left of the trachea and adjacent to the left thyroid gland, with shadowing suggestive of calcifications.
Impressions: Non-specified mass to the left of the trachea with abnormal left-sided level four lymph node.
I have not been diagnosed with a thyroid issue, but I do have a number of health conditions, including auto-immune, and also anxiety, and in trying to treat my anxiety I have been trying amino acids, and I tried taurine, just a 400mg supplement, and it really helped, but within a couple of days I started to get pain in my neck (not the throat though). have tried this twice months apart and the exact same thing happened each time. The second time I tried, just this week, it seemed to also make it much harder to fall asleep. I know that thyroid disease is usually not diagnosed until quite late stage, so I was wondering if anyone here knows what might be causing this reaction to taurine, and if it might be a sign of something?
I had a thyroid scan 3 years ago that identified a nodule larger than 3cm on one side. Have felt HORRIBLE for months, NO ENERGY and sleeping for outrageous amounts of time which is complete opposite of my norm. Yesterday got results of recent thyroid scan showing now TWO cystic nodules both measuring above 3cm on on side. Primary said my thyroid levels are totally normal, all bloodwork is. But, I KNOW something is WRONG. I’ve never just been UNABLE to get up and moving in my life even during very dark emotional times. Is it possible for CYSTIC NODULES above 3cm to have a huge physical impact even with “normal” thyroid levels? Thank you so much in advance.