Levothyroxine and goiter

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The doctor put me on Levothyroxine, and now after 3 and a half months, I have indigestion approximately 3 times a week, bloated stomach, and balance problems. Why should I take this medication when before I started taking it, I had no symtoms? Can I stop taking this medication? I'm thinking that perhaps I was born with this thyroid problem, and it was not a problem until I started taking the medication.
I've been on levothyroxine and my hair Stopped falling out and I feel great--all for .84 a bottle.
Levothyroxine is given when the thyroid does not produce enough of this hormone on its own. Levothyroxine treats hypothyroidism (low thyroid hormone). Levothyroxine is also used to treat or prevent goiter (enlarged thyroid gland), which can be caused by hormone imbalances, radiation treatment, surgery, or cancer. Levothyroxine should not be used to treat obesity or weight problems. Levothyroxine may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.
The doctor put me on Levothyroxine, and now after 3 and a half months, I have indigestion approximately 3 times a week, bloated stomach, and balance problems. Why should I take this medication when before I started taking it, I had no symtoms? Can I stop taking this medication? I'm thinking that perhaps I was born with this thyroid problem, and it was not a problem until I started taking the medication.
I was placed on Synthroid in efforts to shrink my goiter and was told that my TSH was on the low normal side with T3 and T4 in the normal range. I am having pain just above my goiter on the left side just below the jaw line in front of the ear. I don't have pain on the swollen area though it looks a little odd with two lumps on one side of my neck and one lump on the other. I am having slight pain and fullness feeling in my ear.
This is slightly enlarged thyroid and the TSH is somewhat high, the ultrasound texture is heterogeneous -- this is likely Hashimoto's (seems to be the theme in the last few questions). Would test TPO to confirm and repeat in a few weeks to confirm high then consider levothyroxine treatment. Would see an endocrinologist.
I have been taking Levothyroxine since December 2008. I am now 23 and reconsidering my life. This isn't about not wanting to take a pill, its about whether I am taking the right pill. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism after going to the school clinic for heart palpatations and having bloodwork. My TSH was 16.2. After two weeks of being on the levothyroid, my numbers were down to 8 and I was switched to Levothyroxine. My number is about 1.8 right now on 75 mcg.
The levoxyl caused me to have an allergic reaction after taking 1/2 of the smallest dose for 3 days(panic attack, itchy skin and scalp and shortness of breath.) He has told me to stop taking the levoxyl and come back in 3 months. I feel a fullness in my throat sometimes. When I lay down on my back it feels heavy. Sometimes I wake up during the night feeling like my throat has pinched shut. Is it normal to just see how big this thing will get? I don't want to have my thyroid removed.
I was diagnosed with a thryroid goiter and a small cyst in my tyroid. after many test they have determined it is not cancer. They found out that I have some small ulcers in my stomach and are going to do a scope. When I went in complaining of odd swallowing they kept asking me about my stomach. I have no pain in my stomach. I have a high normal range of my TSH.
I have thyroiditis of some type too (I have a stupid endo) and something going on with my lymph nodes, but, no idea what it is. I take levothyroxine and it has done nothing for shrinking the goiter or for the swelling. I take ibuprofen for my swelling and it seems to calm it some. I hope you find answers - keep us posted!!
I can not eat anything, because I choke. I have a goiter and my t4 is 3.46 I seen an endocrinologist today and he wants to run tests, then put me on meds, then several months down the line, he wants to do a thryoidectomy. By the time he does the surgery, I could be dead! He said the medication will not lessen the size of the goiter, so how am I to eat anything?
This may require a dose increase of levothyroxine. Otherwise - surgery is the only option. If the goiter is not bothering you and the biopsy was benign, then observation is the first choice in most cases.
I have pain on the right side back if my neck, I feel dizzy, discomfort when swallowing and a clicking sound and pressure in my right ear. With my symptoms and the FNA biopsy finding, should I have this thyroid removed? Also, is the dizziness, right side neck pain and right ear pressure most likely related, as I did not have any of these symptoms before having a thyroid problem.
I was recently diagnosed with a "uninodular goiter"and hypothyroidism, and my doctor prescribed 25mcg of levothyroxine. My journey in monitoring my thyroid began when, at 16 i complained to my doctors physicians assistant that I was sweating uncontrollably for no reason. She treated me for hypothyroidism with synthroid. After a month on the drug, I quit taking it. I've been off it until 2 weeks ago.
They did a biopsy of my thyroid since I had a few big nodules and goiter. I wanted to ask is this. This is my second day of taking this and I feel like since I've started taking this medication that I get a bit of a headache that lasts through some of the day. I'm not sure if this is a common side effect that will eventually go away in time or what? Also I was curious that since i take an antidepressant (lexapro) i wonder if there could be an interaction?
From all my labs and tests, everything looks great so the doctors just diagnosed it as goiter. I did have two nodules, one on each side of the goiter. One was not cancerous and the other was to small to biopsy. Could you shed some light? Thank you!!!
I have Hashi's and a goiter. I just saw an Endo for the first time in December and I really like her a lot. Her knowledge base was so much better than my primary care doctor. She said my goiter is extremely small. She also gave me several good tips for weight loss which I have to say are working in spite of the thyroid issues.
Hi. I have a goiter that has been growing very fast it started growin just over a month and half ago . I had a first ultrasound for it on the 30-5-2007 whith these results - right lobe mesurement 4.0 x 2.1 x 2.0cm left lobe mesurement 4.8 x 1.9 x 1.7cm then 2 weeks later I got my docotr to do me a second ultrasound becase I could feel it growing more and more everyday... these are the results 13-6-2007 ultrasound right lobe 7.0 x 2.3 x 2.1cm left lobe 6.1 x 2.1 x 2.
The inflammation from a viral irritation of the thyroid would not last this long. The TSH is high and you have ("multinodular") goiter -- this would often be Hashimoto's. Would recommend TPO antibodies and evaluation by a thyroid specialist to see if the nodules are real (or inflammation), if they need FNA biopsy, and to consider levothyroxine treatment.
i cannot take syntroid, it made my goiter larger, and i felt like i was going to have a heart attack, my recent tsh was like 32. currently im takin nothing.
I wake up at night feeling like I cannot breathe and my voice has changed. I battle a sore throat...it comes and goes. My tsh and t4 levels last week were normal (0.95 and 3.12 respectively). My doctor says my fatigue, etc must be caused by something else. My thyroid ultrasound showed a tiny cyst and a few tiny nodule (under 5mm) in the right thyroid, which is not palpably enlarged. My left thyroid shows 2 large nodule (approx 3cm each), one of which also has calcification.
I have been treated exactly a year with hypothyroidism, when I was initially treated the doctor felt a small goiter, I have been on 100mcg of levothyroxine. In October I started feeling very tender in my throat, tender to swallow and a feeling that there was something in my throat, also getting pains in my ears. My doctor ordered a u/s of my thyroid that showed a multinodular goiter with no dominant nodules. My levels were all considered normal.
There's not point in going backwards, except to say that had you stayed on the levothyroxine and gotten your levels stabilized, the depression and other symptoms would, most likely have gone away and you wouldn't have gained the weight and be in the situation you're in today, but that's all water under the bridge.
I had a multinodular goiter at age 42 (i'm 56 now) and took tapazole for a year then took the radioactive iodine (one pill is all it takes) I am now on levothyroxine and doing well. The problems i do have now are, dry skin, thining hair and trouble lossing weight. My Dr test my levels once a year and say they are normal but i wounder if i should be on a higher dose to elevate the symptoms i have (dry skin etc). I also live in rual NM 175 miles from any "major" medical facility.
I am a 36 year old female with a history of wildly fluctuating thyroid results, goiter and family history of thyroid conditions. I am otherwise in very good health. At 17, doctors started noticing my enlarged thyroid, but did not pursue it. At 23, as I became more educated about my symptoms, I was sent to a radiology lab and diagnosed with a multinodular goiter. I was told that my test results were normal, and I had no function problem.
Do you mind telling me what dosage of levothyroxine are you on? My doctor has prescribed me 25mcg or 1 month and then 50 mcg for the next months. Yesterday was the first day I took my levo and I have to say I was very dissapointed as I didn't feel much of a difference. DId you? I only felt my body becoming a little warmer but I was expecting more e.g. more alert, increase in apetite.....
Thanks for the feed-back. I've been on 100mcg of Levothyroxine for a year or so and I still feel crappy. My TSH is .61 and I don't think I was ever told what my T4 is. Daughter has had her thyroid removed because of nodules and swears that there is a BIG difference between levothyroxine and Synthroid. Her Endocinologist has noted to the pharmacy to fill RX only! with Synthroid. That costs me $22 more a month. Really want to try Synthroid but my intenrist says they are all the same. So it goes..
Thyroid problems run in my family on my father's side and I have a cousin and aunt who have thyroid problems. She had a goiter, but now takes meds for an undertative thyroid, so I guess she had treatment for this and now the situation has reversed and she has an underactive thyroid now.
My Dr said nothing is a concern and there's no treatment. My main concern is the goiter. It has been enlarging even more and I have trouble breathing and swallowing and I choke a lot. Any ideas what I can do? Should I not be on any type of medication or anything? Thanks.
Almost all the oddities began AFTER I started taking levothyroxine, and yet overall, it has seemed to me that I was deteriorating rapidly into unwellness anyway, and levothyroxine has been a good thing...but oh, the ups and downs have been something else again. AppleJacs, I am glad that you have a physician you trust, and I am glad that she has referred you to an endocrinologist.
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