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Right neck feeling, no nodules.. Normal tsh

Hi all I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism last dec, post natal but my mother suffers with hypothyroidism so think it could be something I already was susceptible to (have chronic tmjd, weird joint pains, anxiety occasionally and vertigo prob to this) I recently had a thyroid scan and she said it looked 'plump' but healthy. My tsh is 1.5. I still get the shakes occasionally and panicky feelings out of the blue but the most disconcerting lately is this rope round my neck feeling! It's unbearable. I've also had dry mouth come and go, sometimes as if I've got cotton wool in there. I've not lost weight (*sigh*) but I still have achey legs and feet.. Just want to know if anyone could give me an idea of what might be going on? Is it just fall out from post natal thyroiditis and I'll be right as rain soon? Having read up I wonder if I might be on my he way to developing hashis. I'm about to go private so any tips on which tests to go for would be appreciated.

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Charnorth84, it sounds as though the ultrasound has ruled out goitre and nodules although 'a little plump' sounds as though your thyroid may be a little inflamed. The thyroid tests you can order privately are TSH, FT4, FT3 and thyroid antibodies, usually thyroid peroxidase and thyroglobulin antibodies which will confirm or rule out Hashimoto's. I'm not sure whether TSI or TRab which determine Graves are commercially available but a private endo will be able to order them if not.

As you are experiencing musculoskeletal and joint pain and vertigo it may be worth testing ferritin, vitamin D, B12 and folate. Blue Horizon's Comprehensive 10 includes thyroid and some vit/mineral tests.

Dry mouth can be due to blocked saliva glands or a saliva gland abcess. Your dentist or GP should be able to determine this when it happens. Gargling with lemon juice will stimulate saliva and can be helpful before meals so the food can be moistened enabling you to chew and swallow.


I am not a medical professional and this information is not intended to be a substitute for medical guidance from your own doctor. Please check with your personal physician before applying any of these suggestions.


The question/answer on this link might be helpful -go to the date September 11, 2004 and the one after:-

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