Apparently a newly swollen thyroid is normal???

I'm at the end of my tether with my doctors and not sure what to do.

It all started back in July when I started to get indigestion for the first time. I've long suspected that I've had a stomach ulcer, but I've never been tested. So when I went in the doc tested me for Helicobacter.P - it was negative, but he treated me for an ulcer anyway. The treatment worked symptoms (pain in my yummy) went away, except for the acid reflux and a feeling like there was something holding my neck tightly, which was worse when I get stressed out or after I eat? Months passed and I went for a ultrasound on my liver (all clear).

I have spent most of my adult life with cold hands and feet and am about 100lbs overweight (was a normal weight until the birth of my second daughter). my sister has hyperthyroidism and when she was diagnosed her levels were off the chart. Her doctor said that thyroid problems run in families so for us to get our levels checked. So in 2013 I was checked and told my level was 18.1 and so normal. I dint give it a second thought, nor did I think the strange swelling in my throat was my thyroid.

Then at Christmas I was working with a nurse (I am training to be a nurse) and she suggested I get my thyroid checked out as it was swollen. I mentioned it to the doctor who told me that I had anxiety and that it was normal for the thyroid gland to swell when anxious, but I am not anxious I told her. However my levels were checked just in case. I'm afraid I don't know the names of the tests, but one was 12.1 (dropped from 18.1) and the other was 1.52? she said again this was normal.

Now recently I am nauseous some days and my stools are loose and pale. I've had blood tests for most things and I'm all clear except my CRP which is always high. My most recent reading was 14 and apparently this had gone down.

I'm wondering if I could have Hashimoto disease, but when I mention it to my doctor she tells me I'm being anxious and that a little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing. Has anyone been through anything similar or am I barking up the wrong tree. Oh I'm also awaiting a colonoscopy - eek!

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  • Fedupsam,

    Welcome to our forum and sorry to hear of your health issues.

    Members will comment on your problems in due course.

    I have deleted your previous identical post. ( no replies)

    Flower

  • Ask them to look at your gall bladder too.

  • Fedupsam,

    Unfortunately your numbers mean nothing without the test they refer to and the range.

    Ask your doctor to run thyroid tests including TSH, FT4, FT3 and also thyroid antibodies TPOAb & TGAb as these will determine Hashimotos and allow a clear picture of what is happening with your thyroid function. Ask your surgery for a copy of the results and post complete with ranges ( numbers in brackets) for members to comment.

    If your doctor is uncooperative or will only test TSH ( as many surgeries do) , you can get private blood tests done at link below as many members have to.

    Also ask for Vit B12, Vit D, folate and ferritin levels to be tested as people with low thyroid hormone are often deficient in these nutrients that are required for good thyroid function. Again post results as a doctors "normal" is often not the same as a level that members have found to be most beneficial.

    Your symptoms could indicate Hashimotos and if you have had low thyroid hormone for many years, this can result in low stomach acid which not only inhibits nutrient absorbtion but makes your gut vulnerable to IBS, bacterial & fungal infections.

    Low stomach acid is often misdiagnosed as high stomach acid by doctors who may prescribe PPI's that will execebate the problem.

    The treatment is Betaine HCL with Pepsin. However this must NOT be taken with stomach ulcers or if medicating anti-inflammatories.

    Re nausea as AOTN suggests ask for your gall bladder to be checked.

    The liver has several pathways through which it metabolizes hormones, filters toxins, and cleans the blood. Byproducts from these processes are dumped into the gall bladder to help get them out of the body and low thyroid hormone can slow this whole process making the liver and gall bladder sluggish and congested and helping to make gallstones.

    I hope you feel better soon.

    Flower

    Getting a diagnosis

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