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Help sleeping

The benign thyroid nodule I have presses into my trachea at night I am kept awake by coughing the entire night. The GP has prescribed a strong Codeine linctus, which works, but isn't great for the bowels.. Does anyone have any ideas for sleeping?

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Marou,

The only thing which worked for me was to sleep on banked up pillows. If I lay prone I choked.

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Thanks. I tried that but it didn't work..

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My father is having surgery to have his removed I don't know if that's the answer though cannot there be something to shrink the nodule is my question

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My father is having surgery to have his removed I don't know if that's the answer though cannot there be something to shrink the nodule is my question

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Thanks, and good luck to your father. I just decided to go down the laser route.

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I have seen some studies that say thyroxine helped reduce thyroid nodules. Have you had yr tsh, ft4 & ft3 tested? If not get them done and get a copy with the lab ranges shown.

I assume that you're being monitored regularly by scans and biopsy as nodules can change in size or like mine become multinodular. In my case I had a thyroidectomy (nodules became substernal and breathing/swallowing started to be affected) my sister only had benign nodules on one side so had a hemi. I would say hang on to yr thyroid if you can as long as its safe to do so. Being thyroidless has a lot of issues.

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