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Constant sore throat...

Hello, I have a multi-nodular goitre with one being 4.5cm and I’ve had a biopsy and it’s not cancerous.

I was just getting a sore throat whilst reading the kids bed time stories, needed a drink close by also.

But now I’m back at work and talking more I have a daily sore throat.

Is this normal? What can be done to help this?

My 6 month check up is in Oct but feel I can’t wait until then. My bloods are fine by the way so my thyroid function is good.

Thank you.

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Who said your bloods were fine? Your doctor? Get hold or a print-out of the results and check on that, because you're obviously not fine, are you. If you live in the UK, it is your legal right to have a copy of your results. :)

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I posted them on here a while ago and apparently they are ok. I’ve booked a tel call with the doc tomorrow evening

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Um, no, that's not exactly what SlowDragon said. She said your TSH was low and your FT4 was fine BUT those two tests on their own aren't enough to tell you anything definitive. There are a lot more tests that need to be done to show your thyroid status.

Besides, that was over 5 months ago. A lot can happen in 5 months, and it could be that now your bloods are awful. So, as you have a new symptom appearing, your really should get your bloods done again - more complete bloods, if possible. :)

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Thank you, it was a while ago and I’ve got confused on who said what! I’m going to purchase a blood test. I’ve been looking at the options and I’m getting myself confused. Can you recommend please? Cost is not a problem I just want the test that gives me the best evaluation. Thank you.

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It's not something I've ever done, because I live in France. Perhaps you should post a new question asking just that. I'm sure plenty of people will give you advice. :)

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For full Thyroid evaluation you need TSH, FT4, essential to ALSO TEST FT3 plus TPO and TG thyroid antibodies, vitamin D, folate, ferritin and B12

Private tests are available. Thousands on here forced to do this as NHS often refuses to test FT3 or antibodies

thyroiduk.org.uk/tuk/testin...

Medichecks Thyroid plus ultra vitamin or Blue Horizon Thyroid plus eleven are the most popular choice. DIY finger prick test or option to pay extra for private blood draw. Both companies often have money off offers.

All thyroid tests should ideally be done as early as possible in morning and fasting. This gives highest TSH and most consistent results. (Patient to patient tip, GP will be unaware)

If antibodies are high this is Hashimoto's, (also known by medics here in UK more commonly as autoimmune thyroid disease).

About 90% of all hypothyroidism in Uk is due to Hashimoto's. Low vitamins are especially common with Hashimoto's. Food intolerances are very common too, especially gluten. So it's important to get TPO and TG thyroid antibodies tested at least once .

Link about thyroid blood tests

thyroiduk.org/tuk/testing/t...

Link about antibodies and Hashimoto's

thyroiduk.org.uk/tuk/about_...

thyroiduk.org.uk/tuk/about_...

List of hypothyroid symptoms

thyroiduk.org/tuk/about_the...

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Thank you. I’m just trying to work out which is he best test for me!

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The most popular test is Medichecks Thyroid plus ultra vitamin- on offer today for £79 (usually £99)

Extra £25 for private blood draw if not wanting to do DIY finger prick test

medichecks.com/thyroid-func...

Or Blue Horizon do similar

bluehorizonmedicals.co.uk/t...

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you may find it is nothing to do with your thyroid. I also have an underactive thyroid, and developed a constant sore throat and it turned out to be acid reflux - even though i didnt have heartburn etc

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Acid reflux is strongly linked to being hypothyroid

Low stomach acid is extremely common symptom. Very often misdiagnosed as high stomach acid, very similar symptoms but completely different treatment

thyroidpharmacist.com/artic...

drmyhill.co.uk/wiki/hypochl...

scdlifestyle.com/2012/03/3-...

healthunlocked.com/thyroidu...

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pulsetoday.co.uk/clinical/m...

gov.uk/drug-safety-update/p...

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I had a constantly painful throat for about three years, which resolved on its own. Nothing could be found from various examinations, but I did have a history of throat problems from childhood.

I was advised to use Difflam (a gargle), which doesn't suit everyone, and to use a saline nasal spray - I can't remember the name, sorry. It is very draining, I know.

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Hi Lissaok,

I’ve just come across your post, I had a multinodular goitre and all my test came back fine, although I did not suffer with sore throats my goitre was pressing on a main vein in the neck. I came across the Pemberton Sign where as you raise both hand above your head and your face becomes red within a couple os seconds, this is how I found out I had a problem, it was restricting blood flow. I asked to see an endocrinologist who was sent me for CT scan which showed that the goitre had grown down into my chest cavity (hence feeling breathless) I had to have a total thyroidecomy

Not many know about the Pemberton sign and should be made more aware of in the UK.

Chris

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