Do goiters go away?
Posted 14 August 2009 - 07:51 AM
After a year of having positive thyroid antibodies, (but normal TSH) I started showing a small goiter, I went to the Endocrinologist and my TSH level was 13.34 with the normal being up to 4.5. I was put on medication immediately.
However, I forgot to ask if the goiter will go away or if it's something I have to live with. It feels inflammed and people can notice it. It bothers me although it's not huge or anything. Any experiences? If it does go away after treatment, how long does it usually take?
I understand Grave's (hyperthyroid) sometimes leads to removal of the enlarged thyroid since it's overactive, but is there anyone here that had to have it removed due to Hashimoto's?
Thanks for sharing your experiences!
Posted 14 August 2009 - 08:40 AM
Good to see you posting again although I am sorry it's because of illness.
We have a comprehensive page about Hashimoto's Thyroiditis that may be of help.
I'm afraid I can't offer any personal experience but I have no doubt others will chime in with their's.
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Posted 14 August 2009 - 09:53 AM
I was diagnosed with Hasimotos Thyroidism at age 11 (Im now 47) and also had a goiter which shrank away since Ive been on thyroxine, and is not noticeable at all.
I hope the medication helps you, too. It may take a while to get balanced on the correct dose, but Ive never had any side effects from the it. Im on an quite a high dose of thyroxine:150mg daily.
I am also type 1 diabetic, (one of my 6 autoimmune diagnosis), and was told that diabetes often has associated hypothyroidism.
good luck, and dont worry. stress is bad for us with sclero
Posted 14 August 2009 - 11:28 AM
Posted 14 August 2009 - 03:03 PM
Best wishes to you!
Posted 18 August 2009 - 01:40 PM