Part 2 - My journey began in April. I go back for a repeat US in October (anxiously awaiting if it will reveal my problem this time) and then after that, my ENT said we may discuss surgery. The endo put me on Levothyroxine 25 when this started but never changed the dose so when I went to the ENT and he said I did have a thyroid problem and carotidynia, he first just treated the carotidynia to stop the hurting (steroid pack, anti inflammatory, and xanax for neck muscle tension) and when that did not relieve all the symptoms, he switched my med to Armour 1 grain and a muscle relaxer. The carotidynia feelins come and go, but the thyroid swelling is not getting better. I guess we shall see. Talk to your doc about treating the carotidynia, it could not hurt. Let me know if I can help ~Kim
Just a quick note to say hi! Hey Carol, I just got your note. The endo I had was a jerk so I see an ENT. I never had abnormal blood draws but have a swelling thyroid so the endo told me I did not have a thyroid problem. Anyway, I switched to an ENT (the second one I might add) and he told me that I have carotidynia due to "compartment syndrome". It seems my thyroid swelling is putting pressure on this artery in my neck. I get lower back of the head headaches (but not all the time) and a full feeling in the upper neck that at times is really really painful. When my thyroid is really swollen, I have an inner throat closing feeling and that, my ENT says, is from the pressure of my thyroid at the bottom of the carotid artery. I now had nodules that I did not have before......
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