I was diagnosed w/Hypothryroidism apprx 4 yrs ago and have been taking Synthroid since that time. I had a physical in Jan and the dr told me that my thyroid gland felt enlarged. He sent me for an ultrasound that showed that I had an enlarged thyroid. I then began having difficulty swallowing. I was referred to an ENT who scheduled me for more testing. I have had a CT (which confirmed the enlarged thyroid)& a barium swallow (which showed that I have a sliding hieatal hernia & slight acid reflux-now taking Nexium). Bloodwork showed my thyroid antibodies were 749 and they are supposed to be <99. Since Jan, I have had numerous sinus throat infections & have been on 4 rounds antibiotics & 2 rounds of steroids. I just came off the last medicine 5 days ago, and my lymph in my neck are swollen and sore and I'm starting to have difficulty swallowing again. There's no intense pain in my thyroid, but I feel like all of these problems have to be linked because I didnt have any of these symtoms until around the time I had the first ultrasound. I saw an Endochronologist this week, though I still feel like I have no answers. Now, over the past couple of days, I've also developed a very stiff neck. It hurts really bad, I can barely even turn it or try to look down. I feel like I've been to more doctors than I can name over the past 2 months and I'm hoping for some help through other areas. Have any of you heard of these symtoms? Any ideas?
You have hashimotos with an associated enlarged thyroid -- sometimes this can be painful and cause increased lymph node swelling. This is difficult to treat. It is important to make sure there is nothing to biopsy -- ie nodules or suspicous lymph nodes on CT/ultrasound. The mainstay treatment is keeping the TSH optimal (around 1.0). Steroids can help a little. Usually this gets better with time, occassionally patients may need surgery. Given all these considerations, it sounds like the thyroid itself does not hurt and it appears that the thyroid is not likely causing the swalloing problem (ie, no indentation of espophagus on barium swallow in area of thyroid). May be best to take a break from doctors for a while and see if things get better.
Copyright 1994-2018MedHelp.All rights reserved. MedHelp is a division of Vitals Consumer Services, LLC.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. MedHelp is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.