I have a family history of graves.I test myself once a year for thyroid antibodies-so far its always negative.Although sometimes i get a pain in my neck-usually on the sides where your cervical glands would be.Is it possoble this could be from my thyroid?Should i be concerned?i dont have a goiter -but are people who have them who dont have any thyroid problems more at risk to develop thyroid disorders?(For example women who develop goiters due to pregnancy)Thank you
In most cases the "cervical glands" are not related to the thyroid. A goiter is a thyroid problem and I would think such a history should prompt more frequent (ie yearly) screening for thyroid dysfunction. In your case, an ultrasound may be interesting if done/read by someone familiar with changes seen in autoimmune thyroid disease -- these changes may be seen before there is a detectable increase in thyroid antibodies. The goiter of pregnancy has been described for centuries - it seems to be more common in antibody positive women. I presume you live in part of the world that isn't iodine deficient -- this is also a common problem causing goiter worldwide but not in North America.
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