"What is the problem if your thyroid is enlarged but your levels are "normal"."
What's "normal" TSH for you? Most of us need to be be in a pretty narrow range before we can lose or even maintain our weight. For me its in the 1.3 -1.8 range. Otherwise, my scale is only going in one direction, and that's up.
The presence of nodules indicates the likelihood of autoimmune thyroiditis, which comes as no surprise to most of us, as that's the most frequent cause of hypothyroid disease.
What's happening is that our bodies are mistakenly creating antibodies to two substances made in our thyroids. The scarring that takes place, creates the nodules. Nodules indicate that this process has been going on for some time, before you were given replacement thryoid medication.
That your thyroid is currently inflamed, means that the process has flared.
From what I have read, there are two things that can potentially suppress this. One is making sure that you're not being undertreated for thyroid disease... that means taking your TSH down to the 1's at the very least.
The second is to make sure that you are getting the RDA of selenium. Adequet selenium in the diet, has been shown to suppress autoimmune thyroiditis.
Check your multivitamin and see if you have this mineral in it. If you track your foods, add selenium into your tracker. This will give you a general idea how much selenium you are getting on a daily basis. Be aware that any foods you may have added to your tracker on your own, will prolly not have its selenium content added. But this way you can get a ballpark figure of how much you're getting.
Like anything else, too much selenium isn't better, its too much... and there are risks in supplementing it when you're already getting the RDA, such as diabetes. Thats why its important to track before you add any vitamin, mineral or supplement to your diet.
Here's a link that will tell you everything ya wanna know about selenium and more! LOL The specific reference to thyroid is reference 29 in the references: ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/selenium.asp
Here is a more scholarly abstract, whose salient line is as follows...
"Selenium is also able to modify the immune response in patients with autoimmune thyroiditis." : joe.endocrinology-journals.org/cgi/content
Of course eating plenty of fruits, veggies and making sure you get Omega 3s, in your diet will go a long way to relieving allover inflammation for most people.
Hope some of this information will be useful!
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