Mrs~ Hmm, well an enlarged thyroid with cysts isn't "normal" for perfectly healthy thyroids, but it is a normal (ie typical)thyroid PROBLEM.
Normal can be a weasel word, as its contextual... taken out of context it can be confusing. Because of this, I try not to use it much, except to refer to those with healthy thyroids as Normals.
Any who, when you get your labs back, pls ask your doc for a copy so that we can discuss them here. Once again, bc "normal" means different things to different doctors... which can leave you under-treated and symptomatic if your doc is using an outdated TSH scale.
If you do find out you are hypothyroid, this would be a good time to start a binder for your lab results. Its good to keep all your labs in one place in case you wind up having to go someone else, to the ER, or move.
My Kids~ The thyroid makes two different types of thyroid hormone, T4 (which circulates in the body for a longer period of time and has to be acted on by an enzyme before it can be used) and T3(shorter time in circulation, doesn't need to be activated). Most of what a healthy thyroid makes is T4.
Some people, for a variety of reasons, do best on a combination of T4 and T3 therapy, which would mean Synthroid (or some other levothyroxine, ie T4 medication) with Cytomel (or its generic, ie a T3 medication). The other, much preferred by many members here, is one of the Porcines (stuff like Armour, Naturethyroid, Acella made from pig thryoid), as they have both.
If you have your thyroid out, or are in perimenopause, this increases your likelihood of needing a combination, since the healthy thyroid release BOTH into the blood stream.
B12/folate, vitamin D and anemia tests are a good idea if you are symptomatic. Low values on these vitamins and the presence of anemia can mimic hypothyroid disease.
If you are looking for an endo, try your pharmacist. Ask them who is prescribing Armour or Cytomel. These two may not be right for you, but you do want an doctor whose mind isn't closed to them since some people do very well on these two and you may as well get the broadest spectrum of available options.
Welcome to the team, you two!
; ) Mzzchief
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Good luck...I have to get to an endocrinologist too...I just see my regular physician. I had my thyroid taken out two years ago and synthroid doesnt seem to help my TSH levels like it should. I hope you get the news you need.
out of frustration of not beiing able to loose weight despite diet and exercise I went to an endocrinoligist the other day. Waiting on blood work for thyroid and hormone, but he did say I have an enlarged thyroid with 2 cysts. He said cysts are normal? Hoping I can find some awnsers and help!
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