What Are Thyroid Goiter Treatments?

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What are the treatments for thyroid goiters?

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Treatments for thyroid goiters depend on the size of the goiter, your signs and symptoms and the underlying cause. Some small goiters do not need treatment as long as they don’t cause any problems. Usually if you thyroid glands work well with a goiter, your doctor may advice you a wait-and-see approach. Main treatments for goiters include: Drugs Your goiter may due to hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism. If you have hypothyroidism, thyroid hormone replacement with levothyroxine (Levoxyl, Synthroid, Tirosint) will resolve the symptoms as well as slow the release of thyroid-stimulating hormone from your pituitary gland, often decreasing the size of the goiter. In order to ease the inflammation of your thyroid gland, your doctor may advice you to take aspirin or a corticosteroid medication. If you have the goiter because of hyperthyroidism, you may need drugs to lower your abnormally high hormone levels. Surgery Usually, patients with a goiter do not need to undergo a surgery. But if drugs can’t control the condition, surgery is a necessary choice. In a surgery for goiter, your doctor removes all or part of your thyroid gland. The surgeries are known as total and partial thyroidectomies.   Keywords: thyroid goiter treatment     Related FAQs: http://healthtopquestions.com/?p=5723   http://healthtopquestions.com/?p=5636   http://healthtopquestions.com/?p=5618
Haven't been to the doctor yet.  It was found when I had a Pet scan for something else.
Why don't you visit the doctor? I think they can provide the most effective treatment. I was diagnosed with a goiter last year. It was a huge one. I had an elevated heart rate in the hundreds, was sweating often, energized to the point where I couldn't keep still. My blood pressure was elevated, and I had palpitations. I had the ultrasound and then FNA and was told it was not cancerous, so no treatment was needed. My doc put me on .5 mg a day of Cytomel. Then I gradually recovered. I really suggest you consulting yr dr.