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would anyone no if T3 would have anything to do with stiffness and cramps, although TSH and T4 are looking good also VD is good why would i still be feeling these symptoms many thanks in advance x

 

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    What is your free T3 level? If T4 and TSH are good perhaps you are having trouble converting T3 to T4. If that is the case, it could explain your stiffness and cramps. Are you having any other hypo symptoms aside from this?
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      my doctors will not test T3 they say the lab doesn't do it,i have blue cold hands doesn't have to be very cold out,hot sweats,little energy,cramps,stiffness,weight gain,neck feels tender ,brain fog, just a few (NOT) lol x
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      Weird that they say the lab doesn't do it.... That doesn't make sense. Perhaps they don't want to test because TSH looks fine, but in that case you might want to try to see a new dr who is more open minded. Free T3 correlates best with symptoms, not always TSH or free T4. Are they checking anything else that could explain your symptoms?
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      iv'e had a scan today,i was told i had a small nodule but it was nothing to worry about,i take it they mean no treatment is needed,haven't seen my doctor yet,he said he wanted the scan done first before refuring me to an Endo only because i asked not because he thought i should,so just need to waight an see x
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    Hello Donna

    My name is Shelly and  I am a nurse in the USA.  I have Hashimoto's thyroid disease since 1987.

    T3 and T4 help keep the muscles healthy.  So does Potassium, calcium, Magnsium, and Iron B1 &  B-12.

    Good foods rich in the above, are Orange juice, Bananas, Peanuts, Peanut butter, spinach and liver for iron, and any healthy foods lean meats and fish.

    Some of us with  Hypothyroidism  are low and have no idea about it.  So your doctor can test the above by blood levels. 

    If your thyroid meds working well it could be from low amts. from the above.

    I hope this helps, any questions just ask.

    Shelly

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      Thank you Shelly helpful as ever,is a small nodule nothing to worry about and would you say normal with hypothyroidism,I know it is a very low chance of it being cancer and i'm not worried,is it likely to be more of a hashi thing or would i need antibodys done to find out? 
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      Hello Donna:

      I have 3 nodules and they are under 1 inch.  About 98% of nodules are not cancerous.  They come from old infections and redundant thyroid tissue.  Some people make them as a family trait. 

      Hashi's patients can have them and so can anyone if the tissue clumps and adheres to the gland.  Repeated  infections/viruses  can cause lymph tissue to do this.

      Nodules can be cyst like and have a fuild in them of some blood and cellular fluid.  They feel doughy and some can be old and more dense tissue. The doctor will press on the throat  to palpate them.

      If the nodule becomes big or bothers your breathing or swallowing then they can do the biopsy and see if it can be drained or needs to be removed. 

      The only major problem is your breathing & airway,  and as long as that is okay you should be fine.  If they do an Ultrasound they can see the size and if they need to check them further.

      I hope this helps, any questions just ask.

      Shelly

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      Hello Donna:

      Many nodules are small and not cancerous.  98% are old lymph tissue that clumps and adheres to the thyroid.  I have 3 of them. 

      Ultrasound can show the size and shape and then can order a biopsy by fine needle if needed.

      Hashi's patients can get it more but so can anyone ho had a lot of viruses and the lymph tissue can cluster up and make a nodule. People with Hypothyroidism and even Hyperthyroid can have nodules.   Some are doughy feeling and some are dense.  The doctor will press hard on your throat to feel for them. 

      They can test them by a sample via a biopsy.  Most are just cyst like and do not cause a problem unless your airway is blocked by it or you can't swallow.  Then they would have to remove the lobe of the gland it is on. 

      Hashi's is a form of Hypothyroidism that is diagnosed  by TPOA and TGab anbodies test.

      I hope this helps.  Any questions just ask.

      Shelly

       

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