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What Are Thyroid Nodules? Can Natural Treatments Shrink Them?

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what are thyroid nodulesThyroid nodules often appear as a lump, or some type of abnormal growth in your thyroid.

If you have one or more nodules you may be aware of swelling at the front of your neck, or you may feel pressure or discomfort when swallowing.

Thyroid nodules are very common. The vast aren’t serious and do not cause symptoms

Investigating Thyroid Nodules

Thyroid nodules can be solid or filled with fluid. Some nodules can be easily felt during a physical examination, while others are hidden deep within the thyroid tissue.

Thyroid nodules are thoroughly evaluated for two main reasons. Firstly, it is important to determine if the nodules are causing any type of thyroid dysfunction.

Secondly, it is crucial to rule out cancer as the cause. Fortunately, the vast majority of nodules are benign (non-cancerous). When nodules are found to be cancerous, or even highly suspicious they are surgically removed.

Hot vs. Cold Thyroid Nodules

A scan using radioactive iodine can establish if a thyroid nodule is hot or cold. Hot nodules are usually non-cancerous. Cold nodules are non-functioning and show up as defects in the scan. A cold nodule carries a higher risk of cancer. Cold nodules are more likely to be cancerous as cancer cells do not accumulate the radioactive iodine as well as normal thyroid tissue.

What Causes Thyroid Nodules To Develop?

Thyroid nodules can develop due low iodine and selenium intake, chronic inflammation, or cancer. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, a common cause of hypothyroidism and is associated with an increased risk of developing nodules.

The ‘Watch And Wait’ Medical Approach

When thyroid nodules are benign most people are advised to have regular check-ups to monitor for any adverse changes. The ‘watch and wait’ approach is not ideal. Trouble is brewing in the thyroid so it is best to get proactive with healing your thyroid.

Natural Treatment For Thyroid Nodules. {Your 5 Action Steps}

There is no specific natural treatment method to help shrink thyroid nodules. Addressing the underlying cause and restoring overall health of the thyroid is the goal. Here are five action steps you can take straight away.

  1. Speak to your doctor. Find out as much information as possible about the features of your thyroid nodules and what may possibly be causing them. This will help you chart a course of treatment.
  2. Eat well, stay active. I provide detailed food guidelines in The Natural Thyroid Diet. The 4-Week Plan to Living Well, Living Vibrantly. This treatment plan will help protect and heal the thyroid tissue.
  3. Get your thyroid tested. This includes a test of TSH, free T4 and free T3. Ideally your TSH result is below 2.0 mIU/L, T4 is between 14-20 pmol/L and T3 is greater than 4.5 pmol/L. Check for the presence of thyroid antibodies. A high level indicates an autoimmune flare up within the thyroid which creates swelling and tenderness.
  4. Get your vitamin D3 checked. This nutrient controls the way in which cells grow and divide. A drop in D3 makes you more susceptible to developing nodules.
  5. Consider a good quality thyroid supplement. Look for one that provides an adequate amount of iodine, zinc and selenium. These minerals support ongoing thyroid hormone activity. If you are in Australia click here to read about a remarkable thyroid health formula that is really making a difference. ThyroSynergy® thyroid health formula is available exclusively in Australia.

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  1. lisa george says:

    Writing to you about my sister who has nodules on her thyroid gland. One large and two small . Her doctor had a thyroid ultrsound sound done and a biopsy. Results normal TSh and nodules fluid filled. However, since the last test nodule seems to be getting bigger and her symptoms have always been hgih blood pressure and low enrgy ,extreme fatigue and hair breakage. She is on high blood pressure medication and recently had this medication increased.
    These symptoms are not going away and been asked to monitir and return in 6 months for another biopsy. In the meantime ntohing else has been offeered to deal wit this health change- I feel a diet consul and overall hormonal work -up shoild be done. This wait and see approach is very unsettling and Iwe want to be pro-active about this.
    She is i her mid forties and her blood pressure is a concern as medications she is on is only to me masking the underlying cause and would like a more detailed investigation be done. However, lookng for the right doctor to do this. Please help!!

  2. Tamara Barbee says:

    Hi I have an enlarged thyroid and multiple nodules all over my thyroid, with one pressing against my windpipe. My TSH levels are normal, so are my t3 and t4. One of the levels are closer near hyperthyroidism. I have both hyper and hypothyroidism. Some of them are memory loss, fatigue, numbness in my fingers and toes, weight gain but also can’t lose weight, hair falling out, muscle weakness, insomnia, fibromyalgia, etc. I have an appointment to get a total thyroidectomy soon, but am afraid. Do you know why I have both types of symptoms and can I heal my thyroid?

    I live in the US.

  3. Louise O'Connor says:

    Hi Tamara, it sounds like your thyroid is under enormous stress which can explain why your thyroid hormones levels are fluctuating. Have you had your thyroid antibodies checked? This will uncover an autoimmune thyroid issue. Unfortunately most Drs recommend thyroid surgery if your thyroid is enlarged to the point it is pressing against your windpipe. This is serious as it can affect your breathing. If you are trying to save your thyroid you always have the right to seek a second opinion. Best wishes, Louise O’Connor

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