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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.

Thyroid nodules are solid, or filled with fluid. For this reason, 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.

Investigating Thyroid Nodules

Thyroid nodules can be easily felt during a physical examination, while others are hidden deep within the thyroid tissue.

There are two main reasons why thyroid nodules are carefully checked:

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. 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 Nodules On The Thyroid?

Experts agree thyroid nodules are common and there’s no clear cut reason why thyroid nodules develop. It’s likely they develop for a variety of reasons.

+ Thyroid nodules are more common in women than men.

+ You are also more likely to develop thyroid nodules if you have Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, are low in iodine, or have been exposed to radiation treatment around your head, neck or chest.

+ Exposure to radiation treatment, or nuclear fallout increases the probability that a thyroid nodule is cause for serious concern.

The ‘Watch And Wait’ Medical Approach

The majority of thyroid nodules are benign. For this reason, most people are advised to undergo regular check-ups. This ensures the nodules are not blocking the airways, or adverse changes are taking place within the nodules. However this ‘watch and wait’ approach is not always ideal.

From a Naturopathic perspective, thyroid nodules indicate the thyroid is under stress and it’s therefore wise to get proactive about your thyroid health.

There is no specific natural treatment method to help shrink thyroid nodules.

Rather, a natural treatment approach seeks to find the underlying root causes, so all aspects of your health can be addressed. In other words, rather than simply treating your thyroid symptoms, an individualised treatment plan will address the underlying factors to help get your thyroid health back on track.

> > You can click here to read my blog post: Natural Treatment For Thyroid Nodules {Your 5 Action Steps}

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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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