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02 Mar 2005

Hypothyroidism/Hyperthyroidism Heredetary?
I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism 15 years ago and have been on eltroxin since then. Thyroid problems come heavily in my family, with both my parents as well as my grandfather on one side and grandmother on the other side having had theirs removed. I am 40 years old and also have a multi-nodular goitre which is getting larger by the year. I don't believe that I developed thyroid problems through diet, as I eat (and always have) eaten iodine rich foods. I am naturally skinny and do not pick up weight easily (hypothyroidism?). I do have problems with my menstrual cycle (bleeding between periods), I often become depressed, constipated, my hands shake, bags under my eyes and am continuously tired. I had my blood tested a couple of months ago and they recomended that I should have my thyroid tested again as my ? levels were not right. I did not go, as I had previously been on tests 3 years in a row for which they sent me for various tests (flickogram, sonar & even biopsy) with the result being to carry on with my eltroxin.
I do not have medical aid thus the expenses for these tests are excessive.
1. Is there any other reason why a goitre enlarges except for
iodine?
2. How can I get my goitre removed without having to go through
all these tests again (it is large)
3. I have 3 sons (2 teenage), should I have them tested for
thyroid problems - the eldest who is 16 is also constantly
tired (and skinny).
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01 Jan 0001

AB,
1. An endemic goitre is due to inadequate dietary intake of iodine, but there are causes of an enlarged thyroid like Grave’s disease, Basedow’s disease, Plummer’s disease, thyroiditis, etc.
2. You need to have the tests to know what they’re removing.
3. You can have your son go for a TSH test – should be about R140.00.
Let me know if you have more questions. Good luck.
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