What to do? Swollen lymph nodes, hypothyroidism... - Thyroid Disorders (2023)


I was diagnosed several years ago with hypothyroidism and have been on armour thyroid since then. Recently one of my doctors backed down my dosage and I soon began experiencing all sorts of problems: hair loss (in large amounts), some weight gain, moodiness, depression, etc. I decided I couldn't make it to my appointment to do blood work to see if my dosage needed to be readjusted and have since gone back on my old dosage, it has only been a few days, but I haven't seen a change in the symptoms. When should I go back to "normal"? Also, I have very sensitive and swollen lymph nodes under my left arm. Is this related to my thyroid? I have a tendency to want to say yes, only b/c the last time I experienced this in a prolonged manner it was before my diagnosis. It was the worse about 9 years ago, my lymph nodes were very swollen and sensitive under both arms, so my general practitioner sent me to an endocrinologist, but by the time I had my appt there was no swelling. My thyroid disorder continued to go undiagnosed, until a few years later. The swelling & sensitivity only occurs under my arms and it has come and gone over the years, seemingly on a random basis...I now wonder if there was actually a correlation to the times my meds were being adjusted. Could this be my hypothyroidism or is it something else? Do I go to my internal med doctor(my pcp), to my ob (since she changed my meds last month, after my 6 wk post partum check up/blood work), or to an endocrinologist?

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One thing for me that depleted the swelling was taking postassium iodide. If anyone considers this as an option - talk to your doctor about it and read the information available on taking it.

I have no thryoid - so for me taking it was a benefit to my condition. It simply made the swelling in my neck vanish and my saliva glands no longer hurt as they did.

Knowing about iodine is critical - you can't just jump on it without knowing it will truly help you and talking it over with your doctor.

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I am scheduled to have my thyroid & parathyroid removed on Nov 7th. In June, routine blood work found too much calcium in my blood. I had 2 isotope tests done within a month of each other and after the 2nd test, quickly developed swollen lymph glands under left arm. Its somewhat now affecting right side and can even feel some breast tenderness on both sides but not all the time. Also gland in groin might be pissed. Have had pain on left side of who-who but am hoping its just a muscle. No energy. I retired in June at age 53. I just couldnt keep up anymore. I made an appt with my GP to address swollen/painfullymph glands then cancelled itfeeling terrified it's lymphoma or something equally as bad. Thank you for sharing your symptoms on here. At least I know I'm not the only one.

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I have no idea why my phone auto corrected my response. But he's mine swell from that medicine

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I know it's been a while since you were on here but I agree.Doctors don't seem to notice that thyroid meds and swollen lymph nodes go hand in hand.I had a battery of tests after having hashimotos for 30yrs because I was thought to have lymphoma.When they lowered my dose the symptoms went away.My swelling was so bad I could barely take off my shirt.Now four years later I have swelling under my left arm.My thyroid test are showing I am very high and need more medicine coinsidently.

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When I take natures thyroid same as armour I too get swollen lymphnodes when I don't take it they go away. Their a link the medicine is doing that I sure hope later we don't see a multi parties class action lawsuit that the medicine is toxic and that why they swell.



THANKs jamev for the low down on taking and lowering Armour dosage.I hoping to try somethings similar here in Aust, but planning on starting on the lowest possible dose.I have been getting worse and worse the last few years esp my mind and memory and my friend had to be the one to remind me to do something about it.Like you Mari, all the doctors just go by TSH and don't even get you to fast for the blood test.They have ignored my growing number of symptoms (now about 15).Thru a great deal of internet searching I FINALLY found a doctor that has looked beyond the text book (because she had the same problem herself!)But I'm feeling REALLY terrible now esp around period and menstruation, I am seeing her soon and HOPING for HELP!

Regards J

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I myself the same thing have swollen lymph nodes, but doctors say it's not my thyroid, I've been borderline hypothyroid for years but because blood work falls under normal no treatment was given. After being persistent with swollen glands...doctors did further testing and just last week they did an ultrasound on my neck and my thyroid indeed is swollen. Now they think I have a thyroid issue after 2 years of me telling them I think I have a thyroid problem but until recently they are now paying attention.

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just to let you both know that depsite the docs opinion of the gland swelling not being part of thyroid issues I too have them! its all on right side (neck and under arm) which is same side that my thyroid is swollen. Doc has no explanation well so far anyhow despite positive ana and antibody smooth muscle antibody positve too! So I too wonderif this is all just part of the hypo?

Regards Manxie xx

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Not to sound "cad" but go to anyone that will help. I find that in my realm of doctors no one puts swollen nodes together with thyroid disorders and I just posted this morning about my nodes on my right side of neck are huge!

I am a huge supporter of your thought that these two thing go hand in hand together. But we are of the minority when it comes to professional opinions from doctors.

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Can hormone imbalance cause swollen lymph nodes? ›

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Swollen glands are a sign the body is fighting an infection. They usually get better by themselves within 2 weeks.

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An inflamed thyroid may occur in response to a viral infection (viral thyroiditis) or a bacterial infection (bacterial thyroiditis), following radiation, or in response to certain medications. Your doctor will determine the cause of your thyroiditis and will then treat the condition as needed.

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Malignancies are reported in as few as 1.1 percent of primary-care patients with swollen lymph nodes, according to a review in American Family Physician.

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Apply a warm, wet compress, such as a washcloth dipped in hot water and wrung out, to the affected area. Take an over-the-counter pain reliever. These include aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others), naproxen (Aleve) or acetaminophen (Tylenol, others). Use caution when giving aspirin to children or teenagers.

Should you massage swollen lymph nodes? ›

Gentle massage could be the key to reducing the swelling, pain and heaviness caused by lymphatic obstruction, otherwise known as lymphedema. Your lymphatic system protects your body from infection, cancer and illness. In a very real sense, its's your body's drainage system.

What happens if a lymph node stays swollen? ›

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Are swollen lymph nodes alarming? ›

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Are swollen lymph nodes curable? ›

If your swollen lymph nodes aren't caused by something serious, they will go away on their own. A few things may help with any discomfort while you wait for it to run its course: Warm compress. A washcloth rinsed in hot water and placed on the area that hurts may help ease pain.

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What causes swollen thyroid gland in neck? ›

The most common cause of a goiter worldwide is a lack of iodine in the diet. In the United States, where iodized salt is readily available, goiters may be a result of the over- or underproduction of the thyroid hormone or the presence of nodules in the thyroid itself.

How can I shrink my thyroid gland? ›

Radioactive iodine.

Doctors use radioactive iodine to treat hyperthyroidism. Taken as a capsule or in liquid form, radioactive iodine is absorbed by your thyroid gland. This causes the nodules to shrink and signs and symptoms of hyperthyroidism to subside, usually within two to three months.

Should I be worried if my thyroid is swollen? ›

Although most thyroid nodules are noncancerous and don't cause problems, ask your doctor to evaluate any unusual swelling in your neck, especially if you have trouble breathing or swallowing. It's important to evaluate the possibility of cancer.


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