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Old 11-05-2009, 10:09 PM
 
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Hi,

Recently through MRI scans, both sides of my thyroids showed nodules. The doctor said it's nothing serious. He also said that I should use iodine-free salt. But when I did some research online, all the info tells me that a possible cause of nodules are from a diet lacking in iodine.

I'm confused. Is it excess iodine or a lack of iodine that may cause nodules?

Thanks for your advice!
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Old 11-05-2009, 11:32 PM
 
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You should see a thyroid specialist if you haven't. You may have toxic multinodular goiter, which can affect almost every system in your body. Do you have any symptoms? Both underactive and overactive thyroid disease have many of the same symptoms. A full thyroid blood panel should be ordered before treatment is ordered.
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Old 11-06-2009, 03:53 AM
 
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Hi, not sure what you mean by full thyroid blood panel, but I've done a blood test and the result came back within the normal ranges. (T3, T4, TSH, etc)
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Old 11-06-2009, 08:48 AM
 
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I have nodules as well, but the doctor never said anything about iodine either way. It's been ten years, too, and nothing's changed. Except to me it looks like I have a fat neck in photos, lol.

As long as your thyroid hormone levels are all right, you're fine. It's very common.
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Old 11-06-2009, 04:56 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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I also have nodules and iodine-free salt was never mentioned. I think you should see an Endocrinologist, not a doctor who is living in the 1800's. Unless you eat tons of salt a day, I imagine any difference would be negligible.
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Old 11-06-2009, 08:11 PM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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This is my understanding ... take it with a grain of salt ... iodized or not.
If the thyroid nodules are in some way related to a hyPER-thyroid condition then his advice to avoid iodine makes sense as, i believe, iodine is used as a treatment for a hyPO-thyroid condition ... in order to stimulate the thyroid gland.
Stimulating the thyroid gland is not what one wants to do if there is a hyPER thyroid condition.
The old school of thought was that iodine is to be avoided for those with hyper thyroid issues.
However, there's "new" (i don't know how new) research and perceptions regarding this issue.
I was just talking about this with my acupuncturist today.
She was going to give me a long and detailed paper regarding the different views on this, various research, etc. ... a broad overview of iodine and the thyroid.
But, i forgot to take it with me and will get it next week when i see her and keep you posted if this thread is still active.
Anyway, i think the main question seems to be whether or not those nodules are related to a hyPER thyroid condition.
I suspect that they are but i do not know.

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Old 11-06-2009, 11:46 PM
 
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Flamingo13 - my salt intake is actually extremely low, almost salt free. I'm on a raw food diet which promotes salt-free eating. But if it is iodine that I'm lacking, I could increase my intake of seaweed and other iodine rich foods.

coyoteskye - what if I neither have hyper or hypo-thyroidism? Then should I increase or decrease the intake of iodine?
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Old 11-07-2009, 09:44 AM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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Flamingo13 - my salt intake is actually extremely low, almost salt free. I'm on a raw food diet which promotes salt-free eating. But if it is iodine that I'm lacking, I could increase my intake of seaweed and other iodine rich foods.

coyoteskye - what if I neither have hyper or hypo-thyroidism? Then should I increase or decrease the intake of iodine?
Unless there's a thyroid condition that would be exacerbated by iodine intake, i sure can't think of any reason to not eat sea vegetables and other iodine rich foods.
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Old 11-08-2009, 11:12 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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As someone has suggested, it might be good to see an endocrinologist who deals with thyroids. They can do an ultrasound which can measure the size of the nodules. Determine if there are any suspicious characteristics of possibly just being a colloid nodule or something more serious like thyroid cancer. Not to scare you, but the number one fastest increasing cancer in the US is thyroid cancer. Increase In Thyroid Cancer Not Explained By Screening Alone . THe good thing is that thecure rate is in the 90%. Main thing is go see an endocrinologist and let him decide if thre should be anyhthing futher.
To answer your question, it is usually iodine defiency that causes thyroid goiters. HOwever, if you grew up in the US, the chance of you being iodine deficient is quite slim. Almost everything contains iodine, especially salt.
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Old 12-09-2010, 01:08 PM
 
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Default thyroid nodules

Yesterday I saw a doctor who told me to take iodine pills..... I do have multiple nodules another doctor says no........who can we belive..........
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