Are there supplements to help with goiter and thyroid nodules?

Published: April 29, 2013
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I have been diagnosed with nodules yet my thyroid blood test came out normal..step 2 is a visit to the endocrinologist. What natural products can I take. I'm afraid they are going to say surgery. Can I get a jump start on healing! Can any products help goiter? I'm so nervous. I am an avid fan of your book from Fatigued to Fantastic! I don't feel tired anymore since I started taking magnesium and other vitamins but this last year of menopause has wiped me out with sleeplessness,weight loss, hot flashes, and anxiety. I read that thyroid disease is mistaken for the same symptoms as menopause. I would I appreciate some advice since I am a fan of a combination of natural and pharmaceutical medicine! Thank you Dr. T!

Answer

This is an area that the endocrinologists know how to handle well, and they will likely recommend a fine needle aspiration (I would do it). If they recommend surgery for nodules, OK to get a second opinion, but it is usually needed if it is recommended. I give my patients with nodules, Iodine 12.5 mg a day (12,500 mcg) for 4 months, then 6.25 mg a day. I consider low dose thyroid hormone support also, though it is controversial as to whether that suppresses nodule growth (but is good in most with FMS/fatigue.) Given what you are describing, in my patients I would then add bioidentical thyroid hormone replacement and see how that helps.

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Dr T

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

is one of the world's leading integrative medical authorities on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. He is the lead author of four research studies on their treatments, and has published numerous health & wellness books, including the bestseller on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome From Fatigued to Fantastic! and his newer The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution.  Dr. Teitelbaum is one of the most frequently quoted fibromyalgia experts in the world and appears often as a guest on news and talk shows nationwide including Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah & Friends, CNN, and Fox News Health. 

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