This is Dr. David
do you know what your TSH level is?
sounds like you have an enlarged goiter thyroid gland.
how old are you?
you could have acid reflux causing red throat or allergies causing swollen lymph nodes. you might need a throat culture to check for infections like strep throat.
if you have hashimotos thyroiditis, then there is a chance you can have other autoimmune disorders which need to be checked for like lupus and others.
you need ANA blood test and ESR and anti DNA antibody testing to check for other autoimmune antibodies in your body.
you probably mean you can open 25mm
you could have sleep apnea if you are having difficulty breathing laying down.
if your thyroid gland is too large, you might need to have it removed surgically in a total thyroidectomy.
my tsh had gone up to4 and my ME consultant wanted that to be 3 he is endo bod but my free T3 had gone down? cant remember no have had T3 in past? It wasn't sleep apnea i was sleeping on my side and .woke up and had to change my position to breathe slleep on 2 pillows now. yes i can open mouth 25 cm i.I am 61yrs old
TSH of 4 is too high and needs to be below 3.
if you have a history of hashimotos, you most likely still have hashimotos thyroiditis where your body makes antibodies which attack your thyroid gland.
if you are having to sleep on 2 pillows now, you could have orthopnea
which is shortness of breath when laying flay.
this can come from new weakness of your heart from a silent heart attack and fluid collecting in your lungs called pulmonary edema.
this can be seen on chest xrays and you might need to take a diuretic pill to get rid of excessive fluid out of your lungs.
have you had your lungs and heart checked for this?
No i have not had chest xray. I have been taking 30mgs Duloxetine as i had a flare up of my fibromyalgia. I have lost some wieght but im only 5ft 1 and a half inches tall so I feel ok.
you should see your doctor to get your heart and lungs checked if you are having difficulty breathing laying back without pillows
this is called orthopnea.
you could be having pulmonary edema with excessive fluid in your lungs.
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Thank you i will see another dr this week.