Thyroid gland is a small gland located in your neck on the base just above your breastbone. When lumps filled with solid or fluid occur within your thyroid, these lumps are called thyroid nodules. Usually majority of thyroid nodules are not serious and do not cause any symptoms, however, a small percentage of thyroid nodules may lead to thyroid cancer.
It is quite difficult for you to know that you have thyroid nodules until your doctor tell you by examining your neck. But those nodules which become large may be seen while opening your mouth or may cause pain or discomfort while swallowing or breathing.
As mentioned above majority of thyroid nodules usually don’t cause any symptoms, however, sometimes nodules become too large that they can
Be seen at the base of your neck when you open your mouth wide
Press on your windpipe which causes shortness of breath or difficulty in swallowing.
There are some cases where thyroid nodules produce additional thyroxin which is a hormone produced by thyroid gland.
This extra production or formation of thyroxin may lead to symptoms of hyperthyroidism which include:
Unexpected and unexplained weight loss
Inability to tolerate heat
Irregular or rapid heartbeat
There may occur some thyroid nodules which are cancerous (malignant), but it is too difficult to tell which nodules are cancerous or malignant by just observing the symptoms alone. Although size does not alone show that the nodule is cancerous but generally the malignant nodules are large in size that grow quickly.
The cause of thyroid nodules is still unknown. However, it is observed that severe deficiency of iodine may cause nodules to occur. Our body needs iodine to make thyroxin. Inflammation or swelling of gland along with reaction of the thyroid may occur in response to viral infection or to certain drugs like amiodarone or lithium. There may be certain genes also that are responsible for the formation of thyroid nodules in some people.
In very rare cases, problematic pituitary gland may also be the cause of nodules. Pituitary gland is responsible for regulating thyroid; therefore, damaged pituitary gland may lead to hypothyroidism and nodules.
You can treat your thyroid nodules by trying the following natural ways:
Make use of white medical clay. Make clay cataplasms and apply them on your lumps every day. Also drink clay water every day and make sure you drink white medical clay water. Prepare your clay water by adding one teaspoon of clay in 300 ml of natural spring water or flat water. Then let it soak for 24 hours and keep stirring it after every while. Then drink this water when it is cloudy.
Smash one or two cabbage leaves and place them on your nodules and leave it overnight. Keep them on your nodules as much as you can tolerate them for 12 to 24 hours.
Have walnut leaves tea and it will fight your thyroid nodules. Have this tea sweetened with honey at 5 PM in the afternoon. Continue the same routine for 3 weeks and then pause. You can follow the same routine again if your nodules are still there.
Facts about Thyroid Nodules
Thyroid nodules are one of the most common endocrine complaints in the United States.
The major part of thyroid nodules is benign.
Cancerous thyroid nodules are more likely to occur at the extremes of age and in males. More exposure to radiation also increases the chances of nodules to be cancerous. Chances are more of a solitary nodule to be cancerous than multiple nodules.
A nodule arising in a thyroid with normal function is more likely to be malignant than those forming in a hyper functioning gland.