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Thyroid Diseases

Half a Thyroid and Kidney Pain

10/26/2006

Question:

I am a 57 yr old female. I was born with half a thyroid. It was found out 10 yrs ago.

Currently, I`m having great pain in my kidney area thats awful. It seems to swell and has warmth. The pain subsides in a few days and dosen`t happen again for weeks. What is going on? Do I need more thyroid intake?

Answer:

I don't think the fact that you have half a thyroid has anything to do with the kidney pain. If your half thyroid is not diseased, it should be able to make a normal amount of thyroid hormone. Have you been checked for kidney stones or a kidney infection?

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Thomas A Murphy, MD, FACP, FACE Thomas A Murphy, MD, FACP, FACE
Associate Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University