5 Causes of Thyroid Pain & How to Treat Them

5 Causes of Thyroid Pain & How to Treat Them

Thyroid pain is never a normal symptom and the presence of this symptom is an indication that something is wrong.

Believe it or not, thyroid pain is not a common symptom even though thyroid disorders are quite common.

Almost all conditions which result in thyroid pain do so because of inflammation in the thyroid gland itself. This inflammation could be from your own immune system, from an infection, or from trauma.

With this in mind, let’s talk about conditions that cause thyroid pain:

#1. Subactue thyroiditis.
– This is the most common cause of thyroid pain among patients and is usually caused by a viral infection.

#2. Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis
– Rarely, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (which is an autoimmune condition) can cause thyroid pain. But most people with this condition do NOT have thyroid pain.

#3. Lymphadenopathy
– Lymphadenopathy refers to a condition in which your lymph nodes are enlarged and sensitive. While this isn’t exactly thyroid pain, this condition can be confused with thyroid pain because lymph nodes are very close to your thyroid gland.

#4. Thyroid Cancer
– Rarely, thyroid cancer can also cause thyroid pain. Don’t let this freak you out, though, because most thyroid cancers do NOT cause thyroid pain.

#5. Postpartum Thyroiditis
– Lastly, some cases of postpartum thyroiditis can cause thyroid pain as well. This is very uncommon, but it’s worth considering if you recently had a baby and you have thyroid pain.

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I’m Dr. Westin Childs and I focus on thyroid health, hormone balance, and weight loss. I write about thyroid disorders, weight loss, insulin resistance, estrogen/progesterone balance on my blog. I truly believe that hormone balance is the key to managing your weight, your mood and your quality of life which is why I’m so passionate about it.

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  1. This is by far my favorite video of yours. While I don't have any thyroid pain any longer due to a total thyroidectomy 3 years ago because of Hashimoto's thyroiditis , I did however use to have pain on the side where my nodules were and it was also swollen sticking out of my neck. It would throb like it had it's own heartbeat and would be painful at times. Having the total thyroidectomy took care of majority of my symptoms instantly and Low Dose Naltrexone has taken care of the inflammation which I learned about from watching your videos. Thank you for making them!

  2. Thank you for talking about this.

    I have Hashimoto's and my lymph nodes swell on and off throughout the winter. Some days my thyroid just feels like a hard lump. I've worried so much about being able to swallow and breathe!
    My doctor never offered any explanation, just told me to come back in 6 months and "go live my life".
    When I have this now, I put a warm bottle on my neck and massage the area, don't know if it makes sense to do that, but it seems to help.

  3. I started on on 5 mcg of cytomel with 150 mcg of Synthroid. Upon starting cytomel I had thyroid pain and swelling (I know it well as I have Hashimoto's). I thought it was just my body adjusting to the medication. It did reduce a bit after a couple days and an extreme hoarseness would come with it. Now from watching your other video and being a medication sensitive person I am guessing this could be the cause? Too much cytomel? I had other symptoms with it as well of too much.

  4. Hello sir, I'm suffering from hip,thigh and back pain and i don't know what was the problem I have and this can be happened because of hypothyroidism….plz tell me sir

  5. Please help I have chronic neck pain in the front of my neck for about 6 weeks now and I have Hashimoto’s. The pain doesn’t go away. Doctors don’t know what it is. Been to ENT but he didn’t know. I have had an ultra sound and ct but no answers. What could this be?

  6. I went on a whole foods plant based vegan diet and started to have pain in my thyroid. Will NEVER be doing that again! I think that it was do to a sudden decrease in iodine. Be careful!

  7. Hi I on thyroxine for an under active thyroid I’ve had a sore throat for the last 6 weeks also the back of the nose
    I’m also on the Keto diet, could this affect my thyroid