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Was an MRI of the neck and chest done?
Since how long is the swelling and other symptoms?
The hypothyroidism can explain the swelling of the whole of the body which can be predominantly on the upper body. The other cause for the predominantly upper body swelling can be some pressure on the superior vena cava (this is the vein which drain, whole of the upper part of the body). An MRI of the neck and chest will be able to show any lymph node (they get enlarged non specifically with the multiple surgeries and associated infection and inflammation) which might be pressing on the superior vena.
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The good thing is that you have pretty good work up and your physician have been thoughtful for pursuing it. A colored doppler study of the carotids (neck arteries) and inferior vena cava and MRI of the neck and chest is the line of the work for ascertaining the cause of this swelling. Hopefully this would pin point the reason and give the guideline for the treatment and you would get rid of your symptoms.
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Yes, these causes should be treatable or atleast give you very significant improvement.
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