Patient Comments: Fine-Needle Aspiration Biopsy of the Thyroid - Experience

What was your experience with fine-needle aspiration of your thyroid?

Comment from: ca605, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 03

I just had a fine needle aspiration biopsy of the thyroid today. After reading everyone's horror stories I was very nervous. Let me say this. It was no big deal. They sprayed some numbing stuff on my neck and I felt a slight prick of the needle; not painful at all. Once the needle was in I felt some pressure but all this took less than 15 seconds. They did it 4 or 5 times but it was a piece of cake. Maybe I had a great radiologist doing it but I really didn't feel any pain, just a little pressure. It was all done in 20 minutes. Please don't be afraid, it sounds worse than it was. I have a small Band-Aid and some soreness at the site but I am keeping ice on it as they told me.

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Comment from: Monica, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 28

I had a fine needle aspiration of my thyroid gland today and it was extremely painful, not at all what I was told to expect. Prior to the procedure I asked the doctor if numbing medication was going to be administered. She assured me that the procedure was painless, so today I went in with no trepidation. Let me just say I have a pretty high tolerance for pain but this procedure brought me to tears. Afterwards I could barely speak or swallow. It's been almost 12 hours since I left the doctor's office, I'm still in an unreasonable amount of pain, and swallowing is still difficult. I did do some research before having this done, I didn't find any negative side effects. Had I been more informed about what to expect I could have been better prepared.

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Comment from: Jules, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 07

Wegener's granulomatosis affected my sinuses, my lungs and my kidneys. I got an IVIG infusion and then 4 separate infusions of Rituxan. I am now on an immunosuppressant of 2000 mg per day and having many tests done on my arteries, my lungs, and scheduled to see an allergist. I am so tired of all the doctor appointments and the monthly blood tests. But I guess it is better than dying.

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Comment from: rainy day, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 30

I had fine-needle aspiration of my thyroid today. Two extractions on each side. The doctor used ice to numb it up a bit. I had read the horror stories and was anxious. Happily it was just about like having a blood draw, a prick, some strange feeling and out. He said he didn't see any sense in numbing the area with something like Novacaine because that would require about as many needle pricks. I thought maybe something like Anbesol or whatever the dentist rubs on your gum when he is about to inject Novacaine and it would be even less traumatic. Take some along.

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Comment from: Karen, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 08

I had a fine-needle aspiration thyroid biopsy on Tuesday. I feel like I was misled because everyone told me it would be numbed and all I would feel is pressure. Nothing could be further from the truth. It hurt! He jabbed and jabbed with the nodule apparently rolling away from him. Finally, he decided to make a second insertion spot, again jabbing and taking five different samples of the nodule. My throat has been so sore, I can barely swallow. There's extensive black and blue bruising and a hard knot where the last needle was inserted. If I had known this was going to be as painful as it was, I would have insisted on something stronger for pain and relaxation prior to the procedure being done. I won't allow this to happen again without more insurance against pain. Then, to have to wait three days for the results seems ridiculous to me.

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Comment from: Brandilittle, 35-44 (Patient) Published: July 13

I have had 2 fine needle aspiration biopsies of my thyroid since March 2016. Mine were the most painful procedures I've ever been through and that includes my epidural and spinal for 2 C-sections. My procedures were done by 2 different doctors, so it isn't the doctor. The numbing medication was very painful because of the burning but the needles were excruciating. My nodule is almost 3 cm big and deep on the left side. If you didn't feel pain you are very lucky. My first one left a sore throat and coughing for 3 weeks. The one today is very tender as I just had it done 3 hours ago.

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Comment from: DC, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: July 01

I got fine-needle aspiration of my thyroid done today about 3 hours ago. It was not painful at all. I had gone through pain during a visit to a dentist as a 9 year old and have had an intense fear of needles anywhere other than the elbow ever since. My fear was so intense that I could not sleep the whole night yesterday. The truth was the opposite. The needle is thin. The initial prick is a lesser sensation than while giving blood samples. It was the pressure while the needle is inside that I had been worrying about. Turned out it was more like someone rubbing a finger over the spot, no more. I am writing this with the hope that everyone will have the same experience.

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