Thyroid Nodules - Symptoms and Signs

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What are the symptoms of thyroid nodules?

The vast majority of thyroid nodules do not cause symptoms. However, if the cells in the nodules are functioning and producing thyroid hormone on their own, the nodule may produce signs and symptoms of too much thyroid hormone (hyperthyroidism). A small number of patients complain of pain at the site of the nodule that can travel to the ear or jaw. If the nodule is very large, it can cause difficulty swallowing or shortness of breath by compressing the esophagus (tube connecting the mouth to the stomach) or trachea (windpipe). In rare instances, a patient may complain of hoarseness or difficulty speaking because of compression of the larynx (voice box).

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Comment from: sonia, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 12

I have been to the hospital today, a follow up after being diagnosed with a large goiter and solid mass of thyroid nodules. The doctor put a camera down my throat and said my left vocal cord seems paralyzed!! The goiter is constricting my trachea. I have fullness in neck, my collarbone hurts and I have terrific shoulder pain. I feel terrible, can't sleep, all my joints hurt, and I feel anxious and churned up all the time. I now have to have another ultrasound and fine needle aspiration before a decision is made about what to do. What I'm upset about is no one wants to help with how poorly I feel because my blood test came back normal. I had a partial thyroid removal 25 years ago but not on medication. I feel like I'm going mad and it's going on and on!

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Comment from: Nicky, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 25

I had chronic laryngitis in 2011 and was referred to an ENT who confirmed that I had a nodule on my thyroid. After going for a scan they confirmed that it was harmless and I was also diagnosed with an underactive thyroid with no symptoms whatsoever. It has been 5 years now and I stopped using the Eltroxin I was prescribed and I feel fine, no ache or pains, weight gain, fatigue, nothing whatsoever. I still have a nodule and it hasn't grown at all so, I am not going to do anything about it. It doesn't bother me, I think the problems start when you have it operated on.

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