Patient Comments: Thyroid Nodules - Symptoms and Signs

What were the symptoms and signs you experienced for thyroid nodules?

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 03

I didn't have any symptoms or signs with my thyroid nodules. I had gone to my doctor for another issue. After my exam, he said I should have an ultrasound of my thyroid. I asked why and he said because I have been on thyroid medicine for 20 years. So I did and it showed nodules. I had it repeated in six months and a biopsy one month later (which I just found out was fine). So hopefully you have a doctor who is on the ball and if there is any thyroid history in your family, you may want to have it checked.

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Comment from: Lila, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 03

In 2006, I had a lot of pain in my muscles, joints and long and heavy periods, acne, weight gain, etc. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's thyroiditis and insulin resistance. I am on .025 Synthroid and 500 mg Metformin. I have been OK until last May 2008 when they discovered two swollen nodules on my thyroid. They are going to perform a needle biopsy. I have a hard time swallowing and even touching my throat. My hormone levels are normal, but my autoimmune antibodies are high. I am in tons of pain in my joints and muscles. I sleep all day long and night, my face is breaking out, and my periods are heavy again. My specialist said that it can't be from Hashimoto's, but my family doctor said it is. I feel like I am going crazy, but the signs are all there that it is Hashimoto's. I am just waiting on my biopsy to see what the next step is.

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Comment from: Ina, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 03

I have had significant weight gain in the past three months, I'm always clearing my throat, my hair is dry and falling out, and I'm exhausted. I had lab work done three months ago and the TSH was high. But on repeat tests, they were "normal." But I felt something on my neck. An ultrasound showed a "mass" near my thyroid. The radiologist suggested a CT scan. It found an area of concern: a nodule on my posterior right thyroid (no size given). Now, the radiologist wants another ultrasound. There are no other plans I guess, and I am really concerned.

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Comment from: Sandra, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 27

I am fairly sure that my thyroid nodules were caused because I was using an anti-mosquito plug-in containing d allethrin. The chemical imitates oestrogen and gives instruction to the pituitary gland to produce more thyroid hormone. The nodules are caused purely by the excess hormone that has nowhere else to go. I am hoping they will dry up eventually, once the thyroid hormone level stabilizes. At the same time I had a congenital cyst, which grew very large when a very heavy green pine cone fell on my head, causing me to need 6 stitches. This went away apparently by itself, after 2 years, but coincidentally at the same time as I had a dental implant. My dentist believes it might have been a reaction to the anaesthetic. I live in Portugal, although I am English and it is difficult to get reliable information. I rely a lot on the Internet to check on what is being told to me by the doctors here, who are inexperienced

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Comment from: SANDRA, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 27

I discovered a lump after the birth of my second son and had tests to discover my thyroid was normal except for the nodule. After living with my lump for 3 years and having a biopsy ever 6 months I decided to have it removed. They took 2/3 of it leaving my parathyroid glands. It's been 7 years and I have suffered from anxiety for most of them and now I am also feeling more tired, sweating, forgetful and slowly gaining more weight. I do take a .75 of levothyroxine daily and turned 42 this week. Do I need to see a nose and throat specialists again to get another opinion. My family doctor says my levels keep coming back in the normal range yet I am not feeling great.

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Comment from: nasus6161, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 15

I was sitting at my desk at work, went to scratch the left side of my neck and noticed this enormous lump in my lower neck. I had no other symptoms. I went to my general practitioner on a Tuesday, had a CT scan on Wednesday which showed a 3.75cm mass on my left lobe of my thyroid. Went to an ears, nose and throat specialist on Thursday, he did a needle biopsy in the office, which turned out to be benign, but, I was told that the biopsy was not 100% accurate, so I elected to have my left lobe of my thyroid gland removed. The surgery was not bad and I am now three days post surgery and doing great. The pathologist report also reported it was a benign mass but I would have choosen to have it removed again. My doctor told me anything 4 cm or larger is usually cancer and since mine was 3.75, I did not want to take any chances.

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