Patient Comments: Thyroid Nodules - Symptoms and Signs

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

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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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: Pmr27, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 16

Around 6 years ago I had the left side of my thyroid removed because of a 1 cm nodule. I now have 4 nodules in my remaining right half, maybe more now, as each scan shows more! I am tired, depressed, and totally exhausted. I don't even want to walk the dogs, cook, or shop! I've lost interest in most things. Doctors do the appropriate blood tests, but so far no treatment has been deemed necessary. I'm sleeping my life away. I'm sure my current anti-depressants are not working so life is unpleasant big time at the moment. All my doctor wants to do is get my heart tested. I'm confused and too tired to care anymore.

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Comment from: regift, Male (Patient) Published: July 24

I finally had a total thyroidectomy. It got to the point where I could barely talk, swallow and breathing was getting hard to do. Not that you look forward to surgery but the doctor and staff were great. I was in surgery for almost 5 hours and when I woke up I was in the intensive care unit. Later that afternoon the doctors came in and I told her that I felt great and that I no longer had that feeling of a baseball in my throat. She told me the mass was bigger than she anticipated and it was more softball size. I spent 2 days in the hospital. My thyroxin was increased and I went on calcium supplements. I cannot believe how good I feel since the surgery. It is nice to be able to eat and not choke.

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Comment from: LisaM, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 18

Right after the first of the year I noticed a slight swelling on my thyroid. When I was about 20 I was hyperthyroid, I took Tapazole for 1 year and everything seemed to be ok. But now I have had blood work which came back normal, an ultrasound that says I have three nodules and FNA (fine needle aspiration) which came back abnormal. They told me it came back as a follicular neoplasm and now my chance of it being cancer is about 30%. Next week I have an appointment with a surgeon to have it removed. Scary but now I just want to get it over with. The nodules explain why I have felt this fullness in my throat. I also get an achy feeling on my collar bone and up towards my left ear.

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Comment from: Anna, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 13

After two weeks of throat cough, hoarseness, painful throat, I had ultra-scan of thyroid, which took 42 minutes. The radiologist called in two others to look but they whispered so I couldn't hear anything, they asked me 3 times if I had surgery on my thyroid. The answer was no, when one of the radiologist left the room she turned and said 'good luck with all that', now I'm stressing while I wait for my results.

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