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Old 08-21-2011, 06:08 PM   #1
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very scared, have to wait until 9/1 for specialist appt.


I found a lump about the size of a golf ball on my neck. Had blood tests done, all levels came back normal. Had ultrasound, Dr. said it was in my thyroid on the right side. I am now waiting until 9/1 till the appt. for endoctronologist. That is the closest one I could get. My family Dr. said I need a biopsy on it. Well needless to say the need for a biopsy is rather upsetting. My family is about as worried as I am. The lump has caused me to not be able to eat many things since i can't swallow them well. I also have trouble with talking too much making me horse. Today it seemed to be a little bit smaller on the outside but not any different inside. I don't really know what I can do between now and 9/1 to help with any pain/discomfort I might have. I was told if it starts to ake my breathing altered to go to the ER asap, scary again. Juat looking for any helpful hints that will make the wait any less stressful.

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Old 08-24-2011, 03:36 PM   #2
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Re: very scared, have to wait until 9/1 for specialist appt.

Hi, Carol. I hope you are feeling a little bit better right now. I can't really comment on your situation all to well, simply because im sort of in the same boat as you. Minus it being golf ball sized (mines smaller.) I just had my FNA ultrasound biopsy today, and just awaiting the results (anywhere from 2 days to 2 weeks!)

Im a worry wart about this situation, same with my wife. The best I could suggest to you, from what others on here have said, and from friends and family, is to just relax. Any more worrying you are doing now is just going to make your overall health worse.

As far as pain? Ive been using the numbing spray you get at CVS (I believe its cloracedine?) to help with my throat pain, as well as icing the area (because of neck and jaw pain.) I cant say that it will help at all, but it might alleviate some of it.

Just a heads up though, my endonoligst apt. was not nearly as informative as I thought it would be. Basically he did some blood work, threw the C word at me, and told me I needed to get a biopsy immediately. He told me about some risk factors as well, and the basic information on nodules. But, he refused to go into great depth about anything until after the biopsy.

Just remember, relax, its out of your hands right now and your playing a long waiting game. Hopefully he can biopsy it right in his office (he could not do mine in his office) and hopefully all will be ok!

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Re: very scared, have to wait until 9/1 for specialist appt.

Thanks for your reply, I don't have any pain just feels like pressure on my esophagus so I can't swallow very good when I eat. I am trying to not think about it but every time I swallow it reminds me it's there. My lump, which I call walter, lol. Hasn't got any bigger but golf ball size is way too big as far as I'm concerned. My appt. is on 9/1 so will update after that. Thanks so much for your reply. I hope you get good news from your test. I will look for any updates you might submit.

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