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Old 02-05-2005, 04:25 AM   #1
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One nodule vs many

Hi,

As we have discussed in the past one nodule is a higher risk of a malignancy and I wondered if this was actually the case.

I have read so many different schools of thought on this, my endo says hes not worried and doesnt want to see me until the 1st April (April fools day, typical). I am having a biopsy and just wondered what other peoples experience is.

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Old 02-05-2005, 06:16 AM   #2
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Re: One nodule vs many

I've also read that a solitary nodule is more suspicious for cancer as opposed to multiple nodules. But in reality, from reading many thyroid patient boards, I've seen thyroid cancer in both solitary nodules and multiple nodules.

I have/had a solitary nodule that comes and goes...sometimes they find it on ultrasound and sometimes it's gone. I went for a biopsy 3 years ago and they could not find the nodule.

My lone nodule was less than 1cm in diameter and I was told that they usually do not biopsy anything smaller than 1cm...most often, with smaller nodules, they take a wait and see approach to see if there is growth in the nodule.
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Old 02-05-2005, 07:16 AM   #3
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Re: One nodule vs many

yeah its a strange one, well he said he wasnt worried. Its difficult when you go by one opinion and its frustrating when things are out of your hands.

 
Old 02-05-2005, 05:38 PM   #4
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Re: One nodule vs many

Colomolo,

I understand your frustration. I have had symptoms of hypo for years, but my labs have been basically normal. I was THRILLED this past summer when they found some nodules because I thought I had finally found my answer! I have two nodules, both over 1cm in size, one solid and cystic and one just solid. I had the nuclear uptake scan and they were "cold". I really thought I was going to be on my way to feeling like a normal human being again. I brought all the test results to an endo. He said to have another ultrasound in a year and sent me out the door. So much for for that. I really should be actively looking for another endo, but I'm so sick of fighting the battle.

Anyway, hope yours aren't causing you any problems. And if you have any doubt, keep pursuing it (like I should be... ).

Be well,
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Old 02-06-2005, 07:51 AM   #5
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Re: One nodule vs many

Thanks. I am really at my wits end and it just seems to be taking forever. I have all these stomach problems and maybe they are unrelated, so Im seeing a gastro person. So Im currently worried sick about colon tumors on top of my thyroid problem and nobody seems to be taking it seriously. I feel my life has been on hold since November. On top of that Iv covered in what they say is psorisos which started at the same time.

I dont know. I hate waiting, its my life and they just say "oh it seems like nothing to worry about", but thats not good enough and sadly its completely out of my control unless I win the lottery and can afford all these specialists rather than waiting for the UK NHS to it seriously.

 
Old 02-06-2005, 09:50 AM   #6
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Re: One nodule vs many

All this summer I was and still am having weird problems like your self. I hope my thyroid nodule or thyroid levels are the culprit. I have been reading so much and can't beleive how many things the thyroid regulates.

My GP sent me to specialists and had them run scopes in all ends to try and figure out what was causing my GI and stomach/reflux problems. I was twitching all over and had hand tremors from time to time. Could not sleep. His diag was "its all in your head" and put me on Xanax. While this made me sleep great, I still had the other problems. I put myself on Prilosec OTC and that seems to have worked for the GI thing.

I know my thyroid levels have been considered hyper in the past I cant help but think that the thryoid could be the culprit.

I hate that the docs are not focusing on your thyroid more considering you have nodules and borderline levels.

The docs here seem to do the process of elimination route. You know something like, you have a sinus infection so they send you to get a colonoscopy to rule out colon cancer. Then they tell you, well, we know you dont have colon cancer. Next they might give you an MRI to rule out MS. Even though you went in for a sinus infection that they still have not treated.

Just keep calling them, maybe taking the pain in the A## approach might work.

Hope you get results soon.
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Old 02-06-2005, 10:55 AM   #7
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Inquirer, if I were you, I would NOT wait, I would find someone who will biopsy those cold nodules. Even with the wait and see approach, I would not go over 6 months before a new ultrasound.

These docs don't have to live with the outcomes...you do, so stay on top of this and get a biopsy.
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Old 02-06-2005, 11:25 AM   #8
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Re: One nodule vs many

K9Mom is so right, dont wait. Some of the doctors treat it like you have a sore thumb, I get the impression in many cases they wont do anything unless they see you with obvious symptoms of needing emergency treatment.

My bllods were done and because my FBC was normal I was told that I wasnt urgent, a FBC doesnt go indepth, so what they are saying is that i have to wait to be seriously sick before they will take it seriously.

Anyway Im having a really bad day today, its making me very depressed. I just want to vent

 
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