About a month ago, I felt a "pillow"-like thing in my neck. It's soft and squishy, and is totally painless. It's not in the exact center of my neck -- it's off to the right just a bit -- and is about 1-1/2" up from my collar bone (or whatever that bone is). It feels kind of like a squishy fat deposit. I can't see it when I look in the mirror normally, but if I lean my head back and turn it a little, there's a small pooch. It's not so large that anyone else would notice it unless they felt of it. It feels kind of funny when I swallow, but it's barely noticeable.
I'm 37 years old, and I had a hysterectomy last year. I'm not taking HRT. I'm a big girl, but I have been for most of my life. I did notice that my ankles and fingers were (very) slightly swollen a few days ago, but returned to normal within 24 hours.
I looked up information about thyroids and found that hypothyroidism can cause it to enlarge. Other than the "pillow-thing" and the temporarily slightly swollen ankles and fingers, I'm not having any of the other systems listed.
It will be a few weeks before I can go to the doctor (husband got a new job, and the insurance won't take effect until July). We both had to get blood work done in order to get insurance. I don't know if the tests include thyroid levels or not.
Do you think the "pillow-thing" could be my thyroid? Or something else, since I'm not having any really obvious symptoms? (What else is in my neck that could be puffy, other than a fat deposit?)