Re: Nodules that are benign
I have a 2.8cm complex nodule that was discovered about 4 months ago. I went through all the tests, including a biopsy. It came back benign. My endo gave me synthroid (even though all my blood levels are fine). She said it may or may not shrink the nodule. I read everything I could find about nodules and couldn't find anywhere that synthroid is really helpful in shrinking them. Since I have trouble with most medications...for some reason, just about everything makes me break out in a rash all over my body...I decided not to take it.
In addition to my endo, I'm seeing a naturopathic doctor and going for Reiki treatments (which may sound a little off the wall). My naturopath said that she's had good luck shrinking other types of cysts by putting castor oil on them and told me to give it a shot...she's never tried it on a thyroid nodule before. Worst case scenario is that it won't do anything but give me a really soft neck :-)
The Reiki treatments are to balance my energy and to help my body get back in balance, which includes my thyroid. (I know, it sounds weird and I was a total skeptic...but after 5 sessions, I feel great!)
I go for a followup ultrasound this Friday and a followup with my endo on the 25th. I don't know if the nodule has shrunk. I can still feel it, but it's not bothering me as much as it was in April. Could just be that I'm used to it being there now. I'm not getting my hopes up.
But...the endo told me that if it hadn't shrunk, she was going to recommend surgery. Which I'm probably going to tell her that I'm not ready for that....I don't feel horrible, the nodule isn't bothering me, my thyroid seems to be working fine...why should I take it out?????
That's my story...I don't know if any of it helps you any.