Originally Posted by moodymt
I keep finding information that thyroid problems are the 2nd leading cause of cholesterol problems? My LDL is 129 and the lab range is 0-99. My total cholesterol is 194. I have solid masses on both lobes of thyroid that are 2.2cm and 2.0 cm. My thyroid is of normal size with one side being 4.8 x 1.6 x 1.5 and the other side 4.1 x 1.7 x 1.4. The nuclear scan showed no increase or decrease of tracer in the solid mass as compared to the rest of the thyroid.
Do I understand this correctly that the mass/nodule is taking up half of the thyroid and the thyroid is not enlarged? Since they didn't show up as hot or cold nodules do I need FNA? fine needle aspiration?
In 05 my u/s basically read similar: 4 cm x 1.6 x 1.3 cm of right lobe, and left lobe 3.3 cm x 1.5 cm x 1.1. Multiple solid nodules: region of the isthmus, area at the upper pole of right lobe and one in right lobe measuring 5x4x4 mm.
Fine Needle Aspiration recommended. (none was done in 06).
Took report to a thyroid doc and he ordered a thyroid uptake and scan in 2006. Impression: Negative thyroid scan and euthyroid uptake.
No FNA scheduled.
2010: Just had new u/s done (but do not have report) and new doc is
requiring an u/s guided FNA.
Latest lipids done in Feb 2010: Cholesterol 238, HDL 69, LDL 134, and triglycerides 174. These numbers have pretty much remained unchanged ever since I began having them tested in the late 80's. Have done drastic changes to my diet as for eating healthy. Also, all thyroid blood work always the same as well. So, I don't know
As for the FNA, what does your doctor recommend? Are any of the nodules becoming more prominent? Troublesome? Difficulty swallowing?
Hoarseness? Have you asked why the test was not scheduled?
They have a vested interested not to diagnose hypoT.)
Wondering about this comment? Is it all about the statins?
I'd like to elaborate that many docs do take the very basic of thyroid bloods and if numbers are in range - nothing more is said. But which bloods to really determine changes are necessary and which numbers are more reliable? I would LOVE to address this with my new doctor. Not to provoke, but to let him know I know. *In hopes HE knows!!