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Old 03-26-2010, 06:18 PM   #1
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Unhappy My first post - need some help w/ my thyroid problems

This is my first post.... I am really hoping to get some advice.

I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism about 2 years ago and I have been on medication ever since. None of the symptoms ever went away and I honestly think the doctor I was seeing wasn't serious about it. I recently changed doctors and at the first visit she told me she wanted me to get an ultrasound of my thyroid.

So anyway.... I got the ultrasound and my results show a small hypoechoic nodule in the left upper pole. It measures 1x0.4x0.7 cm. My new doctor just wants me to keep taking my medication and have another ultrasound in 6 months. Should I be worried about this? And should I ask her to do more testing on it? I had a blood test done about 6 months ago and that said my levels were normal.

What should I do? Please help?

 
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Re: My first post - need some help w/ my thyroid problems

*Bumping up for Reece or someone else knowledgable about nodules*

I don't know by experience, rd, but everything I've read says that nodules of 1 cm or more need to be biopsied, especially solitary nodules. Not sure I'd be comfortable waiting another 6 months.

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Old 03-28-2010, 06:37 AM   #3
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Re: My first post - need some help w/ my thyroid problems

That is what I was thinking also. I'm just not sure if I am over-reacting.

 
Old 03-28-2010, 06:55 PM   #4
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Re: My first post - need some help w/ my thyroid problems

I just had a needle biopsy of my thyroid a couple of weeks ago due to some nodules that my edrocrinologist found. The procedure was not painful, just VERY uncomfortable. He stuck me once to numb my neck, then stuck me 6 different times to get cells. Fortunately, the results were benign. The main reason he did this was because my sister had thyroid cancer, so it was a precaution more than anything. From what I've read, if your nodule is 1 cm or larger it is usually biopsied. Good luck!

 
Old 03-29-2010, 08:13 AM   #5
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Re: My first post - need some help w/ my thyroid problems

my biopsies (sp?) were different, he did a needle biopsy with no numbing, and it was a "stick"and over with. I don't do needles well, but that I could deal with. I agree with the others about getting the biopsies done and not waiting. When the nodules were discovered, I had radiation testing that showed no thyroid cancer. Now, on the other hand, this dr. never discovered the Ha'Shimoto's so, perhaps he should/could have done a better test.

Now, I feel I must voice my opinion here: if I don't like a doctor, or I feel that I want a second, third or different opinion, I will change drs really quick. I am not trying to criticize anybody, but the drs are all human and subject to error. I am ultimately in charge of my medical health, and currently am going to drive 50+ miles one way to see an endo.

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Re: My first post - need some help w/ my thyroid problems

Yes, you should really get the nodule needle biopsied, it's at 1cm, and if this doctor doesn't do that, you need to see one that understands nodules, such as an ENT, or an endocronlogist, preferably at a teaching or university hospital. Normal blood work doesn't indicate anything in terms of nodules. 95% of nodules are benign, but you need to get it checked out.

Let us know how it goes!

 
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