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Old 05-20-2012, 03:49 PM   #1
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Should I be concerned?

About 6 months ago I had a severe pain the left side of my throat when I touched it. I also had pain in my jaw and ear. I went to my GP and he put me on antibiotics and sent me for a thyroid u/s. The u/s showed a very small nodule (less than 1 cm) and my thyroid was a little inflamed but not outside the normal limits of size. He wanted to check by blood levels every 3 months and recheck the u/s in 6 months. We assumed thyroiditis b/c the pain went away and I haven't thought twice about it until this week.

I went for my 6 month u/s check up and I didn't think anything would show up. The tech just said the thyroid had gone down but there was increased blood flow to the small nodule previously found. Again, I didn't ask questions, which was a mistake. My GP's nurse called later in the day and said they were referring me to a local Endo doctor for further evaluation. When I asked her why, she said that the nodule had grown but was still less than 1 cm. Not sure if it's timing or my mind playing tricks on me but my left ear is hurting again and my jaw is hurting as well. Should I be concerned this is cancer?

 
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Re: Should I be concerned?

No reason to think this is thyroid cancer yet. If the nodule grows bigger than 1 cm, it should probably be biopsied. But even then, the chances it wouldn't be cancer are better than about 95%. Even if it turns out to be cancer, it's completely curable more than 95% of the time. And lastly, it almost certainly wouldn't be causing pain.

Take one step at a time, and let us know what you find out.
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Old 05-21-2012, 09:51 AM   #3
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Re: Should I be concerned?

midwest, thank you for your words. Sometimes you just need to hear it from someone you don't know. I called my GP's office back today to get more information. Apparently I have a complex nodule in the left lobe of my thyroid. The original measurement of the nodule was 8 mm and it grew to 9 mm over the 6 month time period. The radiologist recommended I see a Endo Doctor to get it checked out. My thryoid overall is normal size but probably on the upper end of the range. I am still have ear pain but not the jaw pain. So we'll see. My doc is sending my u/s pics over to Endo and now I wait for them to call me.

 
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