I think I finally found someone willing to help me with thyroid/adrenal issues. He's a naturopath and actually examined my throat (it's been hurting again) and found the nodules, swollen and sore lymph nodes and a deviated trachea. My voice is hoarse all the time, I feel choked and it's hard to breathe when I lay down. All the other docs I've seen barely even examined me, they just said oh, you have heartburn, here take a pill (which didn't help much). I'm on the anti-inflammation diet which has helped some of my muscle aches and I have a little more energy but it hasn't helped the thyroid.
Anyone else have a deviated trachea and what did you do about it? I had an upper endoscopy to make sure didn't have esophageal cancer + a barium swallow test and all OK, they didn't say a word about my trachea but that was > a year ago.
Ideally what you'd want done to investigate nodules is to see an endocrinologist who is set up to do an ultrasound and biopsy (of larger nodules if indicated) of your thyroid in one visit. Failing that having your GP order a radiologist to do an ultrasound would be next.
If you have a goiter that is pushing your trachea to one side, an endocrinologist might also order a CT scan of the neck.
Note it's possible for an enlarged thyroid to grow downward substernally. Than can cause various symptoms.
I would get to an ENT--preferably a thyroid specialist at a major university hospital immediately. Have you had an ultrasound? Did you have an ultrrasound---how do you know if have a goiter or just nodules?I doubt the naturopath can give you such detail without an ultrasound.
You can use an endocrinologist with an ultrasound in the office if you have one, but I would start with the ENT route to see if you do have nodules, and if they are giving you constriction symptoms you may have to have that thyroid removed. Sometimes thyroids grow out of control.
Hi and thanks for responding. I had ultrasound and biopsy of 1 nodule 13years ago, inconclusive. They suspected hashi's but no antibodies and low normal TSH with quite low normal FT3/4. I have at least 8 nodules, largest a year ago was 2cm, some others 1-1.5cm, others under 1cm. Several have calcification and all are solid (not cystic) - multinodular goiter. US 6yrs ago indicated 1 of them may be pedunculated growing inward. I have lumps and pain down to collarbone. Went to bad ENT and 2 internists + 2 naturopaths then gave up. Feeling so poorly in general found new naturopath. I'm hoping he will refer me for any appropriate tests. Scared cuz don't really want surgery so just curious if anyone else has dealt with this and what they had done. Thank you!