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Old 06-06-2005, 11:16 PM   #1
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Thyroid Problem?

About a month ago, I felt a "pillow"-like thing in my neck. It's soft and squishy, and is totally painless. It's not in the exact center of my neck -- it's off to the right just a bit -- and is about 1-1/2" up from my collar bone (or whatever that bone is). It feels kind of like a squishy fat deposit. I can't see it when I look in the mirror normally, but if I lean my head back and turn it a little, there's a small pooch. It's not so large that anyone else would notice it unless they felt of it. It feels kind of funny when I swallow, but it's barely noticeable.

I'm 37 years old, and I had a hysterectomy last year. I'm not taking HRT. I'm a big girl, but I have been for most of my life. I did notice that my ankles and fingers were (very) slightly swollen a few days ago, but returned to normal within 24 hours.

I looked up information about thyroids and found that hypothyroidism can cause it to enlarge. Other than the "pillow-thing" and the temporarily slightly swollen ankles and fingers, I'm not having any of the other systems listed.

It will be a few weeks before I can go to the doctor (husband got a new job, and the insurance won't take effect until July). We both had to get blood work done in order to get insurance. I don't know if the tests include thyroid levels or not.

Do you think the "pillow-thing" could be my thyroid? Or something else, since I'm not having any really obvious symptoms? (What else is in my neck that could be puffy, other than a fat deposit?)


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Old 06-07-2005, 03:34 AM   #2
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Re: Thyroid Problem?

Well, may or may not be your thyroid. If you want to be sure, you might want to get these blood tests: FT4, FT3, and TSH...if you have a family history of thyroid disorders (you may not be experiencing symptoms now,)then it is then a good idea to have the baseline numbers. Hope this helps.

Old 06-07-2005, 04:58 AM   #3
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Re: Thyroid Problem?

As Pixiek says, it is best to get the proper tests done and make sure that they are included in your bloodwork.

Old 06-07-2005, 06:41 AM   #4
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Re: Thyroid Problem?

I don't know if bloodwork shows cancer or not, but I don't think so since I had bloodwork that came back normal when I was pregnant, and I had thyroid cancer at that time. Quite a large number of tumors actually. That's not to scare you; it could be nothing at all. However, to be on the safe side, I would get a fine needle biopsy, and I wouldn't let a doctor put you off of it. I had papillary cancer, by my estimates it had to be for at least 2 years inside of me, at the age of 24 (if not sooner), and I had if not no symptoms of hypo/hyper thyroid, then at least none that I noticed. And like I said, my thyroid bloodwork they took when I was pregnant came back normal.

You have to do what you feel comfortable with to know you're taken care of is my best advice.


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