It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....

Thyroid Disorders Message Board

  • 5 cm solid nodule, hard thyroid, high TSH t3 and t4... thoughts?

  • Post New Thread   Closed Thread
    Thread Tools Search this Thread
    Old 09-13-2012, 09:07 PM   #1
    jlachonis's Avatar
    Join Date: Sep 2012
    Posts: 4
    jlachonis HB User
    5 cm solid nodule, hard thyroid, high TSH t3 and t4... thoughts?

    Greetings. At my first appointment with my Endocrinologist for type 2 diabetes, she found several nodules on my thyroid and observed that the thyroid itself was 'very' hard (she used the 'very' word) and did not feel normal. Also my blood work has been cycling between high tsh, t3, and t4, back to normal levels of all.

    Had my ultrasound yesterday and the sonographer found a 5 cm solid nodule on the right side of my thyroid and several smaller ones. On the screen the nodule was pretty much solid black.

    I've had the anomalous hormone readings for over 4 years now but I've switched doctors a lot and they keep cycling back and forth between normal to out of whack.

    I'm wondering what all of this sounds like? Everybody is acting quite concerned when they examine it, and the sonagrapher said a biopsy would be recommended. Researching online is a little difficult because it seems most of the info out there on these sorts of symptoms says... oh relax, unless it's cancer. lol

    Sponsors Lightbulb
    Old 09-14-2012, 05:18 AM   #2
    Senior Veteran
    Join Date: May 2005
    Location: NY
    Posts: 3,803
    Reece HB UserReece HB UserReece HB UserReece HB UserReece HB UserReece HB UserReece HB UserReece HB UserReece HB UserReece HB UserReece HB User
    Re: 5 cm solid nodule, hard thyroid, high TSH t3 and t4... thoughts?

    Thyroid cancer is rare, it's hard to discover, and it's easily treatable compared to other cancers and mostly curable. I had it almost 8 years ago, and it's now a distant memory---thyroid cancer patients lead long and healthy lives.

    Males get thyroid cancer less frequently than women, but when they do have a nodule, it's more of a red flag. 5cm is large, more of a mass than a nodule. But what it could be, is a "goiter" an overgrowth of your thyroid lobe, that has gotten out of control (a normal thyroid lobe is around 4cm, so what you have growing out of yours is quite large).

    Your blood work issue and the symptoms is likely from hashimotos--thyroid disease, but it could be from the nodule producing too much hormone at times. There is no blood test for thyroid cancer. Symptoms are related to the constriction caused by the nodule itself.

    You need to find a really great surgeon---ENT, preferably a thyroid specialist that does many thyroids each week in a major teaching hospital. This is very big----though most nodules are benign, the only way to really know for sure is removal and pathology afterward to see if certain cells are encapsulated in the nodule or not. You might have an "fna" a needle biopsy, but on something so large, it will not represent enough cells to rule anything out. You will likely need surgery and it's usually not a bad surgery at all.

    Also, sometimes even benign thyroids themselves grow out of control, and wrap themselves around structures in your neck, and can effect swallowing and breathing. Find a great surgeon, a quality endocrinologist, and go from there.

    Closed Thread

    Related Topics
    Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
    Help -Solid nodule w/Calcification on my Thyroid. Newpenny Thyroid Disorders 6 11-07-2011 03:41 PM
    dominant solid nodule 5.3X3.0X1.8cm Judylea Thyroid Disorders 4 05-26-2011 03:44 PM
    SCARED...3.5 solid nodule on isthmus BOOYAGGERS Thyroid Disorders 31 08-03-2010 09:21 AM
    thyroid lab results, solid nodules and possible Hashimoto's? sadiebabie Thyroid Disorders 5 04-02-2010 08:34 AM
    2 solid thyroid nodules 1 cyst thyrax med for hypoactive thyroid vyrocamora Thyroid Disorders 1 10-19-2007 02:36 PM
    Thyroid/Goitre/Nodule Problem missy207 Thyroid Disorders 15 06-16-2006 07:45 AM
    do nodules change from cyst to solid? insignia Thyroid Disorders 2 12-14-2004 06:20 PM
    thyroid nodule growing jestes Thyroid Disorders 5 08-05-2002 01:34 PM
    Ultrasound Results - Hypervascular Solid Nodule RitaB Thyroid Disorders 2 07-11-2002 07:44 PM

    Thread Tools Search this Thread
    Search this Thread:

    Advanced Search

    Posting Rules
    You may not post new threads
    You may not post replies
    You may not post attachments
    You may not edit your posts

    BB code is On
    Smilies are On
    [IMG] code is Off
    HTML code is Off
    Trackbacks are Off
    Pingbacks are Off
    Refbacks are Off

    Sign Up Today!

    Ask our community of thousands of members your health questions, and learn from others experiences. Join the conversation!

    I want my free account

    All times are GMT -7. The time now is 01:31 AM.

    © 2022 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved.
    Do not copy or redistribute in any form!