I have had a goitre for 30 - 40 years. Bloods have always been normal and no cause identified. A recent CT scan showed that the 'multi-nodular goitre has reduced my trachea to 1cm.' Despite it being with me for decades I have just discovered a goitre isn't a growth ON the thyroid. I was referred to ENT who talked to me about removing it. At the moment the op would be beneficial to assist my breathing but not a necessity for the time being. They told me it would mean a significant op (approx. 4hrs) and a 4+ days stay in hospital and tablets for life. Because my bloods are normal for thyroid I don't have thyroid tablets currently.
I am still reducing steroids for GCA and PMR and am hopeful as I reduce I will be better placed to lose weight which would also help my breathing.
If you have read this far......thanks.
My questions are what does anyone think about this being another autoimmune disease -Hashimotos? If you are immunosuppressed on steroids does this affect your thyroid function?