Hi guys! I'm undiagnosed as far as thyroid problems go (trying to get a referral to an endo from my GP), but I seem to have all the symptoms of Hashimoto's. I'm currently trying to get further tests and some more answers.
But, the thing that led me to looking at thyroid problems as a possible reason for all my symptoms is the fact that an ultrasound scan of my neck (done to find out why my feet are always swelling) found three small thyroid nodules - the biggest being just 4mm.
In recent months, I've had a feeling of a lump in my neck/throat, just at the front. It isn't visible - but when my neck is in certain positions it feels like it constricts my throat and windpipe. This is particularly problematic in bed at night - I struggle to get my neck into a position where it doesn't feel uncomfortable. This can sometimes lead to breathing problems - I can hear myself rasp and I've even woken myself up doing so! I also have problems with swallowing sometimes - especially taking pills which always seem to stick in my throat. Basically, anything which I can't chew into something really soft and small seems to get stuck.
I've told both my GP, and a general surgery consultant I was referred to, about this but they both say this "lump" I can feel can't be due to my thyroid nodules as they are so small. A GP other than my normal one who I saw just before Christmas tried to explain it by saying I was stressed so that was why it felt like I had a lump - in other words, it's all in my head! (I have an appointment with my regular GP in the New Year, and she does tend to listen and not dismiss me like that)
Have any of you any ideas what might be going on here? Is this feeling of a lump in your neck/throat usual for people with thyroid problems? (most likely, Hashimoto's)