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Dodgy Thyroid Nodule

Hi, I was diagnosed with severe autoimmune hypothyroidism last November. I had an ultrasound today on a nodule which has grown 2.8cm and was not detected in an ultrasound in mid-December. I have had it 'fine-needled' and told that it is solid and is not a cyst. I was also told that I have small cysts on my thyroid. I am having to wait 10 days for results, i was told it would be best to have it removed. I am 38 years old. i was wondering, now that a cyst has been ruled out if anyone else has been through a similar experience?

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Hi Vix, my nodule was about 2.5cm on the ultrasound. FNA was indeterminate but because the nodule was compressing my windpipe making breathing and swallowing difficult it was decided to remove it without further FNAs. ThyCa is rare with 95% of thyroid nodules being benign.

The hemilobectomy was done during the day with an overnight stay. A drain is inserted to remove fluid and reducing swelling and bruising and is usually removed next day prior to discharge. I was offered plenty of pain relief and packed off home with lots but didn't need much after the first 3 or 4 days other than at night when pain niggles more than during the day. It was a blessing to be able to breath so much easier and to sleep lying down shortly after the op. You'll probably need 2 or 3 weeks off work to recuperate. I wasn't given Levothyroxine because it is was expected the remaining thyroid lobe would produce sufficient thyroid hormone.

The removed lump is biopsied as a larger sample can categorically rule out or confirm cancer. I was unlucky, as a month later I was told mine was positive for Hurthle cell cancer and I had completion thyroidectomy 3 months later. As my thyroglobulin has been undetectable and thyroglobulin antibodies have been <20 since RAi I am considered cancer free and in remission.


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