Hi, I am new to thyroid problems, having gone to the GP a month ago to ask about a swelling on my neck. I learnt this was a goitre and was booked in for blood tests and an ultrasound.
My blood tests came back as TSH 2.39 but antibodies were positive. My GP said no range was given for the antibodies, they were just positive. She seemed confident that this meant I have autoimmune thyroiditis but said we should still check for any lumps on the ultrasound, and that the ultrasound would also confirm if it is autoimmune thyroiditis.
So, yesterday I had the ultrasound. The sonographer said it doesn't look like autoimmune thyroiditis, and that there are two lumps, one on each thyroid lobe. He said they look pretty benign but as they are 2cm (or he could have meant over 2cm, not sure) he took some fluid out of one of them to check whether it is malignant or not, and said I will get the results next week.
In the meantime I am feeling confused and wonder if anyone else has experienced something similar and what it turned out to be? From reading up I understand that the antibodies could indicate another condition such as pernicious anaemia, diabetes and others, but would I still have a goitre if it wasn't autoimmune thyroiditis?
Also, any advice as to whether I should ask my doctor to check anything else would be most welcome - I got the impression from my GP that if nothing is found on the ultrasound it will just be a case of getting a blood test again in 6 weeks to see if my TSH has changed.
Thanks for your help.