Goitre

Hi everyone,

So when I was 9 I was told I had a goitre, and it was left at that. I have always had a lumpy throat but it has never caused and discomfort, the last 9 weeks have been hell for me! It will not stop growing and now I'm finding it so difficult to swallow and my breathing is affected! (I'm now 20)

I have been to the hospital and they have done several blood tests over the last few months, my thyroid levels have come back normal. I am now wait for a biopsy and scan, but the hospital keep messing up my appointments, I think I'm going to go private healthcare as it just want this sorted, it's dragging me down!!

I just want to know if there is anything I can do for the time being to relieve the pressure and discomfort.

Thanks in advance:)

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  • Welcome to the forum, Hannahinglis95.

    Keep chasing the hospital for the scan and biopsy appointments. It sounds as though there may be a goitre or nodule pressing on your trachea, the ultrasound will confirm. Nodules are actually slow growing so your windpipe won't be pushed shut while you await investigation. You may find it more comfortable sleeping slightly upright with 2 or 3 pillows to support you as it will be easier to breath and you are less likely to experience the choking sensation.

    If your throat is painful take painkillers but there isn't anything which will reduce pressure and discomfort.

  • Hi,

    Thanks for your reply! :)

    I will keep up with the painkillers! :)

  • Goitre is normally associated with overactive (hyperthyroid) but can also be present without this condition.

    Do you have any symptoms of either over or under active thyroid. You will find a list of symptoms on the ThyroidUK website (and many other websites).

  • Hi,

    Thanks for your reply.

    Yes, I have a lot of the symptoms of an over active thyroid, also my mum, nan & auntie have an overactive thyroid. This is why I am so surprised my levels are coming back as normal, I have had 4 blood tests over the last 6 months, as I keep insisting something isn't right.

  • Do you have copies of the results? Always, always ask for a print-out - it's your legal right to have one - so that you know what they tested, and exactly what the results are. They could be misinterpreted by a doctor who doesn't understand them, or they could be doing the wrong tests.

    If you Don't understand them, just post the results here and somebody will know what they mean, no problem. :)

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