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FNA next week, 2 cm nodule and getting in a state

Discovered a right lobe swelling a couple of weeks ago. TSH normal.Had an ultrasound that found a 2cm nodule on right side, contained within the thyroid and no lymph node issues but have gone on the NHS 2 week check up with a FNA planned for Tues 22nd. The area around the thyroid feels a bit odd now, particularly when I lie down and in the top of my chest and my anxiety is making me feel even more rubbish, on top of a cold virus which is hanging around too. Is it normal to feel like this? I'm so worried that this will be malignant .

Anyone want to talk some sense into me? Thanks.

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Jacsrab, It's standard protocol to do a fine needle aspiration biopsy on nodules >2cm. Cells are aspirated from the nodule via a needle. 95% of nodules are benign.

The FNA is a little uncomfortable as you have to lie with your throat thrust upward but it isn't painful. I think an anaesthetic gel was applied before the needle was inserted. I was given a pad to press hard against the neck for 20 minutes after the procedure to reduce swelling and bruising. There will be some soreness and perhaps a little external bruising for a couple of days but paracetamol or ibuprofen will ease any discomfort.

It may take 2-3 weeks to get the results so try not to fret. As I said, the chances of the nodule being malignant are very slim.


I am not a medical professional and this information is not intended to be a substitute for medical guidance from your own doctor. Please check with your personal physician before applying any of these suggestions.


I found a lump on my right side back in October. Ive had blood tests that came back fine I also had a fine needle biopsy that also came back non cancerous and an ultrasound that came back that it was abnormal. I saw the consultant and it was decided to have the whole right side out that was a week ago today. They still don't know what the lump is but seriously don't worry. You'll be absolutely fine. everything they do is routine and they just need to check out what it is x


Be positive. It's not good for your health to worry. No problems connected with the thyroid are life threatening. That's what I understood from my endocrinologist. One specialist told me that he's more worried about my parathyroid glands!

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