I am a 38 year old female and new to this site and would appreciate if anyone could read my post and comment with any knowledge they have. I first started getting symptoms in 2011; swollen stomach, heavy periods, feeling really down, insomnia and generally feeling unwell. I went to my doctors and had my thyroids checked as I had informed them that I have a strong family history of thyroid problems, 2 aunties had thyroidectomies my grandma also suffered with her thyroids.
the thyroid test were done and I was told they were normal and no explanation or further investigation as to why I was feeling so ill. A few months passed and the swelling in my went down but the feeling down continued but due to been told your test results are normal I never pursued it with my doctor. Although I do not have the results to hand I do know that the are very similar to my current tests: TSH level- 0.29miu/L [0.2 -4.0] FT4 level 12.4 pmol/L[10.0 -20.0].
In the past 2 years my younger sister as been diagnosed with hypothyroidism and my older sister as been diagnosed with Graves disease.
In 2015 I went to see my doctor with carpel tunnel type symptoms and was referred to physiotherapy I had slight improvement but still had symptoms. I was offered injection but I choose not to have these.
I then developed a pain in my shoulder I didn't go to the doctors until it came back again but worse. it started with a pain under my arm pain in my shoulder, shoulder blade and chest just below my shoulder. it was also painful to take deep breaths. I was unable to lift my arm due to the pain i have a swelling under my arm, a feeling of weakness, joint pain and tingling and numbness in my hands and fingers. I was sent for a x-ray which showed no abnormalities and the test for arthritis were normal and the thyroid test were as above. this went on for three weeks and then I started to develop a visible swelling on my neck which I could feel putting pressure on my windpipe so my doctor referred me for a ultra sound scan which says:
The thyroid gland is enlarged with multiple nodules within both lobes and isthmus. No retrosternal extension. Wide range of nodules demonstrate. Within the isthmus there Is a 9mm nodule with complete rim calcification. Within the right lobe there are spongiform nodules, colloid cysts and nodules with coarse calcification. within the left lobe there are large cystic nodules the largest has mobile internal echoes suggestive of haemorrhage with incomplete rim calcification. No significant vascularity demonstrated in any of the nodules.
No lymphadenopathy seen in either side of the neck.
Comments: Appearances are of a multi nodular goitre. None of the nodules demonstrate any overtly sinister features. Note is made of strong family history of thyroid cancer. referral to thyroid clinic is suggested.
since this I have developed a swelling in my jaw going up to the back of my ear the severity of the pain is intermittent. It feels as though it as got bigger and I have a constant feeling of feeling as though I could be sick and I have been sick on a number of occasions, when coughing it is a choking cough and hoarseness to my voice. I am now functioning on 2-3 hours sleep a day and a severe loss of appetite along feeling cold.
these results came in three weeks ago and I was told then by my doctor that the referral had been sent and on checking yesterday no referral had been sent. This has now been done but would just like a little help/advice before my referral comes though.