In November I found a lump on my throat, sneakily hiding behind a ligament but quite definately to me on my thyroid.
My old GP (I've moved house since then) was sceptical that anything was even there, but referred my for a scan anyway. It took from the begining of November until the end of March for the appointment for a scan to come through, and the scan confirmed a growth on my thyroid. Since November, the lump has gone from reletively soft to rock solid, crept from behind that ligament to halfway across my trachia, and is completely immobile so is making swallowing difficult, and my voice is somewhat affected - which is in turn making work hard as I mainly work on telephones. The gland that is under my jaw above it is swollen, but is perminantly swollen anyway from a lot of childhood throat infections. I've not been prodding away at the lump in case it makes it worse, but gently checked its progress every now and then. I'm unsure whether that rate of growth is considered normal for a poorly thyroid, or if it's quite fast - any ideas?
After the scan I've been given an appointment to see endocrinology in three weeks time, and given that I waited so long to get scanned, I was wondering if the short waiting time for an endocrinology was normal.
I'm quite aware that the lump is showing some red flags for cancer, so am wondering if the timescales are more what is expected of a suspicious lump appointment than regular disorder waiting times.
I'm not panicking or in a tizzy over what the lump could potentially be, so I'm not looking for reassurance, more a better idea of what I should be expecting when I get there, as my brain sometimes goes blank when dealing with doctors and I come out thinking of all the things I should have told them!!
If anyone can tell me if the wating time is normal, and what to expect to happen in that first appointment I'd be grateful!