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Ultrasound confirmed nodules - what should I do?

Apologies for the long post... Am new here and amazed at quality informations hope to get some informed advice. I been treated for seroneg lupus (visibly inflamed joints but normal bloods) with hydroxychloroquine and depot steroid x2 injections which has been transformational. However I’ve had a dry cough for + 6 months and a feeling of something catching my breath, top of sternum. illness (pleurisy) on recent holiday led to chest ct scan (inflammation) then thyroid ultrasound confirmed nodules. Connecting the dots led me to take private ultra thyroid blood test least week via medicheck. Awaiting results but been feeling crap for years until steroid and hydroxychloroquine miraculously healped severe pain and stiffness. Still feel rubbish. Am disgusted at the ignorance displayed by medics in general re thyroid and autoimmune. I’ve no follow up re thyroid and don’t know what to do. My first instinct is to get rid of the lumps but am clueless here and GP doesnt know I’ve had an nhs ultrasounds thyroid so no results posted!

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Lupymo,

Thyroid nodules are very common, most people will have some by the time they die and they are rarely troublesome. They don't usually affect thyroid levels and nodules <1cm are almost always benign. The ultrasound report should indicate how many nodules there are, where on the thyroid, and sizes. There's usually no need for further monitoring until the nodules are >2 cm when fine needle aspiration biopsy may be done to rule out malignancy.

Write a new post with your Medichecks results and ranges and members will advise.

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As you are aware, Lupus is an autoimmune disease and it is not uncommon for people to have more than one of these. If the results of your blood tests reveal your thyroid antibodies are high, then you have Hashimoto's - an autoimmune disease which attacks the thyroid gland. Giving up gluten helps many members on this forum and some are helped by avoiding dairy. The Paleo Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) is a lifestyle programme with lots of science behind it, aimed at reversing the normal course of autoimmune diseases and thus reducing symptoms. Good websites include the Paleo Mom, Autoimmune Wellness and Phoenix Helix. As you say, most conventional doctors are not inertested in treating autoimmunity with diet and stress management. Their message is 'enjoy feeling like c**p for years while antibodies destroy your thyroid gland'.

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