Hi, I'm looking for some help and reassurance please. I have been suffering from many of the underactive thyroid symptoms for about 3-4 years, feeling low, fatigue, widespread aches and pains, weight gain and tendonitis. I did have a blood test about 6 years ago when I had some leg pains but it came back negative. However they did diagnose some arthritis and so I accepted that it was something I would have to live with. I'm not one for going to the doctors and avoid it when I can. I have lived with a degree of depression for several years but this last few months all of my symptoms have worsened which I put down to menopause as I am in my mid 50's. Last week I noticed a lump at the front of my neck and recognised it as my thyroid gland. I immediately made an appointment with my doctor who confirmed that it was very likely to be my thyroid. She has booked me in for blood tests which I am having tomorrow, the list is endless for what I am being tested for, and I have to have an ultrasound scan but I'm told it will be about a month before I get an appointment. My doctor said, in the meantime, if I have any neck pain to just take painkillers. I'm not sure if it's psychological but I feel really panicky about this lump, Ofcourse I can breathe perfectly fine and I can swallow food but I cant bear the feeling if this object putting pressure on my neck. I have neck pain this morning, I am so uncomfortable and worried that this lump seems to have just appeared from nowhere??? I realise that I have most likely had an underactive thyroid for several years which has had a widespread effect on my body but I am so worried and afraid of how I'm feeling I just don't know what to do. If my blood tests confirm my condition, will I be given medication straight away or will I have to wait for the results of my scan? I don't think I can handle this without medication for another month. Can someone offer me any advice please?