Patient Comments: Fine-Needle Aspiration Biopsy of the Thyroid - Experience


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Comment from: Cathy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 18

I had a fine-needle aspiration (FNA) of my thyroid at the end of June and the doctor told me that he did a “zinger.” It felt like an electrical shock but must have hit a nerve and I have had terrible pain in my right jaw and ear ever since. I hope it will quit. I hope I never have to have this done again. It was my second.

Comment from: AmyM, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 18

I had fine-needle aspiration (FNA) biopsy of my thyroid 9 days ago and am still experiencing excruciating pain. The radiologist had to go pretty deep with the needle and very aggressive since the nodule had so much calcification, so chiseled away at it. I got an injection of lidocaine but could still feel the pressure of the needles going side to side. Had to get 3 jabs since the first two were not good enough samples. It was the most uncomfortable and painful procedure I’ve ever endured. Wish I had opted out of having it done.

Comment from: I'manursetoo, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 07

I had my fine-needle aspiration thyroid biopsy just about an hour ago. The needle was so small I could hardly feel it go in. The numbing medicine burned a bit. I had a total of 5 aspirations done. It was a weird pressure - almost felt like my trachea was getting poked - but the pain was not significant. I have an itchy throat and it is sore when I swallow water right now, similar to how it feels with strep throat but not as painful. I expect this should only last a day or two.

Comment from: Shea, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 22

I am a 27 year old female here. Fine-needle aspiration of my thyroid was one of the most uncomfortable procedures I have ever experienced. The first of 3 jabs, not only do they tell you not to move, or make any noise, but they wiggle this needle around in your throat 3 separate times pulling tissue samples and by the third one it got to a point where I thought I was going to cry. One week later I am still sore. The first day was awful. I couldn’t eat, cough, drink or move without pain.

Comment from: nothanks, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 18

I had a fine-needle aspiration (FNA) of my thyroid done 3 days ago. I had soreness near the base of my tongue during the procedure and then into my neck and shoulder afterwards. Internal muscles in my neck hurt and made it difficult to yawn or cough for about 12 hours. I also developed some swelling that has made it difficult to swallow and keeps gagging me. In retrospect, I would not have done the procedure. I'm low risk and I try to be proactive, but I hated everything about it.

Comment from: punkingee, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 20

I had a fine-needle aspiration of one side of the thyroid. The doctor administered anesthetic at least 10 times. It was very uncomfortable, but the extraction was the worst. The doctor was angry because I couldn't help moving. When I met with the doctor afterwards, he insisted that the pain could not have been bad at all. I've had several other biopsies, surgeries and dental procedures in the past. None of the others were this uncomfortable. I now have to have a second. I am very nervous.

Comment from: Sophia , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 30

I had a fine-needle aspiration thyroid biopsy of 2 nodules. The doctor numbed the area but it was still very painful. After the procedure I was very exhausted and slept for 6 hours. It’s has been 4 days since the procedure and now I’m having leg pain around my knee, and I’m having difficulty walking. Wonder if anyone else experienced this.

Comment from: Beth, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 21

I had a fine-needle aspiration biopsy of a left thyroid nodule over a week ago. I was told I wouldn't need a driver, so thinking it was no big deal, I went alone... after all, I have ulcerative colitis, had been through awful labor pain 3 times, had a kidney stone... Mistake. It was awful. I would definitely take Tylenol before if I ever have another one. The pressure, pain, pop and needle rubbing around... painful and just plain creepy. After, I was extremely dizzy and queasy; I am still in pain over a week later.

Comment from: hiligirl, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 07

I had a fine-needle aspiration (FNA) of my thyroid 2 days ago. My neck, right clavicle and shoulder hurt badly. The site itches and I feel tired. The procedure was nightmarish. Two shots of lidocaine did nothing. Managed to restrain my own arms by gripping the table, but the pain made my legs jump and my eyes tear involuntarily. Thank goodness for my willpower and meditation practices. The doctor was extremely aggressive. Rapid repeated digs into my neck with each of 5 needles. Said he had to be because of the calcification. Prepare yourself for this possibility.


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Comment from: Deb, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 25

I too was told the fine-needle aspiration biopsy of my thyroid would not hurt. It did indeed hurt and continues to hurt when I swallow and cough, 7 days later. I also continue to have swelling in my neck area.

Comment from: Lisa, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 20

I had a fine-needle aspiration biopsy of a left thyroid nodule. The area was numbed with lidocaine. I was told I won’t feel any pain, just a slight tapping on my neck. That person obviously hasn’t ever had one themselves because it felt nothing like that. I could feel each pass, of which there were 5. They press on your throat while inserting the needle, and that was very uncomfortable! I was told not to swallow or speak while the needle is in because that can make the nodule move. This procedure is awful!

Comment from: Karina H, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 12

I got a fine needle aspiration biopsy on a 5.1 cm nodule on my right thyroid, it was recommended after I got a thyroid ultrasound. I got the numbing shot and after that I did not feel any pain at all. It all went well. An hour after I did feel some soreness and pain on my neck but nothing to terrible. Now it has been 5 days and I have a sore throat that hurts quite a bit. I wonder if it has anything to do with the biopsy. I would like to know if anyone else experienced this. I am a little worried.

Comment from: Theresa , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 28

I had fine-needle aspirations of my thyroid done three times now. They are easy, quick and nearly painless. The worst part is the injection, which numbs you. You have to stay calm and relaxed, and focus. Know this is for the greater good of your health. This procedure is minimal. Don’t let people scare you out of getting it. Scary is not knowing and then the cancer spreads.

Comment from: Thrisha, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 28

I had a fine-needle aspiration (FNA) of my thyroid on May 20th and ever since then, I have been having sore throat-like pain and feeling as if there is a lump inside my throat. That feeling gets worse when I bring my head down or lie down. This morning, I got up with severe pain on the left side of the throat extending to the roof of my mouth and left ear. I took two Tylenol tablets and feel slightly better. Even though I have been having multiple nodules for decades, I did not feel any lumps before, nor any discomfort after the FNA.

Comment from: Lee, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 22

I had fine-needle aspiration biopsies of 3 thyroid nodules last week. The first one was pretty calcified and the doctor really had to work hard to get a good specimen. It was a bit painful but manageable. All 3 biopsies took probably 20 minutes total, with 4 needles used for each nodule (12 total). Day 2, I had pain in neck, shoulder and ear, and day 3, vertigo, nausea and vomiting. I think the doctor hit a nerve. I am calling the office today, Monday. The procedure was uncomfortable but manageable. It just got worse as days went on.

Comment from: Claire, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 23

I had a fine-needle aspiration (FNA) thyroid biopsy for a 1 cm nodule, with lidocaine anesthesia 9 days ago and am waiting for results. I was not prepared for the deeply painful experience, even with anesthesia. I am so sorry for others who have shared similar experiences. I too do not believe I can go through this procedure again if results are inconclusive. I was initially reassured by the endocrinologist staff that no one had ever left crying after the procedure. I guess I was the first!

Comment from: StewartKy, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: August 17

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Comment from: BetteK, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 17

I was not prepared for a fine-needle aspiration of the thyroid at all. Wearing a mask and told not to breathe I ended up blacking out after the 6th needle, and in the emergency room. I cannot go through this again. If the test is inconclusive, I don’t know what I’ll do. Glad to see some others have had better experiences. To me it was very painful. My advice, breathe when you can!

Comment from: Kathy D, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 28

They found 2 nodules on my thyroid so I had to get a fine-needle aspiration biopsy on both sides of my neck. I was told that the worst part would be the lidocaine numbing. That hurt because it had to go into a muscle. The actual procedure was also horrible. She had to go deep on both sides, so about 3 lidocaine shots on each side plus about 3 needles each side to get cells. Then the pathologist said there weren't enough cells so it had to be repeated. It hurts especially if they have to go deep into the nodule.


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Comment from: last time, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: June 14

The comments on fine-needle aspiration of the thyroid here are certainly confusing; apparently who performs the procedure makes a huge difference. I have had several surgeries and several accidents. This procedure was near the top in pain, pure torture! I had 12 needles, and no 'pressure' as some state here. Just horrible pain every time he pushed on the needle. The pain accumulated with each needle and was almost unbearable by the end (about 35 minutes of probing). One week later it is still sore. Never again!

Comment from: ThyroidFNA, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 17

I had a fine-needle aspiration (FNA) of my thyroid for a 1 cm nodule, in the ENT office. The surgeon used an ultrasound to locate the nodule, injected a little lidocaine, then 4 passes of the needle. I could feel pressure and some pinching. He let me know that it’s not really possible to numb the inside of the thyroid, so some sensation will be felt. I ate ice cream that night, but back to normal foods the next day. A week later, I’m still having what I would call painful burps. Awaiting genetic sequencing on the biopsy.

Comment from: Jh, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 04

I had a fine needle aspiration biopsy of my thyroid yesterday. I opted not to have the anesthesia as I had had a biopsy before and didn’t feel anything, so it is obviously dependent on consultant. Sadly, it was one of the most painful experiences I have endured medically. I’m very bruised, still swollen and finding it hard to swallow, and today I’ve developed a nasty itchy rash. No one warned me of any of these things and how painful the experience can be. My recommendation is, get the anesthetic first.

Comment from: Angie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 25

I had a fine-needle aspiration of my theroid this morning. It was very uncomfortable and I have some pain now in the back of my neck and in my ear. I couldn't hold it and I instinctively swallowed at one point. The doctor and technician said it was ok, but now I am worried I may have complicated things. Wonder if this ever happened to anyone.

Comment from: SHK, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 25

I had fine-needle aspiration of my thyroid 4 days ago, with a sample taken from both sides, and I am still sore and tender. It hurts to cough and there is a little discomfort swallowing. This is the third time I have had this procedure, and the first two times were a breeze, with little or no side effects. Do not let anyone tell you 'it's nothing' or 'you won't feel a thing'. It clearly is different for each person, each time.

Comment from: bluefrog, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 22

I had freezing spray put on my neck before she poked all three times for fine-needly aspiration of my thyroid. I believe it helped a bit on the surface of the skin but it was still painful; though not unbearable. The worst part was when she had to tap the needle up and down repeatedly to collect the cells on the nodule. A week later I have only slight bruising left and mild discomfort. Day one and two, it was quite painful. I used ice packs and Advil.

Comment from: tpesco, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: February 23

I am looking for help. I had a fine-needle thyroid aspiration done 4 weeks ago with four needles for a 3 cm solid nodule. It was benign, but I have constant discomfort (feels like a lump) since the day of the procedure (didn't know it was even there prior). Wonder if there’s any research on this. I wonder if the nodule could have been moved and is putting pressure on the throat… or if the needles caused it to change or grow. I have a new appointment now on 2-21-21 with the ENT. I am on 1600 mg Motrin daily, but no difference.

Comment from: Jenn M, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 02

I had a fine-needle aspiration of my thyroid 10 years ago and it wasn’t that bad. I had to have this done again today for 2 large nodules and it wasn’t awful, after the burning from the lidocaine. Except that he hit a nerve (not his fault; that’s just where the nerve is) and it shot an excruciating pain through my back teeth and ear! I had 12 biopsies in total. I went home and felt awful; like being sick. I am extremely fatigued and my neck has swelled up and is sore. Swallowing is also a bit difficult.

Comment from: Painintheneck, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 03

I had 2 previous fine-needle aspirations of my thyroid with just a little discomfort. But the most recent one was horrible. I was stuck at least 6 times. He said the nodule was deep. Even after numbing, it was still very painful. And now, almost a week later, it is still painful and sore.

Comment from: Hannahtude, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 01

I had a fine needle aspiration biopsy of my thyroid, today. I was pricked once with lidocaine and then the doctor inserted the needle 7 times. Each time he moved around inside my neck with the needle. He had trouble because of lots of calcification on my nodule. It was extremely uncomfortable and I felt terrible pain in my right ear as he moved around and applied pressure. I also had to wear a mask because of COVID and it made me feel so uncomfortable. I took Tylenol but still in pain.

Comment from: UpsetforSure, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 09

My doctor did not administer any numbing medicines at all for the fine-needle aspiration of my thyroid. This was the most painful experience I’ve had next to child birth. Seven times he went in and dug around. I’ve been run over by a 1500 lb. steer and would prefer that over ever having this biopsy performed again. I was told this was no big deal, could take OTC pain relievers prior to coming and wouldn’t need a ride home. Nonsense. Make sure you get a truthful explanation from your doctor before showing up totally unprepared.

Comment from: ToughBird, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 29

I had my fine needle aspiration thyroid biopsies today. I had four 1 cm nodules; two with external calcium, one with internal calcium, and one with blood. I was not prepared for the extent of the procedure. Glad I had someone drive me home. I have a high threshold for pain and found the procedure to be very uncomfortable. The pre-biopsy numbing shots were painful and numerous. I had 8 biopsies. Obviously long needles inserted in front of the neck was tough, but you have to be totally still and can't swallow. Exhausting!

Comment from: Lindy C, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 24

I had a fine-needle aspiration (FNA) thyroid nodule biopsy on 2/12/20. I had 3 needles to numb the neck (each deeper). Then they took 2 nodule samples. I am pretty tough and thought I could get through this procedure well. Wrong! While my experience was not painful, it was very, very unnerving! By the time they were inserting the sampling needles (after all the numbing) I was having a panic attack. I couldn't have taken a 3rd sample being done. The worst is, test is inconclusive! I have to do it again. I am dreading it.

Comment from: Dancer, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 11

I found fine-needle aspiration of my thyroid a sickening experience. Four samples were taken from a large nodule on the right side. Three days later and it is still very painful, especially when coughing, and my voice is hoarse. Far worse than expected.

Comment from: Quinn, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 22

I don't recall if it was a core needle biopsy, or a fine-needle aspiration of the thyroid, but the doctor took 23 samples and it was very painful, and I had a lot of pain and swelling afterward and for a few weeks after. The lidocaine was not sufficient pain medication for the procedure, it was slow torture. I have a high pain tolerance and have been through several surgeries, nothing quite like this.

Comment from: Not right, say no, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 20

I had a thyroid biopsy before at a hospital and there were no issues. My doctor sent me to an expert who does everything in his office. I went to this guy, he wanted to do a fine-needle aspiration thyroid biopsy on my left nodule which is 2.5 cm. I have a smaller nodule on the right side. He rubbed alcohol and sprayed my neck, but I didn't feel any numbing. He placed the needle on the wrong side and poked me, I stopped him and said this is not right. He said he goes in on the opposite side goes under to the other side; I got up and left. Not going back.

Comment from: dkuch55, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 18

I had fine-needle aspiration of 2 nodules in my thyroid, a week ago. I received 2 lidocaine injections but honestly I don't think they helped. I had 6 samples taken from each nodule and it was a painful procedure. It's now a week later and the area where the needles were inserted is still sore. It also still hurts to swallow, cough or sneeze. If I tilt my head back there is soreness in the neck and throat area. I'm glad some have had this procedure and it was painless for them. That was not my experience.

Comment from: Luciferfan7, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 31

I had fine-needle aspiration of thyroid done in 2 different areas, this morning. Once my head was placed where I did not feel like I could breathe, the procedure lasted about 45 minutes. Once home the numbing wore off. No pain during the procedure but I hated that you can't control swallowing. Now I am home taking Tylenol, using ice packs and really tired. Plus I have pain at the needle site along with problems swallowing due to bruising. Hoping it gets better after a day. But never again will I do this.

Comment from: Faith2010, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

My 1st fine-needle aspiration of the thyroid, no freezing; 2 nodules one on each side they needed biopsied. They used 3 needles for each side. The right side was uncomfortable. The supraclavicular one a bit painful when they wiggled the needles. I only ate soup the 1st day. I was sore for a few days after. Results were inconclusive. I had to do a 2nd one with freezing. They used 4 needles each, jabbed them quite a bit, and I still felt a bit of pain. I burped a lot after with terrible chest pain. Five days later, I still have chest pain along with jaw, ear, and neck pain.

Comment from: Symptoms, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 12

I had the fine needle aspiration biopsy of my thyroid last week. They injected anesthesia twice. The doctor was great, he got the sample only 3 times, and it was slightly painful but tolerable. He said after the biopsy not to have any hot drinks or hot foods, not carry heavy stuff, to avoid coughing and sneezing, put cold compress, and rest. In case it became painful or swollen, or if I had difficulty of breathing or my skin darkened where they inserted the needle, I was to go to emergency room and tell them that I just had the biopsy.

Comment from: Sr058632, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 19

I had a fine needle aspiration 1 week ago. I was petrified after reading this page. Don’t listen to people. Everyone is different and has different pain tolerance. I took a Xanax before because I was so nervous. I don’t know if that helped or that I had a really great endocrinologist. She talked to me step by step. She had to take 4 samples from one nodule. Really was not that big of a deal. I did not get lidocaine. I was done in 5 minutes. Just a bit weird, really no pain for me!

Comment from: Maria, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 08

I had fine-needle aspiration of my thyroid as well. I was given lidocaine and there was no pain during the procedure. About four hours after the procedure and the next day I experienced mild pain the area.

Comment from: Chris U Delaware, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: February 05

I had a thyroid nodule fine-needle aspiration done at a local diagnostic imaging center. I have read some of the comments on here and beg to differ with the individuals that said “worse than child birth.” I was in and out in 45 minutes, the nodule I have was deep and 1 inch in size, and they used a larger than normal needle for my procedure. I was awfully scared to be honest, and it didn’t help that I have the worst anxiety disorder on the planet. Test done, I have a slight stiff neck, and no bruising. You will be fine, trust me!

Comment from: Stylist56, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 28

I had my thyroid biopsy today at 1 and it is now 4 pm. I, like many, was scared of this procedure. Let me tell you my experience was good. I had lidocaine injection on both sides due to having biopsy on both sides of thyroid. Left side I had 3 fine needle aspirations and 2 on the right side. I literally was in and out in an hour. It wasn't as bad as expected or feared. I did take a Xanax before the procedure. It wasn't painful at all so hope this helps you. I felt fortunate and now the wait for results.

Comment from: Maclenna, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 24

I just had a fine needle aspiration biopsy of my thyroid. The doctor was wonderful. Explained all as it happened. A little sting for the numbing and pressure when he hit the nodules. What I didn’t expect was the level of fatigue the day after. I slept for over 13 hours and then went back to bed. I do not sleep long periods of time. I am still tired on day two. I wasn’t expecting that at all. I wonder if anyone else has experienced that. Other than the fatigue, virtually a painless procedure for me.

Comment from: CG, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 23

I just had a fine needle aspiration of my thyroid two hours ago and it wasn’t as bad as I thought it might be. Be sure to ask any questions you may have till you feel comfortable. Doctor numbed the area which only stung a tiny bit and was numbed immediately. He then took four samples. He inserted the needle and jiggled it around but I only felt some pressure. He did very good, explaining everything. They asked me to rest a few hours and I did. Very little discomfort now but I have a headache.

Comment from: Scared and worried , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 22

I went in for my 6 month thyroid check 2 weeks ago. He looked at my previous ultrasound and had this odd look, and said I have 2 left sided thyroid nodules, asking why I didn't get them tested! I told him nobody told me! We scheduled the fine-needle aspiration procedure of my thyroid for January 11. I got into the hospital and they rechecked my thyroid to ensure the procedure was needed. Three deep painful injections of lidocaine, 5 fine needle aspirations, and I was done. Four days later it still hurts, it is bruised and swollen, and I have difficulty tilting head back to take medicines.

Comment from: Sara, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 10

I had fine-needle aspiration of my thyroid 4 years ago, and despite local anesthesia, the only worse pain in my life was labor. I have to have another one done next week, and am dreading it.

Comment from: Mannysaur, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: December 20

I had the fine-needle aspiration (FNA) of my thyroid today, and everything was fine until they started on the 1.7 cm tumor deep in my throat next to my esophagus. I had extreme pain, and my throat swelled up like a balloon. I am having trouble breathing and swallowing. I was told I will need my thyroid to be removed, and referred to oncology.

Comment from: Chrisa , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 27

I had a fine-needle aspiration of my thyroid a week ago and still have difficulty to breathe and swallow. Not as if something is stuck but rather as if my throat is getting numb and I can't move my lung muscles.

Comment from: Charli, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 26

I want to share my experience of the fine-needle aspiration (FNA) on my thyroid nodule. I had 2 samples taken today. Piece of cake. About 2 seconds for each sample, without local anesthetics. Pain level was less than having an injection or blood sample taken. I was scared beforehand, having read all the negative reviews here.

Comment from: Claire, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: November 19

I had a fine-needle aspiration thyroid biopsy about a week ago and it's not nearly as bad as I thought it would be. The numbing was the worst part of it and that was only a pinch. Once I was numbed they proceeded to drain my nodule because it's partly cystic and then they started taking the samples. For the most part I felt absolutely nothing except for a slight pressure every now and then. My throat was sore about an hour and a half after the procedure but after taking some pain relief it was fine.

Comment from: nothorriblenotnice, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 14

I had fine-needle aspiration on 2 thyroid nodules. The first nodule I had done without lidocaine. The doctor did three passes. I decided to have lidocaine for the second nodule as it was in a more tender location. The second one needed 5 passes. The 5th was painful despite the lidocaine. Now I'm home resting with ice on my neck. They said Tylenol for pain. They say 24 hours to recover. Not torture, nor very pleasant.

Comment from: Tracey, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 13

I had a fine-needle aspiration of my thyroid done 3 days ago because I have 4 very large nodules. It was my second time having them biopsied as the first lot of results came back as atypical cells. I was sent to a different place this time. I was horrified when they did the first one with no local anesthetic. My tears were running down my face as they did all 4 without a local. In fact, they had several attempts at the last nodule. I felt traumatized. My neck is swollen and I’m in a lot of pain. My voice is almost gone.

Comment from: Stephie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 19

I have had 4 fine-needle aspiration thyroid biopsies over the last 19 years and had a partial thyroidectomy 17 years ago that turned out to be non-cancerous. I had a biopsy 2 days ago. The procedure was mildly uncomfortable. However this time I have a large purple bruise and my neck is still sore and swollen. Since the procedure I have discomfort when I swallow. It is frustrating since this has never happened before. I was told to apply ice. I plan to follow up if no improvement.

Comment from: Jorge, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: September 13

I had a fine needle aspiration biopsy of my thyroid yesterday. I had lidocaine injected around the needle site, which was only mildly uncomfortable. The radiologist used an ultrasound to guide the needles. I could feel pressure from the ultrasound, and then a distinct sharp sensation inside where the needle was. It wasn't actually painful just uncomfortable. They took about 6 samples and it was done in about 10 minutes. I'm back to normal today - no pain, just very mild soreness at the needle site.

Comment from: Maljuana, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 10

I had a horrible experience with the fine-needle aspiration of my thyroid. It was uncomfortable to begin with and my doctor accidentally hit a vessel which caused a lot of pain and bleeding. Then in order to stop the hematoma, pressure had to be applied. I started to blackout. I broke a sweat from the pain and fear. I am likely the exception to the norm. There was nothing easy or mild about my biopsy. I am going on day three and I’m still sore, swollen and a bit stiff.

Comment from: JulieM, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 06

I had a fine-needle aspiration (FNA) of thyroid yesterday 8:30 am. I had 2 pain medicine injections, followed by 6 aggressive needle biopsies. Pain during biopsy felt like pressing on a swollen gland. Now, almost 24 hours post-FNA, my neck is still swollen at the site and painful to touch. It hurts to swallow.

Comment from: Laura Whte, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 30

I just had my fine-needle aspiration of thyroid at 9:30 am. It's now 11:45. I feel fine, just a bit sore. The procedure was not painful, just a bit uncomfortable. Kind of like going to the dentist and getting numbed. You don't feel pain but you can kind of feel what's going on.

Comment from: Wanda, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 24

I had right thyroid fine-needle aspiration biopsy today due to a nodule that had increased in size. The lidocaine injections (2 or 3) were sharp and painful. I had 4 injections for the actual biopsy. With the needle in, the doctor jiggled it around to retrieve tissue (for about 1 minute each time). There was pressure and some pain, but not severe. My neck was swollen and very sore initially, but has improved at 10 hours since procedure.

Comment from: White hair, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 23

I just had a fine needle aspiration biopsy done on my thyroid nodule at 1:30 today. The numbing shot was barely noticeable and the 5 samples taken caused only mild discomfort. It's 4:30 now. I feel tired and my neck is somewhat sore. It hurts some if I cough. All-in-all, I'd class it as no big deal. I've had tests done in years past for other things that were absolute torture. If you're going in for a biopsy, there's no need to stress about it. Hopefully, you have a really good, experienced doctor like mine.

Comment from: Dang, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 15

When I had my fine needle aspiration biopsy of the thyroid, there was very little pain during the procedure. But as soon as I left my doctor's clinic, I started to feel the pain around the area. I could hardly move my head and I felt so exhausted. The pain only subsided the next day about after 10 hours.

Comment from: Cin601, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 15

I had my fine-needle aspiration thyroid biopsy done about 5 days ago. I was so nervous but I managed to make it through. I had 4 five needles stuck in my nodule on the right side of my neck. Size was 5 to 6 mm. I was numbed up twice and while he did the biopsy he basically juggled the nodule in my neck around. It wasn’t so bad until I came home. That night around 4 am the next day I could barely move my neck! The pain was up in my chin and ear area. It’s been five days and the nodule is still swollen in my neck, and hard.

Comment from: Roxi, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 13

My fine-needle aspiration of the thyroid was a little painful during the procedure. But the pain subsided once it was over. I went to work afterward. My complaint is how exhausted I feel now, 13 hours later. I wonder if this is a common side effect.

Comment from: Valbay, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 10

I had watched a couple of thyroid fine-needle aspirations on You Tube prior, just to know what to expect, unfortunately the video did not tell of the pain involved. I was numbed twice which hurt something awful, followed by 4 sweeps which they stated was the maximum normally done. Mine were deep and I rate the pain at 3 to 4. I 'm not sure right now if I would do another or not, my neck up to my ear is swollen, very sore and tender, and it hurts to turn my head. I had the biopsy this afternoon so I'm hoping I feel better tomorrow.

Comment from: Okiedokees, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 01

This was my first fine-needle aspiration of my thyroid, and I had it done over 24 hours ago. I have a 1 centimeter nodule. I wasn't nervous before the procedure, but the numbing process was very painful for me. He had to stick the needle in three times before my neck was actually numb. Once I was numb though the procedure was simple and fast. But I had a poor reaction to the epinephrine, so afterwards I was really shaking, light-headed, and very cold for about 30 minutes. It got better but I had to rest a day.

Comment from: Bmuniz2017, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 06

I am 25 weeks pregnant and have a 2.6 cm complex nodule. The doctor numbed me with lidocaine for the fine-needle aspiration of my thyroid. A tiny pinch. He immediately then started the biopsy - mine required 4 draws. I was so numb and had my eyes closed so I thought he was just administering more lidocaine. Then I felt a pulling sensation and knew it was the first draw. He did the other three immediately. Pain level was maybe a 2 and it was over in minutes. I was crying in the chair beforehand and laughing at myself afterwards. Don’t stress!

Comment from: MonaL, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 06

I had a double thyroid biopsy 2 weeks ago for a large complex cystic nodule on the left and solid on the right. They used about 10 needles on both sides, jiggling them around to make sure they got enough tissue. It didn't hurt because they numbed me, but later got very swollen and bruised. It healed up within a week, but now at 2 weeks I have an even larger, painful cyst on the left. No fever, but it is painful and sore to swallow, when I cough or touch it. I am going to get checked tomorrow.

Comment from: Msjakiefan, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 05

I had my very first fine-needle aspiration of thyroid last Friday. The set up was worse than the procedure, because the doctor was very late and they wanted me to lie there and not move. Finally, the technician came in and after I commented that I could've been sitting in the waiting room, he let me get up and move around, and then he repositioned me. The doctor came in fast then, and apologized; bee sting shot, very little discomfort, the popping sound and it was over in about 3 minutes. He told me, 'almost all of these are benign, don't worry.’

Comment from: Jl, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 26

I had the fine needle aspiration thyroid biopsy today. They numbed my whole neck. I can still feel the needle going in like a jab, but for this it stays inside a bit longer. I am a bit sad and find it quite painful but still manageable overall.

Comment from: Green44, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 22

I had my fine-needle aspiration on my thyroid nodule done one week ago on my right lobe for a 2 cm nodule. While the procedure was not painful my throat was sore for 2 or 3 days. It hurts a little bit to swallow with your head up but overall it was not as painful as I thought it would be.

Comment from: LSB, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 21

Well, my thyroid biopsy did not go as well as my two cousins’. Their thyroid fine-needle aspiration only took a few minutes. Knowing this, I went in, having no fear. The doctor explained it all to me and said it was a simple procedure, and should take about 30 to 40 minutes. I had 2 lumps on the thyroid and one on a lymph node. She even said it was no problem and I could drive home, by myself. My cousin, came with me; good thing! They gave me a shot to numb it, and then proceeded with the injection for the biopsy. They did this for each one. The shot to numb it felt like a bee sting. That was a total of 6 injections (I had 3 lumps). I was happy it was over and done with; but it wasn't. Whatever they used to numb it with only lasted a few minutes. They were not satisfied when they saw the results. Because of that, they had to numb it again, and do another biopsy. So, this was 6 more injections. However, this time, when they did the biopsy, they took the needle and kept pushing it and shoving it, like a jackhammer, for a full minute. I had no idea what was happening. It was awful. They had their specialists examine it, and they still were not satisfied! Six more injections, and the jackhammer! By this time, they were very concerned about my blood pressure. I kept thinking, when all this was going to stop, when they went for it another time! Six more injections and the jackhammer technique. It was so brutal, I told the doctor that I would rather have a tooth pulled with no Novocain. I think, with each round, they used a larger needle. This ‘30 to 40’ minute procedure took an hour and 45 minutes. That was a total of 24 injections on my thyroid. Due to the jackhammer syringe, the doctor told me I would be black and blue, the next day. They also said they would send my results to my doctor. My doctor should call with the results in a couple days.

Comment from: Abacus01, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: June 21

I got no lidocaine prior to the fine-needle aspiration of my thyroid. It was very painful while undergoing it. Once finished no discomfort or neck pain. Hope I never have to do that again.

Comment from: NervousNelly, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 11

I was very nervous prior to the fine-needle aspiration of my thyroid, and like many others have said, the anticipation was much worse than the procedure itself. I was a bit uncomfortable later that night and still a bit uncomfortable today, but the pain is very tolerable and I don't need any OTC painkillers. I have multi-nodular goiter and Hashimoto's. My dominant nodule is over 6 cm and that is what was mostly biopsied, 8 needles in total, guided by ultrasound.

Comment from: moosecaboose, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 03

I had a fine-needle aspiration biopsy today on my left thyroid. It was about 1.5 cm, the size I was told I should have a biopsy. I had no discomfort in my neck prior to the biopsy. I was given an ultrasound prior to the biopsy to make sure the images from six months ago hadn't changed. They had not. My thyroid nodule was still 1.5 cm. I was given two shots of lidocaine which I was told would feel like a bee sting. Since I have never been stung by a bee, I didn't know how it would feel. The needle going in with the lidocaine wasn't bad. It was when the lidocaine was released from the syringe that I felt stinging across my throat. The doctor didn't wait too long to begin the aspiration of the nodule. I was able to view the procedure because my head was angled in a position that I could see the monitor when the ultrasound technician was doing the ultrasound of my thyroid. When the first needle went in, it was more in the center of my neck, I did not feel anything but the doctor trying to aspirate the nodule. After several attempts, he told me that the needle was not able to puncture the nodule. It was like someone trying to unsuccessfully pop a balloon. He then had to do a second needle more on the left side of my neck that required another shot of lidocaine. That needle was able to penetrate the nodule but the doctor was not able to aspirate any watery fluid. I could actually see the needle in the middle of the nodule. He said the substance in the nodule was like a thick gel. The fine needle was not able to aspirate fluid. It's like trying to drink a thick milkshake from a thin straw. He then requested a not so fine needle, a 20 something needle. He was then able to aspirate something but also had some blood. When I looked at the monitor, I noticed the nodule looked like it had something inside of it. Apparently, the lab had enough material to test. The procedure was over in about 35 minutes which is longer than usual. I was told the material in my nodule is thicker than what they usually get as a sample. The nodule is supposed to shrink. I will be calling my endocrinologist in the morning to see what all that means. I'm supposed to get results in a week. My neck and throat are a little sore. I didn't take any Tylenol but it did use some ice packs.

Comment from: Pam, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 02

I had fine-needle aspiration done on a very large nodule on the left lobe of my thyroid today. I tried not to obsess over it before going in, but I knew the basics of the procedure. I was lucky that I was in very good hands. The doctor numbed with lidocaine, first at the surface and then deeper. I was good and numb by the time he started making the passes with the needles to get the samples. I could feel the pressure of the needles going in, and one or two passes (he did five) were very deep, but it didn't really hurt. It was just noticeable. They put some betadine and a Band-Aid on me and I went back to my little room where they monitored me for about an hour. They brought me lunch, I watched TV, then they discharged me and I'm home now. I feel fine. The area is a tiny bit sore, and I imagine it will be sore tomorrow at least. Nothing major though. It wasn't exactly fun, but coming from someone who never goes to the doctor and hasn't yet spent any time in a hospital except for visiting others, I was fine. Now, without lidocaine I don't know if I would have dealt with that very well. But with it, it was no biggie.

Comment from: Samt55, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 27

I had the fine needle aspiration done today of a large nodule on my left side thyroid. I had no numbing cream or shot beforehand as they said it wasn't needed due to it only numbing skin and can't numb my thyroid nodule. The needle going in was fine and just like a little sting, and same with a blood test sting. It was slightly uncomfortable while in there but didn't take long so was fine, was harder to try not to swallow while the needle was in. I had two samples done. Now after, I feel like I'm bruised inside the neck and I have slight pain up to the ear but all manageable pain. Overall it wasn't too bad, now the horrible wait for results.

Comment from: jo b, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 26

I had my fine-needle aspiration thyroid biopsy done on 17th April 2018. I had no idea of what to expect, I did not get any numbing medication, nor was I asked if I wanted something to help me get over this procedure. The young lady doctor was very nice and polite, she told me my throat would get tight when she was finished but this was normal! I had several needles into my neck for the tests and I found them very painful, I did not move or open my eyes until she said she was finished. I had to put my hand to the area and press so I would not have too much bruising! I was feeling very shaky and sore but I just was asked to wait for an hour to see if I was ok to go home. This took a lot out of me, as I really was not expecting this kind of pain. I would have liked something to help me through it and my neck was sore for several days afterwards and when I coughed. Also it is over a week and I’m still tender and bruised and I just hope I never have to go through anything like this again.

Comment from: Cazza, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 24

The fine-needle aspiration of my thyroid was not as bad as I thought it would be. I had a local anesthetic. It was just like a blood test. I continued on with my day as usual, no lingering pain.

Comment from: Easy does it, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 20

I had my fine-needle aspiration of my thyroid yesterday and I was pretty nervous. They used a numbing cream on me. The first needle that went in, I felt it but it was less painful than a normal needle stick. I didn't know what would happen next or how long it would take, so I was kind of anxious as he was doing it. I just started to count the seconds and practice deep breathing. The scooping sensation was not painful at all. The second needle went in below where they put the numbing cream, so it was the most painful. The rest were not too bad. I had six needles for two nodules in total. I did have to lie down a little while there at the office afterward as I felt a little woozy. I went out to eat after a couple of hours, and my throat felt sore. I had a milkshake which made it feel better. I had quite a lot of soreness in my neck in the evening, so I iced the area and took some Advil, and this morning, my neck feels fine. My throat still feels a little itchy, but overall, it wasn't too bad an experience. I used meditation to help calm me to get through it, and that was very helpful.

Comment from: Emicrystal, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 16

I had a fine-needle aspiration biopsy today on three thyroid nodules. No lidocaine. The needle is very thin and it was the usual stick of a needle. It was a little unsettling feeling pressure as he was moving around to suction a sample. Each needle biopsy took about 30 seconds. It isn't that bad but my neck feels kind of swollen. They gave me an ice pack when I left. I will continue to use ice packs tonight. So it really isn't that bad at all.

Comment from: THCraig, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 10

I had the fine-needle aspiration biopsy of my thyroid last Friday; today is the following Monday. The biopsy doctor first gave me a shot of lidocaine. My primary doctor gave me a one-time pill of Valium to help with my anxiety. I had anxiety because the last time I had this procedure it was horribly painful. He took five different needle samples from the same enlarged nodule. Each needle was carefully inserted and then he poked around a bit inside the nodule, maybe 30 seconds each, to get enough of a sample. It was painful but tolerable. When it was over I was emotional; laughing and crying, and I was a little wobbly probably from the stress and anxiety. My real experience starts later, and I'm not seeing much about this online. Friday I was sore and a little tired. Saturday I was extremely sore and very tired, and Sunday I was sore and exhausted. I think I slept 48 out of 72 hours. I have just been profoundly tired and, today, still a little sore. I wonder if anyone else has experienced this kind of exhaustion after the procedure.

Comment from: Mayme, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 09

I had my fine needle aspiration of thyroid yesterday. The pathologist used a lidocaine injection which did not bother me; then he took one or two biopsies, I'm not sure because I didn't even feel them. On about the 3rd biopsy, I felt pressure and the needle which freaked me out more than anything. He injected me with some more lidocaine but by this time I was already pointing my toes straight forward and extremely tense. For some reason, I could feel the pressure like he was in there with the needle even when he wasn't. I had a nightmare last night; I was yelling out for help. I think it was triggered from the procedure today. I found out while waiting for the procedure that my right side nodule was so large, it's the same size as the right side of my thyroid. I had not been told anything by my doctor. I received a call from my doctor's registered nurse the results were inconclusive because the cells were crushed so the doctor wants me to repeat the procedure. I am super tender now and freaked out about having this repeated right away.

Comment from: Michele, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 19

I had fine-needle aspiration of my thyroid this morning for multi-goiter. I’d like to say it was painless but it was not. The doctor was brilliant, they did apply topical cream to numb but the second aspiration was rather unpleasant as he had to go deep. The 3rd felt like a walk in the park after that! It’s been 2.5 hours and it is painful to move my neck or swallow. There is some pain extending to left ear. I guess your experience will depend on how big and deep the nodules are. Can’t fault the doctor, he was great.

Comment from: PenSu, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 07

I had fine-needle aspiration on a right and left side thyroid nodule. I had to wait 1 hour because doctor was over scheduled. I was so nervous by the time I went in. The numbing was the worst part and there was a little pain a few days after the procedure. The results were undetermined and another biopsy was recommended in 6 months. I am still stressed out not knowing if there is cancer.

Comment from: KLMKX, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 02

I've had fine-needle aspiration of my thyroid done multiple times. I've had a multinodular goiter since I was a teenager, half was removed because they couldn't tell if it was cancer and it wasn't; but I still have to check up on the other half. I want to say that the experience I think entirely depends on the doctor doing the procedure. My last one was 3 days ago and while I'm still sore in the thyroid area, it didn't hurt one bit because the doctor was careful and used enough lidocaine, and helped me feel calm. My last doctor was really kind of rough and mean, and therefore I was not relaxed and I don't think he gave me enough lidocaine because I could feel the needle in the back of my neck and there was some pain (even so, it's more like pointy discomfort). The doctor before that did the drainage and it didn't hurt at all. So I wish you all get calm, relaxed and experienced doctors!

Comment from: mecsjh1, 55-64 (Patient) Published: February 08

I had a fine-needle aspiration biopsy of my thyroid today. I was told by both the doctor and his assistant that the pain was no stronger than getting a shot. They said they use no numbing of any type as it isn’t needed and would cause each procedure to last a lot longer than the 5 to 10 minutes they allow for. I was told they would use 4 needles on each side of my neck. I didn’t do a search online before my appointment. I was very relaxed and not at all afraid. He began on the right side of my neck and it was very painful. I had tears running down my face and neck and began to get a very stuffy nose. I used my yoga breathing and managed to make it through the pain of my right neck. Then he started on my left neck. The pain on that side was the worst I’ve ever had. I was shaking, crying and gasping for breath. Fortunately, after using 2 needles, he stopped, telling me he wouldn’t go on due to my pain. He felt he had enough tissue for the lab. I would never do this again without a local. Just a simple shot or two in the area would make this go a lot smoother.

Comment from: Sarah, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 07

I got my fine-needle aspiration of thyroid done today. I had been reading all these comments, and expecting the worst pain in the neck. From all the comments, my conclusion was that if you get the local anesthetic, it wouldn't hurt, and if you don't, it would really hurt. Luckily my doctor numbed the area before doing anything, and all I felt was a little pinch from a very thin needle that injected the lidocaine, which was much less than the pinch I feel when I do blood test. So, nothing to be afraid of, as the rest of the procedure was completely painless, and it was done in less than 5 minutes. I am lucky that I only had one nodule, and only two needles, but I guess even if it was more, since the area was numb, I wouldn't have felt anything anyway. Nothing to be scared of, not painful at all. No after pain, or problems afterwards.

Comment from: Creed, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 02

After reading all the negative comments on fine-needle aspiration of the thyroid I put off having it done for 2 months, finally decided 3 days ago to get it done. I had mine done and I must say I didn't feel any pain at all. The doctor sprayed it with a cold spray to numb before proceeding and I felt only a slight sting when he injected the rest of the medicine. I've had more pain getting a flu shot! I hope this helps others who are facing this procedure.

Comment from: Scaredy Cat Pat, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 18

What a day! I read the comments from this site last night, the evening before my fine-needle aspiration thyroid biopsy. I was terrified by the number of negative experiences and mentions of extreme pain. So afraid! I could not sleep; I may have gotten a total of 1.5 hours of sleep last night, and shed a few tears. I had decided to demand they put me to sleep with anesthesia but of course they convinced me that was not necessary. The procedure went so smooth. The initial numbing shot was very minor, just a tiny sting. The needle insertions (6 in all into two locations, left and right sides of my thyroid) were so easy. I could barely tell the first 3 needles were inserted at all. The second set of three insertions into the other side of my thyroid were only slightly uncomfortable, not true pain, just pressure and a sense of invasion, but not real pain. Believe me, I am the biggest sissy when it comes to needles and pain. It was over in a flash, and on a pain scale of 1 to10, it was only a 2 to 3, not bad at all. I could go through this again. So please rest your fears. This was not bad at all. And I have no after pain, no soreness, no headache, no pain swallowing, coughing, eating, etc.

Comment from: Ari, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 19

I have recently gotten fine-needle aspiration of my right thyroid nodule (Thursday 12.14.17). I am writing 3 days post biopsy and I am still experiencing pain. It hurts to laugh, sneeze, yell, or swallow with my head up normally. I didn’t think this pain would last this long, but now I’m getting a little worried. I do not like to take pain medications. I’m just going to try and hold out to see if it gets milder by the days.

Comment from: Marilyn, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 20

I had a fine-needle aspiration of my thyroid yesterday. I was a nervous wreck. When they took me back they took me into the office to explain what they were going to do and what I might experience. I had a team of three to doctors and a nurse. They did everything they could to make me comfortable. The procedure was indeed painful as I was not given any numbing medication. They had to take four samples. Today I have some soreness in the area and some neck pain. I am also feeling a little tired, don't know if this has anything to do with the procedure.

Comment from: djk73, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 16

I had a fine-needle aspiration biopsy of my thyroid today. The procedure went very well and very quick. However, when the lidocaine wore of serious pain started. Since 1:30 this afternoon I have felt very intense pain. Since I am on blood thinners they said I was to only take Tylenol. Well, that did nothing. Later in the afternoon my wife called the doctor's office who performed the procedure. His nurse said to take ibuprofen anyway. That has been helping some this evening, although I am still in pain every time I swallow, and even my tongue and teeth hurt. I hope this improves soon. More importantly I hope the results comes back benign. That would make this worth it.

Comment from: FNAwasgreat, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: September 29

Okay, so I worked myself into a tither over going in for fine-needle aspiration of my thyroid. I was not too happy about having to do it, but even less happy about having a needle stuck in my neck, no matter how fine. They gave me two shots of lidocaine and we were off to the races. They did not go directly in on the left side. They went through the soft area right below the Adam's apple and over to the left. The initial needle stick did not hurt; it was only when they got real deep and started poking the nodule did it hurt. The pain was not unbearable, but it did hurt. There was a lot of pressure and then moments of pain. It was definitely bearable, but not something I would want to do again.

Comment from: Swentz, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: September 20

No problems at all after or during my fine-needle aspiration thyroid biopsy. I even got to watch 4 needles go into my neck and the node on the ultrasound screen. Negative for cancer. I felt no pain at all only a little pressure when needle went in. Easy-peasy!

Comment from: Florida RRT, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 07

I had fine-needle aspiration biopsy of my thyroid done last Tuesday. During the biopsy I felt pain radiate up my jaw to my ear. As of this writing I am 6 days past and my neck is still bruised, I have trouble swallowing, right neck pain and swelling and ear pain. I am also in medical field and shocked as the symptoms continue. I had 4 shots of lidocaine and two nodules biopsied both on the right thyroid.

Comment from: Breanna, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 24

I had a fine-needle aspiration biopsy of the thyroid done yesterday and to say the least, it hurt and is continuing to hurt. The numbing stuff burned a little and I thought that was bad but then the next couple pokes were ok until she got in my muscle. When that happened it felt like she was slowly sawing at my neck. Tears came from my eye unwillingly and I was shaking due to my anxiety. It’s a very foreign experience to have pain inside of you and only see a small hole afterwards. When I went home I took Motrin and the pain disappeared for a little bit but it is now back after a short sleep. I'm also noticing a little bruising now as well. I'm eating and drinking ok with little pain. Another thing is it hurts immensely to sneeze. I don't want to scare anyone but this was my experience so far.

Comment from: SterncRaZy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 22

I have many tumors, two of which are worrisome. The radiologist numbed me up well and I was able to remain perfectly still during the fine-needle aspiration of my thyroid, while the pathologist made sure there were good enough 'cell gives' by the nodules, as some can be quite stubborn. And then when she came back in to do the second nodule, it was uncomfortable, nothing like a bone marrow biopsy, but uncomfortable. Tonight I am feeling very sore, swallowing is difficult and my neck is very tender. This is not that big a deal though. If you've ever had a serious cavity filled, you understand the beauty is in having enough lidocaine administered. No opiates needed; that's good.

Comment from: Harry, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: August 22

I had the fine-needle aspiration of my thyroid on Tuesday. Today is Friday, and it was a piece of cake. However, I did experience some minimal, unusual pain. While going deep, I felt pain in my right nostril going up into my right forehead. I had the procedure on the right lobe and 6 samples taken.

Comment from: Pain free, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 03

I had a fine-needle aspiration biopsy of the thyroid three days ago and didn't have any pain at the time or after. I had a wonderful team and the pathologist was in the room as well to ensure that the sample was adequate. The radiologist administered a local anesthetic and only had to take two samples. There is slight bruising in the area where the needle went in but no other discomfort. I am pleased I didn't read this platform before the procedure as ignorance was bliss in my case.

Comment from: MomOf2, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 12

I had a fine needle aspiration on my thyroid today. Thankfully I did not Google the procedure beforehand as it would have scared the heck out of me! I had about 20 needle jabs in all with some very deep tissue samples which felt like she was digging and tugging. The after-pain hurts just as bad thus far as the doctor was poking on the muscle in my throat repeatedly. When it was all over, I was thankful, then they told me I may have to come back in if they didn't get enough samples. Hoping hard it is all over with!