Patient Comments: Thyroid Nodules - Symptoms and Signs


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Comment from: Jag, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 19

I went to see the obstetrician/gynecologist for a general examination and he felt the thyroid nodule. I have been having breathing discomfort and throat pressure every now and then, but since my TSH was normal in March 2021, I never suspected it was anything to do with my thyroid. I had an ultrasound in August 2021. It came back as ACR TI-RADS 4 (moderately suspicious) with a 3.5 cm nodule in my left thyroid. Waiting to schedule my biopsy.

Comment from: Mashy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 09

I am seeing my ENT on 07/21/21 after having an ultrasound done of my thyroid. Impression: Likely benign bilateral thyroid nodules in a background suggestive of chronic thyroiditis. I have neck pain, and a noticeable bulging mass in my neck while speaking. I have a hoarse voice, pain from my throat to my ear, ringing (tinnitus) or a sense of fullness in the ear, numbness around my mouth, migraines, afebrile but with sinus tachycardia, rash/redness, bloody mucus, sinus congestion, nasal regurgitation, etc.

Comment from: Nurse99 , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 02

I have Hashimoto's thyroiditis with a solitary nodule. The only symptom appears to be extreme tiredness.

Comment from: Dainty, 45-54 (Patient) Published: December 24

I have a sore neck and chest pains from my thyroid nodules.

Comment from: Hrysa, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 26

After a long history of amenorrhea (no periods), and recent symptoms of numbness, fatigue, constipation, anxiety, the doctors found a 1.6 cm nodule on the right part of my thyroid (totally by chance, when I had MRI being scared of multiple sclerosis). Blood tests were normal apart from a bit of high hematocrit, and thyroid hormones were also normal. I just had a fine needle aspiration biopsy (FNA) and waiting for results but I am very scared it's going to be malignant. I wonder if anyone had a surgery before at a young age; I'm 30.

Comment from: Luka, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 13

I just want to add my story in case it gives some comfort to those waiting on biopsy results. I went to the doctor for what ended up being GERD and at that exam they found my thyroid was enlarged. Next was an ultrasound which showed 5 (yes 5!) thyroid nodules with two being 'suspicious.' Next was the fine needle aspiration biopsy on both the nodules. I was convinced I had cancer. They were benign. Have hope!

Comment from: scdc, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 09

I had no symptoms of thyroid nodules. I hadn't been to the doctor in over 7 years - as am in early 50s I thought I'd get physical tests and blood work. Apparently I have Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism but don't have any symptoms. Doctor felt the thyroid area and ordered a sonogram. I have nodules on the left side of my thyroid and the doctor has ordered biopsy. Weird... of course now I feel like my throat is sore on the left side and I have completely freaked myself out over poring over materials on internet.

Comment from: lili, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 19

In 2013 around June I started to wake up with saliva accumulation in my throat, during the day no problem at all, just when I sleep. I took a blood test and my thyroid hormones were ok, but that year in October I started to feel tired, my heart was racing and my period came in a very strange way. I went at once to my general physician (GP) and I took a hormones test. My T3, T4 and TSH showed hyperthyroidism. I used Neo-Mercazole for one year. My levels went back and since then they have been ok. But my GP found it strange that I still was having the problem with saliva. In 2015 I took every possible gastro test, negative. In 2016 finally I saw an ENT who took a CT and ultra-scan (US), the CT didn't show anything negative but the US showed a very mild enlargement of the thyroid gland. He said to me that when I sleep depending on my position my thyroid gland put more pressure than normal and that's why the accumulation of saliva happens. The general hospital did a second US and confirmed two thyroid nodes, one in the right and one in the left 2 cm and 1.5 cm. They said that shouldn't cause me any problem. I believe more in my ENT, since sometimes I have a lot and sometimes I don't have a lot of saliva in my throat.

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

I had chronic laryngitis in 2011 and was referred to an ENT who confirmed that I had a nodule on my thyroid. After going for a scan they confirmed that it was harmless and I was also diagnosed with an underactive thyroid with no symptoms whatsoever. It has been 5 years now and I stopped using the Eltroxin I was prescribed and I feel fine, no ache or pains, weight gain, fatigue, nothing whatsoever. I still have a nodule and it hasn’t grown at all so, I am not going to do anything about it. It doesn’t bother me, I think the problems start when you have it operated on.


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Comment from: sonia, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 12

I have been to the hospital today, a follow up after being diagnosed with a large goiter and solid mass of thyroid nodules. The doctor put a camera down my throat and said my left vocal cord seems paralyzed!! The goiter is constricting my trachea. I have fullness in neck, my collarbone hurts and I have terrific shoulder pain. I feel terrible, can't sleep, all my joints hurt, and I feel anxious and churned up all the time. I now have to have another ultrasound and fine needle aspiration before a decision is made about what to do. What I'm upset about is no one wants to help with how poorly I feel because my blood test came back normal. I had a partial thyroid removal 25 years ago but not on medication. I feel like I'm going mad and it's going on and on!

Comment from: Pmr27, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 16

Around 6 years ago I had the left side of my thyroid removed because of a 1 cm nodule. I now have 4 nodules in my remaining right half, maybe more now, as each scan shows more! I am tired, depressed, and totally exhausted. I don't even want to walk the dogs, cook, or shop! I’ve lost interest in most things. Doctors do the appropriate blood tests, but so far no treatment has been deemed necessary. I'm sleeping my life away. I’m sure my current anti-depressants are not working so life is unpleasant big time at the moment. All my doctor wants to do is get my heart tested. I’m confused and too tired to care anymore.

Comment from: regift, Male (Patient) Published: July 24

I finally had a total thyroidectomy. It got to the point where I could barely talk, swallow and breathing was getting hard to do. Not that you look forward to surgery but the doctor and staff were great. I was in surgery for almost 5 hours and when I woke up I was in the intensive care unit. Later that afternoon the doctors came in and I told her that I felt great and that I no longer had that feeling of a baseball in my throat. She told me the mass was bigger than she anticipated and it was more softball size. I spent 2 days in the hospital. My thyroxin was increased and I went on calcium supplements. I cannot believe how good I feel since the surgery. It is nice to be able to eat and not choke.

Comment from: LisaM, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 18

Right after the first of the year I noticed a slight swelling on my thyroid. When I was about 20 I was hyperthyroid, I took Tapazole for 1 year and everything seemed to be ok. But now I have had blood work which came back normal, an ultrasound that says I have three nodules and FNA (fine needle aspiration) which came back abnormal. They told me it came back as a follicular neoplasm and now my chance of it being cancer is about 30%. Next week I have an appointment with a surgeon to have it removed. Scary but now I just want to get it over with. The nodules explain why I have felt this fullness in my throat. I also get an achy feeling on my collar bone and up towards my left ear.

Comment from: Nicole, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 20

I went to the doctor today for a routine checkup. A couple of weeks ago I went to get blood work done. The results came back and my thyroid levels are off. She felt my throat and had me swallow and the doctor said she was concerned and wanted me to get an ultrasound of my thyroid. She looked concerned. I scheduled my ultrasound today for 3pm. I'll be going back in 2 months for a follow up. The doctor said my thyroid was enlarged, I should have got my thyroid checked out sooner.

Comment from: baily, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 28

I was gaining weight every week, I was tired and irritable, had numbness in my hands, stiffness in my neck and was unable to remember simple things. I was tired and had aches and painful joints all the time and poor sleep. My doctor told me it was menopause. I developed a sore throat with difficulty in swallowing. I went to another doctor who found an enlarged thyroid, ordered blood tests and an ultra sound and the sonogram revealed many small nodes. The blood tests revealed high cholesterol and high blood sugar, other than that it did not show much about my thyroid levels. She sent me to an endocrinologist who began therapy for thyroiditis with a small dose of Synthroid. It has been five months and I feel so much better. I still have high blood sugar and I am hoping it will return to normal once my thyroid is under control.

Comment from: elizabeth, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 04

The ENT did ultrasound and I have nodules in my thyroid left side. They knew since 5 years, and 4 months ago, they told me I have that. I always have been wondering why I have trouble with accumulating saliva especially during night, waking up choking myself and coughing; now I know. Two days ago I started with pain in my neck radiating to my shoulder and headaches, swollen eyes, and kind of feeling of small electric shocks on the left side of my face. I decided to go to the emergency room, the doctor asked me what happened, my history of health problems, and I told him everything. He said there was nothing he can do, and told me go to my ENT. I am depressed he told me to stop looking for more doctors because they will find other problems on me. I am at home, with my pain and concerns, I called to make appointment with specialists and I found that my insurance needs to approve more visits. After only the 2nd visit when he say I have problems in my thyroid, that’s it, no medication, nothing. I am worried what is going to happen with me, now my thyroid problem is making my life miserable, and my family too.


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Comment from: Waiting4GoodNews, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 04

I had this clicking in my throat, so physician’s assistant (can never see my doctor) had blood work ordered because my thyroid felt enlarged. I am always cold, tired and have constipation. Well, my tests came back normal so they did nothing further. The clicking continued and I found a free ultrasound affiliated through a hospital and drove 1 hour to have it done. It took all of 10 seconds to do the ultrasound! The technician said she saw 3 nodules so I needed to make an appointment with my doctor (ha, can’t ever see him). My doctor’s office nurse called and was kind of hateful with me and told me I needed a detailed ultrasound. I went for ultrasound, now waiting to see the PA for results. I have neck pain on both sides, and feel like I must cough a few times a day. Nothing like waiting!

Comment from: cautiousskeptic, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 18

I just discovered a lump in my neck and the ENT is sending me for an ultrasound as he feels the lump is on my thyroid. My lump is extremely painful when touched and yet I have read that most thyroid nodules have no pain.

Comment from: Anna, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 13

After two weeks of throat cough, hoarseness, painful throat, I had ultra-scan of thyroid, which took 42 minutes. The radiologist called in two others to look but they whispered so I couldn't hear anything, they asked me 3 times if I had surgery on my thyroid. The answer was no, when one of the radiologist left the room she turned and said 'good luck with all that', now I'm stressing while I wait for my results.

Comment from: Mom2four, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 11

One year ago I went to an ENT doctor because I was experiencing vertigo. During the exam he found nodules on my left side thyroid. Now for the last 2 months I have had a lump that has grown starting the size of a pea and now is almost the size of an almond. I am having vertigo, headaches, loss of appetite, and unexplained weight gain. Now the last week I have felt like I have something stuck in my throat and it's affecting my sleep and eating; feels like heartburn almost. I'm kind of freaking out! Doctor said the nodules are nothing to worry about but this seems different.

Comment from: C lady, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 24

I had an MRI of my neck that revealed an enlarged thyroid. I have had issues with swallowing so I went to an ear, nose and throat doctor that did an ultrasound showing very small nodules and cysts and was told my blood work is normal.

Comment from: bambi, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 28

I have irregular multi-nodules. I have had two needle aspirations. I am on metoprolol for high heart rate and have pain radiating ear to jaw. Surgeon says he will only take it out if I have cancer. I wanted to have prevention and surgery. I will only get checked now maybe in three years for follow up. The eye doctor says I have start of Graves’. What a name!

Comment from: wendell, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 27

I have Grave's Disease for about 2.5 years now. I was on Tapazole for the first 18 months. Then, I went off it for about 6 months. My numbers after about 4 months off were worse than what I started with. I had symptoms of rapid heartbeat/breathing, tiredness and not sleeping well. I went back on Tapazole in June 2013 and August I decided to go gluten free. I read some articles and did a self-test. I have vitiligo on my hands, arms, feet. The other day, I went for an ultrasound and the endocrinologist called me tonight and said I have a nodule that was not there 2 years ago. So, now I have to spend the next week and holiday worrying because I don't think I will get an appointment.

Comment from: nmay, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 06

I had ovarian cancer little over 3 years ago and am doing good. Approximately 20 plus years ago I had a partial thyroid removal due to goiter. Within the past 3-5 years nodules have been found on my remaining thyroid. I have been on medication since surgery 20 plus years ago. I have had many ultrasounds and biopsies in the past few years. I have 3 nodules on my thyroid and a couple of weeks back I had my yearly ultrasound and a new nodule has shown up, now I have 4 nodules on 1/2 thyroid, as that’s what is left. I am concerned especially since I had cancer and I have a sibling who had thyroid cancer. Personally, I am considering having the partial thyroid I have left removed. I found out about the 4th nodule just today from my family doctor. My specialist office is usually very slow with reports so I have not heard from her office. I am thinking of calling her office instead of waiting for her to call me, probably another needle biopsy is in order. I have felt pain in my jaw and ear area as well as pain around my eye, but never knew this could be from my thyroid. I hope I get this sorted out soon.

Comment from: brooklyn, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: November 27

I am 78 years old and had routine carotid artery ultrasound that showed part of the thyroid with a lump about 1 cm. I had an ultrasound of my thyroid and found that I have a nodule. I will have a needle biopsy. In the 1950s I had radiation therapy and ultraviolet light therapy for acne. I am on Lexapro for the past year, following a double mastectomy for cancer. I had no symptoms that I attributed to my thyroid but my hair is thinner and I’m 20 pounds heavier in the last 15 years. I also have a recently diagnosed (last week) aneurysm. These are not the golden years.


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

I have a feeling of fullness in my throat/neck area that can be annoying. I especially feel it if my head is down while reading. I was just told I have two small nodules on either side and will be seeing a specialist next. I am not worried but being cautious.

Comment from: whats real at 46, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 16

Looked in the mirror and noticed a lump under my "Adam’s apple" (but I'm a woman). Ultrasound indicated several nodules and cysts in both lobes and the isthmus. Awaiting official results of fine needle aspiration biopsy; although radiologist and pathologist think they are benign. TSH over the years has always been slightly under the "normal" range. But the T-3 and T-4 have been slightly above the normal range. There was no concern from doctors over the years regarding the blood tests. No other obvious symptoms. No rapid weight gain or loss. Hair loss, but its not thinning. Skin is not dry, but no longer oily either. Hard to tell if heart beat occasionally is rapid or if I'm imaging it. Tired, but who isn't these days.

Comment from: Ebonyeyes, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 16

I have been monitoring the nodule on the lower left hand side of my neck for a few years now. It's pretty obvious that I have a nodule because it goes up and down when I swallow. I have no pain, no symptoms, and the biopsies that I have endured show no cancer, yet it keeps growing. My doctor has recommended total removal of the thyroid gland. After removal I will need to take a thyroid replacement tablet for the rest of my life. I have finally decided to have the thyroid removed. I don't like the unsightly lump in my neck and don't want to take the chance that I have cancer.

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 03

I didn't have any symptoms or signs with my thyroid nodules. I had gone to my doctor for another issue. After my exam, he said I should have an ultrasound of my thyroid. I asked why and he said because I have been on thyroid medicine for 20 years. So I did and it showed nodules. I had it repeated in six months and a biopsy one month later (which I just found out was fine). So hopefully you have a doctor who is on the ball and if there is any thyroid history in your family, you may want to have it checked.

Comment from: Lila, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 03

In 2006, I had a lot of pain in my muscles, joints and long and heavy periods, acne, weight gain, etc. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and insulin resistance. I am on .025 Synthroid and 500 mg Metformin. I have been OK until last May 2008 when they discovered two swollen nodules on my thyroid. They are going to perform a needle biopsy. I have a hard time swallowing and even touching my throat. My hormone levels are normal, but my autoimmune antibodies are high. I am in tons of pain in my joints and muscles. I sleep all day long and night, my face is breaking out, and my periods are heavy again. My specialist said that it can't be from Hashimoto’s, but my family doctor said it is. I feel like I am going crazy, but the signs are all there that it is Hashimoto’s. I am just waiting on my biopsy to see what the next step is.

Comment from: Ina, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 03

I have had significant weight gain in the past three months, I’m always clearing my throat, my hair is dry and falling out, and I’m exhausted. I had lab work done three months ago and the TSH was high. But on repeat tests, they were "normal." But I felt something on my neck. An ultrasound showed a "mass" near my thyroid. The radiologist suggested a CT scan. It found an area of concern: a nodule on my posterior right thyroid (no size given). Now, the radiologist wants another ultrasound. There are no other plans I guess, and I am really concerned.

Comment from: Sandra, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 27

I am fairly sure that my thyroid nodules were caused because I was using an anti-mosquito plug-in containing d allethrin. The chemical imitates oestrogen and gives instruction to the pituitary gland to produce more thyroid hormone. The nodules are caused purely by the excess hormone that has nowhere else to go. I am hoping they will dry up eventually, once the thyroid hormone level stabilizes. At the same time I had a congenital cyst, which grew very large when a very heavy green pine cone fell on my head, causing me to need 6 stitches. This went away apparently by itself, after 2 years, but coincidentally at the same time as I had a dental implant. My dentist believes it might have been a reaction to the anaesthetic. I live in Portugal, although I am English and it is difficult to get reliable information. I rely a lot on the Internet to check on what is being told to me by the doctors here, who are inexperienced

Comment from: SANDRA, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 27

I discovered a lump after the birth of my second son and had tests to discover my thyroid was normal except for the nodule. After living with my lump for 3 years and having a biopsy ever 6 months I decided to have it removed. They took 2/3 of it leaving my parathyroid glands. It’s been 7 years and I have suffered from anxiety for most of them and now I am also feeling more tired, sweating, forgetful and slowly gaining more weight. I do take a .75 of levothyroxine daily and turned 42 this week. Do I need to see a nose and throat specialists again to get another opinion. My family doctor says my levels keep coming back in the normal range yet I am not feeling great.

Comment from: nasus6161, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 15

I was sitting at my desk at work, went to scratch the left side of my neck and noticed this enormous lump in my lower neck. I had no other symptoms. I went to my general practitioner on a Tuesday, had a CT scan on Wednesday which showed a 3.75cm mass on my left lobe of my thyroid. Went to an ears, nose and throat specialist on Thursday, he did a needle biopsy in the office, which turned out to be benign, but, I was told that the biopsy was not 100% accurate, so I elected to have my left lobe of my thyroid gland removed. The surgery was not bad and I am now three days post surgery and doing great. The pathologist report also reported it was a benign mass but I would have choosen to have it removed again. My doctor told me anything 4 cm or larger is usually cancer and since mine was 3.75, I did not want to take any chances.

Comment from: ecuparent, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 06

I kept feeling like food and was getting stuck in my throat. I had a swallowing study done and an endoscopy done, but it found nothing. I still knew that something had changed in my throat so I made an appointment with an endocrinologist myself. He found many nodules and three need to have the fine needle biopsy. My advice, be persistent and don't listen when doctors tell you nothing is wrong. By the way my blood work didn't show anything except a severe Vitamin D Deficiency 8.9L; TSH .877; T4 1.39.

Published: July 23

I started having rashes and then woke to the feeling of a swollen throat, coughing, difficulty swallowing and breathing. My peroxidase level was then found elevated. MRI, CT and ultrasounds followed revealing a large node and several small nodes. A biopsy showed they were benign and I was diagnosed with Hashimoto. Other symptoms before diagnoses and after treatment were significant weight gain, muscle tremors, chest pains and palpitations, decreased body temp, red coloring of skin, moodiness, limb weakness, shortness of breath, cough, tightness in my throat. My symptoms definitely increased after I started Synthroid, I stopped treatment and began seeing a naturopathic doctor. I still have some tiredness, occasional chest pains and the same tightness in my throat, but I feel amazingly better in the past 2 months.

Comment from: Red, 0-2 Male (Caregiver) Published: June 06

I have several large thyroid nodules, one 4 cm, and several smaller nodules. I was referred to an endocrinologist. Hope to see the specialist real soon.

Comment from: Matilda, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 29

I recently had some blood work drawn to check my thyroid and it came back normal. But I continue to have several symptoms and a sonogram reviewed a 6 mm nodule on the right side of my thyroid. My daughter seems to think it is just a fatty cyst and that everything is okay. My frustration is that I seem to think my doctor is not doing everything to make sure I am okay. I have been told and I have also researches that thyroid problems are very hard to diagnose. I am just overwhelmed and frustrated with this whole situation.

Comment from: Dianne, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 02

I was having trembles and went to the doctor. She sent me for blood work and a heart exam and yes, I have a hyperthyroidism. I now need to see a specialist and I need to get an ultrasound. I did some research and am going to try a natural product called bugle weed, I hope it works.

Comment from: mcooper, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 06

With thyroid nodules, I had trouble swallowing, pain vomiting and regurgitation.

Comment from: Ally, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 24

Originally about 15 years ago I started with an extreme case of acid reflux which I attribute to the formation of nodules on my thyroid, but who knows. I have had several sonograms, blood tests, and a needle biopsy. This is a way of policing to make sure the nodule is not cancerous. Growth of the nodule is an important factor. About a year ago my T4 levels were through the roof so the doctor prescribed .10 generic Synthroid. After 3 months my thyroid symptoms were worse so I gradually went off the drug by lowering the dosage. I also get B-12 injections which I attribute to less symptoms and a lowering of my hyperthyroid elevations. My T-4 levels are at the lowest level yet. I see an endocrinologist every 6 months for a sonogram and my doctor every 3 months for a blood test. My skin appearance on my arms especially is very crepe like which is why I am researching this site and others. There is a connection to thyroid disease and the skin, hair and nails and the kidneys, heart and blood vessels and brain function. Take care.

Comment from: Jazz, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: June 19

I was told I have an over active thyroid and have been put on trimazole. My thyroid is enlarged with a goiter and I have two nodules which are hypo-functioning. I am very weak in strength and have fatigue.

Comment from: confused, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: December 17

I am 24 and a female. I have two lumps on my neck under my chin. Both move up and down when I swallow. I have no other symptoms of pain in that area. Not sure if I should go to the doctor to get checked out. I don't know how long I had it.C

Comment from: mom79, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 17

My nodule was an 'incidental find'. The US showed 1.4 cm solid nodule in the right side. All of my blood work has always been normal. Thyroid Uptake Scan scheduled for tomorrow. I do remember having a feeling of something stuck in my throat about 5 years ago. Almost like a tiny piece of food, but I would only notice it on occasion. I had an EGD done and it was normal. Looking back, I think the feeling was from the nodule.....

Comment from: Elle, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 13

One day, I suddenly felt as though a lump was in my throat. I could feel it when I swallowed. After a couple of doctor visits, I went for an ultrasound that showed "several nodules" even though my thyroid levels were normal, according to blood tests. I cannot feel the nodules, but occasionally I have ear pain and seem to be quite tired.

Comment from: stardi21, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 19

My doctor just recently discovered the nodules in a routine examination. I first thought something was up when I had this rash for more than a month, then the swelling on the right hand side with some discomfort leading into the shoulder. I find these comments very helpful and calming as I am quite young and having trouble registering this all in. I had an ultrasound a month ago and I have an uptake and scan scheduled in another two weeks. It is nice to read that this is not all in my head and these are actual symptoms. Your site has helped me tremendously.

Published: July 28

My symptoms were: Neck, Jaw and Shoulder pain accompanied by hearing impairment in the right ear. Ultrasound indicated some nodules present. MRI indicated swelling around nodules on the right side of the neck area. Fine needle aspiration indicated several small nodules are benign. Blood tests are inconclusive. Follow up doctor visits scheduled now every three months.

Published: July 10

I was visiting my Asthma doctor for a checkup, and he examined my neck. He found a lump and ordered an ultrasound. It showed 2 nodules on my thyroid, of which I am scheduled to see an endocrinologist for evaluation. Your article was very informative and helped me a lot. I am being treated for a low thyroid and I am taking a low dose of Levoxyl.

Published: June 24

I noticed a lump about an inch wide and inch and a half long after being bumped on my neck one day and it felt odd enough to make me check my neck out in the mirror. No other symptoms led me to notice anything different. My doctor saw the nodule almost immediately after greeting me, without me having said anything to her.

Published: June 24

I first felt like I was getting a sore throat but then realized it was the outside of my lower neck that hurt when touched. Hurt to swallow, laugh and cough especially when looking up. The pain was helped with aspirin or ibuprofen. There was also referred pain to one ear.

Comment from: xraymom, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 09

I had the lapland procedure in June. After losing 60lbs the weight just seemed to drop off my face, neck and upper chest. I immediately noticed a large mass on my left throat. My family doctor did all the normal tests. First blood work, then ultrasound, and then a nuclear radiographic test. Everything came back inconclusive or normal. I was sent for a biopsy, which I thought was uncomfortable and my throat was very irritated. I work in a call center and have a very sore throat daily and become very horse by the end of the day. I am waiting for the results to come back as we speak. I am hoping for benign with outpatient surgery so that I can resume my normal life once again.

Comment from: worried, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 09

I’m a young female that was having some neck and back problems and went for an MRI. The MRI found my thyroid to be enlarged. I had an ultrasound scheduled and it showed multiple mass or nodules, with one 2.5cm. Which is large enough to biopsy and the second to small to do anything with right now. The larger mass was found to be benign. I'm still worried about the smaller one and at a loss of what happens now. I understand that I have to return every 6 months or 1 year for a follow up of an ultrasound. They didn't give any recommendations of medication, radiation, or removal so I guess that is good, but it still has me worried.

Comment from: 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 09

I was diagnosed with rectal cancer two years ago. After undergoing two rounds of chemo, radiation and a complete resection with permanent colostomy, I managed to make it two years with clean scans. On my latest pet scan, a hot spot showed up in my neck. Thyroid ultrasound showed three nodules, one of which is solid. Now it’s off to see the neck specialist and see what he wants to do. I was 36 at my first diagnosis for cancer, so I’m pretty freaked out that this may again be cancer as I was a stage 3c. If it is, then I’m one of the lucky ones because my repeated scans for metastasis may have caught this new one early.

Comment from: Christy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 16

I was told by my doctor that I have a cyst in my thyroid, the right side of my neck is swollen and I can feel the lump. I had an ultrasound and was told it is nothing to worry about they will keep an eye on it. Should I ask for a biopsy or some other test? My blood work came back normal.

Comment from: Judy S , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 19

I have had no symptoms. The nodule(s) were found during a CT of my carotid artery prior to a stress test. My blood pressure is slightly elevated (on Atenolol now) and I was experiencing dizziness, room spinning and headaches. All of these are gone now with treatment of HBP.

Published: July 08

I easily get irritated. I always feel exhausted even if I have a complete sleep. I gained 10 pounds in few months. I can easily feel cold or warm depending on the weather. There are times I feel that I'm having difficulty breathing.

Published: June 11

I had difficulty with swallowing and breathing. I felt more uncomfortable and experienced more discomfort when lying down.