Diagnosed with small nodule in left lobe

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Diagnosed with small nodule in left lobe

by Summer1 on Sat May 12, 2007 12:00 AM

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Hi, I was told on Thursday that I had a small nodule on the left lobe of my thyroid and that the Dr. thinks it may be the cause of my problems. It was the receptionist who called so I haven't had a chance to talk to my Dr. yet. He is sending me for an ultra-sound. The nodule showed up on a CT scan.  I have been going to my Dr.for over a year with complaints of many different symptoms, my biggest one being not able to swallow pills and certain foods, ear pain-itch-fullness also pain in the left side of my throat, pain in my neck, shortness of breath, chest pain and pain between my shoulder blades, weight gain-20lbs in two months. I have also been complaining of fatique for years now...

Has anyone had their nodule show up on a CT scan and have it turn out to be cancerous? Would the fact that their calling it small mean that it is less likely to be something to worry about? I can't feel my nodule, and my TSH levels are normal. Has anyone had similar symptoms?

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RE: Diagnosed with small nodule in left lobe

by Nashvillejan on Sun May 13, 2007 12:00 AM

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Hi hope this message finds you well, I to went for a CT scan for the lungs and that is when they found the nodules on my thyroid they did turn out to be cancer but from what I know not all of them are. I hope yours are not, but if they are there is good treatments. Please keep me posted on how your ultra-sound goes.

RE: Diagnosed with small nodule in left lobe

by Summer1 on Sun May 13, 2007 12:00 AM

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Thanks for the reply, I'm assuming if the nodule turns out to be my problem with swallowing/ear pain they will want to remove it.  I hope that is all it turns out to be.  I will keep you posted. :) 

RE: Diagnosed with small nodule in left lobe

by Crabby_Nanny on Tue May 22, 2007 12:00 AM

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On 5/13/2007 Summer_1 wrote:

Thanks for the reply, I'm assuming if the nodule turns out to be my problem with swallowing/ear pain they will want to remove it.  I hope that is all it turns out to be.  I will keep you posted. :) 

I had an ultra sound done and it did turn out to be cancer. I hope it isn't the same in your case. But you will be OK if it is. Just make sure to not be afraid to ask all the questions you want and make sure you are being cared for by a compitent MD specialist. If you are found to have lots of nodules when the ultra sound is done. Make sure this is discussed even if  they don't biopsy them all,the amount of nodule must be considered minut or not if you have to go in for surgery. I had one large nodule they biopsied (which came out atypical and suspicious) but no exact diagnosis, and another good sized one on the other side of the thyroid, then multiple small ones all over. Thank God I had an Endo MD who advised me to not let anyone tell me I only needed one side of the Thyroid removed. Without the cancer diagnosis before the surgery, my surgeon didn't want to remove the whole thing. but I stuck to my guns, and even my husband and family thought I was making a mistake. I even started having doubts as they wheeled me into the OR. But you know what? After the path report said Positive for Cancer, my surgeon was shocked and said you were right, and you would have had to go back for a second surgery in two weeks for removal of the other side of the thyroid.! So make sure you know the whole story. And be your own advocate, and don't be intimidated by those white coats and Medical jargon. Find out all the facts you can. Hopefully, you won't need to, but If you do I hope this message is of some help.  Take care, and good luck.

RE: Diagnosed with small nodule in left lobe

by Dvorkinax on Thu May 24, 2007 12:00 AM

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Hey there, I'm in the same boat with ya. My ultrasound showed a nodule, almost 3cm in size, of course I have had terrible fatigue for years now along with extreme dizziness.  The results showed that the cause could be either benign or malignant. Now I am waiting to see an endocrinologist.

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by Crabby_Nanny on Thu May 24, 2007 12:00 AM

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On 5/24/2007 Dvorkinax wrote:

Hey there, I'm in the same boat with ya. My ultrasound showed a nodule, almost 3cm in size, of course I have had terrible fatigue for years now along with extreme dizziness.  The results showed that the cause could be either benign or malignant. Now I am waiting to see an endocrinologist.

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Hope all works out for you. Again I can not stress enough to make sure you are educated on this problem, and things you will have to go through later. It is a long road to hoe, but you will be ok. We are all in this together and we all need each others support. We understand the stress and emotions involved. It isn't easy, alot to go through, but doable and survivable.

Until this happened I never realized how much your thyroid does for your body, never even gave it a second thought. I sure learned quickly how important it was, and how hard it is to regulate your body when you don't have it anymore.

So good luck, you have a good start with a specialist you seem to trust. But again make sure you let all your medical people know you want to know everything about what may come about, and I mean everything! There are many good websites if you need to understand things in laymans terms. So all the best to you, and thoughts are with you and of course support from all of us that have gone through the same thing.

RE: Diagnosed with small nodule in left lobe

by Pamlac on Tue Jun 05, 2007 12:00 AM

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On 5/12/2007 Summer_1 wrote:

Hi, I was told on Thursday that I had a small nodule on the left lobe of my thyroid and that the Dr. thinks it may be the cause of my problems. It was the receptionist who called so I haven't had a chance to talk to my Dr. yet. He is sending me for an ultra-sound. The nodule showed up on a CT scan.  I have been going to my Dr.for over a year with complaints of many different symptoms, my biggest one being not able to swallow pills and certain foods, ear pain-itch-fullness also pain in the left side of my throat, pain in my neck, shortness of breath, chest pain and pain between my shoulder blades, weight gain-20lbs in two months. I have also been complaining of fatique for years now...

Has anyone had their nodule show up on a CT scan and have it turn out to be cancerous? Would the fact that their calling it small mean that it is less likely to be something to worry about? I can't feel my nodule, and my TSH levels are normal. Has anyone had similar symptoms?

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I had an ultrasound and that is where my Endocrinologist found one large cyst on each of my thyroid lobes, and many nodules.  I also had alot of dizziness and ringing in my ears.  I have been hypothyroid for 5 years, so fatigue has been a part of my life since then, I've just dealt with that.  I had a TT on April 11th.  I have papillary cancer and am going for RAI on June 11th.

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